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Louisiana's Premier


Aviation Academy of Louisiana


We provide a comprehensive aviation experience, offering flight training, aircraft sales and service, and maintenance to help you achieve your aviation goals and keep your aircraft in top condition.

Helicopter or Airplane

Full service, white glove experience

Helicopter or Airplane

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We have 3 locations in South Louisiana

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Interested in flying but don't know where to start?

Book a
Discovery Flight

A 30-minute intro flight in a helicopter or airplane with one of our expert instructors.

About Us

Meet Craig Simon: A Dedicated Expert in Aviation Instruction

Allow us to introduce our founder, Craig Simon, a highly dedicated professional in the field of aviation instruction and piloting. With a genuine passion for flight spanning nearly two decades, he holds the titles of Certified Helicopter Flight Instructor and Certified Helicopter Instrument Instructor since 2006, earning recognition for his contributions to the aviation industry.

Craig is a proud member of NAFI, the National Association of Flight Instructors, and has been recognized by the FAA with the Gold Seal Flight Instructor rating.  Holding an ATP rating in helicopters, he has accumulated over 7,000 flight hours, exemplifying a strong commitment to safety and professionalism across a wide range of aircraft, from single and twin-engine helicopters to single and multi-engine fixed-wing aircraft.

But Craig's journey extends beyond helicopters; he also maintains a Certified Flight Instructor and Certified Instrument Fixed Wing Instructor ratings and Commercial Single and Multi-Engine Fixed Wing ratings. His career has taken him from the challenging conditions of the Gulf of Mexico to the breathtaking landscapes of Hawaii, providing him with a broad spectrum of experience in Flight Training, Super VIP transportation, Single and Dual pilot IFR (Instrument Flight Rules), Aerial Photography, NVG (Night Vision Goggles) operations, and EMS flight experience.

Craig Simon is not just a dual-rated pilot; he's a seasoned aviator who's dedicated to helping others reach their aviation goals and who has a deep-rooted passion for ensuring safety and excellence in every flight.

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I plan on using  for my professional pilot license and ratings. I had an amazing introductory flight.  Craig was extremely focused on my expectations and we worked out a plan financially and time schedule. All equipment is strictly checked and maintained for safety.  You can fly a few hours every month or all at once. They cater to you.  Very laid back and confident. Professional, accurate and knowledgeable!

- Orry E.

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Aviation Academy of Louisiana is located at 705 Hangar Drive, New Iberia, Louisiana 70560. From Lafayette or Broussard, take Exit 122 on Highway 90. Turn Left on LA 88 towards the East. Google Maps will take you to 705 Hangar Drive.

Our Abbeville location is located at 262 Jimmy C. Vorhoff Dr., Abbeville, LA 70510 at the Vector Aviation building.  The airport is located conveniently off of Hwy 14.

We are open 8 am to 5 pm Monday through Friday, and Saturday and Sunday by appointment.

For additional questions you can call us at (337) 591-5680 or find us on Yelp and Google Maps.

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