We know you have questions, and we have answers ! We are happy to answer any question if you contact us, but if you read this web site very carefully, you will gain a more complete understanding of US flight training at New Orleans Aerial Tours & Flight Training.

The purpose of this website is to provide answers to your US flight training and US flight lessons questions, but sometimes we miss something. So here are the questions and answers in your words.

The FAQ Frequently Asked Questions posted to the right are the "top ten" most asked questions

answers to your questions

  • Do you offer financing?

    Yes. Flight Academy is affiliated with Pilot Finance. Please contact our office assistant for more details.

  • How long will it take?

    Our Accelerated Training Courses are designed to take a typical student from the very beginning to completion in the shortest time possible. For example: The 30 day Private Pilot Course. The courses are not some watered down “Readers Digest” version of a non-accelerated course, but rather condensing all of the same materials and skill training into a shorter span of time. A typical accelerated student can expect to be a “full time” student over the entire span of the course. It is an intense immersion into the world of Flying, a sort of “Aviation Boot Camp.” Currently our Accelerated courses include: 30 day Private Pilot 21 day Instrument Rating 10 Day Commercial Pilot (single engine) 5 to 6 month Professional Pilot (zero time to Commercial Pilot)

  • How much will it cost?

    Many flight schools offer “package deals” on their training courses. There are a couple of problems with this kind of marketing: With packages, many students end up OVER PAYING for products and/or services that were never utilized. Example: Package A at XYZ School costs $8,000 for a Private Pilot Course. XYZ figures it takes the average student 75 hours of flight training to complete the course, so they price the package accordingly. But you finish in 55 hours….OR…You UNDERPAY for a course that only provides you with the MINIMUM required training hours, but like MOST students, you won’t be ready for your check-ride with only the minimum number of training hours. What then? Well, then you need to purchase their “Finish Up” package. We know that each person is unique, and each person’s “learning curve” is therefore unique, so we don’t package our training courses into a “one size fits all.” At Flight Academy of New Orleans, you will only pay for the products and services that you actually need and use, not one cent more. Here on our website you will find information on our courses and the costs that are associated with each one. It is broken down into line items so you can see exactly what you are paying for and totaled up into an ESTIMATED cost at the bottom to help you plan your budget. These estimates are based on the FAA required minimums for an apples to apples comparison but your actual costs may very well be more than the estimate.
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  • Where will I stay?

    We have contracted the services of a very nice apartment complex near 15 minutes from the Airport and conveniently located near shopping resources.
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  • What will my training be like?

    Your days will start early, 7:00 AM (don’t worry, we have plenty of complimentary coffee for everyone). Your first flight of the day will usually be at 8:00. The length of each flight will differ, depending on what lesson you are currently on, but usually will average an hour or so of actual air time. You will have approximately 2 hours between your first flight and your second flight of the dayto do your next ground lesson on the computer as well as a short break time.

  • When can I start?

    When ever you are ready! At Flight Academy of New Orleans, we work very hard to be flexible and adaptable to your specific needs. We have no set starting dates for our training courses and all of our training is done on a one to one basis. We do prefer at least 1 week notice prior to your planned arrival date in order to make all of the necessary arrangements for you.

  • What if I fail the course?

    Although our training courses have been very successful, there is still that possibility that you will not reach your ultimate goal by the end of your time with us. There really is no such thing as completely failing the course in flight training. You may not achieve your ultimate goal in the timeframe that you had planned, but the time and training still counts. You can return and finish at a later date, or go back home and finish with a local instructor if you prefer. In flight training, there are many possible variables that could prevent you from completely finishing your course in the allotted time, such as adverse weather (no, we cannot control that…but we’re working on it), acts of terrorism, illness, your own learning capacity (everyone’s is different), and the list goes on, however, we are committed to providing the very best training environment possible and being flexible enough to do whatever it takes to help you achieve your goal. Here are a few tips that will help you maximize your training experience: 1. Order your Computer Based Training program at least 4 weeks in advance of your arrival, install it on your home computer and begin working through the computer labs now. This will give you an “edge” on your training. 2. Minimize distractions. New Orleans is largely a party town we recommend time either before or after your training course. Trying to train and enjoying Bourbon street at same time will almost certainly minimize the learning curve. 3. If possible, bring a laptop computer so you can do some additional studying in your hotel room. 4. Accelerated training can be like drinking from the proverbial fire hose. Make sure you get plenty of rest between lessons and communicate with your instructor if you feel like you are getting burned out. Many times we will be able to give you some additional time for R&R. 5. Talk to us. Again, communication is an important ingredient in your recipe for success. If you don’t understand something, if you don’t think your instructor is the best fit for you, or whatever. Just let us know and we will make whatever adjustments needed to maximize your experience.

  • How much will it cost me?

    The FAA requires a minimum of 40 hours of flight training to qualify for a Private Pilot License. At least 20 hours of that training will be with an instructor and some of your training (at least 10 hours) will involve solo flights. All of our training is on a “pay as you go” basis and we never require you to pre-pay for a “package deal” for your training. You only pay for the goods and services you actually utilize during the course of your training. Our website includes our current rates for the various training options that we offer and gives you an itemized estimate based on our current rates and FAA minimum requirements.
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  • How frequently should I schedule my lessons?

    The more frequently you fly, the better. We recommend at least 3 lessons per week in order to maximize retention, however, we realize that 2 or more lessons per week may not be practical for working people or full time students, so we will work with whatever works for you.

  • What about Ground School?

    At Flight Academy of New Orleans, we utilize the Gleim Computer Based Instruction program as 90% of our ground based training. The advantage of using this program is that it is a fully integrated training syllabus (currently the only one in the industry), meaning that the program pairs the "book knowledge" that you will need to pass the FAA written exam, with the practical aspect of mastering the art of flying the airplane. The program contains approximately 40 to 50 hours of training which can be done on your own computer, or on the school's computers. Your progress is tracked and documented in the school's database which ensures that your training will continue "on course" throughout. The computer course is also interactive which maximizes retention of the information. By using this program, Gleim has effectively reduced the average time to completion by about 20 hours, compared to the industry average.

  • Will I have the same instructor for every lesson?

    For the most part, yes. We feel it is important to have consistency throughout your training, but there is also much to be gained from getting fresh input from other sources as well. We ensure the consistency through the use of a structured and standardized training syllabus; the Gleim program. With this state-of-the-art training system, all of our student's progress is tracked and documented on a daily basis. So, if your normal instructor is unavailable for some reason on a date that you have planned to take a lesson, within 3 minutes, any of our instructors can pull up your training records and know exactly where you are in the training course and also know any areas you may be struggling with. Our Chief Flight Instructor also supervises all instruction very closely and will be glad to assist you with any concerns you may have regarding any aspect of your training, including a change of instructors if you are not happy with your current instructor.