JACKSONVILLE, Fla., 29 April 2013. Quasar Aerospace Industries Inc. subsidiary A-Cent Aviation Inc. achieved certification of its 141 satellite location in Jacksonville, Fla.; A-Cent will be the only FAA Part 141 flight school located at Herlong Airport.
Quasar officials are confident that they are “extremely close to being able to capture significant revenues including third-party money from Veteran Affairs and accomplish additional goals Quasar set out to achieve.”
Training under Part 141 regulations is permitted only by instructors associated with an FAA-approved flight school. To become approved under Part 141, a flight school must meet certain requirements and submit each curriculum it wishes to have approved to the FAA for review.
Part 141 approved schools are subject to regular surveillance audits by the FAA and must meet minimum pass rates on the flight students' practical exams.
Designation as a Part 141 allows a flight school to apply and become approved by SEVIS/SEVP, Veteran Affairs (VA), Computer Assisted Testing Service (CATS), Comira testing, and Cessna Pilot Center (CPC). A-Cent, Colorado and Florida have already achieved designation as a Cessna Pilot Centers and Comira testing facilities and are awaiting SEVIS/SEVP approval.
The finalization of the 141 satellite location in Jacksonville, Florida will permit A-Cent to obtain its VA approval, enabling A-Cent to tap into third-party funding. The VA application for the 141 satellite location in Jacksonville, Florida is currently being processed. A-Cent Colorado currently has VA students enrolled and actively training.
Jacksonville, Florida is a prime location to conduct VA flight training. The bases in the surrounding areas will provide a large volume of students. A-Cent has a waiting list of military students prepared to being their flight training once our VA application is approved. A-Cent Jacksonville has created an Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) flight training program that is in high demand with military students. Once our VA certification is finalized, A-Cent is ready and prepared to saturate the military market offering its flight training programs and looks forward to realizing a significant increase in revenue.
Flight training is available under VA funding. To qualify, a veteran must have a private pilot's license and valid medical certification. VA will provide funding for training leading to designation as a commercial pilot, allowing the veteran to seek employment in an aviation career. Payments are issued to A-Cent on a monthly basis as training is completed. While the participation requirements are the same for all GI Bill programs, the payment amount varies depending on the GI Bill program being utilized.
Flight Training under Montgomery GI Bill or The Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP) will reimburse for 60 percent of the approved charges. Flight Training under The Post-9/11 GI Bill varies based on which type of flight training but generally pays 100 percent of the cost up to a maximum of $10,000 per academic year.
Quasar and its subsidiaries are involved in aviation and aviation-related businesses. Quasar is applying to become a SEVIS/SEVP certified flight training provider to train foreign students (http://www.ice.gov/sevis/). According to company officials, Quasar is the only certified Cessna Pilot Center (http://www.cessna.com/learn-to-fly.html) in Jacksonville, FL.
Through subsidiaries in Colorado and Florida, Quasar is an FAA Part 141 flight school (www.faa.gov), Computer Assisted Testing Service (CATS) (http://www.catstest.com), and Comira testing facility (http://www.comiratesting.com).
Quasar flight students benefit from the company’s onsite RedBird Full Motion Flight Simulator FMX1000 (http://www.redbirdflightsimulations.com).