Follow your dream of flight.
Florida Pilot Center promises you a fun way to obtain your Pilot License in the shortest possible time.The Florida Pilot Center is a small, elite training facility. We are based in Vero Beach, Florida and share the field with Piper Aircraft. Each of our amazing instructors have years of teaching. Many of their students are now professional pilots flying 737s, 747s, and Airbus jets today. Other students are flying their own private planes for recreational reasons.
Our elite instructors have the rare skill to make you a safe, competent pilot in the shortest time possible.
Everything in our program is optimized for your success
We purchased a special training airplane for this program. It is the Piper PA-38 Tomahawk. It was designed here in Vero Beach specifically to be the ultimate flight training aircraft. Piper asked over 10,000 flight instructors across the country what features they wanted in the "ideal trainer." And the PA-38 is what Piper designed.
The Tomahawk was designed to fly very much like a larger, higher performance airplane. The control forces and sensitivities match those of the Learjet 35, making transitions to larger aircraft the easiest of any basic trainer, hence the Tomahawk's popularity with U.S. Air Force Flying Clubs.
The entire flight training curricula, books and flight lessons and quizzes have been written specifically for the airplane you will train in. So you will learn faster, without confusion. All flight maneuvers, procedures, checklists, illustrations — everything — in our manuals are specific to your training airplane. Everything is clear and understandable, so you will master the material quickly.
You will be training one-on-one with your instructors. You will learn everything you need to know to become a competent, safe pilot.
The perfect training airport
Vero Beach, Florida is ideal for your flight training. We have 350+ VFR flying days per year. Vero Beach airport is one of the busiest towered Class D airports in the country, perfect for your ATC training. But within 15 minutes of flight, we have multiple un-towered airports so you can have easy traffic pattern practice. There is even a grass strip for soft field practice!
Learning to be a pilot is challenging. You’ll study hard. You’ll fly alot. And you’ll navigate to some of the most wonderful destinations in the Florida.
How about a dual cross country to Daytona?
In less than an hour, you’ll fly up the coast of Florida over the Atlantic ocean. Within 10 minutes of leaving Vero Beach the famed NASA Vehicle Assembly Building (one of the largest buildings in the world) comes into sight. Yes, you are going to be flying by NASA’s Cape Canaveral! But before you get there, you will pass by Patrick Air Force Base. You call Patrick on the radio for permission to transition their airspace. Permission granted! Within minutes you can see the Kennedy Space Center, and the Space Shuttle’s landing strip. Soon you are in sight of Daytona Beach International Airport. The famous Daytona International Speedway is right by the airport grounds, and if there is a race going on, you’ll see it all from the air on approach!
It is better in the Bahama!
How about an International Cross Country? You and your instructor can head for the Bahamas! You’ll land in this former British colony, clear customs, and head to the restaurant for a bowl of authentic Bahamian Conch chowder. Back in the airplane, you’ll fly west over the Gulf Stream. Looking down you’ll see Sport-Fishing boats carve V-shaped wakes in the ocean and Sailboats pointing their shining white sails toward the sky. You’ll clear customs in Florida and then home to Vero Beach. (Don’t forget to send postcards from the Bahamas!)
Time for your long solo cross country to Key West
What could be better than heading to Key West? Choose your course ... down the East Coast of Florida passing over West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Hollywood, and Miami Beach. Or shoot straight across the heart of Florida crossing Lake Okeechobee, the 7th largest freshwater lake in the country, then Big Cypress National Preserve, and finally over the amazing Everglades. Up ahead you’ll see the glistening chain of islands that make up the Florida Keys. At at the end of that chain, Key West comes into sight. You’ll call ATC, get your clearance and land in the Tropics! Taxi your plane over to the FBO and park next to a row of corporate jets. You are in the fabled city of Key West — and you will have flown there all by yourself!
Becoming a pilot at the Florida Pilot Center will be a real adventure!
Call today to find out more. 772-571-7851