Reduced training time, new financing options will help address global pilot shortage
Fort Myers, Fla. —March 25, 2022— Paragon Flight Training, an award-winning flight training academy based at Page Field in Fort Myers, Florida, is pleased to announce the redesign of its Professional Pilot Program, a fast-track training program for individuals seeking to obtain their commercial pilot’s license and pursue a career in the commercial aviation industry. The announcement was made by Christopher Schoensee, Paragon Flight Training President and owner.
Paragon Flight’s Professional Pilot Program (P3), designed for full-time students, can now be completed in as few as seven months, with fewer required hours and at a very competitive price. Following completion, graduates receive their commercial and certified flight instructor licenses and are given preferential consideration for employment at Paragon as flight instructors.
“In the past 36 months, we evaluated every aspect of our legacy career pilot program, from the curriculum and aircraft to the student’s cost and financing options. Our goal was to significantly improve the student’s learning experience – and what we were able to accomplish is second to none in the industry,” Schoensee said. “P3 is a streamlined, safety- and quality-focused program unique to Paragon Flight that prepares highly qualified individuals for a well-paying career as a professional pilot at an accelerated pace. It is an important response to the industry’s desperate need for professionally prepared pilots in commercial airlines that also addresses the practical considerations and costs of professional pilot training.”
To be eligible for the Paragon Professional Pilot Program, candidates must pass an aptitude test and a skills assessment to ensure they possess the foundational skills necessary to endure the rigors of P3 and become an exceptional pilot.
“Before we invest in training a pilot – and before they invest in us – it’s imperative that we select only top caliber students that have the ability and foundation to be successful in this field,” Schoensee said.
The redesigned curriculum has received special FAA approval, which Schoensee noted is an acknowledgement of Paragon Flight’s consistently high safety and performance history.
In addition to a faster training time, those admitted to the program can benefit from new student loan financing options with reasonable interest rates that ease the financial burden of becoming a professional pilot.
The announcement of P3 comes on the heels of Paragon Flight taking possession of its first of 10 Piper aircraft, the Piper P100i, slated for delivery in 2022. The acquisitions are part of the five-year fleet modernization component of the company’s long-term strategic plan, which includes the purchase of an additional 40 Piper aircraft over the next five years. Paragon Flight is also in the process of expanding its learning center, adding 9,000 square feet of training space within a 28,000 combined square-foot expansion.
About Paragon Flight Training
Paragon Flight is an award-winning flight academy headquartered at Page Field in Fort Myers, Florida. With FAA and SEVIS accreditations, a fleet of 20 aircraft, and advanced simulator technology onsite, the company trains commercial, professional, and recreational pilots as well as offering military pilot training for domestic and foreign governments. The company is in the process of a 28,000-combined-square-foot expansion slated for completion in 2022.