Frequently Asked Questions

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Is the Caribbean Aviation Training Center a certified flight school?

Yes, Caribbean Aviation Training Center is a certified flight school. We are a Cessna Pilot Center and we operate under the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority (JCAA) where we are are certified to be a Flight Training Unit (FTU) along with holding an Air Operator Certificate (AOC).


Is the Caribbean Aviation Training Center a well renowned school?

Yes, we are highly recognized worldwide and are affiliated with the Ministry of Education, Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority (JCAA), Cessna Pilot Center, King Schools and The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).


What is the first-time pass rate for all programs at Caribbean Aviation Training Center?

The first-time pass rate for all courses at Caribbean Aviation Training Center is better than 98%.


How many students do you have in ground school at any given time?

We can have anywhere from 10-15 students at any given time. We tend to work with small groups because it is one way of ensuring active participation of students. This will allow for a good range of experience and individual contributions.


How experienced are the instructors at Caribbean Aviation Training Center?

In one word: Very. The instructors at Caribbean Aviation Training Center are career instructors. You will be learning from people who are not only highly qualified pilots, but people who love to teach and fly. Our CFIs are not low hour pilots looking to build their own hours to get to the airlines, rather, they are here because they truly enjoy watching their students progress and succeed.


Does Caribbean Aviation Training Center utilize syllabi for its courses?

Yes. All of the courses at Caribbean Aviation Training Center are based around a proven syllabus that ensures you will learn the material needed for a particular rating, in the most logical sequence. However, it is worth noting that we are also extremely flexible when it comes to tailoring a program to suit a studentís individual learning needs.


How much ground instruction is included in each program?

For any given course you are enrolled in at Caribbean Aviation Training Center you can expect to spend a considerable amount of time in ground school. We will not give you a book to read for the night and expect you to absorb everything by yourself. Instead, we teach with a very hands-on approach, and you will be fully immersed in aviation during your stay at Caribbean Aviation Training Center.


Does Caribbean Aviation Training Center teach instrument students in actual instrument conditions?

Absolutely! While students will certainly spend time in perfect weather with blinders on whenever there is a lack of instrument flight conditions, we certainly try to teach under actual IFR conditions whenever possible. If it is safe to fly, you can expect to be flying.


Do I need aircraft rental insurance?

We highly recommend obtaining rental insurance for your protection. We include rental insurance in the cost of our training programs. Contact us for more information regarding insurance.


What is the hiring outlook for the airlines?

The outlook for airline hiring is expected to be excellent for the next 5 to 8 years, as there are an estimated 90,000 to 120,000 pilots needed. Most of this growth is attributed to the continued expansion within the regionals, though there are obviously new pilots needed in corporate aviation as well as freight/cargo, while many experienced regional pilots advance to the major carriers.


What other positions are available to commercial pilots outside of the airlines?

The possibilities are endless! Pilots are always needed in various areas of aviation, including, but not limited to: freight/cargo, corporate aviation, air charter/taxi, medical, aerial photography, surveying, aerial surveillance by police, FBI, and other government agencies, banner towing, skydiving, glider towing and research and development. There is an endless list of opportunities for employment outside of the airlines.


What amount of flight experience do I need to be employed by an airline?

The short answer is that it all depends. Some airlines will hire pilots with as low as 250 hours, but, more often than not, employers want to see closer to 800 hours, and at least 100 hours of multi-engine time. Some carriers will consider applicants with as low as 25 hours of multi-engine time. Contrary to what some may tell you, any more than 150 hours of multi-engine time is generally treated the same, and as such has no real impact on qualification over another applicant with similar total time but less multi time. An instrument rating and commercial certificates are a given.


Do you have any interview or employment agreements with the airlines?

No, nor do we plan to have any in the future. We are in the business of training pilots. Our graduates leave our programs as highly qualified pilots, and we feel very satisfied that our graduates get their first jobs based on merit, not on our ability to network within the aviation community.