AeroStar Announces Part 141 Certificate

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 an ATP certificate and other advanced training courses including type ratings on A320 and B737.

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.

Part 141 Certificate

AeroStar Training Services Launches New A320 Simulator Training Campus

One-Stop Pilot Type Rating Training in Orlando, Florida

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.

Flight Financing Made Easy

You’ve thought about becoming a pilot ever since you can remember and now it’s so close you can almost taste it, but one thing still stands in your way, it costs money. A lot of money. We get it, we’re pilots too and we’ve been there, and we want to help make your dream become a reality because we know the payoff really is worth it!

AeroStar is pleased to offer financing options through a company called Pilot Finance Inc. for students pursuing ab initio pilot training who are taking at least 1 to 5 lessons per week. You can learn more about their program at www.pilotfinance.com or ask for an application in our office today. Funds are approved and secured to your account within 1 business day so you can start training right away.

Be sure to also check out our page on scholarship resources as well, you may be able to get some financial assistance that way as well and don’t forget, we are also approved for VA benefits. Don’t let 2018 be the year you said you were going to do something big like finally get your pilot’s license and then slip on by. Call us today with any questions you might have (407) 888-9011.

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Best Local Spots to Fly To!

So you’ve finally earned your highly anticipated private pilot’s license and now you’re wondering, where should I fly to? Our head flight instructor, Rob Becker offers some insights on a few local favorite spots that won’t burn a hole in your pocket and can make for a fun day trip if you want to do some sightseeing, or just fly in and grab a bite to eat.

*The times below are based on flying a C-172 at approx. 110 knots.
Jekyll Island, Georgia (09J), about 1.5 hours
The southernmost island of the Golden Isles, Jekyll Island hosts a wide variety of family-friendly activities and attractions. This 5,700 acre island is beautiful to visit any time of year, but is particularly beautiful in the spring and fall. Jekyll Island offers an abundance of recreational activities for visitors of all ages including white sand beaches, golf, tennis, a water park, fishing pier, horseback riding, dolphin tours, biking trails, and sea turtle center,  just to name a few. There are also a variety of restaurants boasting local seafood and traditional southern fare.
Jekyll Island
Jekyll Island, Georgia
St. Augustine, Florida (KSGJ), 45 minutes
St. Augustine’s heritage makes the city a unique getaway for visitors. Founded in September 1565, St. Augustine is known for being the “Nation’s Oldest City.” When you visit St. Augustine, you dive into more than four centuries of history that owes much to the Spanish, English, Greeks, Native Americans, and African Americans. Stroll the narrow lanes, enter the many museums, visit landmarks such as Castillo de San Marcos, Ponce de Leon’s “Fountain of Youth,” and the Oldest Wooden Schoolhouse. St. Augustine is a favorite spot for history buffs and families alike.
St. Augustine
St. Augustine, Florida
Vero Beach, Florida (KVRB), 45 minutes
Vero Beach, located along Florida’s Atlantic coastline,  is a haven for golf, water sports and also fishing. With peaceful beaches, museums, nature tours and a range of hotels to choose from, Vero Beach is a terrific vacation destination and a part of the region known as Florida’s Treasure Coast. Vero Beach also offers a fine selection of shops – both downtown and in large shopping malls, and delectable cuisine for all budgets and palates. Also found in Vero Beach are art galleries and parks, some of which offer access to an intricate network of rivers and inlets.
Vero Beach
Vero Beach, Florida
Fernandina Beach is located in Nassau County on Amelia Island in Florida. Part of the Greater Jacksonville area, it is also the northernmost city on Florida’s Atlantic coast. Home of the popular Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival and is also known for great golf. Downtown Fernandina Beach offers shopping and a range of restaurants. Amelia Island has been a beloved destination for generations. There is 13 miles of beaches, abundant wildlife and clear, calm waters. Fernandina Beach and Amelia Island have consistently been ranked among Florida’s highest-rated destinations.
Fernandina Beach
Fernandina Beach, Florida
Venice, Florida (KVNC), less than an hour
Venice is located on the Gulf Coast of Florida. Best known for Venice Beach with an offshore coral reef, it is also filled with multi-use trails along the Intercostal Waterway, green spaces, and Monty Andrews Arboretum. Strolling along Caspersen Beach, you may even find some shark teeth. Venice offers 14 miles of beaches  and recreational opportunities, including swimming, sunbathing, shelling, golf, fishing and boating. 

Venice also is a Florida Main Street City – the downtown is graced by northern Italian architecture and beautifully landscaped boulevards dating back to the original city plans of 1925 and reminiscent of the Italian city of Venice.
Venice Beach
Venice Beach, Florida

If you are interested in learning to fly recreationally, please visit our initial pilot training page to see what course offerings we have, or call (407) 888-9011 to speak to our pilot training specialists who can help determine which program is right for you!