CRAFT Flight Training and Simulation Under New Ownership with Dynamic New Vision


October 21, 2019

Contact: Jay Aldea, (843) 800-6498,


CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA – We are proud and excited to announce that CRAFT (Charleston Regional Accelerated Flight Training) is now under new ownership. CRAFT Flight Training and Simulation is a veteran-owned flight school located on the General Aviation ramp of Charleston International Airport (KCHS). Their commitment is to provide aviators with all levels of experience access to modern training aircraft and simulator technology. CRAFT combines traditional, foundational principles of flight training with the latest in technology, providing you with a state-of-the-art experience. CRAFT offers flight training for all, including a Discovery Flight to find out if becoming a pilot is right for you!

Co-Owners Jay and Amanda Aldea, and Barry Emerson strive to make CRAFT the place where aviation dreams become reality. Jay has strong ties to the Charleston area, having grown up in Summerville and graduating from the College of Charleston. He recently returned to the Lowcountry with his wife, Amanda, after a successful career as a Naval Officer to share his passion for flying with others. Director of Flight Operations and Lead Certified Flight Instructor (CFI), Barry Emerson, has over 2000 hours and worked as an executive for 30 years but never lost his love for flying.

Whether you plan to help fill the airline pilot shortage by flying 787s for a major airline or live the dream of cruising the skies with your family for a trip in your own plane, CRAFT Flight Training and Simulation will help you get there. CRAFT provides access to the most modern, safest, and cost-effective training aircraft in General Aviation with glass-cockpit equipped Diamond aircraft and the Redbird Full-Motion Simulator, as well as Cessna 172 steam-gauge aircraft. Combining unparalleled customer service, modern training aircraft, passionate and knowledgeable flight instructors, and cost-effective, high-quality training programs, CRAFT equips you for whatever your aviation journey will be.

CRAFT will be hosting the AOPA Rusty Pilots Seminar on Saturday, October 26 from 9 am- 12 pm at Signature Flight Services for lapsed pilots looking to get back into the left seat. Find more information visit:

Located at 6060 S. Aviation Ave, Suite 109 in North Charleston, SC, CRAFT runs regular office hours from 9 am- 5 pm for walk-in inquiries. Visit their website at for more information.