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Have you heard of this Flight Training Consulting Agency?
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Saturday, 03 May 2014 03:13

Aviator College Ft Pierce Florida
 
Hello Capt. Lim,

I am interested in becoming an airline pilot but all the current problems with job opportunities have got me looking for a more secured way to get into the job market rather than getting an ATPL by my own means. I mainly have two questions:

1. Have you ever heard of Aerocadet? Apparently they are "a consulting agency contracted by large flight training facilities, such as Aviator College of Aeronautical Science and Technology, in order to provide consulting to prospective students and process their enrolment paperwork, conduct enrolment interview, organize financial aid, etc.

These services are FREE for the prospective students, as we are remunerated by the flight training centres." in the very words of their Int. Aviation Training Consultant.

They have a program that trains students with 0 flight experience to a FULL ATPL in about 2 years and from a cost of about 50k USD onward in Fort Pierce, Florida.

Do you think this is a legitimate program/company? It seems too good to be true to me. Also there is very little news or press about Aerocadet..

2. What is your professional and personal opinion about the chances of being hired by an airline now if one has just graduated but has a full ATPL? Would it give a large upper hand to said pilot in terms of job eligibility?

Thank you very much for your time sir. I apologize for the long message and have a good day!

Wei

Hi Wei,

In my opinion, I would be very cautious about any consulting agencies who claim that they can organize financial aids, etc to entice students into joining any flying training establishment.

I am not sure where you come from. If you are from Asia (Singapore or Malaysia), you can face many issues in terms of the flying qualifications acquired. FAA Licenses (ATPL) is generally not recognized.

I have not heard of Aerocadet and I have just viewed Aviator College at Fort Pierce at Florida, USA in the internet (see above). I have not been able to get any reviews.

From the little information that I have, you should not pay any money in advance until you have verified its reliability. There have been a few who were tricked by some other consulting agencies into parting a lot of money with promises that were never fulfilled.

There are many private students with ATPL that are still jobless. With the ATPL, you would still be competing with other similar holders. The crucial part in getting hired into an airline job is still getting through the tough interview and selection processes when an opening does come around.

Still, the best route is getting through any airline cadet pilot programs that are far and few in between (in the Asian regions). That would assure you a job with the airlines instead of getting an ATPL privately from a foreign country that require you to go through various conversions into a local one at the end of the day. Even after that, a placement into any legacy airlines is still a long way to go!


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Brandon Mah , 30 May, 2014
FAA ATPL recognition
Dear all,

I have read this post and must say, I am very surprised to hear that FAA ATPL (It;s an ICAO Airline Transport Pilot License) is, allegedly, not recognized in Asia. I can assure you that this is not true, as an FAA ATPL holder, I had NO ISSUES converting my license to CAAC, DCA and DGCA.

FAA is a founding member of ICAO all licenses issued by the United States are recognized by all ICAO countries. The conversion process normally consists of one or more theoretical examinations and a medical.
Russ , 23 Nov, 2014

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