CRAFT Flight Training and Simulation

Elevate your lifestyle! Located at KCHS and KDYB airports, CRAFT specializes in modern Diamond aircraft and using a full-motion Redbird simulator in conjunction with our airplanes, allowing our customers learn to fly quickly and at a reduced cost.

Operating as usual

I Stalled my Airplane! 09/15/2021

I Stalled my Airplane!

Check out this video by one of CRAFT's students Tom Kubat. Be sure to give Tom's video a thumbs up and subscribe to his Youtube channel.

https://youtu.be/87P717p4Qyc

I Stalled my Airplane! 0:00 Intro0:32 I'm Getting Old0:36 Do Your Ground School Online1:40 Lesson 12:14 High Speed Low Pass3:20 Soft Field Take Off5:37 Lesson 26:06 Steep Turns7:55...

Timeline Photos 09/15/2021

Timeline Photos

PSA Update:

PSA to also offer new pay structure to Direct Entry Captains:

Year 1 Compensation: $137,500
- $77,000 Base Salary
- $30,000 completion of upgrade training.
- $15,000 sign on bonus
- $15,000 for prior 121

Year 2: $143,000
- $78,000 Base Salary
- $50,000 Bonus paid at end of second year (details not yet clearly defined on company website)

Flow date:
- $70,000 bonus paid upon flow date to AA

More Info: https://rb.gy/5pmeyc

Source: https://rb.gy/2xs4tb

Disclaimer: Above data excludes type rating bonus and non compensation items (per diem).

09/10/2021

If you can recall the days of air travel, pre 9/11, you will remember a much different experience. Now we have additional ramp security, TSA training, and much more. https://flycraftchs.com/how-9-11-changed-flight-training-in-the-us/

If you can recall the days of air travel, pre 9/11, you will remember a much different experience. Now we have additional ramp security, TSA training, and much more. https://flycraftchs.com/how-9-11-changed-flight-training-in-the-us/

09/06/2021

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๐‚๐จ๐ฆ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐ž๐ญ๐ž ๐“๐ก๐ž ๐–๐ก๐จ๐ฅ๐ž ๐€๐ฉ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐ข๐œ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง:
If a question or info block doesnโ€™t apply to you, just mark it N/A, that way we know you didnโ€™t accidentally overlook it.

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Enter any information concerning driving infractions for which you were found guilty, or that involved payment of fines, court appearances and/or assessed penalties. Donโ€™t try to guess what will or wonโ€™t show up on a background check, we donโ€™t want good candidates to make themselves look dishonest because records donโ€™t match their application. If you donโ€™t remember the specifics of a ticket, give us the best idea of it that you can.

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One of our most common fix-it letters is that there are gaps in your work/education timeline. AirlineApps built you a very handy tool to use to make sure you donโ€™t have any gaps before you hit publish, use it!

๐”๐ฉ๐๐š๐ญ๐ž ๐˜๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐€๐ฉ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐ข๐œ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง:
This is the only indicator we have to know if youโ€™re still interested in the job. So as long as youโ€™re interested, update it at least every month or two, or when we go to review it weโ€™ll have to assume youโ€™re no longer interested and move on.

We are looking forward to discussing career opportunities with you in the near future. DM us with questions!

Timeline Photos 09/06/2021

Happy Labor Day from the CRAFT Team! Enjoy your day.

Happy Labor Day from the CRAFT Team! Enjoy your day.

Photos from CRAFT Flight Training and Simulation's post 09/05/2021

Training for the CSU program is in full swing! The students are loving our modern Diamond fleet. Onward and upward!

09/03/2021

Dream of Flying? Want to Be a Pilot? Going to School for Aviation?

LCAA is excited to announce their 2nd Lowcountry Inspiration Flight Training (LIFT) Camp of AY โ€™21-โ€˜22 on September 18th at the Summerville Airport.

Let WAI-PPC help you or your child by sponsoring qualifying students. Spaces are limited!

See details on flyer below.

Contact us @ [email protected]
Facebook: women in aviation, palmetto pride chapter (messenger)
Website: wai-ppc.org

09/02/2021

Congratulations to Justin on passing his Private Pilot checkride. Heโ€™s CFI Matt Newmanโ€™s parting gift before Matt heads off to PSA. We currently have openings for Cessna students at Charleston and Summerville!

Congratulations to Justin on passing his Private Pilot checkride. Heโ€™s CFI Matt Newmanโ€™s parting gift before Matt heads off to PSA. We currently have openings for Cessna students at Charleston and Summerville!

09/01/2021

Congratulations to the newest CRAFT CFI Calvin Kelly on passing his CFI checkride. Calvin is also a student in the Aviation Maintenance Technician program at Trident Tech and we are happy to have him onboard!

Congratulations to the newest CRAFT CFI Calvin Kelly on passing his CFI checkride. Calvin is also a student in the Aviation Maintenance Technician program at Trident Tech and we are happy to have him onboard!

Photos from CRAFT Flight Training and Simulation's post 09/01/2021

Night flying in our upgraded Cessna 172.

08/30/2021

Welcome Maranda and William to the CRAFT team!

Maranda joins us from Salt Lake City, UT where she worked at an FBO. She enjoys flying with her CFI husband, baking or spending time with her 2 dogs. Maranda joins our team as a Training Advisor.

William attended the College of Charleston and graduated with a degree in supply chain management. After a couple of months working in the aviation industry, he realized it was his calling. William was then accepted into the American Airlines Cadet Academy and pursued a career in aviation as his father and grandfather had before. Outside of flying he likes hanging out with friends, boating, and playing soccer. William joins our team as a CFI.

Welcome Maranda and William to the CRAFT team!

Maranda joins us from Salt Lake City, UT where she worked at an FBO. She enjoys flying with her CFI husband, baking or spending time with her 2 dogs. Maranda joins our team as a Training Advisor.

William attended the College of Charleston and graduated with a degree in supply chain management. After a couple of months working in the aviation industry, he realized it was his calling. William was then accepted into the American Airlines Cadet Academy and pursued a career in aviation as his father and grandfather had before. Outside of flying he likes hanging out with friends, boating, and playing soccer. William joins our team as a CFI.

08/30/2021

Congratulations Logan on your first solo!

Congratulations Logan on your first solo!

08/28/2021

Congratulations to CRAFT CFI @bello_anthony for passing his Multi-engine checkride!

Congratulations to CRAFT CFI @bello_anthony for passing his Multi-engine checkride!

08/27/2021

Congratulations to CRAFT CFI Chris Olds on passing his CFI-I checkride!

Congratulations to CRAFT CFI Chris Olds on passing his CFI-I checkride!

08/26/2021

Congratulations to Nicholas English on passing his Private Pilot checkride! Nick started his training on June 12 and finished in just 10.5 weeks and 54 hours including sim time! Great job!!

Congratulations to Nicholas English on passing his Private Pilot checkride! Nick started his training on June 12 and finished in just 10.5 weeks and 54 hours including sim time! Great job!!

08/23/2021

Niko came to us in July and has completed our Accelerated IFR, Commercial, CFI and Commercial Multi-Engine courses back to back! Congrats Niko! One more to go!

Niko came to us in July and has completed our Accelerated IFR, Commercial, CFI and Commercial Multi-Engine courses back to back! Congrats Niko! One more to go!

Photos from Hiram E. Mann TAI's post 08/22/2021

We had a great time at the LCAA Lift Camp yesterday!! We love working with these future pilots!

08/20/2021

Happy #scaviationweek and greetings from the annual Flight School Operators Conference in Orlando! CRAFT owners Jay and Amanda Aldea attended the conference to learn how best to support our customers and improve operations from other flight school operators, representatives from the government, and regional airlines. The mentorship and networking opportunities that FSANA has afforded us have been essential in growing CRAFT Flight Training into the flight training center that it is now.

Of note, representatives from the FAA highlighted some of the work they are currently doing relating to LODA concerns in experimental, primary category, and special-use aircraft, potential changes to decrease CFI renewal requirements, changing the 2-year CFI Rule for training initial CFI applicants, along with pending improvements to the FAA DPE program.

Representatives from JetBlue and Piedmont spoke to attendees about the growing need for pilots and the increase in pilot incentives coming soon. Jason Blair from FSANA said, "We all know that active and vibrant airline industry is a positive thing for the aviation industry, but it will also have effects on the flight training industry. Many of the hirings that take place for service as pilots in airline operations recruit heavily from the flight instructor staff that training providers maintain and need to provide their services. This relationship is going to be critical as the industry goes forward to not only fill airline pilot positions but also to ensure that flight instructor staffing can be maintained to keep providing training for future generations of employees."

#fsana #flightschool #learntofly #aviation #avgeek #flighttraining

Happy #scaviationweek and greetings from the annual Flight School Operators Conference in Orlando! CRAFT owners Jay and Amanda Aldea attended the conference to learn how best to support our customers and improve operations from other flight school operators, representatives from the government, and regional airlines. The mentorship and networking opportunities that FSANA has afforded us have been essential in growing CRAFT Flight Training into the flight training center that it is now.

Of note, representatives from the FAA highlighted some of the work they are currently doing relating to LODA concerns in experimental, primary category, and special-use aircraft, potential changes to decrease CFI renewal requirements, changing the 2-year CFI Rule for training initial CFI applicants, along with pending improvements to the FAA DPE program.

Representatives from JetBlue and Piedmont spoke to attendees about the growing need for pilots and the increase in pilot incentives coming soon. Jason Blair from FSANA said, "We all know that active and vibrant airline industry is a positive thing for the aviation industry, but it will also have effects on the flight training industry. Many of the hirings that take place for service as pilots in airline operations recruit heavily from the flight instructor staff that training providers maintain and need to provide their services. This relationship is going to be critical as the industry goes forward to not only fill airline pilot positions but also to ensure that flight instructor staffing can be maintained to keep providing training for future generations of employees."

#fsana #flightschool #learntofly #aviation #avgeek #flighttraining

08/20/2021

Congratulations to Anderson on passing his Private Pilot checkride! He starts Instrument training under Charleston Southern University next week.

Congratulations to Anderson on passing his Private Pilot checkride! He starts Instrument training under Charleston Southern University next week.

08/20/2021

Congratulations to Collin Briscoe who just became a 43 hour Private Pilot!

Catching up on Lots of successful checkrides this past week.

Congratulations to Collin Briscoe who just became a 43 hour Private Pilot!

Catching up on Lots of successful checkrides this past week.

Tuskegee NEXT: Free program to obtain private pilote license 18-20 yearr old 08/04/2021

Tuskegee NEXT: Free program to obtain private pilote license 18-20 yearr old

Tuskegee NEXT: Free Private Pilot License Program for ages 18-20 - Apply Today!! Deadline 12/31/21

Tuskegee NEXT: Free program to obtain private pilote license 18-20 yearr old Apply Today!! My son received his Private Pilot License in 2019 for free because of this wonderful program.

Scholarships | Women in Aviation International 08/04/2021

Scholarships | Women in Aviation International

The 2022 WAI scholarship program is live and taking applications. Members are encouraged to visit www.WAI.org/scholarships and review dozens of scholarships that fit their aviation and aerospace interests.

Scholarships | Women in Aviation International Scholarship awards are a major benefit of membership in Women in Aviationย International and help members reach their goals and advance into the aviation and aerospace careers they have always dreamed about. Ignite your personal learning experience by applying for the annual WAI scholarships. Change...

08/03/2021
Timeline Photos 07/31/2021

More bonuses! Nows the time to get started on your training if you havenโ€™t already.

Bonuses are back! Weโ€™re proud to announce a $15,000 signing bonus to all new hire #pilots. This comes in addition to top tier industry wages and benefits.

But thereโ€™s more - Piedmont team members can earn $10,000 for every Pilot they refer. Learn more here: http://ow.ly/V7OL30rPn9T

Scholarships & Rules 07/31/2021

Scholarships & Rules

Scholarships & Rules Rules for all Scholarships on this page ย applicants must be 16 or older. Us citizen, ย Must use scholarship within 2 months. Female Aviators . Must be able to pass FAA Medical certificate . Must read , write and speak english to FAA standards.

07/30/2021

For most of our CFIs, CRAFT is a stepping stone to their big goal of becoming an airline pilot. And we are so proud of them when they reach that goal. Today we congratulate CFI Matt Newman on his wedding day and the day he accepted a job at PSA!! From the CRAFT Family, we are so proud of you @the_real_matty_ice1! Good luck on the next chapter.

For most of our CFIs, CRAFT is a stepping stone to their big goal of becoming an airline pilot. And we are so proud of them when they reach that goal. Today we congratulate CFI Matt Newman on his wedding day and the day he accepted a job at PSA!! From the CRAFT Family, we are so proud of you @the_real_matty_ice1! Good luck on the next chapter.

07/29/2021

Couple of big milestones to celebrate!
โœˆ๏ธ Harrison Hunt became the first CSU student to obtain their Private Pilot certificate!!
โœˆ๏ธKalle-Erik passed his Private Pilot checkride
โœˆ๏ธ Niko passed his Commercial checkride - 2 down, 3 to go!!

Couple of big milestones to celebrate!
โœˆ๏ธ Harrison Hunt became the first CSU student to obtain their Private Pilot certificate!!
โœˆ๏ธKalle-Erik passed his Private Pilot checkride
โœˆ๏ธ Niko passed his Commercial checkride - 2 down, 3 to go!!

07/27/2021

Lowcountry flying at its best! Looking forward to clear skies.

Lowcountry flying at its best! Looking forward to clear skies.

07/23/2021

Whoops! I missed one! Congratulations to Nicholas on his first solo!! Nicholas is doing an accelerated private course in preparation for starting the CSU program this Fall! The weather has not been cooperative at all! Great achievement Nicholas!!

Whoops! I missed one! Congratulations to Nicholas on his first solo!! Nicholas is doing an accelerated private course in preparation for starting the CSU program this Fall! The weather has not been cooperative at all! Great achievement Nicholas!!

Photos from CRAFT Flight Training and Simulation's post 07/23/2021

We are so proud of all that our campers accomplished in just 2 weeks. Due to the weather, most were not able to get all of their hours in, and will continue to fly in the coming days. Great job all!!

07/23/2021

Congratulations to Emmanuel and Joel on their first solos today! Great job guys!

Congratulations to Emmanuel and Joel on their first solos today! Great job guys!

07/22/2021

CRAFT Summer Flight Camp

Great video from LCAA!

CRAFT becomes 1st Part 141 flight training school in Lowcountry 07/22/2021

CRAFT becomes 1st Part 141 flight training school in Lowcountry

Get ready for takeoff!

CRAFT becomes 1st Part 141 flight training school in Lowcountry Get ready for takeoff. Charleston Regional Accelerated Flight Training and Simulationย has received a Provisional Part 141 Training approval...

07/20/2021

@steelcitypizzacarnes sponsored lunch for the CRAFT Summer Camp a second time!! They are so generous and the campers LOVED it!!

@steelcitypizzacarnes sponsored lunch for the CRAFT Summer Camp a second time!! They are so generous and the campers LOVED it!!

07/19/2021

Congratulations to Niko on passing his Instrument checkride. One down, four to go! Niko is completing almost every accelerated course that we offer. In just 6 weeks, he will complete his IFR, Comm, CFI, CFI-I and ME (plus some)!

Congratulations to Niko on passing his Instrument checkride. One down, four to go! Niko is completing almost every accelerated course that we offer. In just 6 weeks, he will complete his IFR, Comm, CFI, CFI-I and ME (plus some)!

Our Story

We love aviation and want to share our passion with you!

CRAFT Flight Training and Simulation is a veteran owned flight training center located on the General Aviation ramp of Charleston International Airport (KCHS). CRAFT is committed to providing unparalleled customer service and access to modern training aircraft and simulator technology. Our passionate and knowledgeable Certified Flight Instructors (CFIs), and cost-effective training programs will help you achieve your aviation goals.

Flight schools are great at helping students to achieve ratings, but they sometimes fall short in providing opportunities to regularly use those ratings in their daily lives. At CRAFT, using those hard-earned ratings to enhance your lifestyle is the goal. CRAFTโ€™s expanding modern aircraft fleet, centered around the superior Diamond Aircraft platform, provides opportunities to rent and use aircraft your family would be proud to fly. Elevate your lifestyle!

Beginning your aviation journey is easy โ€“ just call, email or submit your training inquiry on our Contact Us page and we will work with you to find the right training path to meet your schedule and goals.

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6060 S Aviation Rd, Ste 109
North Charleston, SC
29406

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Tuesday 9am - 5pm
Wednesday 9am - 5pm
Thursday 9am - 5pm
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