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Simtech Aviation

Kids and Teens In Aviation

Allowing kids of any age to explore aviation from the safety of a flight simulator in NYC.

Age Requirments for Pilot Certificates

Does your kid take ADHD medication?

Please read this article. ADHD medication as a kid could impact the ability to obtain an FAA medical in the future. Keep in mind, that we are not medical professionals, but do see many adults trying to overcome the hurdle of ADHD during an FAA Medical.

Adult Flight Lessons vs Kids Flight Lessons

The only difference between adult flight lessons and kids flight lessons in our flight simulator, is we tailor the lessons to the individual attention span and interest level.

For kids between 9 and 11, we recommend booking a 1-hour lesson. The main reason is their attention span.

For Kids over the age of 12, we recommend booking a 2-hour lesson.

Absolutely amazing setup, very timely email communications, I can't wait to go back! It is so special to have talented flight instructors right in Manhattan where it's tough to find that great place to learn. I used a coupon received from a family event and knew I needed to get my hours in as soon as I could!

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Zac W.
Jan 26, 2022

Our 8 year old son has been obsessed with aviation for nearly 2 years now. It started with some exciting international travel in 2019 which lead to non-stop drawings of planes along with incessant book reading and online videos, many visits to Intrepid and also LI Air & Space and a rapidly building collection of various scale models.

All of this eventually lead to explorations with app-based "flight simulators" which piqued his interest even further, but ultimately seemed a bit complicated to manage without some real instruction (YouTube tutorials were only somewhat helpful and us parents know nothing about flying!). For his 8th birthday, we were looking for a way to level-up his aviation interest and thought about a professional-grade flight simulator lesson, but honestly did not think we would find an instructor willing to work with such a young kid.


We also figured it might be too complicated for his age, so we pursued it thinking at least it could be a fun birthday experience. We found Simtech online and booked a 1 hour lesson online with Julian who was in touch with me immediately regarding lesson details and maintained clear dialogue in the days leading up the lesson.

When we arrived at Simtech, we were impressed with the high-tech, well-organized space ...and the lesson was even more impressive. Julian was incredibly kind and patient with our young child and provided excellent, inspiring instruction. We were blown-away that our son actually gained a reasonable chunk of technical knowledge in just 1 hour ...and he was immediately asking for another lesson!

We booked another 1 hour lesson recently and our son amazingly recalled much of what was taught in the 1st lesson which (in my estimation) was largely due to Julian's teaching style...and we are now ready to book a "student lesson bundle". So, what started as a casual birthday gift is now a more serious skill-building pursuit thanks to the stellar instruction by Julian. I would highly recommend to anyone who thinks their young child might be interested in learning how to fly.

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Madhu S.
December 21, 2021

In 2019 I realized my son was struggling with math. I would observe him at home and realized every spare moment he had he would watch airplane simulation videos. He then set up his simulation on the living room tv and spent many hours immersed in flight simulation. 

One day I sat down and began watching him and it was at this time I realized he really has a passion for flying. The next day I began searching for programs that could help him fuel his passion and immediately came across Simtech Aviation.

I sent an email and within the hour I received a reply. After speaking with Julian who thoroughly explained the program he told me my son could come in for a 1 hour session and if we did not like it he would refund our money.

 I surprised my son with his 1st session and I knew he would love it. My sons first instructor was Peter who was so patient! 

He gave him the textbooks that he would need along with his pilot log and cap. Ever since I tapped into my sons passion for flying and enrolled him into this program his math grades turned around tremendously. 

He became more focused and serious in his math class just as he is during simulation and graduated 1 week ago from the 8th grade with First Honors and a silver medal in math. He SURPRISED us all.

 I would strongly recommend Simtech Aviation. 

The program is flexible and accommodating. They work with you to make it affordable and enjoyable for the kids. The instructors are VERY pleasant. I also want to commend this program for keeping in touch with my son during this COVID quarantine and even when he is out of state on vacation. 

They continue to keep him engaged through live instructor lead simulation videos even when he is not in their presence. 

Julian also provides homework assignments that he completes at home. He can reach out anytime he has questions and Julian is available. 

I can not emphasize how thoroughly pleased I am with Simtech Aviation and strongly recommend this program. 

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Ingrid S., RN Mom of Caiden S.

The flight simulator was the real deal. Everybody is super professional and friendly. My 9 years old son had an amazing first flight lesson - the instructor was just perfect.

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Sedric S.
July 24, 2018

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