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‘FLY FIRST’ – Simply the best way to start (and complete) your professional pilot training!

In April 2021 we launched our ‘Fly First’ Program with our partners in Europe.

Developed as the first step in a new and exciting professional pilot training course which focuses on delivering the very highest quality of flight and theoretical knowledge training utilising the advantages of both EASA and FAA training standards. 

More details to follow, contact us to start your professional pilot journey.  

Get a UK, EASA and FAA PPL at the same time!

Are you wondering which pilot licence will serve your career best in this ever-evolving global flying market?

As a current commercial pilot, here is my advice…

It’s an interesting time for European aviation, and as the US internal market BOOMS and Asian markets continue to grow, I often get asked by confused UK trainee pilots: which licensing authority should I go with?

Now that the UK has split from EASA, and the new agreement means the FAA are more closely aligned than ever with Europe, it’s hard to know whether it’s best to get a UK, EASA or FAA licence! It’s not the easiest question to answer, but hopefully I can help shed light on this important choice you are faced with…

I would start by asking what your ULTIMATE ambition is for your licence? What are your career hopes?

If your answer is: I want to fly for British Airways one day and am happy to instruct at a UK school and do some ferry flying around the UK to build up experience, then considering you speak English and getting a UK medical would be easiest, then going for a UK licence would seem to be the simplest option. But this could limit your options in the future in this competitive global market..

If you want to fly for Ryanair or a European carrier one day, and have links to Europe making it easier to do refresher training or further licensing there, then EASA is the obvious choice and there are some friendly states to choose from as you don’t necessarily have to go for the EASA state of your nationality. For example, from the feedback we’ve received from students Malta and Denmark have proven to be communicative and easy to deal with.

BUT, it is also worth considering an FAA licence. It is a very reliable and respected authority, known all around the world, particularly in Asia and the Middle East where there is a bounty of opportunities in a growing market. So if you want to keep your options open, then the FAA licence really is a FANTASTIC thing to have.

However… as forward thinking pilots we should be as flexible as possible in our future career choices and go where the jobs are. I think recent events have proven the more flexible you can be, the better. ‘The tree that doesn’t bend in the wind, breaks’ as the saying goes.

After discussing this with my business partners and thinking how we as an international aviation academy can best serve the needs of our students, and develop flexible, resilient and well-rounded airline pilots of the future, we decided to create a new program: the GLOBAL PPL.

This 12 week course in Florida would allow people to enrol in a single, structured course, to get the UK, EASA and FAA PPL all at the same time making sure you have the largest range of opportunities available to you after you qualify. As you would have an FAA PPL after this course you could easily stay on for hour building straight afterwards and take advantage of the finest adventure hour building out there around the USA whilst simultaneously working towards your commercial licence.

12 weeks is longer than it normally takes to obtain an individual PPL with us that can be done in 6 weeks, but the Global PPL would form the bedrock of your ENTIRE aviation career, hopefully spanning decades, setting you up perfectly to adapt to all opportunities you are presented with along the way. We guarantee you will never regret investing this time at this stage of your career. And we think you are going to be very surprised at the price at which we can deliver this thorough training…

We wanted to build a package that included ALL your training, travel and accommodation after you’ve arrived in the US, so that you can turn up confident that everything is sorted for you once you arrive in the US. Therefore our Global PPL includes all of the following:

✅ All dual and solo hours (fuel, taxes, surcharges, landing fees all included)
✅ Ground school (UK, EASA, FAA)
✅ Ground exams (UK, EASA, FAA)
✅ Flight exams (UK, EASA, FAA)
✅ All necessary charts and directories
✅ Accommodation for the duration of your training
✅ Airport transfers
✅ All your short shuttle bus rides to and from the academy at Sebastian airport

The Course: 

  • 12 weeks
  • 50 hours aircraft rental
  • 41 hours dual instruction
  • 30 hours ground school
  • 9 CAA written exams
  • 9 EASA written exams
  • 1 FAA written exam
  • 1 CAA/EASA  flight test
  • 1 FAA flight test

You can save up to $5,000 with the Global PPL against completing the UK, EASA and FAA PPL separatly. Contact flying@pilots-paradise.com for a competitive price quote. 

Other costs to factor in:

⛑Medical (FAA $100, UK/EASA vary)

🎓 Student visa $510
🛬 Flight to Florida
🎧 Uniform and personal equipment
🍲 Food during your stay
😎 Suncream and Aviators

Our Global PPL is the PERFECT professional pilot foundation, keeping all options open to pilots with further flight training. We think you’ll value our high quality training so much you’ll continue your path to commercial pilot with us (and you’d be most welcome!) but you’d be free to continue wherever best suited you as a confident and well-rounded pilot who is triple-licensed and ready for any opportunity.

You can of course complete the courses indivually as you may just want a top quality UK and/or EASA pilot licence, contact our team for more details.

If you just want a UK or EASA PPL or want to combine them at little extra cost, speak to our team.

✅ All dual and solo hours (fuel, taxes, surcharges, landing fees all included)
✅ Ground school (UK/EASA)
✅ Ground exams (UK/EASA)
✅ Flight exams (UK/EASA)
✅ All necessary charts and directories
✅ Accommodation for the duration of your training
✅ Airport transfers
✅ All your short shuttle bus rides to and from the academy at Sebastian airport

The Course: 

  • 6 weeks
  • 45 hours aircraft rental
  • 25 hours dual instruction
  • 10 hours ground school
  • 9 CAA/EASA written exams
  • 1 CAA/EASA  flight test

Contact flying@pilots-paradise.com for a competitive price quote. 

Other costs to factor in:

⛑Medical

🎓 Student visa $510
🛬 Flight to Florida
🎧 Uniform and personal equipment
🍲 Food during your stay
😎 Suncream and Aviators

Based on completing up to 25 hours per week, go adventure around the stunning aviation meca that is Florida 

Our packages includes everything you will need:

Aircraft hire, fuel, oil, tax

Check out with an instructor (up to 2 hours)

Accommodation 

Assistance in obtaining your FAA PPL conversion appointment (if required)

Route suggestions and instructor guidance

The course can be completed in approximately 5 weeks, however, our Head of Training recommends 8 weeks as the ideal amount of time for optimum absorption of the materials and adequate time to prepare and practice the briefings to reach a high standard.

Note, Applicants must meet the pre-entry requirements before commencing. For details take a look at EASA FCL or call one of our career advisors for details.

Our package includes :

Pre-Entry Flight Test (Mandatory)

30 hours of flying (25 hours instruction, 5 hours mutual flying with fellow student on the course)

Ground school (125 hours) to include minimum tuition of 40 hours.

Aircraft checklists

Pre & post flight briefings

The course can be completed in approximately 2 week 

Our package includes :

6 hours of flight instruction 

Required ground instruction (min 7 hours)

Aircraft checklist

Pre & post flight briefings

1.0 hours rental of aircraft for the skill test

Pilots Paradise Academy

202 Airport Drive East
Sebastian Airport, FL 32958

(772) 589-0800