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API, being one of the oldest aviation airplane flying flight training pilot schools in the USA, can prepare you for an
airline career. Learn to fly in a real world professional environment and acquire your Private Pilot Certificate,
Instrument Rating, Certified Flight Instructor Certificate, and Commercial Pilot License in minimum amount of time.
By using general aviation aircraft and PCATD flight simulators, your IFR and CFII training is simplified.
 We are located in Chicago, Illinois.  Flying is not a job it's a dream come true.

Career  Commercial   Pilot

Flight   Instructor  Program

Program includes integrated training for the following Pilot Certificates

Private Pilot
Instrument Rating
Commercial Pilot Certificate
Certified Flight Instructor Certificate

API has been training individuals to become Professional Pilots for over 39 years
Save Time and Money with Training from the Professionals

    What is needed to become a Professional Pilot ?

  • A professional pilot is an individual who is compensated for his or her ability to fly an aircraft
  • There are various types of professional pilots and they are normally classified by the type of company they fly for, or by the type of flying services they provide
  • The major types of professional pilots are:                                      
        Commercial Airline Pilots who fly for an international, domestic, or regional airline
        Commuter Pilots who fly normally somewhat smaller airplanes than the airlines
        Corporate Pilots who fly for corporations that have their own aircraft
        Charter Pilots who fly for companies that provide charter services to the public
        Agriculture Pilots who fly aircraft that are used for crop dusting
        Certificated Flight Instructors who teach individuals how to fly
  • Advancing in the industry is generally related to the total number of flight hours that the pilot has logged, and the specific type of aircraft that he/she is qualified to fly
  • In order to fly as a professional pilot, the FAA states you must obtain a commercial pilot certificate in order to be legally compensated
  • The commercial pilot certificate can be achieved by meeting the FAA requirements dictated in either FAA part 141 or FAA part 61
  • Under FAA part 141 you could become a commercial pilot with 190 hours of flight time, but you must attend mandatory ground school classes
  • Under FAA part 61 there are no mandatory ground school classes, and the required flight time is 250 hours
  • With some FAA part 141 organizations the mandatory ground school classes can add as much as $11,000 to the cost of your training
  • With FAA part 141 you are trading ground school classes for flight time
  • The required testing is exactly the same for all commercial pilots regardless if you are being trained under FAA part 141, or FAA part 61 regulations
  • Your actual commercial pilot certificate conveys that you can be legally compensated for flying an airplane, but does not indicate if you were trained under part 141 or 61
  • Quite often you will spend less money, and obtain more flight hours when you are trained under FAA part 61 as opposed to FAA part 141 because you do not have to pay for mandatory ground school classes
  • The mandatory ground school classes have become obsolete because all major ground training is now done using state of the art DVD interactive home study training augmented with one on one individual training if necessary
  • The total flight hours obtained may make it easier to advance in the industry
  • When you send a resume to a prospective company your total flight time can be the major factor to meet their hiring minimums
  • In the real world even with 250 hours of flight time and a commercial pilot certificate there are very few entry level jobs available for you in the industry because of FAA requirements and insurance minimums
  • A realistic approach to get your professional career off the ground is to become a certified flight instructor
  • As a certified flight instructor each time you fly with a student you are allowed to add that flight time to your total flight hours, and you are getting paid for your training skills
  • Aviation Professionals takes a real world approach towards your career as professional pilot by incorporating your training to become a commercial pilot with training towards a flight instructor certificate
  • This combined training concept will save you time and money, and it also produces a better commercial pilot because you will obtain more in-depth flying skills
  • The core of the concept is while other pilots are learning only how to perform a maneuver you are learning how to simultaneously perform, and explain the maneuver which is exactly what is required of a flight instructor
  • Aviation Professionals will start grooming you to become a certified flight instructor while you are working on your private pilot certificate
  • This concept produces a seamless training experience from your private pilot certificate to your flight instructor certificate
  • The industry norm is to first be trained to become a commercial pilot, and then after you have achieved that they will train you to become a flight instructor which means extra training, and more money
  • Our expertise in the industry comes from our 39 years of experience of training pilots in some of the world's busiest airspace, and to our knowledge every major airline in the United States has a pilot who was trained by Aviation Professionals

    General  Information  for  All  Certificates

  • Flying an airplane can be simple and easy, when you pay attention to details
  • Flying is about 92 times safer than driving an automobile
  • The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) establishes the requirements for pilots
  • You need to able to read, write, speak, and understand the English language
  • All pilots must pass a flight physical which is a general medical exam confirming that your health will not hamper your ability to fly an airplane
  • For each individual pilot certificate you will be required to pass a written, oral, and flight exam that is related to the certificate that you are trying to acquire
  • The written exam, also called a knowledge exam, requires a score of 70% or higher to pass
  • You will be required to pass an oral exam administered by an FAA flight examiner on the day of your flight test
  • The flight test is an actual flight whereby you demonstrate your flying abilities to an FAA examiner

    Private  Pilot  Certificate

  • As a Private Pilot you can fly any where in the country and take passengers with you
  • You have to be at least 16 years old before you can fly by yourself which is called solo flight
  • You must be at least 17 years old to be awarded your Private Pilot Certificate
  • For your Private Pilot Certificate you must have a minimum of 40 hours of physical flight time
  • Your flight time will consist of flying with an instructor which is called dual flight, and flying by yourself which is called solo flight
  • You can start your training without a physical, but must pass a flight physical before soloing
  • Private Pilots can not receive money for their ability to fly an airplane

   Instrument  Rating

  • An Instrument Rating means you are certified to fly in poor weather conditions solely by reference to the airplane's flight instruments without having visual contact with the ground
  • You must have at least a Private Pilot Certificate before you can become an Instrument Rated Pilot
  • You must be at least 17 years old to be awarded your Instrument Rating
  • For your Instrument Rating you must have a minimum of 40 hours of flight training, and 50 hours of actual cross country flying
  • Your training is a combination of ground simulator, and actual flight time

    Commercial  Pilot  Certificate

  • As a Commercial Pilot you can be paid for you ability to fly an airplane
  • You must be at least 18 years old to be awarded your Commercial Pilot Certificate
  • For your Commercial Pilot Certificate you must have 10 hours of training in a complex airplane a minimum of 250 of total time
  • Your total time can be a combination of your time acquiring your Private Pilot Certificate and Instrument Rating including your ground simulator time

    Certified  Flight  Instructor  Certificate

  • As a Certified Flight Instructor whenever you are training a student, you are accumulating additional hours toward your total flight time while being paid for your pilot training skills
  • You must be at least 18 years old and hold a Commercial Pilot Certificate
  • You can become a Certified Flight Instructor immediately after obtaining your Commercial Pilot Certificate
  •  Why is API your best choice for a Flight School ?

        40 Years of Providing Professional Training
          In some of the World's Busiest Airspace
    With one the best safety records in the industry

  • Only a few schools in the country can boast they have been training pilots for over 3 decades
  • API, for over 3 decades, has been training individuals to become Private Pilots, Instrument Rated Pilots, Commercial Pilots, Certified Flight Instructors, and Airline Transport Pilots
  • We can boast that almost every major airline has had pilots who were trained at API
  • We have hundreds of thousands of hours in experience with our programs
  • Even the United States Air Force had contracted with us to teach some of their cadets how to fly before those individuals entered the Air Force Academy

     Simplicity  in  Training  Using  Attitude  Flying,  and  the  CAP  KISS  Concept
  • API has developed its own exclusive, and unique training method over the last 39 years
  • Our method of training is based around simple common sense techniques and procedures
  • The technique is called ATTITUDE FLYING, and the procedures are called CAP
  • ATTITUDE FLYING using our CAP procedures makes flying simple, safe, and easy to understand
  • ATTITUDE FLYING provides you with instant feedback as to what the airplane is doing
  • A pilot flies an airplane using hand and foot CONTROLS
  • When explained properly you will understand that the airplane's CONTROLS have very simple movements
  • When moving the controls you need to have an instant visual reference to see how the airplane is reacting
  • These visual references are specific ATTITUDES that are created by comparing the relationship that certain parts of the airplane make relative to the ground, runway, or horizon
  • Maintaining a specific attitude will produce specific aircraft PERFORMANCE
  • You will move the CONTROLS to acquire specific ATTITUDES to get the desired PERFORMANCE
  • API's system has proven to work universally with both private, and commercial aircraft
  • API is the only place in the world that teaches ATTITUDE FLYING, and the CAP procedures

                                       Location   and   Professional   Environment
  • Learning to fly at Chicago Midway Airport
  • In the Unites States, all major cities that have airports, will have Control Towers
  • To be able to utilize all the airports, in addition to knowing how to fly an airplane, you also have to know how to communicate with the air traffic controllers
  • The controls towers have controllers responsible for the efficient and safe movement of all aircraft traffic on and around an airport
  • Midway Airport has a Control Tower that is open 24 hours a day
  • Training at API will teach you the proper procedures to communicate with the air traffic controllers and radar controllers
  • An airport that has a control tower creates an extremely safe, and efficient environment because there is an additional staff of individuals coordinating the flow of traffic
  • Smaller airports do not have control towers so it is very difficult to understand and practice your communication skills with air traffic controllers
  • Learning to fly at Midway Airport gives you the confidence to use other major airports in the country because you are well versed, and familiar in using proper radio procedures
  • If you wish to be a professional pilot then you need the skills to fly in an professional environment

                               State  of  the  art  DVD  Interactive  Ground  School  Training

  • API has interactive DVD home study training courses which are compatible for use with either a computer, personal DVD player, or television
  • There is a simplified and detailed course for the Private, Commercial, Instrument and Certified Flight Instructor Certificate
  • The courses allow you progress at your own rate while studying at home
  • The DVD course will present the information to you as if you were watching a movie
  • Old large classroom style instruction has become obsolete, and inefficient
  • The course is interactive to make sure that you are understanding the material presented to you
  • Included in the DVD course is a text book which has the actual written exam questions with answers and explanations
  • One on one private ground instruction is also provided for any subject areas that you would prefer additional assistance

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Be one of the best pilots you can be, and learn to fly in a professional commercial environment. We are one of the oldest aviation airplane flying flight training pilot schools in the USA, and we can prepare you for an airline career. Obtain your Private Pilot Certificate, Instrument Rating, Certified Flight Instructor Certificate, and Commercial Pilot License in minimum amount of time and at minimum expense. Utilizing general aviation aircraft and PCATD flight simulators, you're IFR and CFII training is simplified. We have a school at Midway Airport in Chicago, Illinois. Flying does not have be to considered a job, instead it can be a dream come true.                                   

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