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How will U.S. flight training help me outside the U.S.?

Flight training in the United States can help you become a pilot anywhere in the world. The US has cheap fuel, tons of open airspace, temperate climates, and no aviation user fees. In addition, the US offers the opportunity to quickly learn English up to the internationally required proficiency level through total English immersion. Most importantly, the well-respected training necessary to earn FAA licenses is recognized by licensing agencies around the world.

What kind of jobs will I be qualified for when I graduate?

Ascent Aviation’s Career Program meets all licensing requirements for our students to be legally employed as a US Commercial Pilot. Our students graduate with approximately 200 hours of experience, and can stay on at school for “time-building,” or flying additional hours to gain additional flight experience. Many of our students take about 50 additional hours of time building to qualify for jobs in other countries, such as Venezuela or Peru. In addition, if you are legally qualified to work in the United States, we often hire our own students as instructors, so you can pass along your love of aviation to others while you build experience!

Can Ascent Aviation Academy help me build flight hours?

As a student enrolled at Ascent, you have the opportunity to perform additional hours outside of what the specific course provides. We often offer special time building discounts for our graduates.  Ask to hear our latest rates! 

Is there financing available?
Our school does not offer direct financing or loans, but we do have several financing partners that can help you pay for your flight training on favorable terms.
How do you handle my payments?
Your money is safe with us. Many students have heard horror stories of flight schools failing and leaving in the night, taking students’ deposits with them. No fewer than ten local flight schools have gone bankrupt in recent years. Even where the student wants to transfer because of poor instruction or low aircraft availability, many of our competitors retain 25% of the student’s payment before allowing them to transfer! At Ascent, all unspent funds on account with our school are 100% refundable*. We do not retain any percentage of your payments in the event that you withdraw from our school. In addition, all funds on deposit with us in your student account are 100% guaranteed.
How long will it take me to complete each of the ratings?

All course durations are based on a full-time schedule (at least 2-3 hours daily 3-4 days a week).

  • Private Pilot – 2-3 months
  • Instrument Rating – 2-3 months
  • Commercial Pilot – 1-2 months
  • Professional Pilot Program (Private to Commercial) – 9-12 months
  • Professional Pilot Program (Instrument to Commercial) – 4 months
  • Certified Flight Instructor Airplane – 1.5 months
  • Certified Flight Instructor Instrument – 3 weeks Assumes student is IFR Current before training commences.
  • Certified Flight Instructor Multi-Engine – 2 weeks Assumes applicant already holds the aeronautical experience requirements before training commences (15 hours PIC of a Multi-Engine Airplane.)
  • Flight Review – 1 day
  • Instrument Proficiency Check – 1 day
Who keeps records of my training?
Ascent Aviation Academy is responsible for maintaining all records of training for our students according to Federal Aviation Regulations.
What happens when weather or maintenance problems cancel a flying lesson? Who’s responsible for rescheduling lessons and reporting maintenance problems?
Ascent Aviation Academy staff and Instructors are responsible for the scheduling of students ground and flight activities to ensure timely completion of each training program. We do our best to make sure each student’s flights are rescheduled as efficiently as possible to ensure you stay on track with your training program.

Are there advantages to training in Los Angeles?

Los Angeles offers excellent weather for flying, making scheduling your flights much less of a hassle than it might be in other locations.  In addition, Van Nuys Airport KVNY is the premier general aviation airport in the United States, There is plenty to learn from such a bustling place!

Can I take a tour of Ascent Aviation Academy?

Of course you can take a tour! We would love the opportunity to show you around our facilities and explain the training in more detail.  You can also meet the staff, instructors, and other students to get a feel for our training environment.  Call us at 323-893-6655 today to set up your tour!

Let your dreams take a flight!

Choose Ascent Aviation Academy located at Van Nuys Airport in Los Angeles and let your dreams and passions take flight.  We can’t wait to hear from you and offer you the training you deserve.

Ascent Aviation Academy is a top-rated flight school in Van Nuys known for comprehensive training, licensing and discovery flights.  Located conveniently at Van Nuys Airport (VNY) we have world-renowned flight instructors, top of the line aircraft and different options for financing.

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