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The only Part 141 flight school in East Tennessee

We are very proud to serve the FAA as a Part 141 training organization. This unique privilege to operate Part 141 training means we can offer our students more options to accelerate their mission and help them achieve their dreams. Many Part 141 students accelerate to the airlines in the shortest possible timeframe and it is our job to ensure you get there quickly. We have designed unique programs that help you reach this milestone and be prepared to expand on your journey. 

Part 141

For Private Pilots
–  35 hours minimum flight time
–  Structured training curriculum
–  Stage and Phase checks
–  Recognized by the airlines

For Commercial Pilots
–  190 hours minimum flight time
–  Faster completion time

Part 61

For Private Pilots
–  40 hours minimum flight time
–  Flexible training curriculum
–  Stage checks are not mandatory
–  Great for people with busy lives and careers

For Commercial Pilots
–  250 hours minimum flight time
–  Flexible training curriculum

Our approach

AVZ Flight Academy is a FAA Part 141 and Part 61 certificated flight school which allows us to be more than just a training facility. With seasoned, real-world experience and countless hours of real flying within our team, the AVZ team includes veteran aviators and instructors covering commercial, private, corporate, air traffic control, military and test pilot experience. Beyond our instructors though is our aviation family. Each student and faculty is part of an intimate group with a vast network of resources that really does help us stand apart from other schools. Our mission is driven by our passion for aviation and we expect nothing more than to help our students achieve their aviation goals. Our support goes deeper than just earning a certificate. We want to help you become a safe, proficient, proud pilot that will carry the torch for aviation in to the future and beyond our school.

Meet our team

Adrian Van Zyl

Chief Executive Officer

Alex Smuk

Director of Operations

Tony Pape

Chief Flight Instructor

Jeff Coffey

Flight Instructor

Ken Cable

Office Assistant

Great flight school, instructors, and prices. Aircraft are well maintained and instructors are very professional. Highly recommend flight training done here.


I just completed my private pilots license with AVZ Aviation. They are absolutely the very best and go the extra mile to get you certified ! If you want to fly this is the group I highly recommend!

Blake Chrisman

I have so much appreciation for AVZ and how they have helped me become the best pilot I can be. When I started training at age 47, I was uncertain if my age was going to be an obstacle. The support given to me by the school was impeccable and I continue to train with AVZ because I know they care about my success. I have made many lasting friendships here and am proud to be a student and colleague of this awesome school.

Eddie Frederick

Eddie Frederick

Maryville, TN
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