American Flyers (flight school)

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American Flyers is an American flight school. It is the oldest flight training school in the United States, having been founded at Midway Airport in 1939 by Reed Pigman.[1] In 1980 the flight school chain Aviation Training Enterprises(A.T.E.) acquired American Flyers. The company operates a chain of facilities at airports all across the United States. American Flyers produces more instrument-rated pilots than any other school in the nation.[citation needed] Based in West Chicago, Illinois, American Flyers has eight locations across the United States providing flight training to domestic and international students. An FAA-approved part 141 school, American Flyers offers a 6 months program that uses a rigid training course syllabus and standardized instructors.


American Flyers now has 8 locations in the United States and 2 International Locations. These include:

Aircraft Simulators[edit]

The first Frasca simulator was sold to American Flyers in 1958.[2]

Careers in Aviation[edit]

Nova Southeastern University teamed up with American Flyers in January 2012 to offer a 4 year B.S. Degree in Aviation Human Factors. [3]


The American Flyers Fleet consists of 65 aircraft. The most common aircraft in the fleet is the Cessna model 172 Skyhawk.[4]


  1. ^ "School at Dupage County Airport has pilots flying high". Sun Publications (IL) (Sun Publications). February 2, 1998. Retrieved 2009-02-03.  (Registration required.)
  2. ^ The first Frasca Simulator was sold to American Flyers in 1958
  3. ^ Nova Southeastern University Teams up with American Flers
  4. ^ Dinell, David (July 29, 2003). "Flight school adds five Cessnas to fleet". Wichita Business Journal (American City Business Journals, Inc). Retrieved 2009-02-03. 
  • Jordan, Lam (April 1, 1999). "American Flyers flight school". Plane and Pilot (Werner Publishing Corporation). Retrieved 2009-02-03.  (Registration required.)
  • Fowler, Ron (September 1, 2007). "American Flyers". Plane and Pilot (Werner Publishing Corporation). Retrieved 2009-02-03.  (Registration required.)
  • Frasca simulator

Coordinates: 41°54′55″N 88°14′29″W / 41.91528°N 88.24139°W / 41.91528; -88.24139