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 Redbird technology and a modern fleet of aircraft, providing you with a state of the art experience. 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 manages a fleet of well-maintained aircraft, including modern Diamond and classic Cessna aircraft. We have more aircraft built in this century than any other flight school in South Carolina. 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 Diamond DA40’s and DA42 are equipped with Garmin G1000, so you can learn with leading edge, glass cockpit avionics. Or if you prefer standard steam-gauge, our Diamond DA20’s are an affordable modern private pilot trainer.
Our Flight Training
We offer a wide-range of flight training:
- Discovery Flight
- Private Pilot (Part 61 and Part 141)
- Ground School
- Instrument Rating (IFR) (Part 61 and Part 141)
- Commercial Single
- Commercial Multi
- Certified Flight Instructor (CFI)
- CFI-Instrument (CFI-I)
- Multi-Engine Rating
- Multi-Engine Instructor (MEI)
- Airline Transport Pilot (ATP)
We offer Accelerated courses for those that are short on time, as well as aircraft rentals.
Our Flight 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.
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Flight School Reviews
Oh and also, their fleet of aircraft spans the whole range. Cessna aircraft for the budget minded student, Diamond DA-20 aircraft if you want something a little more modern, and all the way up to Diamond DA-40 if you want the latest Garmin G1000 flight deck with all the bells and whistles (my absolute favorite!).
I'm planning to come back one I've racked up enough hours to get my IFR certificate with these guys too and love the idea of being to utilize the flight simulator for a lot of those hours without having to go through the "trouble" of getting in the air and flying around in patterns just to shoot approaches... hit reset on the sim and fly them over and over again! Can't wait.read more
Barry was a great instructor for both jobs. This a very good local Charleston business. They have great equipment and are great instructors.
I recommend them for beginners or for people going for more ratings.read more
You will be tired and stressed at the end of the week. I studied the Oral exam guide basically anytime I wasnt flying. The oral portion of the check ride was very straight forward. I was well prepared for the flying portion and passed the check ride.
Over the week I was so able to log about 4.5 hours of actual instrument time.
The experience with CRAFT and Barry was awesome and I would definitely recommend them.
if you care, I am a 300+ hour pilot with about 30 hours in the Mooney. However I quit flying from 2004 until November of 2018.read more