Does CTI Professional Flight Training have a standardized curriculum?
All of our courses follow the proven curriculum of the Jeppesen Pilot Training System. Jeppesen, a Boeing company, is the world’s leader in flight information and pilot training systems. Jeppesen used an application-oriented approach to pilot training, which teaches the how and why of each concept, not just the facts.
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. LEARN MORE
What is examination authority and how does it help me?
Many students lose time and money waiting for an available Designated Pilot Examiner (DPE) to become available. CTI Professional Flight Training has examining authority, which means you schedule your end of course check with the chief or assistant chief instructor, rather than having to wait for a DPE. The examinations are equally rigorous, but many students find they are more comfortable and may perform better when they’re flying with a familiar person.
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 CTI PFT, 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 by our parent company. CTI Professional Flight Training is owned by Crew Training International, Inc., a secure multinational corporation that serves such clients as the United States Air Force, US Navy, NATO, and Lockheed Martin. Even in this tumultuous economic climate, you can feel safe knowing your deposit is completely protected.
*Refund policy varies for international students enrolled in group programs.
What is a Part 141 or Part 61 flight school? Which is better for me?
In the US, there are two sets of regulations governing flight training, addressed in Federal Aviation Regulations Part 61 and Part 141. Part 141 schools are regulated by the FAA, and must have detailed pre-planned training programs. They are also required to maintain a minimum pass rate for their students, meaning the school is required to offer a consistent quality program. Part 141 training can be the most efficient way to complete full time training and begin a pilot career. Part 61 is generally better for part time training because it is more relaxed and flexible. We offer training under either part, but we recommend you choose your course based on your availability and your goals!
Why does an FAA-approved flight school matter?
Even if you study under Part 61, studying at a Part 141-approved school helps guarantee a high level of quality and professionalism, structure, and expertise. By following a clear syllabus and maintaining rigorous standards, we offer training that ensures you will encounter all the topics necessary to get your license in the most efficient way possible.
What’s the difference between your two locations?
Both of our locations use the same FAA-approved Part 141 curriculum on every course, but there are differences in the fleet and weather. The Tennessee location has fewer rainy or cloudy days in the summer, while Florida has fewer in the winter. As a CTI PFT student, you may have the option to do parts of your training in each location to make sure you get the most efficient training experience possible.
How long will it take me to complete each of the ratings?
All course durations are based on a full-time schedule (at least four hours daily).
- Private Pilot – 1.5 months
- Instrument Rating – 1.5 months
- Commercial Pilot – 3months
- Professional Pilot Program (Private to Commercial) – 6 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
What’s a check ride? How do check rides work at CTI Professional Flight Training?
Depending on what type of training you are conducting (Part 61 or Part 141) you will either conduct a check ride with an FAA Designated Pilot Examiner (Part 61) or an End of Course Stage Check at CTI Professional Flight Training (Part 141). CTI Professional Flight Training has been granted Examination Authority by the FAA in most of our programs, which allows us to conduct end of course stage checks for students who enroll/complete the programs for which we have been granted Examination Authority.
Who schedules the flying lessons, and how is it done?
CTI Professional Flight Training’s instructors and administrative staff schedules both ground and flight training. Our planes are only used by our students and staff, so scheduling flight lessons is our top priority! Private rentals of the aircraft for non-students will never delay your training.
Who keeps records of my training?
CTI Professional Flight Training 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?
CTI Professional Flight Training 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.