flyGateway’s Founder, Regis de Ramel, has a mission to complete the aviation legacy his family started during World War I. His great-grand-uncle, Norman Prince (and later his great-grand father) learned to fly at the Wright brothers’ school in Georgia and soloed in 1911. Norman soon went on to form an all-American volunteer squadron for France called the Lafayette Escadrille. This elite group of aviators are credited to be “the founding fathers of American combat aviation.” These men flew missions flying directly into combat to protect France. This unit is credited as having instigated hundreds more to volunteer for France, and most importantly, their experience as early combat aviators directly aided new squadron mates with aerial combat, in the newly formed U.S. Army Air Service (f. January 1, 1918).
Today, de Ramel believes that service and availability of affordable education are vital to the aviation industry.
“If you can help yourself by helping others, that’s always a good thing. However education should never be tied profit. That means we needed to start a not-for-profit school that would help deliver the best commercial pilot program for the Philadelphia metropolitan market.”
de Ramel started working as the mid-Atlantic Regional Sales Director for Cirrus Aircraft in 2003. This spurred the thought that private aviation could be more affordable, and not simply just a hobby. “Flying over the top of stratus clouds in a Cirrus, enjoying the sunshine over white wispy clouds while everyone below was stuck in the overcast gloom, made me realize how pleasant traveling by air could be – so why not make this more available to more?” In order to accomplish that vision, flyADVANCED needed a training academy to help fill the growing gap of pilots.
Putting thought into action, de Ramel helped acquire Gateway Aviation out of Queen City Airport in Allentown, PA in early 2018, and converted it to a Not-for-Profit entity. flyGATEWAY soon then launched two more locations in New Castle, DE and Blue Bell, PA, forming what has now become the largest regional Part 141 flight academy in our area.
Now we can not only spark an interest outside of a traditional (and expensive) 4 year college degree, but we can take students to the next level and allow them to get well paying jobs with the airlines and corporate aviation.
flyGATEWAY is about furthering the legacy his family started by making a calling in aviation possible for all people, purely through service.
Flight schools come in two types, Part 61 and Part 141. Our locations are all Part 141 approved schools. Part 141 regulations mean that the Federal Aviation Administration regularly audits pass-rates and reviews curriculum to ensure compliance with federal regulations and induce a higher level of safety. We must have detailed, FAA-approved course outlines, and meet a high standard of student pilot performance rates. This ensures the highest level of student training possible! Part 141 schools often get students through the program with less flight hour requirements than Part 61 training, meaning lower costs for flight training and less time spent earning certifications.
Even if you are getting your license(s) solely to fulfill personal goals, you will get through quickly and cost-effectively! Any Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) or flight school can train pilots under Part 61, unlike Part 141 approved programs since they do not have to undergo the same auditing and review process of pass rates and curriculum. Since all three of our locations are Part 141 approved by the FAA, our Part 61 students will follow the same syllabus as our part 141 students. We suggest that career-minded students enroll in our Part 141 program, and our students flying for fun enroll in our Part 61 program (following the Part 141 syllabus.) This means that you will surpass goals quickly regardless of the program you choose!
Prior to your first flight lesson (not including a discovery flight), you will need to bring in your U.S. Passport in order to prove that you meet TSA citizenship requirements. IF YOU DON’T HAVE A VALID, UNEXPIRED PASSPORT…you may provide proof of citizenship with any of the following:
- Original or government-issued birth certificate of the U.S., American Samoa, or Swains Island AND a government-issued picture ID
- Original certificate of birth abroad with raised seal (Form FS-545 or DS-1350) AND a government-issued picture ID
- Original certificate of U.S. citizenship with raised seal (Form N-560 or N-561) or a Certificate of Repatriation (Form N-581) AND government-issued picture ID
- Original U.S. Naturalization Certificate with raised seal (Form N-550 or N-570) AND a government-issued picture ID
After your discovery flight, you will need to obtain a 3rd Class Medical and a Student Pilot Certificate to begin training. You will obtain a 3rd Class Medical by setting up an exam with an FAA-designated Aviation Medical Examiner (AME.) You can find one near you on the FAA website. You will complete your Student Pilot Certificate by creating an account and filling in your information on the IACRA website.
Below are the links to complete both processes: