• About Us

    Delivering the Dream

    Virgil Kennedy founded the Academy in 1993 after flying more than 11,000 hours in the air with the U.S. Air Force. Over the past 26 years, Virgil and his instructors have helped over 2000 people realize their dream of flying solo while maintaining an impeccable safety record. Our students have celebrated the receipt of more than 1000 certificates. More than 60,000 flight hours have been accrued under the AAoA icon. In addition to flying for personal business and pleasure, the Academy's students have gone on to fly for the airlines,corporate/charter aircraft, military and law enforcement. Virgil's no-nonsense approach to maintenance keeps his fleet of five aircraft in excellent condition. They're available at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport or San Marcos Regional Airport, just waiting for you to come check them out!

  • What We Offer

    Whether you're seeking a career in aviation, or just want to find out what it's like to fly an airplane, we have a program for you! We offer the full spectrum of certification levels to get you where you want to be:

    • Private Pilot -- Fly for pleasure or personal business

    • Instrument Pilot -- Increase your skills, increase your opportunities to fly

    • Commercial Pilot -- Become a professional pilot

    • Flight Instructor -- Share your love of aviation with others by qualifying to teach people the joys of piloting

    • Aircraft Rental -- Our entire fleet of aircraft is available for rent. Just give us a call and we can get you checked out.

    • Pilot Shop -- We have training materials, local charts, headsets and more.

    • Online Scheduling -- We use FlightCircle for our scheduling and account management.

  • Introductory Flights

    Come fly an airplane for 45 minutes or more. Learn what it feels like to add full power, take-off, perform climbing and descending turns, put in flaps, and land. Introductory flights are commitment-free, and includes a full hour with an instructor. Introductory Flights are available for $200. Give us a call (512-789-6320.)

  • PSI Testing Center

    There is a PSI Testing Center at San Marcos Regional Airport. This makes it very easy to take the required exams for all ratings - Private Pilot through ATP.

    All you need to do to schedule an exam is contact PSI at 844-704-1487. 

  • The Pilot Shop

    Your One-Stop Shop for Aviation Supplies

    We stock a wide variety of products for pilots ranging from student pilots to professional pilots. The Pilot Shop is open Monday through Friday from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm.

     

    Supplies include:

    • David Clark Headsets
    • Logbooks
    • Flight Bags
    • Flight Computers & Plotters
    • Current Charts
    • Current FAR/AIM
    • Comprehensive Study Materials for Private to Professional
    • Airman Certification Standards Materials
  • 4309 Emma Browning Ave, Austin, TX 78719

    1827 Airport Drive, San Marcos,

    TX 78666

    Our primary location is at the San Marcos Regional Airport, where we have the majority of our aircraft, as well as, a Redbird Full Motion Flight Simulator and a Frasca G-1000 Flight Simulator. The airport is easily accessed off Texas Highway 21, and the school is available 24 hours a day, 365 days each year.

  • 4309 Emma Browning Ave, Austin, TX 78719

    4309 Emma Browning Ave, Austin, TX 78719

    We're also at AUSTIN-BERGSTROM International airport. Heading East on Highway 71 (Ben White Blvd), take the Riverside Drive Exit. Stay on the frontage road which leads to Highway 183 South. Continue southbound on 183 and then take a left onto Burleson Rd. Take a left onto Emma Browning Ave. Proceed on Emma Browning Avenue about 1.5 miles to Atlantic Aviation. You may park at Atlantic and then enter through Atlantic Aviation. Let the personnel at the reception desk know that you are there for a training activity at the Austin Academy of Aviation. We are in Hangar 1 to the right of Atlantic, in Hangar 1. Our office is located on the back wall of the hangar.

  • Frequently Asked Questions

    Can I fly?
     

    You must be at least 16 years old to solo, and 17 years old to get your license. In addtition, you must read, speak, and understand the English language. We happily prepare younger pilots for their solo and/or checkride. And it's never too late to start. Students from 9 to 90 years old have trained at the Austin Academy of Aviation.

    Do I have to be in good health?

     

    In order to be a pilot you will have to undergo a medical examination with an FAA approved physician. Medical conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, deafness, blindness in one eye, certain cardiac conditions, and even amputations can be granted a waiver by the FAA if they are demonstrated to be under control or are otherwise shown as not to interfere with your ability to operate an aircraft.

    How many hours will it take to get my license?

    The number of flight hours needed to get your license varies from student to student. The FAA requires a minimum of 40 hours (10 solo, 20 dual, 10 additional of either). Most students who fly on a regular basis get their license in about 50 to 60 hours.

    When will I train?

    The flight training is the most obvious part of learning to fly and is certainly the most exciting. In order to facilitate a timely completion of your rating we recommend flying at least twice a week for two scheduled hours each lesson. This not only minimizes gaps between lessons and consequently lost proficiency, it also helps reduce the delay in training that may occur should bad weather force lessons to be canceled. If ground school is taken concurrently with flight training you should be able to get your license in about six months. AAoA employs full-time instructors. Day or night, weekday or weekend, what is convenient for you?

    How is ground school conducted?

    Ground training is individualized. The more you study on your own, the less expensive your training will be. If you prefer, our instructors will be happy to teach you everything you need to learn. We encourage you to use the Computer Based Instruction (CBI) kit to minimize the cost and increase the efficiency of your training. 

    What are the final steps in obtaining my license?

    After completing flight training and ground school, you will have to pass a FAA written exam. After you pass, you will be given an oral exam by an FAA Designated Pilot Examiner. After the oral exam, you'll go up in the air to show the examiner you are competent and safe to fly. After passing the check-ride you will receive your Private Pilot License.

    What happens in the air?

    We'll teach you the basics: climbs, descents, turns to headings, take-offs and landings. We'll teach you emergencies: what to do in the event of an engine failure, what if there is a fire, what if my electronics fail. We'll teach you how to recover from a stall, how to perform a steep turn, who has the right of way. We'll teach you how to navigate using pilotage, dead reckoning, navigation frequencies, and GPS. And much, much more.

    How much will it cost?

    There is no easy answer.  Cost of training depends on which plane you fly, how often you fly, what the weather is like (to a limited extent), how hard you study, and how quickly you learn & gain proficiency in the cockpit.  

    What does it take to rent?

    Rental check-out is a simple process. You will need to fly a check out flight with Virgil. Once he signs you off, you will be able to rent our aircraft.

  • Our Professional Flight Instructor Team

    Virgil Kennedy

    Owner and Director of Operations

     

    Virgil is the owner and Director of Operations for the Austin Academy of Aviation. His Air Force flight training and decades of flight instruction with specialization in the Cessna 172 make him uniquely qualified to own the  longest flight school in operation at any Austin airport. His commitment to well-maintained aircraft, professional instructors, and service to the customer are his mark in trade. Come by and experience his honest smile for yourself.

    Tristan Walling

    Designated Pilot Examiner and Chief Instructor

     

    Tristan is FAA Pilot Examiner and our Chief Instructor. He is an excellent Instructor and has really good reputation as our DPE.

    Rich Schreib

    Jonny Warren

    Chris Mauser

    Jeff Kennedy

    Jeff is the Office manager and written test proctor extraordinaire.

  • Our Fleet

    All our aircraft are ADS-B and Auto-Pilot equipped

  • Hourly Rates

     

    Block rates are subject to certain restrictions. Please contact us for details if you are interested.

    All aircraft rates will be reduced by $10/hour if flying out of San Marcos.

    Instruction

    $62/hr. by credit or debit

    $58/hr. by cash or check

    C-172S Skyhawk with G-1000 Glass Cockpit

    $198/hr. by credit or debit

    $190/hr. by cash or check

    C-172S Skyhawk with Conventional Instrumentation

    $167/hr. by credit or debit

    $160/hr. by cash or check

     

    Red Bird Full Motion Simulator

    $104/hr. by credit or debit

    $99/hr. by cash or check

     

    Frasca C-172S G-1000 Simulator

    $83/hr. by credit or debit

    $79/hr. by cash or check

     

  • FAA Aviation Medical Examiner

    Louis A. Davenport, MD, MPH

    Dr. Davenport is a premier FAA-Designated Aviation Medical Examiner. He's a professional F-16 Pilot / Physician who strives to make your flying his top priority. With simple online booking, a convenient airport location,  excellent reviews, and a modern upscale office, you can be assured of the highest quality, convenience, and service! 

  • Contact Us

    (512) 789-6320

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