When you are considering flight schools in the U.S., it is highly recommended that your academy be at a controlled airport. That means it has air traffic control managed aircraft operations. That will give you better experience if you wish to be professional pilot, working for the airlines or a corporation.
The U.S. has an air traffic control second-to-one in the world. This system of skilled personnel and equipment will help keep you safe, as well as helping you become a better pilot. Phoenix East Aviation, in Daytona Beach, Florida, is located on a controlled airport; in fact, it is located at an international airport. You will learn to become an excellent pilot here. You may want to assure your parents of this superb system, designed to help pilots and keep them safe.
As part of your training at Phoenix East, you will also fly cross-country flights, so you will also communicate with air traffic control systems in areas outside Daytona Beach. Here is what will be supporting you for safe, efficient flight:
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has nearly 50,000 employees. This includes 15,461 air traffic controllers who handle 50,000 flights each day. In 2010, air traffic controllers handled 51 million commercial, military and general aviation flights. In 2010, nearly 150 million passengers flew U.S. and international flights, with nearly two million passengers boarding a flight each day in the U.S. As a student pilot at Phoenix East Aviation, you are part of that amazing system.
The U.S. airspace consists of 131 federal airport traffic control towers, 246 contract towers, 132 Towers/Terminal Radar Approach Controls (called TRACON), 21 Air Route Traffic Control and two Center Radiar Approach Control facilities, plus an Air Traffic System Command Center, and 41,000 facilities (yes, that’s 41,000!) that house radars and other air traffic equipment.
This is the vast, impressive technical system that you will be join when you fly at Phoenix East Aviation. For more information on when you can begin Phoenix East flight training, see www.pea.com.