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Charleston Regional Accelerated Flight Training

Why Train With CRAFT?

Flight training has been done the same way since the Wright brothers in 1910 – getting right into the airplane for your first lesson. Unfortunately, the airplane is a terrible classroom for learning to fly.

CRAFT (Charleston Regional Accelerated Flight Training) changes the entire experience by first coaching you in our full-motion aircraft flight simulator so that you are more confident once you are in the airplane.

CRAFT represents your pathway to your license to fly – a way to get your pilot’s license in less time and at less cost. Integrating our flight simulator with your time in the airplane will save you both time and money!

Our Simulator

The Redbird FMX is a full motion, feature-rich, FAA-approved Advanced Aviation Training Device with multiple airplane configurations.

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 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 Cirrus, Cessna, and Piper products.  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.

On your very first flight, you will be taking off on your own, a task that normally takes several hours in the airplane. Orville and Wilbur would have been proud!

CRAFT planes
CRAFT CHS - Gray Triangle Bottom

Runways and Radios

Runways and Radios One of the biggest fears that new pilots have is talking on the radio.  I did the vast majority of my flight training at Mt. Pleasant Airport- LRO now but previously 8S5, or East Cooper Airport, a small aerodrome with an FBO and single CTAF, so I...

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Flying To Nowhere Redux part 3

Flying To Nowhere Redux Part 3 My final leg on this slightly windy winter day was a turn north to Hampton-Varnville (3J0), and I decided to forego the bumps and climb above the scattered clouds where the air was smooth. This trip would be just under 23 miles so I...

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CRAFT Hall of Fame

CRAFT Hall of Fame We are very proud of our students and their aviation accomplishments, which is why we are constantly updating our Hall of Fame on our CRAFT website. If you have soloed or obtained a rating here at CRAFT, you can find your name and the date of your...

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Training Hours

Monday - Saturday
9am - 5pm

Office Location

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

Contact CRAFT

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