It is our only business and we have an excellent reputation in both the U.S. and international aviation community for high quality instruction. Our graduates are first officers and captains for airlines throughout the world.
Accredited schools are financially sound and do not go out of business overnight. The rigorous accreditation process assures this. Furthermore, we maintain high standards for flight safety and aircraft maintenance, as well as in our policies and procedures. As a testament to this educational and operational quality, our accreditation was recently renewed for five years, the longest allowable period of time.
Many flight schools are only Part 61. Part 141 consists of a more rigorous and highly structured program. A flight school can only have a FAR Part 141 designation if the school's training syllabus is approved by the FAA. All training is documented and maintained to FAA standards.
You can actually start your flight training at any time. Upon enrollment, a flight instructor is assigned to you, and you can start flying immediately, even before your first ground school session. You will begin learning to be a good pilot as soon as your arrive.
This allows you great flexibility and, more importantly, an opportunity to proceed with your training faster than at many other schools. You don't need to wait to get on the flight schedule.
Many schools do the scheduling for the student; you will not find out when you will be flying again until a day in advance. With us you have great flexibility because you can largely determine your own schedule.
The climate in Daytona Beach allows for year-round flying time. We typically fly 350 days a year. Why go somewhere where weather will play a major role in the length of your training, prolonging your training and increasing your costs and living expenses?
We are very confident in the quality of our training and therefore hire PEA qualified graduates as flight instructors. This is very important because it is the best and least costly way for you to gain more flight hours in order to apply for a job as a commercial pilot.
We understand that pilot training is costly. We therefore have a payment plan to make it easier for you. Many schools require full payment up-front. We do not.
We get phone calls from students from other schools who want to switch to PEA, but find out that the school they are attending does not have a refund policy. They cannot get their money back. We do not think this is fair to students.
We do not have a rigid approach to flight training and can therefore develop a flight training program to fit your needs. In addition, our admissions officers are skilled in helping you decide what program best meets your career plans.
Our customized programs meet all the requirements for your specific country. You will be trained to the high standards and FAA requirements; however, if your country requires additional training, we will make sure you receive it.
Very few flight schools in the U.S. are allowed the F1 visa. The F1 visa allows international students to work as a paid flight instructor after finishing their professional program.
Our fleet consists of the very best training aircraft built. We have the single-engine Cessna C-172SP's (with and without glass cockpits) and Piper Arrows. We have the multi-engine Piper Senecas and the new Diamond DA-42's, plus the Super Decathlon 8-KCAB for upset recovery training.
Why is this important? Older aircraft require more maintenance and are subsequently "down" for repairs more often -- and not available for you to fly – compared to newer aircraft. Our aircrafts are newer and our maintenance so excellent that we rarely have to cancel training flights due to maintenance issues. This is not the case at many other flight schools, as you may have heard.
We now have an order for 10 new Cessna C-162 Sky Catchers for our training fleet (a brand new Cessna model), plus two Cessna Citation Mustangs jets (Cessna's newest model jet). This is in addition to the two additional new Cessna C-172SP aircraft just received.
We have single-engine, multi-engine, and glass cockpit simulators. Sometimes flight schools advertise that they do not have any simulator training, but provide only actual flight time. That might sound great, but the reality is that simulator training actually saves you time and money – and provides extra experience in emergency training.
We do not need to schedule outside examiners and wait to schedule a flight check, because the PEA staff includes instructors who are FAA certified flight examiners. This is much more efficient and faster for you.
This is just another of the many ways PEA saves you time and money during your training.
No flight school can guarantee you a job with an airline because hiring depends on the need of the airline at that particular time. However, we have guaranteed interviews for our qualified students. Why do airlines do this? It's simply because they recognize the quality of our training and how well our graduates are prepared.
Many students find they need a student loan for flight training. We work with various U.S. banks to make this process easier for students.
Our flight instructors come from countries throughout the world and are all U.S.-trained to high FAA standards. Our goal is not for you to just pass your flight exam; it is to train you to become an excellent and safe pilot. Our flight instructors train you without cutting corners or lowering any standards. Safety and excellence are our focus in your training.
Many students need some additional help, especially in the beginning. We offer that at no extra cost. In addition to free tutoring, a computer lab, which includes DVD and simulator training, is available to you.
Some schools try to restrict you and do not allow you to speak independently with students or flight instructors. At Phoenix East we encourage you to walk around and talk to students and instructors freely. Not only do we have nothing to hide, but we find our students and instructors to be the best ambassadors of our excellent training programs.
Last but not least, you are the most important person in our academy, because your success is our success. Our students are treated with respect at all times.