Our vision is to support pilots through aviation education with the commitment to provide the best quality training. American Flyers is dedicated to ensuring our students build the confidence, skill sets and knowledge required to be fully-competent and safe pilots. We also believe that flying is for everyone and pledge to ensure that anyone who dreams of flying, one day earns their wings.

  • Instructors are employees of American Flyers and are always available whenever your schedule permits; this means you will have no scheduling difficulties with instructors or aircraft availability
  • Instructors are standardized to teach the same way, a proven method that has been successful for almost 80 years
  • Strong Curriculum – Your syllabus is planned out from start to finish; you know what to expect and learn each day
  • Our use of flight simulators remains a key-element in the success of our training courses


American Flyers is proud to have launched more Professional Pilot Careers than any other aviation organization in the world. The quality of education and experience you receive is the foundation that will last your entire career.

American Flyers does more than just train pilots; we prepare you for your professional career. We combine the top quality training curriculum with additional preparation and guidance from expert industry mentors to transform our students into both airline pilots and career professionals. Our students graduate with the skill set that top airlines around the world are seeking and with the professional acumen that is desired as well.

  • American Flyers specializes in training pilots and is known as the world’s best flight school due to the quality of training provided
  • Students are hired by airlines around the world as a direct result of American Flyers’ 8 month training program
  • The training curriculum is an FAA approved program which means training strictly adheres to regulations under FAR 141
  • Full-time training program and a dedicated mentor for each student


Once both CFI’s are obtained, select cadets will have the opportunity to work at one of our six American Flyers school locations nationwide, building flight hours as a Flight Instructor. Our Flight Instructors utilize both the CFI- Airplane and CFI-Instrument certificates while instructing, further sharpening their skills in preparation for their career as an Airline Pilot.


Presently, American Flyers operates six training facilities across the Arizona, New Jersey, Florida, and Texas areas. American Flyers has a fleet of over 40 aircraft, 25 simulators, along with over 150 dedicated instructors to assist with the education and support for each of our students.

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The students of American Flyers carry out their training with our select fleet of aircraft. Our fleet has been strategically chosen as the best learning/ educational aircraft for new and aspiring pilots.

  • Frasca
  • G1000
  • SimPro
  • Cessna 172R & 172SP Skyhawk
  • Cessna 172RG Cutlass
  • Diamond DA42-L

American Flyers has been training pilots for top airlines, corporations and governments worldwide since 1939. With almost 80 years of experience, this level of training expertise is reflected in all courses offered at American Flyers.

Richard Hyslop began his career with American Airlines in 1978 flying domestic and abroad to South America, Europe, Hawaiian Islands, Latin America, Mexico, the Caribbean and Canada. After retiring from American Airlines, Richard was not ready to give up his passion for aviation. Richard shares his experience and knowledge with all of his students. He has been with American Flyers for over two years and is looking forward to instructing for the AA Program at our Addison, Texas – South school location.

“I use the word passion, because to make a career in aviation it requires passion.”
Richard Hyslop

Bob Ponti possesses over 25,000 hours of flight time and has extensive experience as an Airline Pilot and Pilot Examiner. Bob began his career with American Airlines in 1966. He came to American Flyers three years ago to share his knowledge with aspiring pilots.

“Our training program is characterized by an in-depth emphasis on procedures for airlines by instructors who make use of the most advanced technology. Our goal is to teach each student how to fly as well as train them on what it means to think like a professional airline pilot. This gives our students a strong competitive advantage over students from other schools when trying to enter the aviation industry.”
Bob Ponti, American Airlines Captain (Retired)


American Flyers is dedicated to provide you the best aviation training possible. See what some of our past graduates had to say about their training experience with American Flyers!

“My older brother is currently flying for a commercial airline, and he received training at American Flyers. We grew up flying and I knew at a young age that this is what I was born to do. When it came time to choose a flight school there was no other option for me than American Flyers. I have completed my Private, Instrument, Commercial, and CFI at American Flyers. I am currently working as a CFI gaining flight time to make it to the airlines. The journey has beenone for the books, and if I could go back, I wouldn’t change a thing!”

Carlos V. from Texas

“American Flyers has well qualified instructors that go above and beyond to help you fully understand the material. The class sizes are small and personalized, instructors know you by your first name. All of the instructors I had during my time at American Flyers didn’t just teach out of the text book, they instilled a passion within me and made the class enjoyable. I can confidently say that without them I would not be the successful pilot I am today.”

Ron M. from Arizona

“Growing up, my mother was a flight attendant for one of the major airlines, and when she would come home she would tell me about the amazing places she got to go. The idea of traveling the world for a job was so enticing that I wanted that too, but I wasn’t sure about flight attending. I found American Flyers through a family friend who had shown me a copy of the Pilot’s Digest with a cover of a female pilot on the front. I knew right then and there that that was who I wanted to be, not stuck in the back of the plane, but up front flying it. I signed up with American Flyer’s to get my Private Pilot’s license and now I have the career of my dreams ”

Paulina O. from Florida

“Looking back on my flight training experience I know I made the right choice by choosing American Flyers. Aviation begins with a strong foundation and without that you can crumble instantaneously. I am now an Airline Pilot and I can say that not a day goes by where something doesn’t come up that brings me back to my Private Pilot days. Working hard at American Flyers sets you up for success. The experience these instructors have is unmatched.”

Joshua B from Texas


American Flyers was founded in Fort Worth, Texas in 1939. Since its inception, the company has earned a worldwide reputation of being the premier school for flight training. As an aspiring Airline Pilot, your initial flight training and the school you attend will play a vital role in helping you fulfill your career ambitions. For almost 80 years, American Flyers has been converting dreams into careers by giving students the tools and resources necessary to become an Airline Pilot.


We are aviation training specialists. We do not charter, sell aircraft, fuel or do anything else but teach. Nothing diverts our attention from you. American Flyers has been training pilots for almost 80 years, and our proven success should give you confidence that we have the experience you can trust to help you reach your aviation goals.

Each American Flyers school location is staffed with four main components in mind:

  • Knowledgeable customer service team
  • A strong chief pilot to coach and guide instructors
  • Experienced maintenance staff
  • A school director who oversees all aspects of operations


  • Quality –The quality of education and experience you receive is the foundation that will last your entire career
  • Excellence –Provide educational excellence by retaining the top-rated instructors, the continuous improvement of training materials and best-in-class technology
  • Integrity–We value our students individually. At American Flyers you are not just a number, we give you one-on-one attention to ensure your success
  • Initiative–We provide an environment for our students to thrive in, through personalized instruction and 24/7 instructor/aircraft availability. Our proactive approach ensures your success not only during your training, but also throughout the rest of your aviation career
  • Experience – Our experience is your advantage; we’ve been training the world’s best pilots since 1939

American Flyers has launched more pilot careers than any other aviation organization in the world!



Houston, TX  ·  Addison, TX (South)*  ·  Addison, TX (North)

Pompano Beach, FL*  ·  Scottsdale, AZ  ·  Morristown, NJ

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