Time building in USA - Experience of Jean-Louis


My name is Jean-Louis, I’m 27 and I’m a French private pilot currently training for my commercial certificate. Before starting my training in France, I wanted to learn to flight in the United States to broaden my perspective, improve my aviation knowledge and communication skills in this country, where they know the true meaning of airpaces. I flew with Flying Academy in Miami in July 2017 and in Corona, California in January 2018, flying for 65 hours in total. First off, Flying Academy is a very professional flight school with an undeniable family atmosphere: Lina María, Sandy and Natasha in Miami and Theary, Felicia and Matthew in Corona do a fantastic job at helping you out with every single issue or question you might have so far as the flight schedule itself but also the accommodation, transportation, paperwork for the validation of your foreign-based license, arranging the necessary meeting with the FAA agent and the list goes on. In both locations, I stayed at a school accommodation and rented one of their scooters. Their houses are modern and well-equipped and you share them with other pilots from the whole world. This is literally an international experience and you are constantly immersed in aviation, there’s definitely a camaraderie spirit going on.
I have made a lot of friends in the end.



Jean-Louis in Cessna 152 over US coast


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Time building in USA - Experience of Martin

Hi my name is Martin. I am a 25 year old private pilot and former glider pilot from Aeroclub Liberec. I have had a PPL license for a year and a half. As all pilots in module training I faced the same question of how will I fly my time building? How will I use this time in the most efficient way? First, I started with cross-country navigation flights. After my endorsement to the fantastic taildrag Z-226, I received the aerotowing license.

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Training moments - ILS Approach RWY 27 Brno Turany Airport

Flying Academy, a European and US-based flight school, presents to you a moment from our Pilot Training Program to share what student progression and training conditions are like here.

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Flight experience that you cannot get anywhere else but in Flying Academy Miami, USA.

With opening of Flying Academy, Miami a lot of trainees, that were familiar with the European airspace only, got a great opportunity to travel across Atlantic and try a different training path under the FAA regulations in US aerospace. Flying Academy offering unbeatable training fees for Time Building packages, that will allow pilot with EASA license after agile conversion procedure to gain significant flight experience and get it accepted towards their EASA flight hours in Czech Republic upon their arrival back.

All the trainees that decided to get their Time Building done in USA are sharing their experience with pleasure and stating that this was one of the most reasonable choices they could have ever made.

Mr. Mohammadpour, young trainee who is pursuing the 0-ATPL training recently shared his excitement and explained how exactly USA made a significant difference for training:

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Time Building in Miami is a perfect solution for improving your flight skills and for leisure time!

Milan, trainee from Slovakia just came back from Flying Academy, Miami training base, where he did his Time Building. He spent there 28 days and completed about 75 hours of flying.

It happened to be not only an important professional experience, but also an amazing family vacation. 

“Together with my wife we went to Naples, Stuart, Tampa, NASA space shuttle centre, Universal studios in Orlando and many other sightseeing flights along the coast. It is a nice way to fly and also see Florida as a tourist,” describes Milan.

Read more in our latest blog post HERE.

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“Time building in Miami is a life-time experience. I recommend every student to go there,” says Bekim, our trainee from Croatia

Flying Academy student Bekim from Croatia did part of his Time building flights from 0-ATPL(A) training program at our base in Miami. He refers to this time as “a life-time experience”.

Bekim spent more than one month at Miami base and he recommends all students to use this opportunity. He says: “it is really huge experience and great training before you enter the airlines.”

Read full article about the time he spent at Miami training base HERE. For more information about training options at Flying Academy, Miami base contact our Flight Training Consultants and they will give you detailed information about Time building, PPL(A) in USA or Europe, 0-CPL courses and many others.

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How efficiency and excellent preparation are helping to nail the Ryanair Cadet Program Interview. Personal insight from Flying Academy’s student Diego

Students from Flying Academy, International Flight Training Center are getting accepted to Airline companies from all over the world. One of the latest trend for low-hour pilots are various cadet programs, that are giving young pilots a unique opportunity to start their career straight after the flight training. Diego, our recently graduated trainee, who finished his 0-ATPL(A) training just in September 2015 and was accepted to Ryanair Cadet Program shares his experience of how to succeed at the interview:

My name is Diego, I am 21 years old and I completed my 0-ATPL(A) training in Flying Academy, Brno, Czech Republic in September 2015. I applied to Ryanair a week after I finished my MCC and got called for the interview for December 2nd.

The interview begins from the moment you walk into the building, not from when the assessment starts. Make sure you are well dressed and act appropriately throughout the day, even after the actual interview is over! The assessment begins with Briefing at 09:15 AM, which is given by one of the interviewers and during which you are paired up with your Simulator partner. The interviewer tells you what will happen throughout the assessment day and what will be expected of you. Pay attention to everything that is being said in the briefing! The assessor gave us some tips for the assessment and told us to be calm and not to stress too much about it.

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Get advice from our trainee's experience of real airline pilot screening for Ryanair

This article is written as a simple guideline of what to do and what to expect when faced with the moment that you have been waiting for, the job interview, sometimes known as an assessment day. It is written by a former student of Flying Academy Vlad from Romania. He did all his way from a zero level of knowledge about aviation to the airbus cockpit with Flying Academy. He got accepted into Ryanair Cadet Program. Continue reading for some great advice to follow during the job interview. "From here on it’s only up to you," he says.

Let's talk about what most companies are looking for, especially from you as a low hour pilot. The only time a company will want to hire a pilot with low hours is because of one reason: they want to see your abilities and determine if you can successfully conduct further training with them.

As our assessor told us during the initial briefing: "If for some reason you are not successful after today, please take this as a benefit because if I have doubts about you today you will struggle during the Type Rating."

So, let’s start from the beginning. How’s the assessment day structured?

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Advice for future aviators: grow abroad

At the foundation of any major, there is an essential education for the formation of professionals. The aeronautical world is not dissociated from this same principle: all around the world there are countless flight schools, which are at the disposal of a future pilot. Due to this wide choice, many students can actually decide to move abroad to study and follow their passion. Moving to another country can of course be challenging, especially taking into consideration that the average student age is around 20 years old. There are multiple advantages that can be derived from these choices. A basic understanding of the English language, for instance, is a vital requirement for anyone who joins aviation and speaking it is a priority for whoever lives overseas.

Personally I decided to leave my country at age of 19 and to move to England where I had the opportunity to improve my English. After that I picked the school where I wanted to study, initially moving to America, Iceland and Czech Republic where I am currently employed. While abroad, other than English, it is also easier to study other languages. Cultural exchanges are crucial in this: in Italian, English, Spanish, Russian, Indian and others, it is easy to influence one another with slang terminology to comprehend the languages and customs of each other.

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How to jet a job as an airline pilot? Our student, now in Ryanair cadet program, will give you advices for interview

This article is written as simple suggestion of what to do and what not to do when you are faced with the moment that you have been waiting for, the job interview or sometimes known as an assessment day. As the name implies, it’s an assessment and that means that you are there to be assessed - If you look up this word in a dictionary it will read: “To determine the value, significance, or extent of; appraise.” And this is where your part comes into play, writes Flying Academy student Matteus Kostrzewski who recently went to Ryanair interview and got accepted in cadet program.


Let's first talk about what most companies are looking for, especially for you as a low hour pilot. The only time a company will want to hire a pilot with low hours is because of one reason; they want to see that you are able to conduct further training with them. An additional reason beyond this point is the “pay it yourself” type rating scheme, but since this has nothing to do with skill and only how deep your pockets go meaning that It has nothing to do with the selection process. The assessment is usually divided into two parts, an interview with technical and non-technical questions and a simulator assessment.

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