My name is Mark Andrews, and I’m the Pilot Services Coordinator for AeroStar Training Services. Today, I’d like to talk with you guys about our TSA AFSP for our foreign students. TSA AFSP is Transportation Security Administration Alien Flight Student Program.
This is designed to facilitate our foreign students with their training here at AeroStar, and it’s also required by the FAA.
The first thing is to go to the website, which is FlightSchoolCandidates.gov and make a profile. This is where you can upload all of your pertinent documentation in order to facilitate your training here at AeroStar.
Whereas our US students will just use their passport and their driver’s license.
In any case, we’re looking forward to working with you! See you in the cockpit!
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.
We offer the best CFII and CFI instruction Florida!
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.
KISSIMMEE, November 15, 2018 —AeroStar Training Services announces a new partnership with Spirit Airlines. This partnership agreement will enable highly qualified pilots, who complete an A320 type rating at AeroStar, to interview for employment at Spirit.
AeroStar will also be involved in providing ATP-CTP training for Spirit. “This partnership is very exciting because it will give our successful students the opportunity to interview at a major airline,” said Captain Garfield Greene, AeroStar’s Director of Admissions.
AeroStar Training Services provides the highest quality initial pilot training, ATP-CTP, Airbus & Boeing Type Ratings, and flight attendant training, for the global aviation industry by delivering tangible, timely, and cost effective results. AeroStar was founded by a team of experienced aviation professionals in 2008 with a vision that aviation training should be affordable, state-of-the-art, and provide an enjoyable learning experience for all students.
About Spirit Airlines, Inc.
Spirit Airlines, Inc. is an American ultra-low-cost carrier headquartered in Miramar, Florida. It is the eighth largest commercial airline in North America. Spirit operates scheduled flights throughout the United States and in the Caribbean, Mexico, Latin America, and South America. The airline operates bases at Atlanta, Baltimore, Atlantic City, Chicago-O’Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth, Detroit, Houston, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, and Las Vegas.
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, 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.
Aussie Chris Cain recently earned his A320 Type Rating at AeroStar, and talks about his experience here.
I started my flight training at Lilydale Flight School approx. 40km out of Melbourne city in the state of Victoria, Australia back in 2007. I gained my student pilot license and was able to fly solo one week prior to my 17th birthday. After working as an avionics technician on helicopters for the army for 6 years, I continued with my pilot training in Darwin in the Northern Territory. I completed my commercial pilots license over 2015-2017 and gained a lot of exposure to outback charter flying during my time there. The aircraft I predominantly flew were the Cessna models 172, 182 and 210. I completed a multi engine endorsement and instrument rating back down in Melbourne as necessary to advance my career towards the end of 2017, flying a Beechcraft Travel Air. Soon after completing this training I also finished all Airline Transport Pilot License exams and I was looking at completing a type rating course on a heavy jet aircraft soon after to gain a further advancement of being hired by an airline in a first officer position.
I looked around online for several type rating courses overseas due to the high pricing of Type Ratings in Australia and decided on AeroStar after taking a friends advice due to his good experience and recommendation of AeroStar. I decided on the Airbus A320 aircraft as I wanted to work in an airline in south east Asia where Airbus aircraft are more dominant. AeroStar also offered a very fast paced and inexpensive type rating which suited both my financial and time limited situation.
My experience with AeroStar was very positive as the focus was learning all the systems of the aircraft whilst at the same time understanding the operations required by both the First Officer and Captain positions, which allowed a faster paced training period. I also got the chance to meet many captains and first officer pilots that were already operating the Airbus A320 or similar Heavy Jet aircraft, allowing a better insight into how different Airlines in different parts of the world operate. This also provided great contacts for future career opportunities outside my initial choice of south east Asia as a starting location for airline employment. The instructors at AeroStar had a wealth of experience both on the Airbus A320 and also other heavy jet aircraft including many Boeing models. I found that a large majority of the staff were currently working for airlines in the USA and had also previously worked overseas. I got to experience training with 6 different instructors, both during the ground school and simulator components, which offered different tips and training styles allowing me to choose an operating style which best suited my learning abilities, being a more practical and hands on method.
In total I spent 26 days studying the Airbus A320 type rating and came out with a very good understanding of the aircraft which will be built upon when employed by an airline. Three weeks after finishing with AeroStar I moved to Phnom Penh, Cambodia as my first destination for seeking employment and currently have an interview set up next week in Vietnam with a flagship airline there.
In all, AeroStar has greatly increased my employment opportunities and has furthered my professional development as a pilot.
To kick off the grand opening of our in-house A320 simulator, we are offering special pricing for students who enroll in A320 & ATP CTP classes that start on March 15th-April. Be among the first to take advantage of our new one-stop training program. Enroll now on our website before all the open spots fill up!
ATP CTP: $3,000.00 • A320 Upgrade: $6,600.00 • A320 Fast Track: $9,500.00 • A320 Standard: $11,000.00
* Rates cannot be applied to other dates * Good for KISM campus only * Rates are based on crews
Last week our newly purchased A320 simulator was delivered to our AeroStar hangar at the Kissimmee Gateway Airport. The sim arrived on two gigantic trucks, which were escorted by a caravan of vehicles (quite the sight!) and was finally unloaded into the sim bay that was built in our new hangar over the last several months.
This is the first of several sims that have been acquired by AeroStar, which will provide future students with the opportunity to complete all training in-house and not have to travel to other locations for the simulator portion of their training. “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 and use for many years to come,” said Deidra Toye, AeroStar’s president & CEO.
The official launch date of our new on-location sim training is March 2018. Check back for updates on our progress!
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.