OCFC

Orange County Flight Center

OCFC

OCFC, a recognized leader in the field of flight training since 1980, is conveniently located at John Wayne Airport (KSNA). Our diversified, experienced instructors allow us to assign instructors based on your needs and personality. In many cases, lifelong friendships have been developed during OCFC flight training. Our standardized approach to training has made it fun for our students and brought us national recognition.




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Private Pilot Certificate

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The private pilot certificate is a lifetime accomplishment which qualifies you to fly an airplane with or without passengers, day or night, in good weather. This certificate never expires, providing you complete a flight review every 24 months — a two hour review of your knowledge and skills with the flight instructor of your choice. You must be at least 17 years old and possess a current FAA medical certificate.

The course, based on two or three sessions per week, takes about six months.

FAA Requirements
  • * Minimum 40 hours (hrs.) total flight time
  • The national average is 65 to 75 hrs
  • 20 hrs. of dual flight time (with an instructor)
    • 3 hrs. of cross-country flight training
    • 3 hrs. at night with 10 takeoffs and landings
    • 100 nautical mile (nm.) night cross-country flight
    • 3 hrs. of instrument training
    • 3 hrs. preparing for the FAA checkride
  • 10 hrs. of solo flight time (without an instructor)
    • 5 hrs. of cross-country flying
    • 150 nm. cross-country flight

Flight Training Sequence:
  • Presolo
  • Solo (an experience you'll never forget)
  • Advanced maneuvers and cross-country flying
  • Solo cross-country flight
  • Instrument and night flying
  • 150 nm. cross-country flight
  • Review for the FAA written test
  • Review for the FAA checkride

* Note: FAA time requirements are considerably less than the national average. As a member of the United Nations, the United States must publish those times — grossly inadequate for learning to fly in today's U.S. airspace — as prescribed by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). To solve that dilemma, the FAA publishes a practical test standard (PTS) for each certificate and rating, which mandates training to proficiency, not flight time. The national average reflects that requirement.




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Instrument Rating

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The instrument rating allows you to fly in instrument conditions (clouds) and increases the flexibility of the airplane as a source of transportation. Instead of flying by reference to the earth's horizon, the airplane's instruments are used to fly the airplane and navigate to the destination.

The course, based on two or three sessions per week, is normally about four months.

FAA Requirements
  • The national average is 60 to 65 hrs.
  • 50 hrs. of cross-country flight time as pilot-in-command
  • * 40 hrs. of simulated or actual instrument flight time
    • 20 hrs. may occur in an FAA approved, advanced flight training device (FTD), which OCFC uses in order to reduce cost and greatly improve training efficiency and pilot knowledge.
  • 15 hrs. of instrument instruction in an airplane
  • 250 nm. instrument cross-country flight
  • 3 hrs. preparing for the FAA checkride

Flight Training Sequence:
  • Instrument scanning, interpretation, and airplane control
  • Radio and GPS navigation
  • Holding patterns
  • Instrument approaches
  • Cross-country flying
  • Review for the FAA written test
  • Review for the FAA checkride

* Note: FAA time requirements are considerably less than the national average. As a member of the United Nations, the United States must publish those times — grossly inadequate for learning to fly in today’s  U.S. airspace — as prescribed by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). To solve that dilemma, the FAA publishes a practical test standard (PTS) for each certificate and rating, which mandates training to proficiency, not flight time. The national average reflects that requirement.





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Commercial Pilot Certificate

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The commercial pilot certificate allows a pilot to receive pay when flying in specified situations such as flight instruction, banner towing, aerial photography, and charter company or airline employment. It, too, never expires, providing you complete a flight review every 24 months. You must be at least 18 years old and possess a current FAA medical certificate.

The course, based on two or three sessions per week, is normally about two months.

FAA Requirements
  • 250 hrs. total flight time (50 hrs. of FTD time allowed)
  • 100 hrs. in powered aircraft
  • 100 hrs. pilot-in-command (no flight instructor)
    • 50 hrs. in an airplane
    • 50 hrs. of cross-country flying
  • 20 hrs. of training (ground and flight)
    • 10 hrs. of instrument training
    • 10 hrs. of instruction in a complex airplane
    • 100 nm., 2 hr. day cross-country flight
    • 100 nm., 2 hr. night cross-country flight
    • 3 hrs. preparing for the FAA checkride
  • 10 hrs. of solo flying
    • One 300 nm. flight that's at least 250 nm. from departure airport
    • 5 hrs. of night flying including 10 takeoffs and landings
Flight Training Sequence:
  • Complex airplane (retractable landing gear and controllable-pitch propeller)
  • Advanced ground reference maneuvers
  • Advanced takeoffs and landings
  • Advanced flight maneuvers
  • Extended cross-county flying
  • Review for the FAA written test
  • Review for the FAA checkride




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Flight Instructor Certificate

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The flight instructor certificate allows the pilot to teach the art of flying to aspiring private and commercial pilots. It requires considerable knowledge and the ability to properly teach a subject and fulfill the responsibilities of this important position.

The course, based on two or three sessions per week, normally takes about three months.

FAA Requirements
  • No minimum flight time requirements
  • 18 years of age
  • Commercial pilot certificate
  • Instrument rating

Flight Training Sequence:
  • Fundamentals of instruction
  • Teaching technical subjects
  • Teaching flight maneuvers and procedures
  • Review for the two FAA written tests
  • Review for the FAA checkride




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Flight Instructor
Instrument Rating

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The instrument flight instructor rating allows the pilot to teach the art of instrument flying to aspiring instrument pilots. It, too, requires considerable knowledge and the ability to properly teach a subject and fulfill the responsibilities of this important position. Note: Theoretically it is possible for a pilot to obtain only an instrument flight instructor certificate, but that is not recommended and would not be acceptable for employment as a flight instructor in most cases.

The course, based on two or three sessions per week, normally takes about two months.

FAA Requirements
  • No minimum flight time requirements
  • 18 years of age
  • Commercial pilot certificate
  • Flight instructor certificate

Flight Training Sequence:
  • Teaching technical subjects
  • Teaching flight maneuvers and procedures
  • Review for the FAA written test
  • Review for the FAA checkride





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Ground School

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Most people are busy with multiple commitments. For that reason, customer interest in the traditional classroom-based ground school has become almost non-existent. OCFC is a Cessna Pilot Center (CPC) and the core of our ground school courses is CPC's excellent on-line curriculum. Cessna Aircraft owns the CPC program, but it was developed and is managed by King Schools, well known for their excellent training programs

This is the future of training. The courses provide step-by-step interactive lessons covering the subject areas (knowledge areas) required for the private pilot certificate and the instrument rating. They are accessible from any computer connected to the internet, which means that you have complete flexibility in terms of when you choose to take each lesson and how much time you spend per lesson. Interactive training has been used for years by airlines and the military. You read text, study illustrations, and answer questions. If a mistake is made, the appropriate text or illustration reappears for you to review. Later, you will be asked a similar question to ensure that you understand that subject. Of course, your instructor will monitor your progress and provide additional help as needed to clarify points of uncertainty.

Our approach to the ground school portion of your training experience thereby combines the best features of two approaches to teaching: Computer-based, self-paced instruction and personal interaction with your instructor focused on providing clarification and answers to questions that may remain as a result of your work on the CPC lessons. The outcome is your mastery of the material.





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Redbird MCX Flight Simulator

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The Redbird MCX is a superior-quality, full motion, feature-rich Advanced Aviation Training Device, equipped to provide real-world flight training. Unlike simulators at other training facilities, the MCX is a full-motion simulator, providing training that is as realistic as possible without leaving the ground.

The MCX is a dual yoke, dual rudder simulator, perfect for single or dual-pilot cockpit training. The MCX hosts unique features that are anything but standard, such as wrap-around visuals, a fully-enclosed cockpit, and an electric motion platform. The MCX serves up a level of realism that is simply unavailable in other training devices. The Redbird MCX also provides scenario-based training, which allows the student or instructor to set up situations that mimic the real world. In this simulator, you can set up custom scenarios that allow you to “pre-fly” your next vacation or training destination without leaving the ground. This simulator is a great tool for pilots and students of all levels.

In addition to the convenience and superior experience provided by a full-motion flight simulator, the Redbird has some secondary flight simulator advantages, including the ability to train in any condition.

Flight Simulator
Airplane training can't always take place when instrument conditions exist due the constraints of the air traffic control system. The simulator can always fly. Additionally, instrument students are seldom affected by wind when flying airplanes in southern California. The FTD allows wind to be programmed and activated whenever the instructor desires, and mastery of those skills is a must if a student expects to fly with the proper level of self-confidence. Instrument pilots have stringent currency requirements. That can be accomplished without a flight instructor in our simulator any time a pilot desires.





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FAA Testing Centers

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Pilots and flight instructors for all aircraft categories, mechanics, dispatchers, and parachute riggers who seek FAA certification must pass FAA written tests. Those tests can be administered at Orange County Flight Center's modern, computerized testing center located in our main facility and open during normal business hours.





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International Students

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Most aviation experts predict a worldwide shortage of professional pilots beginning in 2013, due to the culmination of retiring pilots, airline expansion, and a dwindling pilot pool due to the restrictive cost or training.

As far as I know, the airlines have not addressed the problem publicly, but I am sure they will be scrambling to fill the void left by retirees and general attrition.

In my opinion there has never been a brighter future predicted for many years. There will be a window of opportunity that will open shortly and you do not want to be unprepared if you are seeking a career in aviation.

OCFC will help you obtain the necessary ratings to kick start your future as an airline professional. We offer pilot training to suit your career goals from Private Pilot License through the Air Transport Pilot rating.

To initiate flight training with Orange County Flight Center as an international student please follow these steps:

Step 1: Application for Enrollment

All international students must submit the following to apply for enrollment:

  • I-20: A non-refundable fee of $175 is required to process your I-20 information. All foreign students are required to have an I-20 Form to gain entry into the United States. Upon receipt of your I-20 fee and your I-20 information form, Orange County Flight Center will send you a letter of acceptance and your completed I-20 form.
    Download I-20 Form.
    Download Credit Card Authorization Form
  • English Profficiency: All students are required to demonstrate English proficiency. A TOEIC (Test of English for International Communication) score of 650 or above is required.
  • Bank Statement: A bank statement is required as proof of the ability to pay for flight training as well as living expenses while training.
  • Medical: All students must be eligible for an FAA medical. For more information visit the FAA website at
    http://www.faa.gov/pilots/amelocator/ .


Step 2: SEVIS Form I-901

Visit http://www.ice.gov/sevis/i901 to complete the I-901 process.


Step 3: M-1 Student Visa

To obtain an M-1 Student Visa, call the nearest U.S. Embassy to set an appointment to receive your visa approval. The U.S. Embassy will need to see the following documents: I-20 Form, Passport, FInancial Statements and Receipt for payment of Form I-901. Please bring all documents with you as requested by the embassy (specific documents may vary by country). Your visit to the embassy will also entail a brief interview.

The length of time for this process varies from country to country. You will be notified as to whether you have been approved or disapproved. The U.S. Embassy will provide you, the student, with an M-1 Student Visa permittiing you entry to the United States.


Step 4: TSA Clearance

You can obtain TSA clearance from your country or from the United States. Visit FlightSchoolCandidates.gov to apply for TSA clearance in the U.S.

Please note: our company is American Airplane Exchange DBA Orange County Flight Center.


Step 5: Down Payment

A $2,500 deposit is required to begin flight training. Download Credit Card Authorization Form


Step 6: OCFC Training Documents

All students must submit the following forms before flight training can begin.



Step 7: Living Arrangements

Contact Annie for more information about temporary living arrangements when you arrive. We have negotiated special rates with some hotels within walking distance to the John Wayne Airport.





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Santa Ana, CA 92707

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