Pan Am International Flight Academy

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Pan Am International Flight Academy
IndustryAirline Training, Pilot Training, Type Ratings, Air Traffic Control Training, Flight Attendant Training and Career Pilot School
Founded1991 (1991)
Area served
Key people
Takeshi Negishi, Chief Executive Officer
Mark Johnson, Executive V.P. and Chief Operating Officer
Barbara Findo, Vice President Administration
Akifumi Tomi, Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer
ProductsAirline Training Solutions:

Type Ratings ATP-CTP Air Traffic Control Training
Flight Attendant Training
Dispatcher Training
Maintenance Training

Commercial and Private Pilot Training
OwnerANA Holdings (parent company of All Nippon Airways)

Pan Am International Flight Academy (PAIFA) is the only remaining division of the once iconic Pan American World Airways, which declared bankruptcy in January 1991 and shut down in December 1991. Today Pan Am International Flight Academy is a world leader in aviation training. In 2017 Pan Am International Flight Academy was awarded the Corporate Achievement Award by the Greater Miami Aviation Association[1] recognizing the contributions of the corporation to the aviation industry. Pan Am International Flight Academy, Denver, was awarded the Export Achievement Certificate by the Denver office of the U.S. Commercial Services Division, a branch of the U.S. Department of Commerce.[2]

Aviation School[edit]


The flight academy, headquartered in Miami, is an aviation school that specializes in training airlines, pilots and aviation professionals from around the world. In 2017 Pan Am International Flight Academy trained over 5,000 individuals. Core training programs include: Pilot training, Airline Crew training, Type Rating training, ATP-CTP, Aircraft Maintenance training, Flight Attendant or Cabin Crew Training, Dispatcher, Air Traffic Control, and Career Pilot Academy or Ab Initio training at our location in Kissimmee.[3]

Bird's eye view of flight school

Pan Am International Flight Academy has training centers located throughout the United States and access to many training centers around the world. The company, along with its licensed partners, has more than 200 aviation training programs and is certified to train pilots under major international authorities including: the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the U. S. authority; the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA); the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC); the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP); the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA, UK); Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA, India); and others.

Pan Am International Flight Academy currently owns and operates more than 70 simulators and trains on the Boeing 707, Boeing 727, Boeing 737 (All Models), Boeing 747-200/300, Boeing 747-400, Boeing 767, Boeing 777, Boeing 787, Airbus A300, Airbus A320 family, McDonnell Douglas MD-80 (All Models), Canadair CRJ-200 and CRJ-700, Embraer EMB 170, EMB 190, Saab 340, Cessna Caravan CE 208, Bombardier Dash 8. A full list of current simulators can be found here.


In 1980, Pan American World Airways' International Flight Academy opened for business in a new building located on the Miami International Airport (MIA). This training division operated until the airline closed on December 4, 1991. Under the terms on the airline bankruptcy the training academy was permitted to remain open as an independent training organization in 1992 under its current name Pan Am International Flight Academy. The company began operations by using the flight simulation of the former airline at the same campus location.

In 2006, American Capital Strategies invested $58 million in Pan Am.[4] Pan Am International Flight Academy, based out of Miami International Airport, has trained substantial number of students from India.[5]

In 2010 Pan Am International Flight Academy purchased Miami-based Aeroservice Aviation Center, LLC, located only a few blocks away. Under the terms of this agreement Pan Am purchased all of Aeroservice's training and simulator assets, adding significantly to Pan Am's Miami training capabilities, classrooms, and campus size.[6]

On July 30, 2013, ANA Holdings the holding company of All Nippon Airways announced they will acquire Pan Am Holdings, including Pan Am International Flight Academy.[7][8]

Sept 11th Attacks[edit]

On August 17, 2001, Zacarias Moussaoui, the so-called "20th hijacker" of the September 11, 2001 attacks, was arrested after an instructor at Pan Am International Flight Academy became suspicious of him.[9] In a piece in the New York Times, Michael Erlandson, chief of staff on the Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation is quoted as saying: "The Pan Am people are heroes who worked very diligently to make themselves heard at the FBI."[10]

Television & Film[edit]

One of the flight simulators

Because of their flight simulators and professional aviators, the Pan Am International Flight Academy is often approached to allow usage of their equipment and experts to TV shows and films.[11]

In addition to its Miami headquarters, Pan Am has facilities in Las Vegas, Kissimmee, Tokyo and London and is currently providing training to clients in Asia and Europe through participating partners.


  1. ^ "GMAA 2017 Gala | Greater Miami Aviation Association". Retrieved 2018-09-19.
  2. ^ "PR Newswire". PR Newswire. Retrieved 2014-03-18.
  3. ^ "Pan Am Academy Website". Retrieved 2014-03-18.
  4. ^ American Capital invests in PAIFA Archived October 21, 2006, at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "Rediff News". 2008-08-11. Retrieved 2014-03-18.
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  7. ^ "Strategic Update". 2013-07-30. Retrieved 2013-08-05.
  8. ^ Grady, Mary (2013-08-22). "Japanese Airline Buys Miami Flight School - AVweb flash Article". Avweb. Retrieved 2013-08-29.
  9. ^ Time Magazine on Pan Am’s suspicious of Moussaoui Archived July 24, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ Shenon, Philip (2001-12-22). "NYTimes-PAIFA Warned FBI of their suspicious prior to 9/11". New York City; Minnesota; France; Washington (Dc); Arizona: New York Times. Retrieved 2014-03-18.
  11. ^ Final Approach (movie) interview in PAIFA Las Vegas[dead link]

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