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Flight Training

Why Learn to Fly?

There are as many reasons as there are pilots. Some have always dreamed of owning their own airplane, some are pursuing a flying career, and others find a light aircraft to be a useful business tool.

Whatever the specific reason, all pilots have one thing in common: The sheer excitement and love for life aloft.

Once you earn your pilot certificate, the adventure has just begun.
In a light airplane, you travel further and faster – and you have fun getting wherever you’re going. That means you might start looking forward to business trips for a change. Or, you’ll add some spice to your weekends with day trips you never imagined were possible. As a private pilot, your airplane can take you anywhere you please. Now that’s freedom.

You can fly friends to the beach. Fly your kids to the mountains. Fly your spouse to a different city every weekend for dinner. With a little more training, you can earn an instrument rating to fly in nearly any weather condition. You’ll have access to thousands of airports even closer to your final destination than the mega-jetports. And you can split the costs evenly with other passengers – so long as you don’t fly for hire without a commercial certificate.

Once you earn your certificate, you wouldn’t have to take another flight lesson – except for a flight review every two years. However, there are plenty of exciting things to learn and ways to continue your training – all of which will challenge you and make you a better pilot.
An instrument rating is a natural step. You’ll learn to fly solely by reference to the cockpit instruments – which makes your airplane a handy travel tool.

If you decide to fly for a living, you’ll earn a commercial certificate and perhaps an Airline Transport Pilot certificate. Both show your professional-level mastery of aviation. With a Flight Instructor Certificate, you can teach others to fly. Fly complex, 200-knot multi-engine airplanes, or classic tail-wheel equipped airplanes. Fly helicopters or gliders. You can even fly as a volunteer pilot for worthwhile causes.

The possibilities are almost endless…

Why Train at a Diamond Brilliance Flight Center?

Since its inception, it has always been Europe-American Aviation’s goal to provide you with excellent equipment and training. This is sometimes easier said than done, especially as General Aviation has seen tremendous changes during the last decade:
Proven composite materials have allowed for newly designed aircraft, which provide better safety records than ever before.
These airframes result in enhanced aerodynamics, and therefore improved fuel economy and faster cruising speeds.

Modern avionics (say “Glass cockpit”) introduces technology into small aircraft which rivals the equipment of Jets. The introduction of turbo diesel engine technology combined with digital engine control (FADEC), contributes to more reliability, safety, and less fuel consumption.

All of this is accompanied by simulation technology, that until recently, has been reserved for professional pilots and airlines, based on the costs involved. As you can imagine, its not easy to keep up with these changes in an already highly competitive environment. Our original goal has not changed, and we believe just “keeping up” is not good enough.
Pilots of Today and Tomorrow need the best training and equipment available, in order to safely succeed in modern aviation.

In order to provide this level of service for you, Europe-American Aviation has entered into a strategic partnership with Diamond Aircraft, the second largest manufacturer of two and four seat aircraft.

As the worldwide first “Diamond Brilliance Flight Center,” we are convinced that we can offer you exactly that, the best training and the best aircraft fleet available.
No other manufacturer has balanced and integrated the answers to the above mentioned technology challenges into an attractive design like Diamond: Virtually maintenance free composite cells with first class aerodynamic characteristics, paired with modern avionics and efficient engines.

Faster Training Means Less Cost for You, the Student

In addition, we have expanded our FAA certified Part 141 training, which allows us to offer you a seamless course from “zero” time to Commercial/ Instrument rated, based on the highly regarded Jeppesen training materials.

All these changes were made so you would experience an even more reliable, efficient and smooth training environment, as well as to offer a unique rental fleet.
In other words safer equipment, faster training, and better technology equals more value for your money.

Private Pilot

Become a Certified Private Pilot in our state-of-the-art Diamond DA-20 or DA-40 aircraft, and enjoy the many benefits of aviation without the limitations!

Why limit yourself to flying outdated aircraft?

At Europe- American Aviation you can train in one of the most modern fleets in North America. Come and train in our Diamond aircraft that are less than 5 years old, and experience the best training aircraft available today.

Why limit yourself to training with inexperienced flight instructors?

Europe-American Aviation’s instructors are all very experienced and ready to provide only the best instruction possible. Many of our flight instructors have achieved the FAA’s highest instructor designation as Gold Seal Flight Instructors. In fact, our 1st time pass rate for students is over 90%, one of the highest in North America. In addition, we are one of a few schools selected to train FAA Inspectors from around the country, throughout the year.

Earning your Private Pilot Certificate enables you to experience the world from a new perspective. Imagine flying to Key West for lunch or spending a weekend in St. Augustine with friends without having to drive. You will have mastered the fundamentals of airmanship, navigation, and communication. As a result, you will be granted the privilege to fly virtually anywhere with your friends or family.

With this program you can fulfill your aviation dreams

Average price for a PPL in the US is about $10,000! Why spend that much money to fly in old equipment when you could spend less while flying one of our new Diamond Aircraft?
Enroll now for your training course!

Commercial Pilot

All training is conducted according to FAR part 61 or part 141 of the US regulations. Previous experience and/or training can count towards meeting the requirements. For any specific questions regarding your Commercial training please contact us at Admissions: 239-309-0895.

Training with an ICAO authorized instructor in your home country will count towards the requirements if the training has been recorded and endorsed in your logbook by the Flight Instructor in question.

The CPL training can be accomplished in 1-2 weeks depending on previous experience. The cost will vary significantly depending on how much complex experience you have already.
Like with the PPL and the Instrument, the training can basically be broken up in two parts: theoretical and practical. The theoretical training is concluded when you pass the FAA written exam. Then you must accomplish your practical training with the flight test as the grand finale!

The written exam consists of 60 questions picked at random from the FAA database of about 900 questions. All questions and answers can be studied beforehand with a “Written exam study guide” available from ASA, Gleim, and Jeppesen. With a little self-study the majority of the theoretical training can be accomplished in your home country.

Once in Naples you would be capable of taking the written exam right away so you can spend all your time and energy on the practical training.

Checkride

The checkride for the commercial consists of all the PPL maneuvers followed by the “special” commercial maneuvers such as “Lazy Eights” and “Chandelles”. More emphasis is placed on smoothness of operation and airplane control.

The checkride will be completed under VFR conditions; no IFR maneuvers will be required.
If you already hold the Instrument Rating it will transfer to the Commercial Certificate.

Commercial Pilot in Europe

With the US CPL you will be able to operate N-registered airplanes commercially any where in the world.  Naturally local laws apply as well as US regulations concerning commercial enterprise.  For the conversion of the US CPL to a CPL from your country we advise you contact your Aviation Authorities for the details

 

Instrument Rating

The Instrument Rating

Like the private pilot, instrument training is divided into two parts. On one hand, the theoretical (ground school) part ends with a written exam. On the other hand, the practical training ends with the flight test (Checkride).

Theoretical Training

The “Written Exam” is a multiple-choice exam consisting of 60 questions which come from a question bank of about 900 questions. All questions and answers are published, and can be studied with a “Written Exam Study Guide”. Study Guides are offered by Gleim, ASA, and Jeppesen.

The “Written Exam” can be taken next door at the Naples Pilot Shop. After passing this first obstacle, you can fully concentrate on the practical flight training.

Practical Training

The first step for instrument flight training is flying the aircraft without looking outside. Every pilot must still takeoff and land visually. The instrument rating allows you to enter the clouds after takeoff, and not require any outside visual reference until just before landing at your destination airport.

Basic Attitude Instrument flying aka. BAI (flying the aircraft only by reference to instruments), is the first step of instrument training. As a student you will learn how to fly the private pilot maneuvers, climbs, descents, radio navigation, and precision control of airspeed during climbs and descents; all without requiring you to look outside.

BAI is the foundation of the instrument training. The rest of the instrument flying relies on a solid foundation of being able to precisely control the aircraft by instrument reference only.

Holding

Once you’ve mastered basic instrument flying, the training goes onto the next phase: “Holding Procedures”.
A hold is basically a parking lot in the sky, and can be considered a place to wait for the weather to improve if an airport is saturated with instrument arrivals.

Certainly, An airplane cannot just “pull over” to wait. Instead pilots “Hold” at a certain Waypoint, VOR, NDB or otherwise defined point. One flies circles over the defined point, until it’s time to “leave the hold,” and proceed on course.

Actually these are not circles per se, rather ovals, which are specifically defined. The difficult thing about a hold is that they must be flown exactly as defined.

That means a lot of practice until you can fly into a Hold correctly and stay there. Merely staying in the exact range of airspace is not enough; you must also fly at the correct speed, at the correct altitude, and fly individual sections of the hold in a precise time-frame.

Instrument Approaches
Once you master “Holding Procedures”, and holding entries are second nature, your training enters a crucial phase; flying instrument approaches. Here you learn to fly from a defined point following a certain path, in order to break out of the clouds, exactly over the runway and land.
You will utilize different types of NAVAIDS, such as the VOR, NDB, localizer and the modern satellite based GPS System.
If vertical glide path information is added to the horizontal flight path information, it is then called a precision approach: ILS (Instrument Landing System).
All approach path information is contained on an approach plate, and it us up to the pilot to identify the course accordingly, and navigate using the radio equipment installed in the airplane. During the training all possible approaches are flown. All approaches are conveniently available in the vicinity of Naples.

The Fun begins – IFR Enroute

Towards the end, all of your training comes together through a few IFR cross-country flights with your flight instructor. One of the cross country flights is prescribed in the FAA training guidelines, and must consist of a flight at least 250 nautical miles total distance, and at least three different types of approaches at three different airports.

The fascinating thing here is that you fly for hours around Florida, navigating exclusively by instruments, and suddenly find yourself lined up on a runway (hopefully the correct one …). An unforgettable experience!
Checkride Time Again

After the last cross-country flight, refinements to the instrument flight skills are made. Once this checkride prep is complete, the student meets with an FAA Examiner for an oral exam followed by the flight test. Again it is the Examiner’s job to observe the student demonstrate that he/she meets required knowledge and skills, required by the FAA, for the issuance of an instrument rating.

As long as everything goes well, you are then an instrument pilot!

 

Other Ratings

Further advanced certificates and ratings like Certified Flight Instructor (CFI), Certified Flight Instructor Instrument (CFII), and Multi Engine Instructor (MEI) are also available at Europe-American.The previous experience of the applicant dictates the length of the training course and the cost. Please contact us by email or phone with your specific flight history so we can give you an indication of the training that would be required for any of these ratings. For those already familiar with the US regulations, FAR part 61.183 through 61.199 deal with Flight instructor training and certification.

We train you for your initial CFI as well as for Instrument Instructor and Multi Engine Instructor Add On’s, course time for all three ratings is six weeks!

We are often asked if any training done at our facility counts towards the European ATPL. Agreements between ICAO nations grant you all or part of the training requirements for PPL,IFR and CPL. All your flight time will be recognized. For specifics please contact your Aviation authorities.

We have had a lot of customers who, as preparation for their EASA/FCL-ATPL, started with their PPL and Instrument rating with us. While this approach involves more complicated paper-work than joining an “Ab-initio” program with a school in Europe, many students find that the enormous cost savings make this compelling factor in their decision to train with us.

This is especially true now with the Euro at historical strong rates.
Not to mention the generally very good weather that will result in a far shorter training time schedule than would be required in Western Europe!

Multi Engine

Depending on your previous experience, about a week and 8-12 hrs of flight training will be required to master the multi-engine and be ready to pass a test for a private pilot VFR multi-engine rating. Training for additional ratings will be as required, please ask for details.

It is highly recommended you complete your instrument training before you start the multi engine training.

Checkride
Like all the other programs, this one is also concluded with a practical Flight test and an oral exam.
You will study the characteristics and aerodynamics of multi-engine aircraft, with special emphasis on engine out flight.
A good portion of your flight training will also cover the procedures concerning engine failures and single engine flight including approach and landing with a simulated engine failure.

Multi Engine in Europe
Your multi-engine rating will entitle you to fly an “N” registered multi-engine airplane with a max. weight of less than 6.500kgs/12,500 lbs anywhere in the world.
For conversion from an US multi-engine rating to one from your home country please contact the Aviation Authorities from your country.

Parachute or second engine?
That’s where Diamond would like to move the debate in selling its Twin Star against the Cirrus SR22. But does the argument stand up? With regard to safety, how does the Twin Star stack up against the BRS-equipped Cirrus SR22?
Can the comparison even be made?
Check out the comparison by The Aviation Consumer

 

Simulator
Learn to fly in our simulator
Thanks to digital technology, flight simulation today offers an incredible level of detail, which is greatly beneficial to the efficiency of your training.

The advantages in regards to cost, flexibility, safety, and the environment are all too obvious. The simulation products by Diamond-Elite contain one more important element:

They represent up to the smallest details of the original cockpit they are meant to represent, because they are original cockpits!

The first, and so far only, DA42 FTD (Flight Training Device) located in the USA at Europe-American Aviation

The simulator, with a replicated DA-42 cockpit, is manufactured by Diamond Simulation and completes Europe-American Aviation’s fleet of Diamond Aircraft. The DA42 FTD was an important step to offer more flexible, and effective training for students.

Implementing a Flight Training Device into the flight instruction, brings many advantages to the customer. In this kind of environment a student trains much better than in a generic one-size-fits-all cockpit.

Students can master the basics and more importantly train for unusual and dangerous emergency situations. This leads to higher motivation, and subsequently to better training results. In addition, as weather is no longer a factor and down time for maintenance is negligible, the training is much more flexible!

The Simulator can be used in the following Training Scenarios:
Instrument Rating (Airplane)
Commercial Pilot (Airplane)
Airline Transport Pilot (Airplane)
Instrument Proficiency Checks (IPC)

During the course of the Training the Student can log the following maximum Amount of hours towards the Rating or Certificate:

Instrument Training 20 hours
Commercial Pilot Training 50 hours
Airline Transport Pilot Training 25 hours

Part of the Checkride towards an Instrument Rating, Commercial Pilot Certificate, or Airline Transport Pilot Certificate can be done in the Simulator as well; further reducing the cost of training.
Compared with training in the airplane, using a Simulator reduces the cost significantly, and increases the quality of the training at the same time.

Maximum Cost Savings

For the foreseeable future, the price of oil will dominate all aspects of the cost structure for flight training. The TwinStar already dominates this segment; No other aircraft has a 165 Kts cruise speed while consuming only 12 Gals/Hr. Especially not an aircaraft with two engines!
The DA42 FTD by Diamond Simulation is just as advanced as the TwinStar it represents.
Whether Training for the PPL-IFR, CPL, ATPL, or even Training for your CFI, the DA42 FTD is certified as a Level 5 FTD, with exact simulation of flight control forces