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FAA CPL Programme

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USA Commercial
Pilot Programme

Zino Aviation's USA Pilot Training Courses are run by our partner flight school - Academy of Aviation (AOA). There are 3 campuses in total, located in Atlanta (Georgia), Charlotte (North Carolina), and New York City. The course durations are approximately 9 months for a regular programme or 5 months for an expedited one. This course will make you a fully qualified Commercial Pilot possessing a Private and Commercial Pilot License, Multi-Engine Rating and Instrument Rating. 


The weather is very good at our Charlotte and Atlanta Campuses, so you should be able to fly on a daily basis and therefore finish quicker than in other places. Flight training in Georgia and North Carolina can be more beneficial than in highly congested areas like Florida. Due to fewer flight schools and fewer aircraft in the area, students can concentrate on learning to fly without being rushed by other aircraft in the area. It also means students avoid busy congestion on the ground before take-off and in the air during training. This allows you to get more value for your money, spending it on actual training rather than waiting behind other aircraft or the ground or dodging them in the air.

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 FAA Professional Pilot Courses  

Option 1   (Most Popular) 
(Become a Commercial Pilot)

Option 2
(Become a Flight Instructor)

Option 3
(Become a Private Pilot)


0 - CPL


Our FAA 0-CPL courses are Part 141 and Part 61 approved and are designed for international and local students with little or no flying experience who want to pursue a career as commercial pilots. You will first start your training and acquire an FAA PPL (Private Pilot License). Upon reaching the necessary flight experience, you will continue with Instrument training and acquire an Instrument Rating. After hour-building and further training, you will finally acquire a Commercial Pilot License. The final stage of the programme is the Multi-Engine Rating; this will enable you to fly aircraft with multiple engines.  After successful completion of the zero to CPL course, you will be issued an FAA CPL(A) license with Instrument and Multi-Engine Ratings. The privileges of a CPL ME+IR enable you to act as pilot-in-command (Captain) or co-pilot (First Officer) in Commercial Multi-Engine IFR operations.


Atlanta, Georgia
Charlotte, North Carolina
New York, New York

9 Months (Regular)
5 Months (Expedited)


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 What Licenses and Ratings Will You Get


Private Pilot
License (PPL)

We plan your training programme in great detail. We factor in all contingencies and accurately budget for every segment pertaining to your programme.
Private Pilot License (PPL) - You'll learn how to fly from scratch, conduct flight manoeuvres and then pass practical and theoretical exams. On completion of your PPL, you will be able to fly by yourself without an instructor. You can then start building hours for your CPL and fly friends & family.

Rating (IR)

We select only the best cadets for you by thoroughly assessing your candidates using industry-leading aviation assessments.
Instrument Rating (IR) - During your IR training, you will be taught how to fly in sole reference to your instruments, allowing you to fly at night, in reduced visibility, and in instrument meteorological conditions (IMC).

Commercial Pilot
License (CPL)

We handle the financial elements of your flight training programme from paying vendors and training providers to managing and paying student per diems.
Commercial Pilot License (CPL) - You require a CPL if you want to fly for airlines and get paid to fly. You will be trained to a much higher standard than the PPL. You'll build more flight hours and will be practically, theoretically and orally examined by an examiner.
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Rating (MER)

We handle the visa process of your cadets.
We provide all required documentation and take care of booking Visa interviews and passport handling at the appropriate embassy.
Multi-Engine Rating (MER) - During your MER training, you will be taught how to fly aircraft with multiple engines as multi-engine aircraft possess different aerodynamic characteristics than single-engine aircraft.


0 - CPL + CFI


Our  Zero to CPL + CFI course is designed for future pilots with little or no flight experience who wish to become flight instructors after their CPL training. There are many benefits of becoming a flight instructor. It is fulfilling, you get to further develop your manual flying skills and finally, instructors get paid to fly while building their flight time. The course starts from PPL to IR to CPL and continues to the Certified Flight Instructor ratings. It is ideal for students who want to become airline pilots in the USA and in Canada, where 1500 hours is a requirement.

With a CFI rating, you can instruct students and build your time.


Atlanta, Georgia 

Charlotte, North Carolina
New York, New York

10 Months (Regular)

6 Months (Expedited)


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 What Licenses and Ratings Will You Get

We plan your training programme in great detail. We factor in all contingencies and accurately budget for every segment pertaining to your programme.
Just like the 0-CPL programme, you will get a Private Pilot License, Commercial Pilot License, Instrument Rating and Multi-Engine Rating. These are all the licenses and ratings required to fly for Commercial Multi-Engine IFR operators.


We handle the financial elements of your flight training programme from paying vendors and training providers to managing and paying student per diems.
Certified Flight Instructor (CFI/CFII/MEI) -
Your CFI training will enable you to become a qualified instructor and teach students how to fly. Your CFII (instrument instructor) will enable you to instruct students for their Instrument Ratings.
Your MEI (Multi-Engine Instructor) will enable you to instruct students for their Multi-Engine Ratings.

Certified Flight Instructor (CFI/CFII/MEI)




PPL Only

An FAA Private Pilot License (PPL) is a license that allows you to fly on single-engine land (SEL) aircraft in visual meteorological conditions (VMC) in non-commercial operations. In simple terms, with a PPL you can fly for leisure, but can't get paid. PPL training is the first step towards becoming a professional pilot. Many pilots struggling for funds usually opt to do the 'PPL Only' course so they can at least start their journey, even if they can't financially finish it just yet.  Once you complete your PPL(A) training, you will get your Private Pilot License and SEL (Single Engine Land) qualification and you will be able to fly by yourself without an instructor. You can then start flying recreationally or continue on to get your commercial license later.


Atlanta, Georgia 

Charlotte, North Carolina 
New York, New York

2 Months


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Cessna 152
Diamond DA20
Cessna 172 (G1000)
Diamond DA42

Why Our Programme?


Amazing Weather,
You Can Fly daily

The weather in Atlanta and Charlotte is great. With average highs of 32 degrees during the summertime and 13 degrees during the winter, students can fly with minimum disruption due to weather. The better the weather, the more you can fly and the quicker you can finish your training.

Flight School Accoutability

Due to our partnership with the flight school, they are accountable to Zino Aviation. Students can always come to us with any arising issues and we will resolve them swiftly with the school, constantly keeping them accountable, and keeping you satisfied.


Programme Available

You can become a pilot in just 5 months.

• 8 Weeks for your PPL
• 3 Weeks for your Instrument Rating
• 4 Weeks for your CPL
• 1 Week for your Multi-Engine
• 3 Weeks for your CFI Initial Rating
• 2 Weeks for your CFII Rating
• 1 Week for your MEI Rating


Our 0-CPL programme costs $44,000 which is among the most competitive rates in the entire USA. The quote is also based on average student performance and not the FAA minimums. This means your flight training can cost even less than this if you are a student of higher ability.


Ground School

Rather than being in a large class with many other students, you will be assigned a personal instructor and will receive 1-on-1 ground school classes with just them. This allows you to ask more questions, progress at your own pace and learn more effectively.

Campus Locations

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Georgia, USA


North Carolina, USA

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New York,

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