Orlando is home to some of the most fun attractions in the world, but did you know there are close to a dozen flight schools to get your pilots license?  Orlando offers some of the finest flight schools in the country, and you can get everything from you instrument rating, to multi engine training.  Take a look at these great flight schools in the greater Orlando area.

Florida Seaplanes (Prairie Lake Mooring Facility (3FD9)
259 Robin Court
Altamonte Springs, FL  32701
407-331-5655

Instruction Available: FLOATPLANE ONLY- Private, Multi-Engine

Learning to fly a seaplane will amend a land-based pilot’s experience with a completely new set of practical and knowledge skills.  How does one “read” the water to determine a safe landing area, and how does the water pattern differ between lakes and rivers?  What are the proper maneuvers for navigating through a congested harbor?  Florida Seaplanes will teach licensed pilots all of these concepts, and more, at their Central Florida school.  Those who already hold a Private Pilot certificate can expect about five hours of instruction in a single-engine Maule before they’re ready for the final checkride.  Multi-engine-rated pilots will have the memorable opportunity to train in a historic Grumman Widgeon.

Apopka Aviation & Flight Services (Orlando/Apopka (X04)
1321 Apopka Road, Hangar #77
Orlando, FL  32798
407-947-1700

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

Touting itself as “Central Florida’s Alternative Approach to Aviation”, Apopka Aviation holds true to their name.  Student pilots can study for their professional pilot ratings during the week, and receive qualified hang gliding instruction during the weekend!  By partnering with several different companies, AAFS offers an impressive catalogue of services, from LSA (Light Sport Aircraft) instruction to access to two twin-engine aircraft.

First Landings Aviation (Orlando/Apopka (X04)
1321 Apopka Airport Road FBO
Apopka, FL  32712
407-886-7612

Instruction Available:  Sport Pilot, Sport Certified Flight Instructor, Tailwheel

Alternative transportation is essential for today’s business, legal, and medical professionals- what better way to get to your destination quickly and safely than piloting an aircraft?  Using a LSA (Light Sport Aircraft) is smart and cost-effective for those needing to travel relatively short distances during normal workday hours.  You can receive training for your Sport Pilot rating at First Landings Aviation.  FLA offers comprehensive flight instruction for tailwheel transition as well.

Sun Air Aviation (Leesburg International (LEE)

8806 Airport Blvd.
Leesburg, FL  34788
352-787-2211

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

Technological advances within the aviation industry have progressed significantly in the last decade, with Sun Air Aviation being at the forefront.  Incorporating Garmin G1000 cockpit interfaces with CATS testing and a full-motion flight simulator, they have the resources necessary to equip the future industry professionals.  The school’s approach is creatively tailors to many flight training needs; the Redbird FX simulator is utilized not only for logging FAA-approved Instrument time, but also for special programs introducing students to real-life emergency scenarios.  Students wishing to combine their flight hours with undergraduate education are eligible to earn credit through a partnership with Utah Valley University.

Air Orlando Aviation, Inc (Executive Airport (ORL)

319 North Crystal Lake Drive
Orlando, FL  32803
407-896-0721 / 877-576-2359

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

Curious student pilots with a strong desire to learn and achieve will feel right at home at Air Orlando.  They offerconcentrated programs like “Zero Time to Minimum Employable” or custom, tailored training for the casual student.  The training fleet is notable: helicopters, tailwheel, tricycle-gear, and twin-engine aircraft.  You can be the envy of all of your friend after learning how to do barrell rolls in their Super Decathlon, or impress your passengers with the knowledge you’d receive from the school’s Garmin G1000 seminars.  Pilots who have let their currency requirements lapse will find it easy to schedule flight reviews and IPCs (Instrument Proficience Check).

Avon Air Academy (Orlando Sanford International (SFB)
1300 East 26th Place
Sanford, FL  32773
407-585-3733

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

Offering students a choice between the freedom of Part 61 instruction or the academic structure of Part 141 training, Avon delivers focused flight education in an array of single-engine, retractable gear, high-performance, and twin-engined aircraft.  Although the school does not help foreign students obtain visas, they do offer financial assistance via loans and military benefits, proudly being approved for VA loans. You can get on a fast track to get your pilots license in Orlando at this great flight school.

Falcon Flight School (Executive Airport (ORL)

1110 Spinner Lane
Sanford, FL  32773
407-330-3160

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

Flight training often appears very expensive to new students, but the overall cost is comparable to other vocational education- the difference is that an individual can go from student pilot to professional aviator in a matter of months, so the cost is condensed into a short amount of time rather than being spread over several years.  Falcon Flight School offers students the option to enroll in the Utah Valley distance education program, which is approved for government-subsidized academic loans for not only aircraft rental fees, but also housing and study materials.  Their fleet contains a rarity in the world of flight training: an IFR-compliant, economical Cessna 152.

Flight Ready Aviation (Executive Airport (ORL)
2816 East Robinson Street
Orlando, FL  32803
407-898-5050

Instruction Available:  Private, Instrument, Commercial.

Started by two friends with a dream, Flight Ready proudly maintains a laid-back atmosphere and takes great pride in their students’ accomplishments.  Their staff of instructors are career CFIs, dedicated to their student’s long-term progress.  The small collection of training aircraft, including a complex-rated Piper Arrow, is well-maintained for students and qualified renters.  For those wishing to share the joy of flight with friends and family, aerial sightseeing tours can be scheduled.

Flight Training Professionals (Executive Airport (ORL)
391 Herndon Avenue, Suite A
Orlando, FL  32803

407-896-0077

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

Although learning to fly is obviously focused on the sky, success is often determined by the resources and environment students experience on the ground.  FTF is well aware of this fact: their spacious, well-appointed facility contains a well-stocked pilot shop, as well as a comfortable lounge.  The airport itself offers students excellent training opportunities with its two runways that operate half a dozen instrument approaches for those pursuing their Instrument Pilot rating.  All aircraft utilized for private, instrument, and commercial training are equipped with the Garmin G1000.

Sunstate Aviation Flight School (Kissimmee Municipal Airport (ISM)
3008 Patrick Street
Kissimmee,FL
407-944-3592

Instruction Available: Private, Instrument, Commercial, Certified Flight Instructor, Certified Flight Instructor-Instrument, Airline Transport Pilot

Utilizing the Cessna Training System curriculum, students can choose to receive either self-paced instruction or accelerated training.  As a certified Cessna PIlot Center, SAFS has the backing of the world’s largest manufacturer of general aviation aircraft, which guarantees the fleet will be equipped with the latest in aeronautical technology.  In addition to tutoring students in standard fixed-wing operations, they also offer Instrument and Commercial Helicopter ratings for pilots who already hold a Private rotorcraft certificate.  Because SAFS incorporates real-world scenarios into their syllabus, they are recognized by the FAA as FITS-approved.

Warbird Adventures (Kissimmee Gateway (ISM)
233 N. Hoagland Blvd.
Kissimmee, FL  34741
407-870-7366

What aviation buff hasn’t attended a local airshow, become enthralled by the performance of a classic warbird, and wished for the opportunity to be the pilot-in-command of such a historical airplane?  You can have that experience at Warbird Adventures, located at Kissimmee Gateway airport.  Feel the adrenaline rush of controlling a 500-horsepower T6 as the instructor guides you through hallmark aerobatic maneuvers like aileron rolls and wing-overs.  Licensed pilots with qualified endorsements (complex, high-performance, tailwheel) can even solo the T6 upon completion of the five-hour checkout course.

Choice Aeronautical Academy (Executive Airport (ORL)
(No formal training facility at airport)

407-208-9229
Instruction Available:  Private, Instrument, Commercial

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