Our professional pilot courses are designed for those of you who wish to have a career in aviation. Depending on which courses you enroll in, you can leave ATA Flight Academy with all the skills necessary to earn money as a professional pilot. We show you how to earn your ratings and build your experience in the least amount of time for the least amount of money. We also stack the deck in your favor by ensuring that you build the kind of experience that aviation employers are looking for. While it is nearly impossible to describe all the ways in which one goes about becoming a professional pilot, we have illustrated 3 of the most common career paths for new aviation professionals and their associated costs.
The goal for most aspiring aviation professionals is to quickly transition from being a student pilot to being paid to fly. Typically, the least expensive and most direct route to this goal is to become a flight instructor. The progression typically goes from Private Pilot->Instrument->Commercial->CFI. To reach this milestone, you will need a minimum of 250-hours (Part 61) or 190-hours (Part 141) of flight time, and at least 120-days to complete your training. You also have the option to get your CFI Instrument, multi-engine add-on, and Multi-Engine Instructor. Once you start instructing, you can quickly build enough time and experience to qualify for a part 135 charter pilot or a Part 121 regional airline.
For those of you that have little or no interest in flight instruction, you can transition straight from commercial pilot to Corporate (Part 135) Charter Pilot. AeroTex Aviation/ ATA Flight Academy gives you an advantage in this progression, since we train you in the most sophisticated aircraft on the market. For example, with the fully automated digital engine control (FADEC,) and the G-1000 glass cockpit of the DA42 Twin Star, this aircraft is configured more like a turbine aircraft than a typical trainer. Experience in this type of aircraft goes a long way when you apply for a job with a Part 135 charter operator.
Many professional pilots choose to become expert flight instructors. The typical path is Private->Instrument->Commercial->Multi-engine add-on->CFI->CFII->MEI. With these certificates and ratings, you are very marketable with flight schools and you will quickly build the type of experience that regional airlines are looking for.
If you already have many of the certificates and ratings discussed above, then it might be time for a turbine type rating. AeroTex Aviation/ ATA Flight Academy offers type certificates in the King Air and/or Citation. This program is designed for those who want to add some clout to their resume. With the King Air or Citation type rating, you will also get a high altitude endorsement and valuable experience behind the controls of a sophisticated business turbo-prop or jet. (Pricing available by appointment only.)
The course total above are derived from FAA regulations and may not represent the actual amount of training required to achieve the specified certificates and/or ratings. The timeline and prices quoted are based on minimum hours. Additional training will be billed at an hourly rate and could extend the graduation date.
At ATA Flight Academy, courses and pricing assume that students meet the FAA prescribed experience prerequisites. If students wish, Aerotex Aviation/ ATA Flight Academy can provide time building in order to meet all prerequisites.
Join us for our 3rd Annual CHRISTMAS LIGHTS FROM THE SKY TOUR!
Up to 3-passengers per plane!
Takes off nightly, starting November 25th thru December 31st.
*No tours on Christmas Day or New Years Day!
Starting Friday November 25th (Black Friday,) we will take to the skies first flight departing at 6:00PM every hour, at the top of the hour, until Midnight, for a 45- minute tour.
Previous years we have sold out, so please call 432-363-4816 to book your time slot for the 2022 Christmas Light tour season now! You can also call or text 432-557-2360