The Alpha Aviation Professional Development Program

Do you dream of becoming a Professional Pilot?

The AAPD Program is one of the the quickest and most affordable ways to take a starting student pilot with no experience to commercial pilot in less than 180 training days.

Only with the Alpha Aviation Professional Development Program will you become a Commercial Multi-Engine Pilot with Flight Instructor, Instrument Instructor, and Multi-engine Instructor Privileges while saving money with our non-profit business model.

Alpha Aviation, Inc., is owned and managed by airline pilots. We have a thorough understanding of today’s marketplace, and how to prepare students for professional pilot careers. We have provided a safe, professional non-profit business model to meet needs of aspiring Professional Pilots!

We have a large group of mentors and upper-level students who offer assistance while you self-study the groundschool course material. This is just one of the many ways we help to make this a cost-effective program for those who are training. Should you need further assistance, you can purchase some tutoring time from one of our certified instructors.

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Path To Success

Phase 1 – Private Pilot License (PVT)

(50 Flight Hours, 20 Simulator Hours, 60 Days)

Phase 1A – Establishing a solid foundation, Procedural Validation

(10 hours of Simulation, Days 1-5)

Start your Professional Development training in our FAA-approved simulator. Receive 10 hours of simulator instruction prior to beginning flight lessons so that a solid foundation and professional habits are established early in the aviator’s training. Demonstrate a conceptual understanding of checklist usage, cockpit discipline, aircraft systems, maneuvers, memory items, communication, weather, writing down and interpreting the ATIS, NoTAMs, normal/abnormal/emergency procedures and more. AAPD students will need to pass a simulator assessment verifying a strong foundation has been demonstrated prior to proceeding to the aircraft for continued flight lessons.

(Studies have shown that efficient utilization of simulators increase student aptitude, minimizes student errors, increases the learning curve and lowers training costs.)

(The remaining 10 hours in the student bank is available at the discretion of the flight instructor to offer extra training where needed, including night flight operations, night flight cross countries, VFR-day cross countries, GPS/VOR navigational training and more.)

Phase 1B – Solo Preparation Flight Lessons

(25 Flight Hours, Days 6-45)

Alpha Aviation Professional Development students will conceptually demonstrate an understanding of all maneuvers and procedures needed to safely solo. Each student will be validated by a Check Flight Instructor prior to initiating solos.

Phase 1C – Non Cross Country Solo Flights

(5 Flight Hours, Days 46-47)

One of the biggest milestones for all aviators is flying solo (no Flight Instructor on board)!

Bring your friends and family out to the airport to witness such an amazing accomplishment! Take pictures and celebrate this once-in-a-lifetime career accomplishment!

Phase 1D – Day and Night Cross Country; Solo Cross Countries

(15 Flight Hours, Days 48-55)

Meet the Private Pilot day and night cross country aeronautical experience requirements.

At this stage, the aviator will learn how to navigate at least 50 nautical miles (straight-line distance) between at least two airports during the day and night.

Phase 1E – Checkride Prep and Checkride

(5 Flight Hours, Days 56-60)

Practice and perform all manuevers to ACS standards. Pass your checkride and secure the privileges that the Private Pilot license provides!

Phase 1F – Drone Pilot License and Training

Immediately following the Private Pilot Checkride, the Alpha Aviator will complete computer-based training and take a multiple choice exam on a website provided by the FAA. Passing the exam will enable to the Aviator to secure the Remote Pilot (Drone) License. If the Aviator opts to work for Alpha Aviation as a Drone Pilot, the Aviator will receive drone training at no cost to the Aviator.

Phase 2 – Instrument Rating (IR), Complex Aircraft Endorsement

(50 Flight Hours, 50 Simulator Hours, 50 days.)

Phase 2 of the Professional Development Program introduces the aviator to complex aircraft (aircraft which requires a constant speed propeller, flaps and a retractable landing gear). In addition to complex aircraft operations, the aviator will professionally develop critical skills of flying with sole reference to flight instruments on Instrument Flight Rule (IFR) Flight Plans. Complete 50 hours of simulation instruction, 50 hours of flight instruction in a complex aircraft in 50 days.  AAPD students will have the opportunity to be assigned an experienced airline pilot as a mentor at the start of Phase 2.

Phase 2A – Introduction to Complex Aircraft Operations

(5 Flight Hours plus 5 Simulation Hours of Complex Aircraft Operations and Maneuvering; Days 61-65)

Phase 2B – Instrument Rating Simulation Lessons

(45 Simulator Hours, Days 66-86)

Phase 2C – Instrument Rating and Commercial Pilot Aeronautical Experience Flight Lessons

(45 Flight Hours, Days 87-110)

At Alpha Aviation, we believe in “knocking two birds out with one stone”. Aviators will continue instrument training while completing the aeronautical experience requirements for both the instrument rating and commercial pilot license. This saves the aviator money and is the most efficient way properly utilize flight time. Aviators will successfully have a Private Pilot license with an instrument rating and complex aircraft endorsement for Airplanes, Single-Engine, Land (ASEL) by the end of Phase 2 of the AAPD.

Phase 3 – Crew Resource Management

(90 Flight Hours, 5 Simulation Hours, 30 Days)

This phase of the program transitions the aviator from Singe-Pilot Resource Management (SRM) to Crew Resource Management (CRM). Professional Pilots at the airline level (or equivalent) will fly airline transport category equipment as a crew (2 or more pilots). Learn how to effectively utilize all available resources and share pilot flying/pilot monitoring duties in a synchronized, harmonious way.

Phase 3A – CRM Theory and Procedures Simulation

(5 Simulation Hours, Day 111)

Simulate Acting Pilot-In-Command, Safety Pilot, Pilot Flying, Pilot Monitoring, Flying “Under the Hood” with Safety Pilot concepts.

Phase 3B – CRM Flight Training

(10 Flight Hours, Days 112-113)

Practice flying as Acting Pilot in Command and receive Safety Pilot training while continuing CRM training.

Phase 3C – CRM Crew Cross Country Timebuilding

(80 Flight Hours, Days 114-140)

Share the aircraft costs with a fellow AAPD aviator (who has completed all prior phases to this point) and fly around the nation as a crew on IFR Flight Plans! No flight instructor on board! The Alpha Aviation Flight Operations Department will play the role of Dispatch and ensure each crew is maintaining safety by time-building on routes determined to be safe by the crew and Alpha Aviation Flight Operations.

Phase 4 – Commercial Pilot Checkride Prep

(10 Hours, 10 days)

Earn the Commercial Pilot license in a Single-Engine Land, Complex Aircraft. Review Commercial Pilot privileges and limitations and all prior aeronautical knowledge with an Alpha CFI.

Phase 5 – CFI Initial

(10 Flight Hours, Free Usage of Simulator, 25 days)

Complete the CFI course, all written exams, and flight lessons in preparation for the CFI initial checkride. Alpha Aviation does not offer spin endorsement training. Immediately begin working for Alpha Aviation as a CFI upon successful completion of checkride.)

Phase 6 – Instrument Instructor

(5 Hours, Free Usage of Simulator, 3 Days)

Add the privilege of teaching students instrument flying to your existing CFI license.

Phase 7 – Commercial Multi-Engine; Multi-Engine Instructor

(15 Flight Hours, 20 Days)

Phase 7A – Commercial Multi-Engine Training

Receive 10 flight hours of multi-engine flight lessons in 10 days.

Phase 7B – Multi-Engine Instructor Training

Receive 10 flight hours of flight training in 10 days.

Phase 7C – Multi-Engine Simulation

Option to purchase simulation lessons at customer’s discretion.

Phase 8 – Charter and Commercial Pilot Pipeline Opportunities

With all prior phases of the AAPD completed, the Aviator is most competitive to pursue commercial pilot opportunities while also serving Alpha Aviation as a CFI. Alpha Aviation will establish pipeline employment opportunities with alliance partners for AAPD Aviators.

Phase 9 – Mentoring: Airline Pilot Career Interview Consulting, Preparation and Recruiter Visits

Alpha Aviation will mentor AAPD Aviators through the important process of selecting the regional airline best suited to help the aviator meet career goals. Expect interview preparation, letters of recommendation by career coach mentors, application and resume review.

Phase 10 – Part-time Opportunities and Mentoring at Alpha Aviation

Congratulations! You’re now an airline pilot! While building airline pilot career experience, continue to pay it forward by mentoring Alpha Aviators who are right behind you on the career track. Continue to explore ways to work alongside Alpha Aviation administration in making a difference, one student at a time!

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Program Costs

Hourly Fees

Simulator Training: $85 per hour, includes instructor fees

Groundschool Tutoring (as requested): $35 per hour

Flight Instructor Fees: $50 per flight hour

Aircraft Usage Fees, includes fuel and up to 3 landings. Additional landings price vary by airport

Cessna 172: $150 per flight hour

Socata TB9: $160 per flight hour

Socata TB10: $160 per flight hour

King Schools Groundschool Kit

Private Pilot: $325

Instrument Rating: $325

Additional ratings available at a discounted price

Additional Costs Not Included in Program Fees

  • $400 non-refundable deposit
  • iPad (iOS 11) or equivalent
  • Aviation Headset ($100+, ask for recommendations)
  • Alpha Uniform polo shirts ($35 each)
  • Examiner fees  (Approximately $5000 total for PVT, IR, Commercial ASEL, Commercial AMEL, CFI, CFII, MEI)
  • Written exam fees (Approximately $170 each for six written exams)
  • Airport ID Badges
  • FAA Medical Exam fee.
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Enrollment Process

More details will be provided during this process, but here is a basic idea of what to expect:

  1. Fill out an enrollment application. Request yours using the form below.
  2. Once accepted in the program, submit copies of all required legal documents.
  3. Submit your $400 deposit to hold your spot with your instructor. Also submit your payment for the Groundschool Kit and uniforms. You can pay for flights hours in blocks of 10 as you go.
  4. Obtain your first class medical certificate. This needs to be completed before you can solo, so start working on it soon.
  5. Begin studying the groundschool software, completing Phase 1 before your first flight.
  6. Schedule flight and simulator lessons with your Certified Flight Instructor.
  7. Become a safe and confident pilot!