Bahamas Aviation Academy to take flight
Hadassah Hall, BTVI
Mar 1, 2015
OFF THE GROUND – Beach Aviation’s Bahamas Aviation Academy has teamed up with The Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute (BTVI) to launch a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Private Pilot Flight Training course. Shown from left to right with BTVI’s Manager and Consultant, Dr. Iva Dahl are Beach Aviation partners Captain Charles Brady, Dr. James R. Eddy and Dr. Kenneth Romer.
BTVI, in fulfillment of its mission, "To provide opportunities that enable individuals to be globally competitive and economically independent," recognized the benefit of partnering with Beach Aviation to train the next generation of private and commercial pilots in The Bahamas. The historic partnership will provide students the opportunity to be trained in a myriad of FAA approved courses while remaining in Nassau.
Following the theory, students will focus on the flight aspect of the program. While the theory and tests will take place at BTVI, the practical will be held at Beach Aviation in Florida with a required minimum flight time of 40 hours.
FAA Private Pilot Theory is the initial 15-week course, scheduled to begin on April 27th. Its subject matter will include, but is not limited to Air Law, Astronomy and Navigation to Physics, Meteorology, Geography, Technical English and Mathematics.
One of Beach Aviation’s partners, Dr. Kenneth Romer, said the academy will prove to be an asset to The Bahamas as it establishes itself as a regional leader by having a full-motion Redbird simulator available to students for logging flight time.
“The partnership between Beach Aviation and BTVI ensures an opportunity for Bahamians and members of the Caribbean community to train for a career in a high demand and high paying field in The Bahamas. The students will also benefit by learning from professional pilots and current jet captains who share real-world knowledge and experiences with them,” said Dr. Romer.
Beach Aviation’s four senior captains, who are professional pilots and international jet captains, alone have 75,000 hours of flight and instruction. The company’s partners include Bahamians Captain Fredrick McPhee and Dr. Romer along with Captain Charles Brady and Floridian House of Representative and retired judge, the Honourable Dr. James R. Eddy.
Meanwhile, BTVI’s Manager and Consultant, Dr. Iva Dahl expressed how pleased the institution is to partner with Beach Aviation to make The Bahamas Aviation Academy a success.
“The agreement certainly allows for locals to pursue a career in the aviation industry with the theoretical phase being done right at home. It’s a viable solution for people to discover their path to becoming private and commercial pilots, and BTVI is proud to play a role in making those dreams a reality,” said Dr. Dahl.
For the fall 2015 semester, The Bahamas Aviation Academy proposes to offer the Private Pilot Theory along with the FAA Instrument Pilot Theory. In the spring 2016 semester, those two courses would be offered for a second time, in addition to the FAA Commercial Pilot and Flight Crew Theory.
“The premise is that the students will begin to naturally progress,” explained Dr. Romer.
Upon satisfactorily completing the course, students will receive an endorsement from an authorized instructor to take the FAA Private Pilot Airplane Knowledge Test. Additionally, they would have achieved a Student Pilot Certificate and be a Flight Cadet with Beach Aviation.
Beach Aviation, headquartered in Boca Raton, Florida, was formed in 2010. It has additional locations in West Palm Beach at Palm Beach International Airport; Tampa, Florida at St. Petersburg International Airport and in Montpellier, France.
As part of an extended global campus, the Beach Aviation Bahamas campus seeks to attract students from throughout The Bahamas, the Caribbean, the United States of America, Latin America, France and Italy.