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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, PA-34 analog multi-engine,  and the brand new DA42 G1000 multi-engine configuration.

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 Single, Commercial Multi, Certified Flight Instructor (CFI), CFI-Instrument (CFI-I), Multi-Engine Rating, Multi-Engine Instructor (MEI), and Airline Transport Pilot (ATP). We offer Accelerated courses for those that are short on time, as well as aircraft rentals. Check out our Accelerated IFR, Accelerated CFI, Accelerated Commercial, and Multi-Engine 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 6 Diamonds available, we have more aircraft built in this century than any other flight school in the Charleston area. We also have the only Jet-A burning aircraft in flight training in Charleston with the Diamond DA40 NG and the Diamond DA42-VI Twin engine. All of our Diamonds are equipped with either Garmin G1000 or G500, so you can learn with leading edge, glass cockpit avionics.

$500 off Multi-Engine Courses – Book by July 31th

  $500 discount on all Multi-Engine courses if you book before July 31th!  Find out more about our Multi-Engine courses here. All of our multi-engine training is conducted in the state-of-the-art, G1000-equipped Diamond DA42-VI and our Redbird Full-Motion...

Now offering Multi-Engine training in our new Diamond DA42

We are thrilled to announce that N42MV, a 2015 Diamond DA42-VI has arrived at CRAFT Flight Training & Simulation in Charleston. We are now offering courses for the Multi-Engine (ME), Multi-Engine Instructor (MEI), Commercial Multi Initial and Air Transport Pilot...

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CRAFT Satellite Office at Summerville Airport (KDYB) is Open!

   CRAFT Satellite Office at Summerville is Now Open! CRAFT is thrilled to announce the opening of our new satellite office at Summerville Airport (KDYB) on May 2, 2020. Aircraft available for flight training and rental at this location are: Cessna 172, Cessna 150,...

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Another DA40 for the CRAFT Fleet – 2017 Diamond DA40 NG

We are excited to welcome the newest member of the CRAFT fleet, a 2017 DIAMOND DA40 NG, N913DA. This extremely low time Jet-A burning, DA40 NG has air conditioning and rents for $220/hour wet with block time and military rates available! N913DA is equipped with the...

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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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