The area of Daytona Beach is a haven for transportation enthusiasts.  “The World’s Most Famous Beach” is well-suited geographically and climatically for the stock car racing at historic Daytona Speedway, the boating on the Intercoastal Waterway, and the flying originating from several large pilot training centers.

1st Class Aviation School of Aeronautics (Daytona Beach International (DAB)
1575 Aviation Center Parkway
Daytona Beach, FL  32114
386-492-2995

Instruction Available:  Private, Instrument, Commercial, Certified Flight Instructor, Certified Flight Instructor-Instrument.  Ground school.

As the most affordable flight school in the Daytona area, 1st Class Aviation is an excellent choice for the aviation hobbyist who is interested in procuring their license for recreational purposes.  Pilots can obtain any SEL (single-engine land) rating, with the exception of ATP, in the school’s Cessna Skyhawk or Piper Arrow.  The family-owned business will help transient students coordinate housing and car rental.  To ensure that flight training is the right choice for a prospective student, the company offers one half hour of the first introductory flight for free.
Air American Flight Center LLC (Daytona Beach International (DAB)
1585 Aviation Center Parkway, Suite 602
Daytona Beach, FL  32114
386-252-3600

Instruction Available:  Private, Instrument, Commercial, Certified Flight Instructor, Certified Flight Instructor-Instrument, Multi-Engine, Multi-Engine Instructor, Airline Transport Pilot.  Ground school.

GPS display screens with satellite weather mapping, air bags, sleek instruments: no, this isn't the latest luxury car- it's just the features found in one of the many new Cessnas available for rental and instruction at Air America!  If you're working towards your commercial license and are simply looking to build time, you can take advantage of the Cessna Pilot's Center inexpensive C-150's.  Looking to hone your skills in a high-performance or multi-engine aircraft?  They have Turbo Cessna 182s, as well as twin-engine Beechcraft.  Air America is open seven days per week at their Daytona Beach International Airport campus.
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (Daytona Beach International (DAB)
600 S. Clyde Morris Blvd.
Daytona Beach, FL
386-226-6525

Instruction Available:  Private, Instrument, Commercial, Certified Flight Instructor, Certified Flight Instructor-Instrument, Multi-Engine, Multi-Engine Instructor, Airline Transport Pilot, Tailwheel.  Ground school, Computerized Testing, Designated Pilot Examiner on staff.

Considered by many in the industry as the premier aviation educational organization, Embry-Riddle offers a variety of degree programs for prospective professionals.  Flight training is available only to those enrolled in a degree program with the school.  A diploma in aeronautical science is a great asset to any pilot, particularly those with airline aspirations, and a student should carefully examine their career goals when deciding what kind of flight education they want.  There are many advantages to training at ERAU, including the rare opportunity to log time in a tailwheel-equipped aircraft, and the convenience of having Designated Pilot Examiners on staff available to provide checkrides.
Phoenix East Aviation, Inc.  (Daytona Beach International (DAB)
600 S. Clyde Morris Blvd.
Daytona Beach, FL  32114
386-258-0703

Instruction Available:  Private, Instrument, Commercial, Certified Flight Instructor, Certified Flight Instructor-Instrument, Airline Transport Pilot, Multi-Engine, Multi-Engine Instructor, Tailwheel, Seaplane.  Ground school, Designated Pilot Examiner on staff.

Phoenix East exemplifies ‘one-stop shopping’ for student pilots.  Since 1972, they have dispensed everything from recreational pilot certificates to jet type-ratings.  You can earn college credit to four different universities by participating in one of their many programs, including upset training in aerobatic aircraft!  The school maintains a fleet of over three dozen aircraft, all of which are only a few years old in order to minimize downtime for maintenance.  International students are encouraged to apply for admission; there is nearby housing provided by the school, as well as assistance in procuring visas.  With a staff of over sixty instructors and a plethora of programs to choose from, Phoenix East offers perhaps some of the most versatile, tailored flight training in Central Florida.

Epic Flight Academy (New Smyrna Municipal (KEVB)
600 Skyline Drive
New Smyrna Beach, FL  32168
386-409-5583

Instruction Available:  Private, Instrument, Commercial, Certified Flight Instructor, Certified Flight Instructor-Instrument, Airline Transport Pilot, Multi-Engine, Multi-Engine Instructor, Tailwheel.  Ground school, Computerized testing, Designated Pilot Examiner on staff.

New composite twin-engine planes, FAR 142-approved flight simulators for multiple type ratings, over one hundred and fifty graduates per year: Epic Aviation has it all!  The school has received many accolades throughout its ten years of service, including a special citation by AOPA and an Excellence in Flight Training Award in 2007 by the Cessna Aircraft Company.  Their comprehensive fleet is equipped with the best avionics currently on the market.  Offering a structured, academic approach, Epic is unique among flight schools- it maintains standards of a traditional educational institution, with admissions counselors available to assist transient and international students.

Avia (Flagler County Airport (XFL)
281 Old Moody Blvd.
Palm Coast, FL  32164
386-586-3380

Instruction Available: Instrument

Focusing exclusively on the developing the skill set necessary for safe, competent instrument (IFR) flying, Avia incorporates an approach to training mirroring that of the major airlines (Line Oriented Simulation).  Rather than simply ensuring that a student possesses the technical ability to execute IFR maneuvers and procedures, the school introduces planned scenarios to the pilot in-flight.  Their philosophy is “Train the way you fly; fly the way you train”- their instruction regimes will provide “real-world” flight experiences to Instrument-rated pilots hailing from various backgrounds.  Several courses are available, including IPC (Instrument Proficiency Check) and accelerated IR (Instrument Refresher).

Ryan Aviation Seaplanes (Flagler County Airport (XFL)
301 Old Moody Blvd.
Palm Coast, FL  32164
800-338-3044

Instruction Available:  Private, Commercial, Airline Transport Pilot, Seaplane.  Designated Pilot Examiner on staff.

Where would you fly if you weren’t restricted to landing on a runway?  Perhaps the most versatile type of aircraft in today’s General Aviation is the amphibious plane- pilots have the option to land on virtually any water or hard surface of their choice.  Students new to the world of seaplane piloting will begin their training in a Husky on “amphib” floats, and have the option to pursue several different certifications.  To supplement the flight training, students have the option of including a Safety & Survival course.  If you’ve ever wanted to log time in the classic DeHavilland Beaver, Ryan Aviation offers an exhilarating Bush Pilot Course.

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