Checklist - How to Become a Pilot

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Professional Pilot Program

American Flight Training, the flight school branch of Wayman Aviation, has developed a leading edge Professional Pilot Program. This Part 141/61 course of study takes full-time students from zero hours to 252 hours of Pilot in Command (PIC) experience and Commercial Multi-Engine Certification in as little as 8-10 months. Cadets that want to make the most of their time in the US can opt for 737 or A320 Type Ratings offered by Pan Am International Flight Academy.

The course is divided into 3 main chapters:

Private Pilot Training is where you learn the basics of how to fly. Straight & level, navigation, weather, and safety. Visual Flight Rules (VFR) allow for daytime flying in good weather conditions.

Instrument Rating lets you fly at night and in bad weather using just your instruments and skills. It makes you a stronger pilot. This is the way that airliners fly since there are no visual references at 35,000 feet. You’ll be on the radio with international flights coming in and out of Miami International Airport

Commercial Certification allows you to work for hire. This is when flying can start paying for itself. Along with a Multi-Engine rating you will be able to fly farther, faster, and higher in complex aircraft.

Between Instrument and Commercial courses students fly 5-10 hours in a tailwheel aircraft as an introduction to unusual attitudes. Aviator that truly love it can earn a tailwheel endorsement or purse an elective in aerobatics. At the end of the course you will have the opportunity to sit in an interview prep class including a sessions in  a full-motion 737 simulator. Then when it is time to sit with a major airline it is not your first time in a heavy category aircraft.

Cadets complete full ground schools blended with computer based training courses. In aircraft flights are flown from the academy’s facilities at Opa Locka Executive airport 20 minutes north of Miami International. Students will experience a broad range of airspace from Class B to non-towered airstrips. Florida offers a wide range of destinations and facilities to fly to.

Housing is available for students in the area around the airport. Books, charts, uniforms, and most materials are included in the Professional Pilot Package. US Citizens living in the Miami area can elect to do this course piece-meal, one certification/rating at a time.

The Professional Pilot Program is composed of three chapters.

  • Private Pilot
  • Instrument Rating
  • Time Building
  • Unusual Attitudes, Tailwheels, Aerobatics (Optional)
  • Commercial Single & Multi-Engine Certification
  • Students must have 18 years of Age
  • Be Able to Read, Write, and Speak English at ICAO level 4 standards
  • Hold a 1st or 2nd Class FAA Medical (After US Arrival)
  • International Students will need an M-1 Student Visa & TSA clearance

The Full Professional Pilot Course is $49,950. This estimate includes all courses, materials, flight time, and fuel.

Payment is typically received in:

  • $800 Deposit for International Visa Processing
  • 4 Monthly installments of $10,000 then Balance in the 5th month

Budget ~$4,000 for Additional Expenses such as

  • TSA fees, Fingerprinting, SEVIS Embassy Fees
  • FAA Medical
  • Written Exams & Practical Exams

Wayman Flight Training offers Housing for full-time students.

Apartments are 2 or 3 Bedrooms, all rooms are shared (2 occupants)

Most units are located within 4 miles of the flight line. Transportation is not provided.

More information can be found at Student Housing

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