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San Marcos, TX

Address:
1837 Airport Dr. San Marcos, TX 78666
Phone: (858)279-4359
Email: info@iflycoast.com

San Diego, CA

Address:
8525 Gibbs Dr. Suite 105 San Diego, CA 92123
Phone: (858)279-4359
Email: info@iflycoast.com

 
 

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Airline Training

Recreational Training

Military/GI Bill Training

Rotor Transition Program

Airline Partners

 
What should I expect during the ACT Program Screening Process?
  • If you are selected through the online application process, you will be invited to take a computer-based aptitude screening exam. Upon successfully passing this test, you will have an ACT Selection Team Interview. Please arrive dressed professionally and eager to show why you are a future airline pilot with the leadership skills needed to have a successful airline career.
 
What should I wear to the screening assessment?
 
I wear glasses/contact lenses, am I still eligible?
  • A felony background check will be completed on all applicants. This is why your application must be accurate and truthful. Airlines have disqualifying felonies, please place as much detail as possible in your application.
 
Do I need to have any flight experience?
  • No experience is needed; this program will take you from zero flight time to the first officer position at the airline you have been selected into. Currently the maximum flight experience allowed is a Private Pilot Certificate to start the ACT Program.
 
What aircraft and simulator will I fly during my training?
  • Training will take place on multiple aircraft. We utilize Piper Archer, Piper Seminoles and Red Bird Simulators.
 
How long does the ACT Program screening take?
  • The selection process will take between two to four weeks once selected for screening.
 
I have a Criminal Record, am I still eligible?
  • A felony background check will be completed on all applicants. This is why your application must be accurate and truthful. Airlines have disqualifying felonies, please place as much detail as possible in your application.
 
Will I get credit on previous accomplished flight training?
  • If you have completed your check-ride and acquired your rating, you will begin at the next available certificate or add on. If you are in the middle of completing a rating 25% of your flight hours will transfer and once you reach FAA minimums you will be eligible for the check ride. All flight training is done under FAA part 141 Regulations, each candidate with prior experience must be evaluated by the chief flight instructor to determine skill level.
 
What is the difference between College Program (ACT) and Airline Direct Program (AD)?
  • If you wish to work toward a College Degree during flight training you will be on the 21-Month training program that begins every quarter. Our 2017 start months are: February, May, August and November. If you are not simultaneously completing your college degree during training, you can begin any time! This training can be completed in as quickly as 10-Months, depending on your time commitment.
 
If I am successful, when can I begin training?
  • Our College Program's 2017 start months are: February, May, August and November.
  • Our Airline Direct start dates are every week!
 
I am a Foreign Student, am I still eligible?
 
What type of certificates will I get from the training?
  • You will achieve a Commercial Pilot Aircraft Certificate with Multi-Engine Instrument privileges, Certified Flight Instructor, Instrument Instructor, and Multi Engine Instructor.
 
What are the living, food and transport arrangements?
  • You will be responsible to arrange your living situation. Coast does have many relationships with the local community and will assist in any way possible. Hundreds of apartments are located within a couple miles of Coast.
 
Is it possible to complete this on a part-time basis?
  • A full time commitment is required for the College Degree ACT Program. A minimum of three events per week will be required. For Airline Direct (AD) training, you can set your own pace of completion.
 
When do I start earning a salary?
  • After the completion of your Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) flight training. You will qualify to become a flight instructor with Coast and or the airline partner network. This can be done in as little as 9 months!
 

Recreational Training

 
How soon can I begin my flight training?
  • Immediately! Once you are registered at Coast Flight with funds on your account you can begin training. Schedule an appointment today to join.
 
Can I rent an aircraft over several days?
  • Yes! Day rates apply for any aircraft taken for more than 12 hours.
 
What aircrafts are available for training?
  • Piper Archers - Piper Arrows - Piper Seminoles - Cirrus SR20 - Cirrus SR20 Perspective
 
What Medical Certificate do I need to get?
  • A 3rd Class Medical (Student Pilot) Certificate is required to begin training.
 
Can I rent a Flight Instructor over several days?
  • Yes! Check current day rates on flight instructors with Coast Flight.
 
Can I flight train in my own aircraft?
  • Yes! Coast can provide a dedicated flight instructor to teach you in your own plane.
 

Military/GI Bill Training

 
What do my Veteran Benefits cover?
  • Veteran Benefits cover all flight training after Private Pilots License in the ACT Program. It will cover your: Instrument Rating, Commercial Rating, Flight Instructor Ratings and Multi-Engine Ratings. Over $60,000 in covered flight training expenses!
 
Do I receive Basic Housing Allowance while flight training?
  • Yes with the ACT Program, rates are based on Iowa BAH. Vocational Flight Training will not have BAH associated with it.
 
How do I apply for my Certificate of Eligibility?
  • Click here to know How to Obtain a Certificate of Eligibility.
 
What is the screening process?
  • If you are selected through the online application process, you will be invited to take a computer-based aptitude screening exam. Upon successfully passing this test, you will also have an ACT Selection Team Interview. Please arrive dressed professionally and eager to show why you are a future airline pilot with the leadership skills needed to have a successful airline career.
 
I am a former Military Pilot; do you have Airline Transition Training?
 
What aircraft will I use during training?
  • Cessna 172, Piper Archers, Piper Arrows and Piper Seminoles.
 

Rotor Transition Program

 
What is the cost of the program?
  • Program costs are unique to each individual and run from $3,000 to $48,000. Training costs vary based on experience coming into the program, FAA certificates obtained and fixed winged flight hours. Coast Flight will provide exact program costs once you have been given a start date. Envoy offers up to $23,000 on top of eligible GI Bill vocational benefits to help with the expenses of completing the FAA ratings and required flight time. An additional bonus will be given of either $17,100 or $22,100 (depending on the aircraft assigned) at the start of training with the airline.
 
What are the program requirements?

A current or former U.S. military pilot is eligible to apply for an airline transport pilot certificate provided the pilot presents the following:

  • An official DD-214 indicating that person was honorably discharged from the U.S. Armed Services.
  • An official armed services record that shows the person graduated from an undergraduate pilot training school and received a rating qualifying them as a military pilot.

In addition to providing the above, the pilot must also have the flight hours below:

  • 750 Total Time as a pilot
    • Not more than 100 hours of total time may be obtained in a full flight simulator or flight training device provided the flight training device represents an airplane and the flight time was accomplished in a Part 121, 135, 141, or 142 training course.
  • 250 PIC in an airplane, or as SIC performing the duties of PIC while under the supervision of the PIC in an airplane
  • 75 hours of total instrument time, in actual or simulated instrument conditions
    • Applicant may not receive credit for more than 25 hours in a flight simulator or flight training device unless the course is an approved Part 142 flight training center, in which case, the applicant can receive credit for up to 50 hours.
  • 200 hours of Cross Country time
    • 100 hours must be as PIC.
  • 100 hours of night time
    • 25 hours must be as PIC.
    • A person who has performed at least 20 night takeoffs and landings to a full stop may substitute each additional night takeoff and landing to a full stop for 1 hour of night flight time; however, not more than 25 hours of night may be credited using this method.
  • 50 hours of multi-engine
    • Up to 25 hours may be in full flight simulator representing a multi-engine airplane if the training was an approved training course under Part 121, 135, 141 or 142.
 
How do I Apply? When will I interview?
  • To take advantage of this opportunity, complete an application at www.airlineapps.com.
  • Please make sure that you check Rotor Transition Program (RTP) on the "Affiliation" section of the application. (Otherwise we will not receive your application!)
  • If you have any further questions, please email envoy.rtp@aa.com or call (972) 374-4761 to speak to a recruiter.
 
What is the length of the flight training with Coast in order to meet R-ATP Requirements?
  • Program lengths vary greatly depending on the flying experience of the candidate.
 
Where will training take place?
  • San Marcos, TX (HYI) and/or San Diego, CA (MYF)
 
Can I have an example of a typical week in training?
  • This will be a full time training and time building program. Students are required to be flexible. Dual flight instruction is typically done during daylight hours. Time building flights are completed with other program pilots in the early morning or evenings.
 
What type of Aircraft is used for training and time building?
  • Cessna 172 with G1000 avionics
  • PA28 Piper Archer with Garmin 430's
  • PA44 Piper Seminole Garmin 430's
  • Redbird Flight Simulator
 
Does this program provide housing?
  • Coast Flight has arranged shared housing in San Marcos, TX. A shared room will cost around $500 a month which includes all basic living supplies. More information will be provided once you are selected for the program.
 
When will I get benefits with Envoy?
  • All benefits including travel will begin when you have entered ground school with Envoy in Dallas. Envoy will provide an airline ticket to/from your interview and to/from your training program at Coast Flight.
 
Do I need to have a FAA Pilot Certificate?

Yes, in order for Coast to train you with the reduced hours, the FAA requires you to complete the FAA Military Competency Written exam if you do not already hold a FAA Certificate. The link below is the most common test prep used by military graduates and a step by step on how to get the certificates.