The Pan Am Podcast

Episode 15: Pan Am International Flight Academy and Stories From the Flight Deck

February 04, 2022 Pan Am Museum Foundation Season 1 Episode 15
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Episode 15: Pan Am International Flight Academy and Stories From the Flight Deck
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Show Notes

In this episode we  explore the only division of Pan Am American World Airways that survived bankruptcy liquidation and emerged as an independent company called the Pan Am International Flight Academy headquartered in Miami, Florida. 

Then we welcome back Pan Am Captains Paul LaCheppelle and John Marshall. 

Captain Lachapelle is featured in Episode 6:  Hijackings and the Dawn of Global Terrorism. 

Captain Marshall is featured in Episode 2: The First Presidential Flight and the Last Pan Am Flight. 

If you haven’t heard these episodes, we encourage you to take a listen after you finish this installment. 

Both captains will share their boyhood dreams of becoming a pilot…and other stories from the flight deck.


More about the Pan Am International Flight Academy:

  • The Pan Am Flight Academy is the leading provider of training support for regional, national, and international airlines and aviation professionals. Pan Am Flight Academy is the only surviving division of original Pan American World Airways and can trace its instruction heritage to the earliest days of airline flight training. 
  • The Academy’s story began in the early 1960s as an airline, Pan American World Airways. In 1980, the airline opened its pilot training facility in Miami, Florida and is still its base of operations today. Presently, Pan Am has more years of airline training experience than any other aviation training school in the world.
  • The Pan Am Flight Academy provides a professional training experience at the best price with a corporate commitment to meet private and commercial customer objectives.


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Pan Am was a pioneer in air travel, and still stands as one of the most iconic and innovative airlines in aviation history. That legacy lives on at the Pan Am Museum in Garden City, New York, where you can explore the rich history of the aircrafts and individuals at the heart of the company known as, The World’s Most Experienced Airline.

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           "To educate, celebrate, and inspire present, and future generations by preserving historical and diverse personal stories of Pan American World Airways."

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