Is Your Commercial Pilot Training Easy?

Don't Underestimate It

I didn’t pass my commercial checkride the first time. If you didn’t read about it, here is the link. Well, I did pass the second time which feels great! In this blog I’ll talk about how there seem to be a couple of misconceptions about obtaining, or rather ‘earning’, your commercial license.

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Our Waypoints: Fearless feedback

Gienne Van Engelen | Feb 07, 2018 | Airline

Fearless feedback is something you can use everyday. In the artworld there is something called a ‘critique’. You hang all your pieces up in an area and everybody can give ‘critique’. The important thing is to give constructive criticism though. But, how do we apply this during flight training? How do we want our instructors to give feedback to our students? Be sure to check out this behind the scenes video of an important lesson our vice-president Wayman Eddy Luy has to say to our instructors.

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Best of Instagram: January 2018

And just like that, the first month of 2018 flew by. We had a great start of the new year, let’s take a look back at the past few weeks and see what the highlights were. We sure can’t wait to see what the rest of the year will bring us too!

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Pilot Jobs, How to Reach 1500 Hours

Not a lot of #aviators think about the fact that there are many different ways to get to 1,500 hours. In this article we’ll try to make it as easy as possible for you to decide on which path to take. Because there is a road and a way for everybody. Notably this article is written for #aviators that want to get to the airlines, and need the 1,500 hours for ATP.

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Miami VFR Chart

Interessting Things on the VFR Sectional Chart

Knowing how to read your chart is an essential part of your pilot training. Here at North Perry Airport and theOpa Locka base there are some interesting things on the chart. Since Miami International Airport is just a few miles away it’s really important for all our students to know what everything on the chart means. There are a lot of articles and blogs about the different types of charts and airspaces. If you want to specifically learn about those please refer to your aviation books or great sites like or In this article we will focus on the Miami area and take a deeper look at the surrounding area. We’ll discuss some things you don’t see a lot on sectional charts and what they are. Let’s have a look.

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Our Waypoints: Innovation

Gienne Van Engelen | Jan 10, 2018 | Aviation, Airline

Innovation has a different context for different people but for us it means; “Constantly improving and refining towards perfection.”

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Never a Failure, Always a Lesson

What If You Don't Pass Your Checkride?

The golden seal, every aspiring airline pilots wants to have it, just like me. Never a ‘failed’ checkride, smooth flying all the way to your commercial license, and hopefully there after. I almost achieved this; the ‘golden seal’ of pilot training, until I didn’t pass the oral for my commercial license. In this blog I’ll talk about how to cope with not passing your checkride, because for us pilots if something like that happens, it hurts. We’ll digest what went wrong so it doesn’t have to happen to you. Even Though my 55 year old examiner said “I also failed my commercial checkride the first time, it still haunts me to this day.” Well, thanks Mr. Examiner. I feel great now!

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From Flight Instructor to Flying Jets

Gienne Van Engelen | Dec 20, 2017 | Aviation

Recently one of our former flight instructors came back to the Academy for a visit. This was a great opportunity to ask him some questions; what is the training at the regionals like? Is it a big step going from instructing to a regional jet? Read on and find out!

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Learning to Fly with Wayman in 2017

Gienne Van Engelen | Dec 15, 2017 | Aviation

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Pilots: Lets Get Real

Gienne Van Engelen | Dec 06, 2017 | Aviation

How Instagram is there to inspire but sometimes does the opposite

It’s been a while since I wrote something from my point of view. I feel like I have to share my thoughts and findings on this subject. In this blog I’ll talk about a subject that a lot of #aviators suffer from. Actually, not only #aviators but a lot of people. Do you have this constant pressure or weight on your shoulders that you need to get somewhere, or achieve something? Is that a good thing? Is it alright for you to put a lot of pressure on yourself? Especially in an environment like aviation where seniority is everything and you can get there fast by really hustling & grinding? Do you feel like everything looks perfect on #instagram and you want to achieve that too?  Let's look at these questions a bit deeper and how this links with Instagram, aviation and yourself.

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