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.
AeroStar is pleased to announce that through a partnership program, we are now DGCA compliant for our A320 type rating course. Start dates through the end of the year are listed on our website. Enroll today!
Last week AeroStar invited members of the media and local officials to visit our newly expanded facility, which holds our A320 simulator and will soon also include a B737 simulator as well. Attendees were given a tour of the building along with the opportunity to take a demo flight in the sim. Remarks were made by Airport Director, Terry Lloyd, Kissimmee Mayor, Jose Alvarez, Orlando Economic Partnership’s Vice President of Business Development, Casey Barnes, and AeroStar’s CEO, Deidra Toye.
Kissimmee Mayor, Jose Alvarez said the training center will help the city soar as a leader in aviation. “There’s so much future here. The potential jobs for pilots is so much in demand right now and this is really going to help us with it,” Alvarez said. The event concluded with a ribbon cutting to mark the official launch of the training campus opening.
KISSIMMEE, Fla – AeroStar Training Services & Khmer Pilot Training Co. recently signed an agreement at the APATS conference in Singapore, for AeroStar to become Khmer’s preferred A320 Type Rating, ATP/CTP & MCC training provider. Khmer Pilot Training is a Cambodian collaboration of Khmer local pilots, aviation training experts, and American aviation training organizations, with a vision to create an opportunity for local students to become airline pilots for airlines operating in Cambodia. “We look forward to working together in this new partnership,” said Deidra Toye, CEO of AeroStar.
KISSIMMEE, FL. August 30, 2018 — AeroStar Training Services, LLC (“ATS”) announces that it has acquired lease financing for a B737 NG full flight simulator to be installed in the company’s Kissimmee Training Center. The lease financing was obtained through Simulator Equipment Financing, LLC (“SEF”).
This will be the second full flight simulator acquired by ATS through SEF this year. The first being its A320, which received FAA level D certification on March 15, 2018. Deidra Toye, CEO of AeroStar said, “We are excited to be adding the b737 NG simulator to our facility, adding an important resource to our growing ab initio flight training and type rating services.” The simulator is projected to be certified and ready for training in early 2019.
KISSIMMEE, August 22, 2018 —AeroStar is pleased to announce that we have obtained our Part 141 certificate. The Part 141 program enables students to secure a private pilot certificate in 35 hours instead of 40, and for an instrument rating, 30 hours instead of 40, as is required from a Part 61 school. This reduction in hours can save students greatly on training costs and time. Having this certificate also allows us to add our training curriculum to the list of SEVIS-approved flight schools, allowing international students to train here on an M1 visa.
While both Part 61 and Part 141 training programs follow the same policies set forth by the FAA, Part 141 training establishments are often geared towards career-minded students and use a more professional-oriented curriculum. Becoming a Part 141 training school is the perfect fit for AeroStar because we help students from their first time in the cockpit to securing anATP certificateand other advanced training courses including type ratings onA320andB737.
AeroStar’s Part 141 certificate is valid for our Private Pilot and Instrument Rating programs. AeroStar has held its Part 142 certificate since 2008.Contact us to learn more about our training programs at (407) 888-9011.
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KISSIMMEE, July 1, 2018 — AeroStar Training Services announces the official launch of an on-location A320 simulator, recently installed in their new 18,000, soon-to-be 30,000 square foot hangar facility at the Kissimmee Gateway Airport. This simulator is being used by the school’s pilot trainees working on an A320 type rating or ATP certificate, as well as by airlines and organizations who wish to dry lease simulator hours.
This grand opening is phase one of a major expansion effort for the company, which includes a $1.5 million dollar building addition, featuring a new state-of-the-art aircraft maintenance facility, Spectrum Aero. It also introduces the first of several new simulators that have been acquired by AeroStar. These simulators provide student trainees with the opportunity to complete all necessary pilot training in-house and not require them to travel to other locations for the simulator portion of their training. Phases two and three will roll out later this year and cost approximately $2-3 million dollars to complete.
“We look forward to making our sim training more convenient for our students and having state-of-the-art equipment on-site that we will also be able to lease out to airlines and other training organizations and use for many years to come,” said Deidra Toye, AeroStar’s president & CEO. By the time the expansion project is complete, the company will have secured over $20 million dollars in simulator assets and AeroStar will be the only school in the Americas that will be able to train pilots from obtaining a Private Pilot License to a complete Airline Transport Pilot License and type ratings on A320 or B737 under the same roof.
With our new Airbus A320 Level D flight simulator now fully operational, we have the opportunity to lease hours to airlines and training organizations. A Level D simulator can simulate all aircraft systems that are accessible from the flight deck and are critical to pilot training. Our simulator is located at the Kissimmee Gateway Airport, with easy access just 30 minutes from the Orlando International Airport.
Lease Benefits with AeroStar Include:
• Use of modern FAA certified Level D Device
• Premium hours available and tiered dry lease rates based on hours booked
• Assistance with hotel accommodation and travel arrangements
A Boeing b737 simulator has also been acquired by AeroStar and will begin operating in early 2019. Companies may inquire about sim hour availability, or to learn more about our newest service by calling (407) 888-9011 or emailing [email protected]
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