• 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 23 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 six aircraft in excellent condition. They're tied down at Austin-Bergstrom International 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.

    • PSI Lasergrade Testing Center -- We can administer all FAA written exams, including the Inspection Authorization Exam.

    • 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 $205. Give us a call (512-385-2880.)

  • LaserGrade/PSI Testing Center

    We are also a PSI LaserGrade testing center. We can administer all FAA exams.


    Exam Center hours:
    Monday ~ Wednesday: 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm

    Please call PSI to schedule and pay for your exam.
    PSI Registration: 844-704-1487

  • The Pilot Shop

    Courtesy of Jo Hunter - futurshox.net

    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

    4309 Emma Browning Ave, Austin, TX 78719

    We're located near the South Terminal of Austin Bergstrom International Airport (KAUS). 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 would like to visit the Academy. We are next door, to the right, in Hangar 4. Our offices are along 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. Remember this important expression: "A license to fly is really only a license to learn."

    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.

    Wait, I'll be training at an international airport?

    Yes indeed. We take-off and land between 737s and MD-80s (and now 787 Dreamliners). We talk on the same frequencies and use the same runways as those big airliners. Air Traffic Control is very adept at spacing us appropriately. Once you're comfortable in the Class C airspace, you'll be comfortable pretty much anywhere. It only takes 10 miles to get away from all the traffic and another 10 miles to find the quieter airports where you can comfortably practice traffic patterns and maneuvers.

    Is the Austin Academy of Aviation Part 141?

    Yes, Austin Academy of Aviation is a Part 141 school. This means that we have met requirements and standards laid out by the Federal Aviation Administration. Being a Part 141 school (along with our certification by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs) allows us to accept students who plan to use a GI Bill for flight training. It also allowed us to become certified by the International Student and Exchange Visitor Program; we accept foreign students who wish to travel to the United States to pursue flight training.

  • 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

  • Hourly Rates


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


    $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



    Joan Lazar

    -- July 19

    Congratulations on passing your Private Pilot and Instrument checkride!


    CFI: Keisuke

    Daniel Vitanza

    -- July 15

    Congratulations on passing your Private Pilot checkride!


    CFI: Keisuke

    Keisuke Ueda

    -- October 29

    Congratulations on passing your Private/Commercial Multi Checkride!


    CFI: Clinton

    Jeffrey Faulkner

    --October 22nd

    Congratulations on passing your Commercial Multi checkride!


    CFI: Clinton

    Ricardo Manllo --September 8

    Congratulations on passing your Private Pilot checkride!


    CFI: Clinton

    Mauricio Guerra--Sept. 2

    Congratulations on passing your Private Pilot checkride!


    CFI: Clinton

    Ryan Freeman--

    August 25

    Congratulations on passing your Private Pilot Multi-Engine checkride!


    CFI: Clinton

    David Inman--August 21

    Congratulations on your FIRST SOLO!


    CFI: Clinton

    James Uhl--August 9


    Congratulations on passing your Private Pilot checkride!


    CFI: Clinton

    John Guerra--July 31

    Congratulations on passing your Private Pilot checkride!


    CFI: Rick

    Cliff Kucharski--July 26


    Congratulations on passing your Private Pilot



    CFI: Virgil

    Brian White --July 19

    Congratulations on passing your Commercial Multi-Engine checkride!


    CFI: Tristan

    Mauricio H. -- July 19

    Congratulations on passing your Commercial Multi-engine checkride!


    CFI: Clinton

    Jordan G. -- July 9

    Congratulations on passing your private pilot checkride !


    CFI: Clinton

    Mauricio H. -- July 1

    Congratulations on passing your instrument checkride!

    CFI: Clinton

    Tim W. -- June 11

    Congratulations on passing your Private Pilot checkride!


    CFI: David

    Jonathan P. -- May 30

    Congratulations on passing your Private Pilot checkride!


    CFI: Clinton

    Sean L. -- May 29

    Congratulations on passing your multi-engine instrument checkride!


    CFI: Clinton

    Mike B. -- May 28

    Congratulations on passing your Private Pilot checkride!


    CFI: David

  • 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) 385-2880

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