By Aleta Vinas, ANN Correspondent
Pan Am International
Flight Academy's airline namesake may have gone belly up several
years ago but the flight training continues. With around a dozen
training centers from Florida, Miami, Orlando and Vero Beach to as
far west as Phoenix (AZ), if your career is in the sky, PAIFA has a
Marilyn Ladner, recently promoted last June, to Senior Vice
President Career Pilot Development, has 25 years of experience in
aviation training and administration. The promotion came as
somewhat of a surprise, Ladner told ANN, "I was just told I was
promoted." Shortly thereafter double trouble hit with
hurricanes Frances and Jeanne causing extensive damage and the
moving of some airplanes and students to the Phoenix facility.
Repairs continue, but Ladner has weathered the storm.
In regards to recent
hiring by the airlines, Ladner had this to say, "We are
definitely seeing an increased rate of hiring, which is a good
sign. It signals that the industry is continuing to
strengthen." Ladner adds, "After three years of unpredictable
demand, this is quite a relief."
PAIFA offers ab initio pilot training. Once this core training
is completed, a student can choose the traditional flight
instructor path or the airline path.
The airline path involves Air Crew Education (ACE) training.
According to Ladner, these senior courses were developed "in
concert with the airline you plan to go to." Several airlines
that recruit from PAIFA visit the campus frequently to talk to the
To be sure the airlines needs are met by the PAIFA graduates,
the Airline Advisory Committee was formed in 1999. The committee is
made up of representatives from Southwest, American Eagle, Delta
Connection/Comair and Mesa Airlines, to name a few. Working this
close with the hiring airlines allows the students "to be ready for
the airlines," says Ladner.
PAIFA also trains flight engineers and flight attendants for
some airlines who contract out to PAIFA rather than train in-house.
Air traffic controller training is also being done for non-US civil
authorities. PAIFA trains controllers for around 75 countries.
If you're at the Women in Aviation Conference stop by the
PAIFA booth #619.