Learn to fly with one of the most progressive and respected flight training center available! Experience the freedom and joy of flight, and the pride of earning a pilot’s certificate. Each year thousands of people in the United States begin flight training to learn how to fly and enjoy the freedom general aviation airplanes provide. Global Flight Training offers training from Sport Pilot to Private, Commercial, Instrument Rating, Instructor Pilot, Jet Pilot Rating, International Pilot, as well as Airline Transport Pilot. We also offer Single Pilot rating for the Cessna 500/525 series jets.
Flight Training attracts people of all ages, from every occupation and every geographic location around the world, flying is truly a universal passion. They come from all walks of life and have a variety of reasons for wanting to learn to fly. Some fly to expand business opportunities, others to explore careers in the aviation industry. Some are looking for an activity they can share with their family. Most fly just for the fun of it!
As of the end of 2008, in the US, there were 613,746 active certificated pilots. This number has been declining gradually over the past several decades, down from a high of over 827,000 pilots in 1980. The numbers include:
• 80,989 student pilots
• 252 recreational pilots
• 2,623 sport pilots
• 222,597 private pilots
• 124,746 commercial pilots
• 146,838 airline transport pilots
• 21,055 glider-only pilots
• 14,647 rotorcraft-(helicopter)-only pilots
These numbers are based on the highest certifications held by individual pilots.
There were also 93,202 certified flight instructors (CFIs), and 325,247 pilots overall who held instrument ratings.
An active pilot is defined as one who holds both a pilot certificate and a valid medical certificate, for certifications that require a medical certificate.