Summit Aviation Flight School

Frequently Asked Questions


Flight Training FAQ

A Zero to Hero program is an accelerated flight training course designed to take individuals from having little to no flying experience to obtaining a commercial pilot’s license, often in a streamlined and comprehensive manner.

Candidates to be at least 18 years old, possess a FAA First class medical certificate,, and have a good command of the English language.

  • Private Pilot License (PPL): Basic flight training introducing students to aircraft controls, navigation, and emergency procedures.
  • Instrument Rating (IR): Training on flying solely by reference to instruments, crucial for navigating through adverse weather conditions.
  • Commercial Pilot License (CPL): Building on PPL and IR, this phase focuses on refining flying skills, navigation, and decision-making.
  • Multi-Engine Rating (ME): Training on handling aircraft with multiple engines, preparing pilots for more complex aircraft.

The duration varies, but it typically takes around 12-24 months, depending on the program package selected, student progress, and weather conditions affecting flight availability.

Yes, students must pass written exams for each phase of training. These exams cover aeronautical knowledge, regulations, and specific topics related to the corresponding license or rating. These written exams are conducted at FAA approved testing centers.

Balancing work and flight training can be challenging due to the demanding nature of the program. Many students find it more manageable to dedicate their time fully to the training during the program.

Training begins with single-engine aircraft and progresses to more complex, multi-engine aircraft as students advance in their training.

List of Courses in a Zero to Hero Program:


  • Private Pilot License (PPL)
  • Instrument Rating (IR)
  • Commercial Pilot License (CPL)
  • Multi-Engine Rating (ME)
  • Flight Instructor Rating (CFI)
  • Instrument Flight Instructor Rating (CFII)

Note: The order of these courses may vary based on the specific program package selected. Your flight academy mentor will guide you through the process to help you select the appropriate curriculum. 

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