Building Your Flight Career

Can you remember the old days or childhood moments where you will look up whenever there is an aircraft flying and earnestly wish that you’re the one who’s flying it?

Well, it’s time to make it not just a dream but transform it into a reality – finally!

The best way to start your career as an Airline pilot is by equipping yourself with the proper education to gain all the essential aeronautical knowledge along with having the ability in terms of practical skills. You can get all these by enrolling at the most trusted and sought-after Flight school in Florida! If you think, you can just learn all by yourself, you have to think again. It is important to associate yourself with the right people and the right company whom you can trust as your aviation-training partner. Why? It is because not everyone can give you the highest standard of aviation program and advanced training that demonstrate deep expertise in the aviation industry, the same way we provide for each aspiring pilot like you!

We are your Fully-Accredited Aeronautical School and Training Provider who’ll help you fly high towards your dreams!

The #1 Flight School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida!

How many times have you searched for flight schools in South Florida? Flight schools in Broward County? Or perhaps you are looking for flight schools at FXE? The best flight school won’t have to be too difficult to find because all you’ve been looking for can be found in just one school – Richards Aviation Flight School!
Unlike any other flight school in the country, we don’t just offer the usual ordinary syllabus and training. We take pride with our unparalleled quality of education and training. Over the years, we have excellently catered to a wide demographic range starting from students up to the private/commercial pilots who seek professional pilot training for career purposes and also for recreational purposes.

What Makes Us Different?

As we prepare you for the career you choose, you can expect our unyielding support helping you fly towards the top! We will unleash your fullest potential in the aviation industry while providing you the following:

  • Highest standard of education wherein the syllabus includes a series of lessons and interactive seminars for theoretical skills
  • Practical workshops, tutorials, and training will help you develop mastery over appropriate behavior for flying aircraft.
  • By the end of the degree, you can achieve graduate diploma and license such as Recreational Pilot License (RPL), Private Pilot License (PPL) and Commercial Pilot License or ATPL; depending on your chosen course.
  • Honest Service that truly educates and care for every student because that is what you can expect from the BEST among the other flight schools at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport. Plus all of our services are affordability reasonable!

Flight Training in Fort Lauderdale: We have professional aviation professors who will dedicatedly train and hone you to be a skilled pilot. We also have the best prices for our training courses. We are passionate about helping aspiring pilots to achieve a career in aviation. Rest assured, you will be fully ready as you make the most amazing experience from your first flight and up to your future flights!
Aircraft Rental. We also provide Aircraft Rental Services. Whether it is for training or you are simply in need of aircraft for your overseas personal purpose or perhaps a business overseas trip, we got you covered! We offer both domestic and international flight services so there won’t be a problem with renting any of our aircraft. With the latest and most advanced aircraft, we make sure that you do get what you have paid for. Every cent is definitely worth it as you can expect a guaranteed safe and excellent flying experience.

You don’t to just settle for day-dreaming when you can actually make it happen!

Richards aviation is the best and sure-way to jumpstart your aviation career. Or if you simply want to enjoy the flying experience, all you need is to let us know and we can provide you more than just the fantasy of flight! Contact us today!

  • PRIVATE PILOT: This is the basic certificate; fly cross country, carry passengers, fly in controlled airspace, and add qualifications such as night flying.
  • INSTRUMENT: Fly in Instrument Flight Conditions like rain and through clouds. Use Instrument procedures like ILS landing systems.
  • FLIGHT REVIEW: You are required to take a Flight Review every two years with a Certified Flight Instructor: 1 hour each of flight and ground.
  • COMMERCIAL: Enables you to be paid for your flying, carry passengers for hire, tow banners, or deliver freight. Instrument rating not required.
The difference between Part 141 and Part 61 Training

Part 141 and Part 61 refer to the flight school, the curriculum and how they deliver training. To be a Part 141 facility, the FAA must approve the school, its curriculum and training syllabus as well as the instructors. In a Part 61 environment, only the instructor must be approved by the FAA.

Part 141 and 61 teach EXACTLY THE SAME THINGS. The difference is the environment. In a Part 61 environment, you choose your instructor, arrange your training to suit your personal schedule and your budget. But you are held to the same standards. Your examiner expects you to demonstrate the same knowledge and skills whether you trained in a Part 141 School or with a Part 61 Instructor.

Strictly speaking, Richards Aviation is not a flight school. Richards puts students and highly qualified Instructor-Associates together and provides the aircraft. All training is delivered by the instructor. It is up to the student and his or her instructor to set up a training schedule.

Generally, 141 schools are more structured, don’t offer much flexibility in choosing an instructor or setting up a training schedule. You are being trained in a group, rarely one-on-one and the pace may be a little too much for some students.

Think About what you want

Do you want to become an Air Transport Pilot with an eye to flying for the airlines? Is it time to make good on that promise “I’m going to learn to fly, someday…”? Would an airplane be a good addition to your business and, incidentally, satisfy your lust for flight? Isn’t it about time to get that instrument rating?

Talk to us

Once you’ve discussed your goals you’ll get a course outline describing WHAT you will be taught; HOW LONG it should take; WHAT materials you’ll need and where to get them, and what it will, probably, COST. You’ll need a Student Pilot’s Certificate which includes a 3rd class medical. We’ve got a list of local medical examiners.

Pay-as-you-go vs. Training Packages

Your competence in the cockpit is our primary goal. Pay-as-you-go is your right to change your mind at any time. Reputable schools won’t balk at this. Turning a pile of cash over to a flight school BEFORE you start training is like buying the furniture before you’re approved for the mortgage.


The “I” word. All our aircraft are insured, however in the unlikely case of an accident you are responsible for the deductible. We strongly recommend that you purchase what’s known as Renter’s insurance from any of several companies including Avemco and AOPA. This low-cost policy takes care of any deductible associated with a damage claim. Cost is about $175 per year and is well worth it.

Commit the Time

Once you decide to pursue the instruction, do it consistently, not an hour here or there with weeks between lessons. Instruction is far more effective if you stick to a schedule. Set a realistic budget aside and you won’t have to justify each and every lesson’s finances.

It's your money

A realistic budget of $7000 to $9000 should get you a Private Pilot’s certificate. Although the FAA says you need 40 hours for this certificate, very few of us come in under that wire. Fifty or sixty is realistic. Why? Because there are a lot more rules and procedures to learn and your instructor wants to be certain you’re ready before he contacts the examiner. It’s a license to learn: NO instruction time is wasted at Richards.

About "Glass"

So-called “glass cockpits” are elegant, integrated, and they fit right in with our society’s romance with computers and smart phones. But they don’t belong in a primary trainer, and here’s why. Your flying time is divided between what goes on outside the airplane and what the instruments are reporting inside, with a clear emphasis on the outside. Keeping the wings straight and level; keeping the ground underneath you; keeping the nose on the horizon as you turn, and doing all this at a constant altitude and airspeed requires keeping up with the world OUTSIDE and the instruments INSIDE. The computerized cockpit with elaborate digital displays of directional gyro, altimeter, airspeed, vertical speed, horizon, etc., etc., is a consciousness hog. Like any computer, it COMMANDS your attention, drawing it away from other sensory functions. Like a moth attracted to a flame, your brain WILL spend much more time interpreting the dazzling glass display resulting in less time processing what’s going on outside. The time to learn “glass” is during your instrument training.

About Instructors

Your instructor makes the process a learning experience or an obstacle course. That white shirt with captain’s bars doesn’t guarantee quality instruction, just a laundry bill. A flight instructor with thousands of hours doesn’t need a uniform to teach you to fly. Ask around: IT’S YOUR MONEY. IT’S YOUR TIME. Don’t waste it on fluff.
Ground School is what you learn from ground training, and put to practical use in the airplane. We offer excellent Ground School. There are a number of effective video courses and we endorse them all. The King Schools Private Pilot Course is excellent. So is Sportys. Want advice? ASK YOUR INSTRUCTOR.

About the Cessna 172r

Theoretically, you can learn to fly in any airplane. But some make more practical trainers than others. The Cessna 172 is easy to fly, very forgiving, uncomplicated, and can be configured as a primary VFR trainer or an advanced IFR airplane. Remember, you are learning procedures, not a particular airplane. There are other primary trainers: the Piper Cherokee, the Diamond DA 20, the Tomahawk, the Cessna 150, and others. Consider what you’ll be flying later, for one thing; the aircraft’s availability for another.
If you’re tempted to take your instruction in a $500,000 airplane, count on it taking longer and costing far more. WHY? The Cirrus SR-22 is anything but primary a trainer; they are high-speed COMPLEX airplanes. Put your “need for speed” on hold until you learn flying skills. Take a tip from the US Air Force and Navy that start its jet jockeys off in relatively simple propeller planes.

Ask around

Visit a local pilot shop and ask for a recommendation. Get in touch with some local flying clubs and ask “Where do you suggest I start my training?” You may be surprised to find that the INSTRUCTOR and not the atmosphere is what matters. Ask pilots for an opinion. You can count on their candor. Flight schools that have been in business for years are likely to be there for you for years to come. Don’t shop for bargains.

About Fort Lauderdale Executive

FXE is a great place to learn because it represents the real world of aviation. It’s a Class-D airport meaning you need to talk to someone on the radio before you taxi, take off or land. The experience gained working with a tower and with Air Traffic Control will get you safely into and out of any airport in the country. FXE is surrounded on three sides by controlled airspace, which you must learn to integrate into your flying. You might save a few hours flying out of a rural airport without a tower, but you’d have to learn the rules of the air sooner or later, and sooner is always better than later.

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