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Charleston Regional Accelerated Flight Training

Why Train With CRAFT?

Traditional flight training puts the student into the airplane for the first lesson. Unfortunately, the airplane is a terrible classroom for learning to fly.

Charleston Regional Accelerated Flight Training (CRAFT) changes the entire experience by first training you in our Redbird Full-Motion Flight Simulator so that you are more confident once you are in the airplane.

Integrating our flight simulator with your time in the airplane will save you both time and money! CRAFT combines traditional, foundational principles of flight training with modern technology, providing you with a state of the art experience. 

Our Simulator

The Redbird FMX is a full motion, feature-rich, FAA-approved Advanced Aviation Training Device (AATD) with multiple airplane configurations including C172 analog and glass-cockpit G1000, DA40 G1000, SR22 G1000, and PA-34 analog multi-engine.

Standard features include wrap-around visuals, a fully enclosed cockpit, quick-change configurations, scenario-based training compatibility, and an electric motion platform, resulting in a level of realism that is simply unavailable in other training devices on the market.

Simply put, this is as close to real as it gets.

Our Training

Our training philosophy is simple. Train and master flying skills in the simulator, then reinforce them in the aircraft. Our syllabi are developed around the simulator. We don’t take an old syllabus and try to force simulator usage. The simulator is incorporated from the beginning saving you both time and money.

We offer a wide-range of flight training from Discovery Flight, Private Pilot, Instrument Rating (IFR), Commercial, Certified Flight Instructor (CFI), accelerated courses for those that are short on time, and aircraft rentals. Check out our Accelerated IFR, Accelerated CFI, and Accelerated Commercial courses.

You will find that the transition to the airplane is virtually seamless – your time in the simulator will teach you where to put your eyes, hands, and feet.

CRAFT planes

Our Airplanes

Once you have practiced procedures in the simulator, it’s time to go to the airplane. 

CRAFT manages a fleet of well-maintained aircraft, including modern Diamond and classic Cessna aircraft.  With 5 Diamonds available, we have more aircraft built in this century than any other flight school in the Charleston are. We also have the only Jet-A burning aircraft in flight training in Charleston with the Diamond DA40 NG. All of our Diamonds are equipped with either Gamin G1000 or G500, so you can learn with leading edge, glass cockpit avionics.

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Training Hours

Monday - Saturday
9am - 5pm

Office Locations

6060 S.Aviation Ave,Ste 109
N. Charleston, SC 29406

890 Greyback Rd
Summerville, SC 29483

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