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Airline Career Academy launches ProPilot programme

Airline Career Academy (ACA) is launching its new fully structured JAA ATPL ProPilot Programme, a full-time course for those wishing to become an airline pilot.

The course takes a student pilot from zero hours to a frozen ATPL in approximately 12 months. ACA is approved to conduct training for both FAA licenses (for USA registered aircraft) and JAA licenses (for aircraft registered within Europe).

The Programme is delivered by ACA under a CAA approval gained by Space Coast Aviation – a subsidiary of ACA, based on Merritt Island, Florida, USA. The training is conducted in two Florida locations: ACA’s Kissimmee base near Orlando, and Pan Am’s International Training Academy in Miami, with the final part of the programme being completed in Europe at Malaga in Spain, where the ATPL is finally achieved.

The Programme offers a new take on the traditional “Integrated” course as Sheldon England, ACA’s European Director, explains:

“We are very excited about our new course, as we believe it is quite unique. For instance, it involves attaining certain FAA licenses in the USA, such as an FAA single-engine Instrument Rating, then converting to JAA in Spain at the end of the Programme. The reason for this is two-fold: Firstly, it minimises the high costs usually associated with multi-engine instrument training in Europe, and secondly it is useful to have both licenses, since with a little additional training you are making yourself available for employment in two different markets.”

“ATPL Theory follows JAR-FCL, as does the Commercial Pilot’s License (CPL) training, which is carried out on multi-engine aircraft. However, it is this unique combina­tion of FAA and JAA training and keeping costs down to a minimum, which makes this course so attractive. This, plus all the other attractions of training in Florida – weather being a prime example.”

“Our ground school is conducted at Kissimmee and uses the latest iPad technology with excellent material from ProPilot.eu.  Our airline training consists of a Multi-crew Co-operation Course (MCC) and a Jet Orientation Course (JOC) delivered over three weeks by the world renowned Pan Am in Miami. The MCC and JOC are followed by a highly original week of airline preparation involving a wide range of activities and experiences such as air traffic control simulation and emergency drills – again, at Pan Am’s International Flight Academy – and all excellent credentials to add to a CV.”

The price of the Programme includes all accommodation in Kissimmee, Miami and Spain and ACA is offering a limited amount of ProPilot Scholarships, which include an element of financial assistance for those who qualify.

For further information about the ProPilot Programme contact Sheldon England on +44 (0) 7706 375536 or email him at propilot@flyaca.com.  Or visit the dedicated ProPilot website.