01 Nov 2018


Here’s what you need to know about our comprehensive, hands-on pilot training program at Spartan College.

Q: How long is the flight program?

The Associate of Applied Science Aviation Flight program is 17 months in length and is FAA Part 141 approved. The program consists of Private, Instrument, Commercial Single and Multiengine and Flight Instructor Airplane ratings. The Associate degree also includes the Certified Flight Instructor Instrument rating.

Q: How old do I have to be to enroll in the program?

You must be 17 years of age to enroll in any program at Spartan. You must be 18 years of age before being issued the Commercial Pilot Certificate by the Federal Aviation Administration.

Q: What type of learning program is Spartan using?

Spartan has dramatically changed the way flight training is delivered. Employing a “Flipped Classroom” model, large components of the traditional classroom lecture are replaced by various media training devices, and mentoring, outside the classroom. You’ll learn and develop the knowledge and skills required for each flight lesson, then once mastered, demonstrate it in flight.

Q: What type of training devices will be used in the program?

Part of Spartan’s total integration methodology will require the use of an iPad with a specially tailored flight program consisting of lessons, tutorials, and tests. Each lesson is designed to teach a specific subject, to a level of proficiency, then test to validate knowledge.

The ground portion of the flight program is taught, and monitored, by a Senior Flight Instructor who guides you to mastery of subject matter, through use of videos, websites, FAA documents, iPad and tutorial sessions. After mastering the ground lesson, you’ll apply the knowledge to the maneuvering or flight portion of the program. Spartan employs a variety of training devices to compliment actual flight. Cockpit Procedure Trainers (CPT) and Advanced Aviation Training Devices (AATD), such as Frasca and Redbird simulators, help you master maneuvers while on the ground, then apply learned concepts in the air. Generally, a flight consists of a two-hour block of instruction including a pre-flight briefing, a check of aircraft and equipment, the flight, and a post-flight briefing.

Q: What types of airplanes will I fly?

Spartan maintains a fleet of over 40 airplanes- Cessna 152, 172, and Piper Seminole twin-engine aircraft for flight training, as well as a Redbird and Frasca – advanced flight training devices. These aircraft have a reputation for being the safest and most dependable airplanes for pilot training.

You’ll fly on a schedule that will have you training approximately 3 to 4 times per week. A great deal of the flying depends on the rate of learning a student can achieve. Flying most every day is a proven method of achieving greater retention and proficiency in the flight training course.

Q: What can I expect as a typical day of learning?

You’ll attend school Monday through Friday, with a predetermined schedule outlining ground and flight trainings to be accomplished. Each day normally begins with assigned readings, followed by practical ground training, and meetings with a Senior Ground Instructor to determine understanding of the day’s lesson. Once you acquire proficiency of ground material and training devices, you’ll demonstrate mastery of the lesson, through actual flight. You’ll test weekly, to determine your level of proficiency, and to identify any areas that may require additional training.

Q: Where do I test for my FAA Certificates?

Spartan has one of the largest testing centers in the United States. All knowledge testing and most FAA check rides may be completed on campus.

Q: Who maintains the Spartan aircraft in a safe and airworthy condition?

All Spartan aircraft are maintained under FAA Part 91 and are required to be inspected every 100 hours of flight. Only licensed Airframe and Powerplant mechanics are permitted to maintain and service our aircraft. Spartan owns and maintains its fleet of aircraft.

Q: Would I qualify for Restricted ATP Certification?

Spartan College is an authorized institution by the FAA for graduates to obtain Airline Transport Pilot Certificate (ATP) with reduced aeronautical experience. Graduates from our associate or bachelor’s flight programs can obtain this license with only 1,250 hours or 1000 hours of flight time, respectively, instead of the 1,500 hours required of graduates from a non-authorized institution.