ARAA – Flight Program



Alaska Rural Aviation Academy – Flight Program

Year Round Pathway, Includes Summer Portion

The Alaska Rural Aviation Academy was established in 2023 as a means to give rural Alaskan students the opportunity and resources to enter into the field of aviation pilotage with the guidance and support to successfully complete their private pilot certification. Through ARAA-Flight students gain a deep understanding of Aviation history throughout Alaska, gain the knowledge and study strategies needed to ACE their FAA Written Exam and the foundation & fundamentals to continue building upon as they progress through their 40 hours of flight training. Upon successful completion of this program, students will gain their Private Pilots License, have internship opportunities & have built a foundation for themselves to continue into their aviation career of choice.

Recruitment Process

Introduction to Aviation Pilotage, ARAA-Flight Training Recruitment
A group of 12 students will participate in an Intro to Aviation Pilotage course through CKT Aviation and Swoop Flight Training. Intro to Aviation Pilotage will encompass basic aviation terminology, what the different training paths look like, how to apply for scholarship opportunities, and what different programs exist. Students will be introduced to FAA Exam prep, learning about Aerodynamics, and applying the knowledge to answering and studying for FAA Exam questions. Students are taught how to study like a pilot and learn the tools to use to prepare for check rides and written exams. Students also learn about barriers to employment, safety measures, and Federal Aviation Regulations. Students will gain flight simulator time, obtain their student pilots license and tour the aviation museum. This course is a recruitment course for the 2024 spring ARAA Flight Training.

Phase 1 – Intensive Week 1: October 2-6, 2023 CLOSED

  • Deadline to Apply: September 11

Phase 2 – Intensive Week 2: November 6-10, 2023 CLOSED

  • Deadline to Apply: October 11

ARAA-Flight Training

Distance: February 5 – March 18, 2024 (6 weeks) 

A group of 13 of the 24 recruitment students will begin their flight training ground school via distance learning where they will begin studying for the FAA Written Exam. 10 out of 13 students will be chosen to continue forward into the ARAA-Flight Training Intensive Weeks from this distance course. 

Intensive Week 3: March 18-22, 2024

10 students from the ground school course will be invited to participate in the ARAA SEL Flight / Ground Training. These students will travel to Anchorage where they will use the flight simulator to gain more understanding on instruments and controls as well as obtain their 3rd class medical, take the FAA Knowledge Exam and begin their flight training hours.

Intensive Week 4: April 29-May 3, 2024 

The finalized cohort for the summer flight training will travel to Anchorage and continue building flight and ground time. Students will become familiar with what their summer flight training is going to look like, including: housing, internship opportunities, support/mentorship, etc.

Summer Flight Training: June 2, 2024-August 3, 2024 

Flight training will commence on June 3rd in either Anchorage or Talkeetna, Alaska. This program is a three-month program where students will gain the knowledge and skills necessary to complete their private pilot license check-ride. Students will be allocated two, one week breaks in this time frame where they can travel home and visit family. More details will be provided upon acceptance into this program.

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More Information

Age Requirement: 11th-12th Grade / 16+
Prerequisites: None

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