American Pilot Academy is DFW’s premier pilot training school.  We offer flight and ground training courses that cater to aviators of all experience levels.  Whether you are a beginner, a private pilot looking for airplanes to rent, or have aspirations to fly professionally, we can help.

Do any of these categories describe you?

  • The student who has never flown before and wants to fly for fun or to further their business interests.
  • The student who started somewhere else, but, for whatever reason, wasn’t able to finish.
  • Licensed pilot wanting to add an additional Certification or Rating.
  • The student interested in pursuing an aviation career.
  • Looking for an airplane to rent?

No matter which type of student or pilot you are, we stake our reputation on our experience in getting you into the program that best fits your needs and schedule.

Initial FAA Pilot License

The first license for the majority of pilots is a Private Pilot certificate.  The private license is designed for students of all ages. This license allows you to fly for pleasure or business purposes. Once you earn the license, you can take friends and family along with you to share the experience.

Recreational License

Are you looking to fly strictly for fun? The Recreational License is a good entry-level certification if you are on a tight budget. It allows you to take a passenger and fly anywhere in the local area within 50 miles of the home airport. In addition, the recreational license is an excellent program for the spouse of a pilot. This level of certification gives you confidence and will help you to assist your pilot when traveling.

Instrument Rating

The Instrument Rating is one of the most important certifications you can receive. This rating allows you to get from one airport to another when weather conditions are less than the minimum required for flight under visual conditions. This training will show you how to use your aircraft’s instruments to provide you with information about your position along the selected route of flight.

In addition, you will learn approach and departure procedures to get you safely through a cloud layer and on to your destination. Many students obtain the instrument rating simply to increase their level of proficiency and confidence when flying VFR. It is especially useful when unexpected weather arrives at your home airport before you do.

Keys to the Instrument Rating:  Ground and Simulator Training

To take your piloting skills to the next level, ground and simulator training are imperative. Using the time tested method of introducing new material on the ground, then working through the procedures in the simulator will help you be better equipped when it comes time to take your new skills to the airplane.  This approach will save you time, money and a lot of frustration, making the time spent flying the airplane much more enjoyable.

If your instructor is having you go to the airplane and fly approaches from the beginning, you’re at the wrong school.  We’ve reviewed too many logbooks over the years to know that a VOR or ILS approach on your first or second lesson is not the best place to start.

Our approach will keep your cost to a minimum. Discover how easy it is to get started by speaking with one of our course advisors today at (817) 717-1819. We are standing by and look forward to your call.

We also invite you to come in with your logbook or email it to us at, and we will conduct a free logbook evaluation. Many students have elected to come in for a simulator evaluation, which enables us to provide a comprehensive estimate that includes the projected cost and time to complete your instrument rating.  Conventional and glass cockpit options are available.

Commercial Pilot

Turn your hobby into a profession. A Commercial Pilot certificate allows you to do many things as an aviation professional. The commercial license is required if you have an interest in becoming a flight instructor, flying professionally as a corporate or airline pilot, or even crop dusting.  Adding a new level of certification is also an excellent way to improve your piloting skills and take care of your next Flight Review (BFR).  The commercial license is VFR flying at its best.  Who knew you could have this much fun in an airplane?

Professional Pilot Course

Interested in learning what it takes to have a career in aviation?? Enjoy the excitement of training at American Pilot Academy in Fort Worth, Texas as you begin the journey from flying single engine planes, to Multi Engine aircraft. Strategically located in the heart of busy DFW airspace, with a Control Tower operating 24 hours a day, we will have you talking over the radio like a seasoned airline captain in no time.

Our Professional Pilot program provides you with all of the skills needed to become a successful airline or corporate pilot. The aviation industry is experiencing one of the largest expansion periods in its history. The new demand for air service in Asia and Latin America, coupled with the need for US carriers to replace an ever-increasing number of retiring pilots, will fuel the aviation training industry for the next 20 years and beyond.

When enrolling in the professional pilot course, you have (2) options:

  1. You can choose to enroll in the Professional Pilot Course and set your own training schedule.  With this option, you can get started at any time, book as many lessons per week as your schedule will allow and make changes each week as necessary to fit your busy schedule.
  2. Want a full time training program?  The Professional Pilot Academy is the perfect course for you.  This 6-month pilot training course is an intensive academy-based training program where you will be working together with your classmates to achieve great things together. The group learning environment helps keep each member of your team working at a high level so each student can perform at his or her best.

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Multi Engine Rating

Experience the thrill of flying a Multi Engine airplane. This training is exhilarating and you can complete your rating in as little as three to five days. The best part about adding the Multi Engine Rating to your current pilot certificate is, NO WRITTEN TEST!

We can accommodate any schedule, so call (817) 900-9224 now, and get started on your Multi Engine training, Today!

Certified Flight Instructor (CFI, CFII, or MEI)

Flight Instructors are the heart and soul of aviation. They do not teach for glamour or a big paycheck. Instead, they teach because they have a passion and enjoy sharing their love for flying with others. We have all had a flight instructor at one time or another who has made a lasting impression on us.

Flight Instruction is one of the most rewarding things you will ever do. Sharing your knowledge and experiences with your students and other pilots is what keeps aviation flying high.

Call now to discuss what makes our CFI training approach unique. Whether it’s the CFI, CFII or the MEI, we have the program to get you there. Select the program below for more information:

Airline Transport Pilot (ATP)

The ATP is a pilot’s equivalent to a Ph.D. Once you have logged 1,500 hours of flying under a variety of different conditions, you will likely meet the FAA experience required to take the ATP flight test. It is not uncommon for a pilot with this level of experience to pass the flight test with only a review flight or two. If this describes you, what are you waiting for? Flight tests can be scheduled any day of the week with minimal notice.  Call today and add the ATP to your resume.

Refresher Training

Is it already that time again?  If the time has come for you to get or remain current, we have just the answer.  Whether you are in need of your Flight Review (BFR) or Instrument Proficiency Check (IPC), American Pilot Academy has the solution to keep you and your skills up-to-date.  Call now to schedule your fun and refreshing day.

Training Available 7 Days a Week

Contact our Flight School to speak with a member of our staff about the training course of your choice. We proudly serve pilots of all experience levels from around the DFW area and around the World.