Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Spartan: Giving The FAA What It Wants
Facing tougher requirements, Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology launches new programs
To meet new FAA minimums, Spartan graduates build time by instructing at the school.
The goals of these new FAA requirements are better stick-and-rudder training for all pilots, closer monitoring of pilot proficiency, and higher experience levels before being allowed into an airline cockpit. Training academies like Spartan are the "front lines" where ab initio training supplies pilots and technicians to every corner of the aviation industry. We caught up with Spartan to see how they're adjusting to the new training demands.
Spartan is one of the best-known aviation training academies, having graduated more than 90,000 aircraft technicians and pilots from its aviation programs since 1928. It's a private degree-granting technical college. Its 40-aircraft Cessna and Piper training fleet and Redbird simulators complement a full FAA-approved Part 141 curriculum. Career tracks include not just professional pilot options, but a wide variety of technician programs including two-year and four-year degrees, and various diploma options.
Spartan has also trained thousands of military pilots, from the early days training U.S. Army Air Corps and British Royal Air Force pilots, to today as Spartan provides Cessna 182 and Grand Caravan training for the U.S. Air Force. Since the school also operates its own maintenance and service departments, Spartan is a kind of "one-stop shop" for aviation education and training.
Aviation technicians will be in high demand according to industry projections.
The new 12-month diploma program does just that, with students earning their private, commercial SEL and MEL, instrument and CFI ratings. By the time they're finished, they'll graduate with more than 230 hours. The focus of the diploma program is flying, with the student free to pursue the educational side once they're finished with the flying curriculum.
Another benefit of this program is that it's approved for veteran's education benefits (GI Bill) and other forms of financial aid, and it's an ACCSC (Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges) accredited program.
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