Thinking of becoming a professional pilot such as an airline, charter or cargo pilot?

As of June 2022, starting pay for entry-level pilots increased to a staggering $80,000 USD per year with senior captain’s pay exceeding $280,000 per year; there’s literally never been a more fantastic time to become a professional pilot than now.

P3 was specifically designed to help our students become exceptional pilots and achieve long-lasting success as a professional by:

  • Focusing on quality of training vs. quantity
  • Assisting financially through student loans, scholarships and grant opportunities
  • Character and leadership development

Our Amazing Fast-Tracked Program

Choose your starting point:

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  • From Zero
  • Private Pilot
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    Private Pilot (PPL)

    The first step towards becoming a professional pilot is earning your Private Pilot Certificate (PPL). We consider the PPL to be the most important aspect of your pilot career as it serves as the foundation for the rest of your training. Developing good habits and building a solid foundation of best practices is critical to becoming a safe, highly-skilled and desirable commercial pilot.

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    Instrument Rating (IFR)

    The instrument rating (IFR) follows the private pilot certificate. The entire IFR training course focuses on learning to safely fly using aircraft avionics, radios, communication and navigation equipment. IFR flying is a critical skill that commercial pilots use on almost every single flight.

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    Commercial License, Single Engine & Multi Engine (CSEL & CMEL)

    Next you will complete your commercial single engine land (CSEL) and commercial multi engine land (CMEL) licenses. Commercial pilots are held to a very high standard of accuracy so this portion of your training focuses on building skill proficiency and mastery of the aircraft to a commercial pilot standard.

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    Certified Flight Instructor (CFI)

    This is the final step of your training that will specialize in teaching you how to teach others to learn to fly. The first career step for most commercial pilots is to become a flight instructor. This allows you to be paid to fly while you gain experience to qualify for airline and other commercial flight opportunities.

Get your wings in a beautiful climate!

Located in beautiful Fort Myers, Florida, Paragon Flight is the perfect location to take the next leap in your pilot career.

Professional Pilot Program Prerequisites:

  • 18 years of age
  • High school diploma or GED (college experience preferred)
  • Two character references (one professional and one personal)
  • Good driving record
  • Pass a criminal background check
  • Pass a behavioral/cognitive assessment
  • No prior aviation incidents or accidents or other FAA enforcement actions
  • Obtain an FAA First Class Medical Certificate
  • Ability to proficiently ready and write in the English language
  • Must be able to attend full-time (4-5 flight lessons per week; 10-20 hours a week to knowledge, classroom and CBT)
  • Must be of good moral character, must be driven and have a strong work ethic

* *Exceptions may apply. Please contact a training advisor for more information.

Financing Options

Obtaining financing for pilot training can be a tricky maze to navigate. Over the years, Paragon has worked with hundreds of students helping them find financing options that fit their needs, budget and personal goals. From collegiate programs that offer traditional government-backed student loans, to aviation scholarships to private loans and educational grant opportunities, our team can help guide you to a solution that is best for you.

Learn more about your options by filling out the form below!

“One of my favorite aspects of the program is that, following completion, graduates not only receive their commercial and certified flight instructor licenses, but are given preferential consideration for employment at Paragon as flight instructors.”

– Chris Schoensee, President

Want more information?

Interested in being a high flyer and becoming a professional airline, charter or cargo pilot? If so, we’d love to hear from you. 

The crew at Paragon Flight have developed the P3 Professional Pilot Program for ambitious career-minded candidates like you. It’s an accelerated, streamlined program – allowing you to obtain your professional pilot license in a shorter timeframe and at a lower cost than programs offered at other flight training schools.

Contact us using the form below for more information.