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!
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.
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!
In January of 2016, I had decided to take a VFR flight without any real destination in mind and just fly for the sheer pleasure of flight. I had flown north then west, visiting several airports I had never flown to before, and as a bonus, learning a little local...read more
June 2017 marked the five year anniversary for CRAFT and we celebrated it in style with a family picnic. Flight instructors, airplane owners, and others who were with us from the beginning all gathered together at Palmetto Islands County Park in Mt. Pleasant and...read more
CRAFT has probably one of the more unique fuel reimbursement programs in the country. All airplanes are rented here "wet", which means the fuel price is included in the rental price. That's easy to handle when the airplane is used for an hour or so flight lesson, and...read more