Accelerated Airline Pilot Program (AAPP)

Accelerated Airline Pilot Program (AAPP)

The path to becoming an airline pilot is clearly defined. If done right, it’s the fastest way to the airlines. Our Accelerated Airline Pilot Program (AAPP) is the SoCal’s leading way to become an airline pilot in as little as 12 months.

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AAPP is Proteus’ flagship program is tailored to cover all the essential aspects of qualifying as an Airline Pilot. You don’t need any prior flight experience to join our AAPP program.

Start from zero hours to completing our AAPP program within 12-15 months. From the basics of flight to advanced aviation knowledge, combine the skills of becoming a commercially rated pilot to Flight Instructor training. Our seasoned instructors including Airbus and King Air type-rated pilots provide an environment that fosters accelerated learning and progress, designed to your individual learning requirements.


Cost: $145,500

Status: Full-Time

Duration: 12-15 Months

Required Experience: Little or none

Location: Santa Monica, CA

  • Private Pilot Certificate
  • Instrument Rating
  • Commercial Pilot Single-Engine
  • Certified Flight Instructor
  • Certified Flight Instructor Instrument Rating

Full financing is available through Stratus Finance which offer 100% financing of your pilot training.

Accelerated Airline Pilot Program Timeline

Our accelerated program is structured in milestones, preparing you for a successful airline pilot career.

By the end of the AAPP you will learn:

  1. Private Pilot – Learn the fundamentals of flight in VFR conditions. Navigating the most complex airspace in the country: Los Angeles, flying cross-country, and the foundations of safety.
  2. Instrument Rating (IR) – Master the skill of relying on instruments, without looking out the window. Conquer the skies in IFR conditions, enhancing your abilities as a pilot and opening doors to new flying opportunities.
  3. Commercial Pilot Certificate – Transform your previous experience into the ability to be paid to fly a single-engine aircraft. Master advanced maneuvers, flight planning, and aviation regulations.
  4. Certified Flight Instructor – Gain a new qualification allowing you to build the flight time required for airlines by inspiring the next generation of pilots. Learn effective teaching techniques and flight training methodologies to effectively build time.
  5. Certified Flight Instructor Instrument Rating – Equip yourself with the knowledge and skills to instruct instrument flying, empowering students to navigate on instruments solely in IFR conditions.
  6. Multi-Engine Add-on Certificate – To fly for the airlines, you will need this certificate. Master the complexities of multi-engine aircraft, honing your skills to handle advanced systems and maneuvers with confidence and precision.

"Since day 1, Proteus supported with my commercial pilot dreams. Nick aided me throughout my flight training and I'm now at the airlines, loving every moment."

— Sidney G, Captain 747

Cost and Funding for Accelerated Airline Pilot Program

Accelerated Airline Pilot Training cost:

$145,500Tuition fees (estimated)


  • 185 hours of Group Ground Instruction
  • 340 hours of Individualized Flight Instruction
  • 190 hours in state-of-the-art aircraft, for example Cessna 152/172, PIPER CHEROKEE, and Cirrus SR20
  • 45 hours in Flight Training Simulators

Accelerated Airline Pilot Program Requirements

Minimum requirements to join our AAPP program are as follows:

  • At least 17 years old in order to receive your Private Pilot Certificate
  • Proficient in reading, writing, speaking, and understanding English
  • Able to obtain an FAA medical certificate

Accelerated Airline Pilot Program FAQs

What aircraft will I learn my AAPP on?

Our Accelerated Airline Pilot Program is taught from our Los Angeles based flight school in Santa Monica, California. During your Accelerated Airline Pilot program, you will get the chance to fly several different aircraft. Our aircraft fleet is one of the largest in SoCal, consisting of over 16 single and multi-engine airplanes, including:

  • Cessna C152
  • Cessna 172
  • Piper PA28
  • Piper PA28R
  • Cirrus SR20
  • Tecnam

How can I fund my training?

You can fund your Accelerated Airline Pilot Program (AAPP) – through a financial loan such as Stratus Financial or via pay-as-you-go.

Whilst pilot training is a large investment, it is an investment in your future, towards securing one of the best jobs in the world.

What is next after completing the AAPP program?

After completing your Flight Instructor training, you are guaranteed an interview with Proteus to become a Certified Flight Instructor, where you can help others to learn to fly and gain hours to become a professional airline pilot.


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