How to Find the Best Flight School - Checklist

How to Find the Best Flight School – Use This Checklist!

Shopping for the best flight school is daunting! It’s important to make the best decision, but you may not know what questions to ask! To help students evaluate their options carefully, we’ve created this checklist and provided our information.

We suggest you research the equivalent information from at least two other sources before making your decision. And give us a call if you have any questions!  Download a printed version here.

Item Aerostar Training Services Available Option Two Option Three
Courses/Ratings Available
Orientation Flights Yes
Private Pilot Yes
Instrument Yes
MultiEngine Yes
Commercial Yes
CFI Yes
CFII Yes
Type Rating – A320 Yes
Type Rating – B737 Yes
atp ctp Yes
Professional Courses
Interview Prep Yes
MCC/Jet Transition Yes
Professional Pilot Instrument Refresher Yes
simulator observation Yes
Cabin Emergency & Evacuation Training Yes
Cockpit Resource Management Yes
Written Test Prep Yes
Certificate Conversions – ICAO/FAA Yes
Facilities & Resources
Location Kissimmee, FL
Instructors Airline Pilots
Sims Redbird

Level D (Full Motion) A320

Level D (Full Motion) B737

Online Instruction iPad Required,
courseware provided.
FAA Certifications Part 141

Part 142

Financing
USA Veterans Education Benefits 100% Approved
GI Bill See Details here.
Work Opportunities while in training See Details here

 

You may be a high school student looking at possible careers as an airline pilot, or you may already be a professional pilot looking for your latest type rating or updated training.

Whether you’re an international student looking for the best flight school on Earth, or just looking for the best flight school in florida, this checklist should help!

Download this checklist here.

Interview with an Airline Pilot

Interview with an Airline Captain

Instructor Babbitt interviews Airline Captain David Santo:

1) What happens when there’s an emergency on the airplane?
2) What is it like to be an Airline Captain?
3) How do flight crews work together?
4) How is flying an airliner different from flying a general aviation aircraft?
5) Why is everything scripted below 10,000 feet?
6) How do you prepare for a type rating program?

Ready to get started on your own flying adventure?

Never flown before?   Explore our Pilot Academy for options for your first demo flight and your first lessons.

Looking to advance your career to the next step?  Earn your ATP-CTP Certification.

Need a Type Rating for an airline job?  Check out or Airbus 320 or Boeing 737 options.

AeroStar Training Services – The Overview

In this short video, Captain David Santo answers questions about AeroStar Training  Services, including

  • How is Aerostar different from other pilot training organizations?
  • What credentials does AeroStar hold?
  • What pilot training programs does it offer?
  • How about beginners with no aviation experience?
  • Who will we be working/studying with?
  • How do we get started?

How is AeroStar different from other pilot training organizations?

Hello, my name is David Santo, and I’m the Chief Training Officer at AeroStar Training Services. I wanted to take this opportunity to let you know a little bit about AeroStar, and what we have to offer you. AeroStar was formed by a group of airline professionals with one goal in mind. We wanted to help aviation career dreams take flight. What that meant to us is we had enjoyed successful careers as airline pilots, and we wanted to be able to provide a pathway to help others to obtain the career goals, and success that we had.

What credentials does AeroStar hold?

AeroStar is an FAR 142 type rate training organization. What that means is, we operate under the FAR that allows a pilot to obtain a aircraft type rating, or add an airline transport pilot certificate by using advanced flight simulation technology.

When we started we dry leased airline simulators, and aircraft manufacturer simulators all over the country. Today we now have in our own facilities two Level D A320, and Boeing 737 full flight simulators. These simulators are state of the art technology. They sit on six axis hydraulic motion basis. We had 220 degree wrap around collimated visual systems that represent exactly the aircraft, and airport environment that you would be able to operate in. A Level D simulator is the highest level of simulator certification. With this simulator, and they’re called full flight sim’s, you can actually complete 100% of a type rating, or an ATP check ride without ever having to go out and fly the aircraft itself.

Tell us about the instructors.

Our staff is comprised of some really fantastic people who have years of airline, and training experience that we bring together for you. This includes CFIs, CFIIs, MEI,  It includes airline transport pilots, current active and retired airline captains, and first officers.

What pilot training programs does AeroStar provide?

Today AeroStar offers a number of different programs. We offer type ratings under two different formats, initial, and what we call the fast track program. We offer an upgrade transition type rating course for those who already have experience time and type. We offer recurrent training for those who are actively flying the aircraft, and need to accomplish a PC check, and we are one of a few schools in the United States that offers the airline transport pilot certification training program, or atp ctp.

How about beginners with no aviation experience?

Under our 141 part 61 certificate we’re able to provide the private instrument commercial multi-engine flight training, so together we can take an applicant from zero flight experience all the way through type rating, airline placement ready all on one location here in Kissimmee, Florida

Who will we be working/studying with?

We have a wonderful staff who are manning our phones, and are able to answer emails. I’m very proud to say that our admissions specialists are all pilots themselves. They’re all eager to help you.

How do we get started?

If we can do anything to give you guidance, answer questions, help you realize your dream of becoming an airline pilot, or a commercial pilot, then please I encourage you to call us at (407) 888-9011. That’s here in the U.S.

You can also reach us at info@aerostartyperatings.com. We’d be very pleased to work with you, and help you in any way we can. On behalf of myself, David Santo, and the entire team here at AeroStar, thank you for watching. We look forward to working with you, and seeing you out on the flight line.

 

Five Reasons to Get a Boeing 737 Type Rating

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:

  1. You’ll have lots of options of airlines to work for!
  2. There are a LOT of 737 aircraft being flown in different places around the world.
  3. A VERY large number of 737s are still being manufactured, which indicates it has a long future ahead of it.
  4. It’s in very wide usage in a variety of different locations, routes and airlines.
  5. Pilots love the 737.

1. Lots of Airlines.

The 737 series is the highest-selling commercial jetliner in history.

Kingsley-Jones, Max. “6,000 and counting for Boeing’s popular little twinjet.”Flight International, Reed Business Information, April 22, 2009. Retrieved: April 22, 2009.

2. Lots of Airplanes in Use

The 10,000th 737 was rolled out on March 13, 2018. This series has been continuously manufactured since 1967.

Max Kingsley-Jones (March 13, 2018). “How Boeing built 10,000 737s”. Flightglobal.

3. Lots of Orders Being Built

Over 4,600 orders are being built in the Boeing Renton Factory in Washington State, USA.

Airbus A320 Aircraft Facts, Dates and History.”Archived January 19, 2013, at the Wayback MachineFlightlevel350.com. Retrieved: May 12, 2010.

4. Wide Usage

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.

Is Boeing or Airbus Better? We Asked an Airline Pilot- by Howard Slutsken, TPG

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Click here to see our A320 Type Rating Course Options here.

Boeing B737 700/800 Full Flight Simulator For AeroStar Training Services

B737 Sim

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. 

Learn more about AeroStar’s pilot training offerings at www.aerostartyperatings.com 

Press Contact:
Name: Robin Frey
Email: r.frey@aerostartyperatings.com
Phone: (407) 888-9011 ext. 114

Seeking A320 and B737 Instructors!

Looking for full-time salaried ground school and simulator instructors for A-320 and B-737 type rating organization located in Kissimmee, Florida. Salary is between $75,000 and $80,000 per year starting based on experience, with overtime opportunities to make even more. Paid vacation time annually, 401K, medical and dental benefits.

Send resume, contact information and interview availability to info@AviationBusinessConsultants.com

Pilot Training Financing Program Now Available!

We are now offering domestic pilots an option for flight training financing if assistance is needed. Students may apply at http://p2credit.com/ and find out within seconds if they qualify. We have two participating lenders with a very high approval rate for good credit and near prime credit. After applying, you will receive funds within 24-48 hours to pay for the training tuition.

Learn more about AeroStar flight training financing options and student scholarship resources at: https://aerostartyperatings.com/why-aerostar/scholarship-financing-resources/
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Option 1 – Prime credit (700+)
APR range – 5.49% – 14.24% based on credit
Amount $5,000 – $100,000
Terms – 3, 5, or 7 years
State Available – All 50 US states except for MS and NV.

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Option 2 – Below Prime (600-700)
APR range – 15.49% – 34.99% based on credit
Amount $3,500 – $20,000
Terms – 2, 3, or 4 years
States available –  AL, AK, AZ, CA, DC, DE, GA, FL, IL, IN, KS, KY, MI, MN, MS, MO, MT, NE, NC, NJ, NM, OH, OK, OR, PA, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA and WA.

B737-300 Sim Training Now in Orlando

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We are pleased to announce that we are now offering ATP CTP training in a B737-300 sim in the Orlando area at a partner facility. This will save our students time and resources from having to travel to South Florida to complete the sim portion of their training. Construction is currently underway for a brand new 30,000 sq. ft. AeroStar training facility that will house several simulators at the Kissimmee Gateway Airport and is anticipated to be completed in early 2018.

Here are the confirmed class dates for Nov & Dec:

November: 27th
December: 4th & 18th

Call for more info (407) 888-9011 or fill out an enrollment form online. 

We hope to see you in our next class!

-AeroStar Enrollments Team

(Ground school in Kissimmee & sim training in Sanford, FL approx. 40 min drive)

Sunny Skies Forecasted for B737 & A320 Family of Aircraft

Boeing launched its B737 family of jets in 1964, and since then the company has snagged over 13,000 firm orders for the plane. Airbus launched its competitor single-aisle, narrow-body family, the A320, in March 1984 and claims over 12,000 orders since the A320’s launch. The huge success and high demand for these two aircraft is only increasing.

Narrow-bodies dominate, and continue to be the fastest growing and largest segment of new aircraft orders. The fight is between the B737 family and the A320 will require 26,730 aircraft over the next 20 years. About 35 % of the single-aisle aircraft are expected to be acquired by Low Cost Carriers.

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Airbus A320 and Boeing B737 families are and will remain the most popular aircraft types in the world in the foreseeable future, followed by Boeing 777 and Airbus 330. However, the regional jet market is likely to face a 20% decline by 2020, maintaining the trend at least till 2030, according to Boeing.

The airlines will be naturally forced to expand their cooperation with training organizations like AeroStar Training Services in Orlando, Florida who have special type rating programs for the Boeing 737 & Airbus A320 family of aircraft.

Sunny Skies Forecasted for B737 & A320 Family of Aircraft

Boeing launched its 737 family of jets in 1964, and since then the company has snagged over 13,000 firm orders for the plane. Airbus launched its competitor single-aisle, narrow-body family, the A320, in March 1984 and claims over 12,000 orders since the A320’s launch. The huge success and high demand for these two aircraft is only increasing.

Narrow-bodies dominate, and continue to be the fastest growing and largest segment of new aircraft orders. The fight is between the B737 family and the A320 will require 26,730 aircraft over the next 20 years. About 35 % of the single-aisle planes are expected to be acquired by Low Cost Carriers.

Airbus 320 and Boeing 737 families are and will remain the most popular aircraft types in the world in the foreseeable future, followed by Boeing 777 and Airbus 330. However, the regional jet market is likely to face a 20% decline by 2020, maintaining the trend at least till 2030, according to Boeing.

The airlines will be naturally forced to expand their cooperation with training organizations like AeroStar Training Services in Kissimmee, Florida who have special type rating programs for the Boeing 737 & Airbus A320 family of aircraft.

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Bryan Pilcher, AeroStar Type Ratings

*statistical data courtesy of Halldale Media