Sarasota Flight School

The commercial pilot training schools in Sarasota simply can’t compare to Paragon Flight, a premier flight school with locations in Fort Myers and Punta Gorda, Florida. As an AOPA (Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association) honored flight school, our efforts are designed to meet every pilot hopeful with appropriate training and experiences. 

Sarasota Flight SchoolParagon Flight offers a student-driven environment. We provide a world-class curriculum, proven flight instructors, Technically Advanced Aircraft (TAA) for training, and an opportunity-rich institution. Come fly with us for a program that correlates to your learning style, available time, goals, and budget.

The intent of Paragon Flight is always to turn out ready pilots while offering an enjoyable experience. The fun of flight shouldn’t get lost in the serious effort required to meet FAA requirements. Our passion for flight extends from safety to fun, and we exist to help promote the love and passion for aviation. 

In Pursuit of Commercial Pilot Licensing

Before you can accept a single penny for your services as a pilot, you must earn a Commercial Pilot License (CPL). Having this license means you’ve completed training that provides you with mastery-level skills for professional flight and proven those abilities through FAA evaluations. 

Paragon Flight offers the flexibility of a Part 61 training program with the pacing and timeline that meets your needs and Part 141 full-time courses for those requiring a more standard learning environment.

In particular, we provide the P3 Professional Pilot Program that allows complete novices to earn a series of credentials, including commercial licensing, in fewer than 10 months.

The P3 Professional Pilot Program Timeline:

  • 0-10 WEEKS, Private Pilot (PPL) – a foundational and most important phase of aviation education, provides good habits and best practices development;
  • 11-18 WEEKS, Instrument Flight Rating (IFR) – the secondary phase that provides instruction on the use of communication and navigation equipment;
  • 19-30 WEEKS, Commercial License, Single Engine & Multi-Engine (CSEL & CMEL) – training to develop accuracy and mastery of flight to commercial expectations for both single- and multi-engine aircraft;
  • 31-38 WEEKS, Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) – the last training phase allows student pilots to develop skills to share their aviation expertise with others. As a professional flight instructor, you can enter the world of commercial aviation, accrue flight hours for further certifications, and share your passion while making a living. Paragon Flight gives those who complete the P3 Program preferential consideration when applying to become a Paragon Flight Certified Flight Instructor (CFI).

Prerequisites for P3 Participation:

  • 18 years old, minimum
  • High school graduate or GED recipient, with college preferred
  • One personal and one professional character reference
  • Clean Motor Vehicle Record (MVR), FAA record, and criminal background check
  • Passed behavioral and cognitive evaluation
  • FAA 1st Class Medical Certificate
  • Fluent, literate, and proficient in the English language
  • Full-time availability for 4-5 flight lessons and 10-20 hours of ground training each week
  • Characteristics of integrity, strong work ethic, and drive.

If money is what’s holding you back from pursuing your dream, contact the team at Paragon Flight. We’re familiar with personal lenders, student loan and grant requirements, aviation scholarships, and other financial resources pertaining to your situation. 

Paragon Flight in Fort Myers [(239) 747-0056] and Punta Gorda [(941) 336-7494], FL, provides what a flight school in Sarasota can’t – beautiful weather, flight opportunities, and stellar facilities, staff, equipment, and curriculum. Click here to explore the perfect program for your training.