The decision to become an airline pilot is a great one, especially at this time in history.
Many more pilots will be needed to replace retiring pilots, and to fly people in parts of the world that are enjoying air travel at unprecedented levels.
Getting your initial pilot training and good fundamentals is a solid first step. Getting your private rating, instrument, commercial and multi-engine can all serve well for a variety of jobs in aviation.
But to fly an airline, you’ll need a type rating. This is a special certificate that provides the education and tests your knowledge to be sure you are a safe pilot.
The decision to get a type rating in a Boeing 737 is a great one, for five reasons:
You’ll have lots of options of airlines to work for!
There are a LOT of 737 aircraft being flown in different places around the world.
A VERY large number of 737s are still being manufactured, which indicates it has a long future ahead of it.
It’s in very wide usage in a variety of different locations, routes and airlines.
Pilots love the 737.
1. Lots of Airlines.
The 737 series is the highest-selling commercial jetliner in history.
There are an average of 1,250 Boeing 737s airborne at any given time, with two either departing or landing somewhere every five seconds.
5. Pilots Love Them
Boeing designs its jets with an autothrottle.
With Boeing’s autothrottle system, the thrust levers are
“back-driven,” constantly adjusted by motors changing the levers’
position based on the system’s commands.
“With the Boeing, I see the throttles moving and it gives me that feedback. It improves my situational awareness to no end because I know what the airplane is trying to do to the engines,” said Captain Rory King in an interview TPG.
He should know. He’s flown them all. Early in his airline career, Kay flew the Boeing 727 and the 737s that entered service in the late 1980s, now known as 737 Classic. He went on to be First Officer on the larger Boeing 757 and the twin-aisle 767, before making captain on the Airbus A320, which he flew for years. With over 24,000 hours in the air, Kay is a training and check pilot on the 757 and 767 and will soon move to captaining the Boeing 777, the biggest passenger plane flying for any US airline. He’s also former Air Safety Chairman for the Air Line Pilots Association.
We’re so excited to be have an even more effective way to offer our students the best training opportunities! We can now offer our courses for 737 type ratings completely on-site!
We’re breaking ground in our simulator center in preparation for the Boeing 737NG Level D Simulator!
This offers a unique opportunity for 737 type ratings!
The 737NG sim will be joining our A320 Level D Sim on site at our facility. To celebrate our new sim at our Kissimmee, FL campus, we have some great deals on B737NG courses!
If you’ve been looking at 737NG type rating cost. And if you are interested in the highest quality B737 type rating, but want to get great value for your money, this is a great opportunity!
June and July 737 Type Ratings Specials
B737NG open house specials: June and July ONLY Standard dates 1st and 16th for only $11,000 Upgrade dates 9th and 24th for only $9,000 Fast Track dates 8th and 23rd for only $7,000
*Can not be used for any other month and is first come first serve basis until class is full.
Behind The Scenes at our Sim Facility
Here’s what’s happening as our Sim Center!
More About the B737 NG
The Boeing 737 Next Generation, commonly abbreviated as 737NG, or 737 Next Gen, is the −600/-700/-800/-900 series of the Boeing 737 airliner. It is the third generation derivative of the 737, and follows the 737 Classic (−300/-400/-500) series, which began production in the 1980s. They are short to medium range, narrow body jet airliners, powered by two engines. Produced since 1996 by Boeing Commercial Airplanes, the 737NG series includes four variants and can seat between 110 and 210 passengers.
Formally launched in 1993, the 737NG is an upgrade of the preceding 737 Classic models featuring a redesigned wing that is larger in area, with a wider wingspan, and greater fuel capacity. It is equipped with CFM56-7 series engines, a glass cockpit, and features upgraded and redesigned interior configurations. Performance and capability upgrades over its predecessor include longer range, greater capacity (in its largest variants), and available higher maximum takeoff weight (MTOW) specifications.
As of 31 January 2019, a total of 7,089 737NG aircraft have been ordered, of which 6,996 have been delivered. The remaining orders are in the -700 BBJ, -800, -800 BBJ and -900ER variants. The most common variant is the -800, which has had over 5,000 delivered as of 2019 and is the most widely used narrowbody aircraft worldwide. The 737NG’s primary competition is with the Airbus A320 family. Upgraded and re-engined models in development as the 737 MAX series is to supplant the 737NG, with the first 737 MAX delivered in 2017.
When you speak with someone who was a flight instructor in the 1990s, you find that their experience was radically different from the experience that an instructor today enjoys.
Back in the day, flight instructors often had to sweep the hangar, “sell” prospects on discovery flights, work strange hours, or drive long distances from airport to airport to accommodate the rare student. Today, it’s a different ball game.
This past May, the Washington Post reported that Pilot-Hungry Airlines are Raiding Flight Schools. As more and more senior airline Captains and First Officers retire from major airlines due to the FAA-mandated age limit of 65 years, professional pilots from all walks of life are being recruited to backfill the ranks. Regional airlines often give hiring and retention bonuses of up to $50,000 to new recruits. In years past, a Flight Instructor would often have to work for years in a myriad of flying roles before he or she got the opportunity to fly a turboprop or turbojet powered aircraft for a small airline or freight company. Even when they did land a job with a regional airline, it was at a wage that would surprise most people not familiar with the industry at that time. Today, Instructors are being hired away as soon as their FAA licensing and flight time requirements are met. They are being paid a liveable wage from day one and have bright prospects for their future.
At AeroStar we understand the industry is changing rapidly and accordingly, the value of our flight instructors.
Our culture of high quality training and professional mentorship is how we’ve earned our reputation over the past ten years.
Aspiring pilots can begin their training with Aerostar – from their initial discovery flight through their private pilot rating, instrument, multiengine, commercial, ATP-CTP certification, and of course, type ratings; all at one campus location.
Students who invest in their training with us will be considered to fit our growing family of CFIs.
Here’s how it works:
Invest in initial flight training with AeroStar.
Earn your Private Pilot rating, and continue to earn your instrument, multiengine, commercial and CFI ratings.
Apply, and be selected for, one of our respected CFI positions with a starting salary of $45,000 per year.
Help other students learn as you build loggable flight hours toward your career goals!
After one year of distinguished service, you’ll earn a $5000 retention bonus, plus our world-class Type Rating Training (your choice – A320 or B737)
You’ll leave AeroStar with the best possible training, PLUS valuable job experience working with an amazing team.
Aerostar has long been known as a leading provider for ATP-CTP certification, as well as the popular Boeing 737 and Airbus 320 type ratings. These two aircraft types are widely used by airlines in the United States as well as international markets.
AeroStar is one of the very first organizations in which a student can travel the whole journey from aspiring pilot taking a discovery flight, to working CFI building time and earning a good salary, to an ATP-CTP rated airline first officer candidate with a A320 or B737 type rating.
Did you know that as of 2017 only 7.01% of pilots were women? With such a minimum number of women within the airline industry, AeroStar is a shining exception.
Since 2015, the CEO of AeroStar has been a woman: Deidra Toye. Under her leadership, AeroStar has gained recognition as one of the finest aviation-training providers in the world, by serving the needs of individuals as well as flight schools, colleges/universities, government agencies, and airlines across the globe.
In addition to her success in the flight training industry, she is Owner and Chief Operating Officer of Spectrum Aero Maintenance Services, also located in Kissimmee, FL (KISM). Deidra is not only AeroStar’s CEO, she is also mentoring her former mentor.
Around 12 years ago, Deidra worked at American Flyers as a Customer
Service Rep with Jason Gledhill. Gledhill went above and beyond his boss duties
to help mentor Deidra about the aviation industry. When looking back on those
days Deidra stated “I was super excited about aviation, and with that
excitement, I wanted to learn all I could. Jason never stopped teaching me along
the way.” With Gledhill’s invaluable advice, Toye was able accelerate her
success advancing within the industry to own and operate a both leading
aviation training and an aircraft maintenance organization.
In a twist of fate, Deidra is now mentoring Jason by offering him an
A320 Type Rating course through AeroStar, which he has now successfully
completed. In response to her transforming from the mentee to the mentor,
she said “To me, what’s satisfying, and I think Dave (Santo) would say the
same, with us at AeroStar where we’re training so many pilots every day, all
the time, as we travel across the world and we’re going to trade shows, and
we’ll look up in the cockpit as board an airplane and there have been so many times
where we’ve been like, hey, we know you; you graduated from AeroStar!” “it’s an
amazing experience”. In addition, Toye spoke on the basics of her mentoring
relationships. “It takes dedication on both sides. There have been times where “I’ll
see a diamond in the rough, and be like, you know what, this person has so much
potential, so much raw talent. And I’m just drawn to want to mentor them. But
if they’re not a hundred percent into it and they’re not dedicated to it, at
the end of the day, no matter how great they could be, if they’re not wanting
to apply themselves to do it and they don’t have that passion for it, it’s not
going to work out in the long run”.
At AeroStar Deidra has been able to utilize her mentoring expertize to
help organize her team into becoming the best mentors for their students. In
speaking of what she has learned from her mentor Toye stated “(Gledhill would)
show me the fun side of aviation. How he mentors other people and how it’s
important to mentor people throughout your aviation career. And from there I
just really took it to heart and I adapted and adopted that mentality. And now
I am delivering the same kind of message to my team and customers here at
AeroStar.” Operating and growing two amazing companies, Deidra is becoming a
prominent role model for Women in Aviation.
AeroStar Training Services is open for business during the government shutdown.
Our instructors are holding courses, students are enrolling and graduating, and things are progressing as normal with a few exceptions.
Most flight training courses are being held as scheduled!
Our instructors are teaching
Our Redbird and A320 Sims are available
Students are completing lessons and logging time toward their goals!
We have an in-house Visa agent that can approve student visas.
We can issue FAA temporary licensing on -site so that pilots can start using their new licensing or type ratings right away.
That said, there are a few things that may have temporary delays:
Foreign License Certifications/Conversions – Are currently on hold.
FAA Medical Certificates – for student pilots and others are currently not being issued, although Aviation medical examiners may still issue certificates to qualified pilots at the time of a regular FAA physical exam.
Nicholas Chung is a person you might meet in the cockpit of a A320, in the sim at the AeroStar campus, or behind a camera as a freelance photographer!
Nicholas says – “I was born in Mauritius with Chinese grandparents, also live in Canada at the moment. Went to school in Mauritius and Canada. I’m the only pilot in my whole family on both sides.
My first interest in aviation came at the age of 2. I was fascinated with airplanes and anything that flies, after few years I got to jumpseat in an Airbus A300 and that’s when I realized I wanted to become a pilot.
I heard about Aerostar through a flight school where I used to instruct.
From time to time when AeroStar needs seat support for one of their students’ lessons, they call me and I drive over to fill in the seat of the copilot. I love doing that because it helps me keep current with the airplane and also helping students who struggles in few areas by giving them tips and suggestions. I always try to help them the best I can without interfering with the lesson or checkride.
Aerostar Training services has been good to me in many ways. The instructors are excellent and it was a blast to learn from these experienced airline pilots, especially those who flies the A320. Despite the challenge of learning a new airplane, the instructors were helpful and combining that with self-studying it was easy and fast. Big thank you for the staff as well who were helpful in the application process.
My plans for the future is to continue to move up the ladder and follow my dreams. I am working hard to achieve my goal of becoming an professional airline pilot, and if possible continue to mentor, instruct and help others achieving the same goal.”
Well, Nicholas, we’re behind your career dreams 100%
Did you know – the A320 is so popular that Airbus is adding a second assembly line in the Mobile, Alabama facility?
“Airbus has confirmed that it will hold a groundbreaking ceremony for its new A220 assembly line in Mobile on Wednesday, Jan. 16. . . .
Airbus already has an extensive campus at the Mobile Aeroplex at Brookley, where it assembles the A320 family of jets. The new project will add a second final assembly line (FAL) for the smaller A220 family of jets. That aircraft was developed as the C Series by Canada-based Bombardier, but has been renamed since Airbus took the lead role in a partnership to produce and market it.”
Someone is going to have to fly all those planes, why not you?
Prepare for a career that’s hugely in demand with the best pilot training in the world. Many, many airlines around the world operate A320 aircraft. Our graduates have lots of opportunities to choose from!
AeroStar has added another flight training device to our simulation efforts, a Red Bird FMX, which will be used to support Career Pilot Academy students here at our Kissimmee training campus. This device is the third recent addition to AeroStar’s simulation portfolio. We acquired an A320 simulator in late 2017 and a B737 simulator has also been purchased and will be delivered at the end of the year.
“With all the space our new hangar facility provides us with, we are able to bring a variety of simulators in-house and fully cater to our student’s training needs,” said Dave Hensely, AeroStar’s Training Center Manager.
Red Bird FMX Sim Features:
• 50 Degree Total Pitch Movement
• 60 Degree Total Yaw Movement
• 40 Degree Total Roll Movement
• Electric Motion & Wrap Around Visuals
• FAA Approved
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