About Our Fixed-Wing Program
Our FAA Part 61 training program offers the following ratings: Private Pilot, Instrument, Commercial, Mulit-engine (add-on), CFI, CFII, MEI.
Most of our primary training is done in the Cessna 172, a reliable time-tested workhorse for any flight school. For instrument and commercial ratings, we recommend one of our all glass G1000 aircraft, either the C172 or the Diamond DA40. And our multi-engine trainer is the renowned turbo-diesel Diamond DA42, equipped with G1000 and electronic flight controls – she’s truly a delight to fly!
Our instructors follow a Jeppesen based syllabus, including a combination of ground and in-flight lessons, with periodic stage checks to ensure you are on track.
2002 Cessna 172R, N51827
2004 Cessna 172R, N28811
2002 Cessna 172R, N329ME
2014 Cessna 172S, N5520N
2006 Diamond DA40, N222AD
2005 Diamond DA-42, N42LA
2008 Cirrus SR - 22, N777AJ
Redbird TD Simulator
Our Fixed Wing CFIs
Operations FAQ's about how we run our flight training
Our fixed-wing training is Part-61 Certificated.
Our primary fixed-wing flight training is accomplished in Cessna 172’s. For instrument and Technically Advanced Aircraft time, training is done in a Diamond DA-40. For multi-engine ratings, training is done in a Diamond DA-42.
Our training follows the Jeppesen syllabus and uses Jeppesen textbooks. Other flight training study materials can be found for free at the FAA website here.
We are open 7 days a week. Flight lessons can be scheduled at any time of day.
No, you are covered by our insurance policy. More information regarding the coverage can be provided upon request.
All of our rental rates include fuel, oil, and insurance.
Student Pilot Training FAQ's for new pilots
While the FAA requires a minimum of 40 flight hours, studies show an average of 60-75 flight hours to get your Private Pilot rating.
The speed at which you get your rating depends on many factors but mainly on how often you fly. Pilots who fly several times a week usually can get their rating in a couple of months to a year.
If you have never flown in a small aircraft before and are considering becoming a pilot, we recommend booking a Discovery Flight to determine if flying is something you want to do.
Our current Discovery Flight promotion is 1 hour, all-inclusive flight in an airplane for $150.00.
We match instructors to students based on the rating sought, availability, and schedule compatibility.
We recommend working with one instructor for the duration of your training to avoid overlap of training.
Once we have your information set up in our system, you are placed with an instructor and can immediately begin training.
Ground school courses are a great way to expedite your ground training and familiarize yourself with the subjects in your flight training. However, you will still need some ground training so that your instructor can ensure that there are no gaps in your training.
No, you do not need either of these documents until your first solo flight.
Flight Training Costs FAQ's about the price of training
Because there are so many variables (weather, maintenance, unexpected life events), it is impossible to predict how much flight training will cost.
We estimate that it will cost around $15,000 to get your fixed-wing PPL.
Flight lessons usually range from 1 -1.5 hour flights. The average cost for a fixed-wing lesson is $213-$320.
For financial help with fixed-wing training, there are multitudes of flight training scholarship opportunities through organizations such as AOPA or Women in Aviation.