Advanced Training

Flight Training in SkyhawkIn addition to Private Pilot training, we offer a variety of advanced courses designed to meet your individual flying goals. Whether your goal is to fly in Instrument Meteorological Conditions (IMC), to become a professional commercial pilot, to perform advanced maneuvers, or to give back to the aviation community by teaching others to fly, we specialize in making your dreams a reality. Our Instrument rating, Commercial, Aerobatic, and Certified Flight Instructor training programs efficiently allow you to achieve your individual aviation objectives.

Want to fly complex aircraft? We have the training program to teach you everything you need to know to operate advanced aircraft.

Been awhile since you’ve flown? We’ll get you back in the air and flying with confidence. Our instrument proficiency, flight review, and advanced night flying courses will get you safely off the ground in no time.

Instrument Rating

Do clouds have you grounded? Our Certified Instrument Instructors will help you achieve your Instrument Rating which allows pilots to fly under Instrument Flight Rules (IFR). You’ll be certified to fly in a variety of weather situations, further enhancing your safety and enabling you fly to the places you want to fly to, when you want to. Also, achieving this rating is one of the crucial steps in becoming a professional aviator.

Our experienced flight instructors will provide a wide range of instrument training situations to help prepare you for almost any condition you will encounter. Below is a list of the comprehensive training you will receive.

Training Includes:

  • Preflight Considerations and Weather
  • Attitude Instrument Flying
  • Unusual Flight Attitudes
  • Magnetic Compass Interpretation
  • Timed Turnes and Compass Turns
  • Instrument Procedures
  • VOR Approaches
  • ILS Approaches
  • Holding Patterns
  • Missed Approaches
  • Partial Panel Flying
  • Aviation Physiology Particular to IFR Flight

Minimum Pilot Requirements for the Instrument Rating:

  • Hold at least a Private Pilot Certificate
  • Holde a current FAA Medical Certificate
  • Logged at least 50 hours of cross-country flight time as PIC
  • Perform at least one cross-country flight under IFR, at least 250 NM along airways or ATC-directed routing including 3 different instrument approaches
  • Log at least 40 hours of actual or simulated instrument time, a minimum of 15 with a CFII
  • Receive and log the required training in specified areas of operation
  • Complete the written and practical tests

Commercial Certificate

Are you ready to be able to make money flying instead of paying for flight time? The Commercial pilot certificate allows you to become a professional aviator. Our instructors not only sharpen your flight skills to commercial standards, but also teach you about being a professional pilot. You’ll train on advanced aircraft to fully prepare you for your career as a professional pilot.

Training Includes:

  • Commercial Pilot Privileges and Limitations
  • Weather Information
  • Operation of Complex Aircraft Systems
  • Aeromedical Factors
  • Advanced Cross Country Planning
  • Power-Off 180 Degrees Accuracy Approach and Landing
  • Steep Turns
  • Steep Spiral
  • Chandelles
  • Lazy Eights
  • Eights on Pylons
  • Aircraft Simulated Emergencies
  • Accelerated Stalls

Minimum Pilot Requirements for Commercial Pilot Certificate:

  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Hold at least a private pilot license
  • Log at least 250 hours of flight time
  • Log 100 hours in powered aircraft, 50 must be in airplanes
  • Have 100 hours of PIC time, 50 in airplanes and 50 in cross country flight
  • 10 hours of instrument training
  • 10 hours in a complex aircraft
  • Two separate cross-country flights of at least 2 hours apiece in a single engine airplane, one in day VFR and the other in night VFR conditions consisting of a straight line distance of 100 miles
  • 10 hours of solo flight, including one cross-country not less than 300 miles total distance
  • 5 hours solo flight in night VFR with 10 takeoffs and landings at an airport with a control tower
  • Complete written and practical tests

 

Certified Flight Instructor

CFI Flight TrainingWant to share your passion for aviation with others by teaching them how to fly? Our Certified Flight Instructor program will give you the deep knowledge and understanding of aviation necessary to be a successful, safe instructor. Being a flight instructor is an excellent way to increase your knowledge of aviation, build valuable flight hours, and boost your professional resume. Our instructors’ variety of experience and individual attention will help you become a well-rounded instructor.

Training Includes:

  • Fundamentals of Instructing
  • Principals of Flight
  • High Altitude Operations
  • Federal Aviation Regulations and Publications
  • Logbook Entries and Certificate Endorsements
  • Operation of Aircraft Systems
  • Performance and Limitations
  • Demonstrating Commercial Aircraft Maneuvers
  • Simulated Emergency Operations

Minimum Experience for Certified Flight Instructor Certificate:

  • 18 years of age
  • Hold a commercial pilot certificate with an instrument rating
  • Passed appropriate pilot knowledge tests
  • Received aircraft spin/upset training
  • Complete practical test

Other Advanced Instruction

Complex Aircraft Endorsement

Whether you have a Private Pilot’s license and want to fly more complex aircraft or would like to work towards your Commercial Pilot certificate, our short and thorough Complex Aircraft Endorsement course gives you the knowledge and essential skills to operate a complex aircraft. A complex aircraft is defined as an aircraft with retractable landing gear, a constant speed propeller, and flaps (or if the aircraft is driven by a turbine engine). Your complex aircraft training is completed in our well-equipped PA-28R-200 Piper Arrow. This is widely known as one of the best training aircraft for a complex aircraft endorsement.

Training Includes:

  • Constant Speed Propeller Characteristics and Operation
  • Retractable Landing Gear Operation
  • Emergency Landing Gear Extension
  • Flap Characteristics and Operation
  • Abnormal Flap Procedures
  • Complex Aircraft Differences

Instrument Proficiency Course

Have you fallen out of instrument currency? Our Certified Flight Instrument Instructors are here to help you regain your currency so you can fly in Instrument Meteorological Conditions again as PIC. This short refresher ground and flight course will make sure you are a confident, proficient instrument pilot. At the conclusion of this course, you will receive an endorsement from one of our instructors to operate under Instrument Flight Rules.

Flight Review

Has it been over 2 years since you had a flight review or flight review qualifying activity? We can help you regain your proficiency and get you flying again. A flight review consists of a minimum of one hour of ground and one hour of flight. Our instructors take a personal approach in tailoring your flight review to the type of flying you are interested in doing. By concentrating on the areas in which you feel you need the most help, you come away from the flight review with renewed confidence in your abilities. At the conclusion of your flight review, you will receive an endorsement from one of our instructors certifying you accomplished your Flight Review. For more information on getting back in the pilot’s seat check out the AOPA Rusty Pilot site.

Advanced Night Flying Course

The majority of flight training done by any flight school is accomplished during the day. A large percentage of maneuvers require visual reference to the ground, leaving many pilots with the meager minimum FAA required hours of night flying for each certificate or rating. To correct this deficiency, we have created an Advanced Night Flying Course. In this course, you gain detailed knowledge of the physical and psychological aspects of night flying. Our experienced instructors help you gain confidence in night flying. No matter what time of day it is, you will still be a proficient, safe pilot.