The Path to Professional Piloting

For many aspiring aviators, the dream of becoming an airline pilot seems out of reach, reserved only for those who can afford a four-year college degree and have years of flying experience. However, that’s a myth. In fact, there are many reasons why it’s now easier than ever to become a professional pilot.

1) Airlines are Facing a Pilot Shortage

Just last year, Boeing released some startling statistics that over the next 20 years there will be a need for roughly 640,000 pilots worldwide, with approximately 117,000 in the United States alone ( Simply put, the aviation industry is in need of pilots. Regional airlines are continuing to offer competitive pay, benefits, and signing bonuses in response to the demand. The time to launch your career as an airline pilot is NOW.

2) A College Degree Isn’t Mandatory

Although a college degree is helpful (and can be obtained through our partnership with Embry-Riddle), it isn’t mandatory to have a successful career as a pilot. The training regimen to become a pilot allows you to learn at your own pace and gain the focused skills you need. You don’t need prior experience to start training — you can start today. At Nashville Flight Training we train students from beginner stage to airline-ready on a daily basis.

3) Training is More Affordable than You Might Think

At Nashville Flight Training you don’t need to go $100,000 in debt while becoming a pilot, like you might with a college degree. With our affordable rates and scholarship options, the path to becoming a pilot is more economical than other flight training options. Our “pay as you go” program allows you to train at your own pace and budget.

4) Hands-on Training

Perhaps the best news is that our location at Nashville International Airport (BNA) gives you a level of experience not found at other schools. Learning how to fly out of a busy, towered airport with the big airlines will give you the ability and confidence to fly anywhere, for anyone.

Call us today at (615) 366-9192 to find out more or to schedule a tour! The skies are calling!

Rusty Pilots Seminar November 17, 2018 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm


…BUT IF YOU’RE FEELING A LITTLE RUSTY…Join fellow lapsed pilots at our upcoming Rusty Pilots seminar!

We’ll help you brush up on your aviation knowledge and understand what’s changed since you last took the controls. You Can Fly Rusty Pilots seminars, held in partnership with local flight training providers, are the easiest way to get current again and rejoin general aviation in YOUR community. It’s easier than you think!


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Cost: Free for AOPA Members
$69 for non-members

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Date: Saturday, November 17, 2018
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Location: Nashville Flight Training – Nashville International Airport (BNA) – 801 Hangar Lane – Hangar #7 Nashville, TN 37217

Nashville Flight Training Sponsors Team for All-Female Air Race Classic

Nashville Flight Training is supporting a team of two young female pilots in this year’s Air Race Classic taking place June 19-22.

The Air Race Classic is an annual all-female aviation event stretching across 2,600 miles and 10 states over four days. Pilots range in age from 17 to 90 years old.

Mariah and Paige (Team #61, pictured, l to r) are representing Nashville Flight Training, which is providing a Cessna 172R for the race. Follow the team on Facebook @AirRaceClassicNashville.

The team departs Nashville about 9 p.m. on Friday, June 15, heading to Sweetwater, Texas, where the race begins on June 19. The race finishes on June 22 in Fryeburg, Maine.


Race routing

Sweetwater, TX: Avenger Field (KSWW)
Alva, OK: Alva Regional Airport (KAVK)
Beatrice, NE: Beatrice Municipal Airport (KBIE)
Faribault, MN: Faribault Municipal Airport (KFBL)
Galesburg, IL: Galesburg Municipal Airport (KGBG)
Auburn, IN: De Kalb County Airport (KGWB)
Cadillac, MI: Wexford County Airport (KCAD)
Newark, OH: Newark-Heath Airport (KVTA)
Penn Yan, NY: Penn Yan Airport (KPEO)
Fryeburg, ME: Eastern Slopes Regional Airport (KIZG)

Additional support provided by the Adventure Science Center in Nashville and Discovery Center at Murfree Spring in Murfreesboro.

School Receives Flight Training Excellence Award for Third Consecutive Year


Nashville Flight Training has been recognized again for a high standard of accomplishment in flight training by the world’s largest aviation association, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA). The flight school has been named a recipient of the 2017 Flight Training Experience Award and recognized as a Distinguished Flight School, a title given to highest-scoring flight schools from AOPA’s annual Flight Training Experience Survey. This is the third consecutive year Nashville Flight Training has been honored with a spot on the prestigious aviation industry list.

“This year’s group of schools and CFIs were especially close as we analyzed the results of the 2017 Flight Training Experience Survey,” said Chris Moser, director of AOPA’s Flight Training Initiative. “It gives me great confidence to both hear about some incredible flight training providers and to see how much their customers truly value them.”

AOPA’s Flight Training Excellence Awards were created to highlight the best flight training the industry has to offer, recognizing best practices in excellent customer service, quality education, community development, and sharing knowledge. The 2017 awards were drawn from flight students and pilots around the world who voluntarily reviewed their flight training experience last summer through an AOPA online customer satisfaction survey. The survey included reviews of 1,048 different flight schools and 2,012 individual flight instructors.

“We are honored to have a place again on this respected aviation industry list,” said Chris Erlanson, Nashville Flight Training president. “We’re proud of our instructors and support staff who share a passion for and commitment to excellence in aviation. I am thankful to the AOPA and our students for recognizing their hard work.”


About Nashville Flight Training
Established in 2010, Nashville Flight Training provides affordable flight instruction from award winning, FAA-certified instructors and offers state-of-the-art equipment. The flight training facility is based at the Nashville International Airport. Information about Nashville Flight Training is available at


Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Seminar – “Turning Accidents into New Practices”

Monday November 6 – 7:00pm
“Turning Accidents into New Practices”
Nashville Flight Training hosts Dr. Scott Burgess from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University on a review of how technology enhances accident investigation through virtual reality, and a discussion on how accident analysis can help pilots gain valuable aeronautical knowledge.  With 27 years of service in the US Army and 30+ years of aviation experience, Dr Burgess will present a unique perspective raising the bar on pilot knowledge.

Nashville Flight Training 801 Hangar Lane Hangar #7 Nashville, TN 37217

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Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Worldwide and Nashville Flight Training