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Professional Pilot Program

Bristow Academy’s FAA Professional Pilot Program is a comprehensive curriculum of ground and flight instruction designed to develop students into professional aviators. Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) and Certified Flight Instructor Instrument (CFII) are available as add-on components. This program, in conjunction with the CFI and CFII courses, is approved for the application of one year of post-completion Optional Practical Training (OPT).

Certification Duration Approx. Flight Hours
FAA Private Pilot License (PPL)
R44 Transition
FAA Instrument Rating (IR)
FAA Commercial Pilot License (CPL)
10 months 151.5

*This is the average duration of the program. Actual duration is based on individual student aptitude.

For general inquiries, contact Bristow Academy at 1 (800) 686 4080 or via e-mail at For government or civil group training, contact Bristow Academy at 1 (321) 567 0391 or via e-mail at

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