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Sunstate Powered by Academy of Aviation Commercial Pilot Programs



Introducing our "First Flight to First Officer" Program

SunState Powered by Academy of Aviation's vocational programs are developed to meet popular aviation objectives and harness the wealth of experience that this Flight Training Academy has accumulated over the years. As a student enrolled in one of our Career Pilot Programs, you are officially "matriculated," signifying our commitment to take a hands-on approach to your success.

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  • Beyond AOA

    Former AOA trainees and CFIs, Capt. Rejaul Rajib and First Officer Eric Riker, share the cockpit of a Republic Airways flight out of LaGuardia on Jan. 14, 2022. #flyaoa

  • AOA Certified

    AOA certified pilots and flight crew out of Chicago O'Hare: Rejaul Rajib in the left seat with Jamaal Simon closest to the camera. #flyaoa

  • AOA Awesome

    Armand DeLalla successfully completes his Commercial check ride at AOA in Farmingdale with CFI Jalen. #flyaoa

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Earn the Same Ratings at the Same Airports

Compare our prices with our major competitor's. SunState Powered by Academy of Aviation offers career flight training with a Fixed Cost Pricing starting from zero experience. Prices are based using average flight hours for course completion. Additional non-tuition expenses and fuel surcharges, if applicable, are not included. All prices are subject to change.

  • Competitor Price

    Part 61: Variable training time, higher costs.

    $108,995.*
    Package Includes
    • Piper Archer Basic Trainer
    • 9-month Fast Track
    • Part 61 Only - No FAA oversight.
    • CFIs are independent contractors.
    • Multi Engine Fleet: Piper Seminole / Maximum speed: 193 mph (311 km/h, 168 kn)
    • Advertises a "Reserved Loan," but contrary to our competition's claims, we too can help you obtain financing as a Sallie Mae Approved provider.
    • * +$3,000 in CA, MA, NY; +$2,000 in CT, MD, NJ, OR, WA, DC Area.

Become a pilot with a flight training program built around safety, innovation and accessibility.

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WHAT WILL I LEARN?

First Flight to First Officer Program from Start to Finish

This program prepares students for an entry-level position as a commercial pilot with a focus on building experience working as a Certified Flight Instructor for Primary and Commercial students.



  • Private Pilot Course
  • Instrument Rating Course
  • Single-Engine Commercial Course
  • Certified Flight Instructor Rating
  • Certified Instrument Instructor Rating
  • Multi-Engine Commercial Course
  • Multi-Engine Instructor

We invite you to explore our Student Portal and download our full Course Catalog. There you will discover every detail about all of our programs:



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Financing is Available

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Full financing is available for our "First Flight to First Officer" career pilot program. The Sallie Mae Smart Option Student Loan® is available for those who qualify.

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SunState Powered by Academy of Aviation helps you set reasonable expectations, and takes the lead in keeping those expectations on track..

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