OSM Aviation Academy

Hercules Program

The Hércules Program will take you from little or no flying experience to having an FAA ATP Frozen and an FAA A320 Type Rating.

Course information

Start dates

28 June 2021

The application for the Hercules Program is now closed. We will update the course page when we have a new start date.

Course description


The Hércules Program is a comprehensive integrated flight training program with theory- and flight lessons, giving you an exciting balance between academic studies and hands-on flying experience.

Flight training

In the first stages of flight training, you will be conducting all of your flights in Visual Meteorological Conditions (VMC), flying by the use of outside reference and a map. In the early stages, the main focus will be on mastering the four fundamentals of flying (climbs, descents, turns, and flying straight-and-level). As you progress you will start learning how to land the aircraft and become proficient enough to do your first solo flight.

The following stages will further increase your skills in navigation and more complex maneuvers. You begin to fly further away from your home base and become increasingly confident in handling the aircraft.

In the second semester of your training, you will start practicing what is known as instrument flying. This means that you will fly in and above the clouds, or with a view-limiting device that only allows you to see the inside of your cockpit. The goal of this stage is to enable you to fly the same way airliners operate, following "roads in the skies", pre-defined routes used for flying under Instrument Flight Rules (IFR).

Thereafter you will upgrade to a twin-engine complex aircraft. As soon as you master the basics in this aircraft much of the training focuses on handling different abnormal procedures and emergencies. You will be trained in flying with only one of the two engines operating and become even more proficient with problem-solving in demanding situations.

At the very end of your initial training, it is time for your Airbus A320 Type Rating. In this stage, you will work side-by-side with one of your classmates. Working as a team and solving complex training scenarios is one of the favorite parts of the training for many students.

Academic studies

At OSM Aviation Academy in Florida, we utilize the Cessna online-based Training courses which cover all ground portions per our academic FAA-approved syllabus. Once completed, OSM Aviation Academy and Cessna will provide you with a certificate of completion which serves as an endorsement so you will be able to complete the required knowledge exam for the course you are taking.

The subjects you will study during your training program are divided into five phases:

Phase 1- Private Pilot Course

  • Principles of Flight
  • Aerodynamics
  • Weight & Balance
  • Charts & Airspace
  • Navigation & Planning
  • FAR Regulations
  • Meteorology
  • ATC Communications
  • Aircraft Systems

Phase 2- Instrument Rating Course

  • Holding
  • Instrument Approaches
  • Departure Procedures
  • Instrument Flight Planning

Phase 3- Commercial Single Course

  • Advanced Aerodynamics
  • Commercial Regulations
  • Advanced Weight & Balance
  • Advanced Meteorology
  • Commercial Navigation

Phase 4- Multi-Engine add-on Course

  • Multi-Engine Aerodynamics
  • Multi-Engine Operations
  • Multi-Engine Systems

Phase 5- ATP-CPT Course & A-320/ B-737 Type Rating

ATP-CTP - Airline Transport Pilot Certification Training Course

  • 4 Days of Ground School training
  • 3 days/10 hours of Simulator Training
  • 6 Day Total Program on-site (with Knowledge Test)

A320/B737 FAA Initial Type rating course

  • 40 Hours of Home Based Training CBT
  • 16 Hours of Ground School
  • Includes 20 Hours of Systems Integration Training
  • 34 Hours of Full Flight Simulator*

*Includes Check Ride and Training Material


Pre-entry requirements

Before you can apply

  1. 18 years of age
  2. Completed High School / GED
  3. Passing grades in:
    1. English
  4. Pass a Pilot Aptitude Test (read more)

Before course start

To exercise the privileges of a pilot, you need an FAA Medical Certificate. You can read more about the examination and how you book one in our FAQ.

Before you start the Hércules Program all students must pass an English admission exam.

Pricing and payment

Description Amount
Application fee 9 950 USD
First semester 15 000 USD
Second semester 15 000 USD
Third semester 15 000 USD
Fourth semester 15 000 USD