Frequently Asked Questions
What type of training do I have to go through to become a commercial pilot and fly for the airlines?
AFA offers an ab-initio (from zero time) flight training package, which trains you from your private up through your commercial certificate with multi-engine and instrument ratings. When you have completed one of our flight training schools, the most common career path for our students is to become flight instructors. As an instructor, you can build necessary flight experience before you start applying for a job with regional and commuter airlines. If you already have a private, we will merge you into the program and start with your instrument training.
Does AFA offer a Part 141 program?
Yes! AFA is an FAA Approved flight training school, certified by the FAA under 14 CFR Part 141 through the Long Beach Flying Club.
What kind of medical examinations do I have to go through to qualify for the program?
AFA requires at a minimum, its students to hold an FAA Class III to train with the school; however, we highly recommend a Class I medical for all professional pilot program students. It is necessary that you have obtained your medical prior to starting training, which can be done either locally or by accessing Federal Aviation Administration Office of Aviation Medicine Civil Aeromedical Institute.
My vision is not perfect. Can I still become a pilot?
Yes, as long as you meet the requirements of an FAA Class 1 or 2 medical your vision will not be an issue. It is necessary that your vision is correctable to 20/20; however, it is not necessary to have perfect uncorrected vision.
Need Financial Help?
Pilot Finance is a financial aid program that provides part-time students (defined as 1-5 lessons per week) with the opportunity to earn their wings with affordable, level monthly payments. The typical approval process takes just 24 hours and can accommodate almost all part-time training. The maximum amount financed is limited only by the applicant’s income, debts, and credit record. The maximum repayment term (the number of payments) is determined by the number of lessons per week in the student’s training schedule.