Learn to Fly

If you have always dreamed of taking the first step in flying, let us help start you on your path! For over twenty years we have taken students from their first flight to piloting their own aircraft. Our instructors will see you all the way to your exciting first solo flight and then on to your private pilot’s license!

Introductory Flights

Knowing where to start is one of the toughest aspects of learning to fly. At Above and Beyond Aviation, we offer the perfect solution to this problem by offering a hands-on, scenic Introductory Flight. For 30-40 minutes, one of our experienced instructors will accompany you for a breathtaking flight around the downtown Austin area. Imagine seeing prominent landmarks such as the Lady Bird Johnson Lake, the University of Texas campus, and the Texas State Capitol.

One of the most exciting aspects of an Introductory Flight is YOU will be at the controls, flying one of our well maintained training aircraft for most of the flight under an instructor’s supervision. Introductory Flights are perfect for the aviation enthusiast trying to decide if flying is a true passion, as a gift for any occasion, or as satisfying a long-standing curiosity. So what are you waiting for? Book your $149 Introductory Flight today!

You might find flying is your new career, hobby, or adventure.

Flight Training

If your introductory flight piques your interest to continue pilot training, we will answer any questions you may have and tailor a training program to your individual needs. With several training aircraft and experienced instructors, we offer a unique, efficient, and personalized approach to flight training. Safety is always the number one emphasis of our flight school and it shows with our excellent safety record. Below are some of the Frequently Asked Questions about flight training.

Frequently Asked Questions


Is it hard to learn how to fly?

Flying a plane is surprisingly simple. It’s like driving a car that can climb, descend, and bank — even roll, if you receive aerobatic instruction.

What is a Private Pilot's License and what does it allow me to do?

A Private Pilot’s License is one the first licenses a new pilot can obtain. It allows the pilot to fly a small aircraft without an instructor’s supervision and with passengers in visual flight conditions. The pilot may not fly passengers or cargo for hire with this particular license.

What are the minimum requirements for getting my Private Pilot’s License?

You must be:

  • At least 17 years of age
  • Be able to read, speak and understand English
  • Able to pass a FAA 3rd class physical
  • Able to accumulate the necessary flight experience and pass an oral, written and practical exams

How long will it take to get my Private Pilot’s License?

The time it takes to get your Private Pilot’s License depends on how quickly you master the necessary knowledge and skills. Like anything else, the more often you practice (fly), the quicker you’ll progress.

How many lessons should I take each week or month?

The amount of lessons you take each week or month depends on your budget and schedule. Most students find that taking 2-3 flight lessons per week fits the Private Pilot’s License training into one semester.

How long is the average flight lesson?

A flight lesson usually lasts about 2.5 hours, with 1.5 to 2 hours being actual flight time. The rest of the time is spent one-on-one with your personal instructor discussing the flight lesson before and a critique at the end of the lesson with subjects to study for the next flight lesson.

What will I learn?

You will obtain the knowledge, skill and aeronautical experience necessary to meet the requirements for a private pilot certificate with an airplane category rating and a single-engine land class rating. See the basic course summary below for more details.

What will I be expected to know to obtain my Private Pilot’s License?

You must demonstrate through knowledge tests, flight tests, and show through appropriate records that you meet the knowledge, skill, and experience requirements necessary to obtain a private pilot certificate with an airplane category rating and a single-engine land class rating. Our experienced instructors will ensure you are fully prepared before taking your Private Pilot Checkride with a Designated Pilot Examiner.

How can I fly alone (or “solo”)?

Solo flight is one of the first major accomplishments towards getting your Private Pilot License. Before you can fly solo, you must hold a student pilot certificate and at least a current 3rd class medical certificate. You also must be at least 16 years of age in order to obtain a student pilot certificate and be able to read, speak, write, and understand the English language. Solo flight operations require specific training, successful completion of a pre-solo written exam, and an instructor’s endorsement in your logbook.

How much does a Private license cost?

Most of our students earn their private certificate after spending $12,000 – $18,000. The cost can vary depending on the frequency of lessons and study habits. This includes:

  • 40 hours of flight time in a Cessna 172
  • 20 hours of instructor time
  • Books and supplies
  • Third Class Medical flight physical
  • FAA Written Private Pilot Knowledge Test
  • FAA Practical Private Pilot Checkride

How can I reduce the cost of flying?

  • Follow your instructor’s guidance on studying the appropriate lesson material before your lesson
  • Purchase a flight simulator program and basic yoke controller to help practice your lesson, rudder pedals are not necessary
  • After your initial lessons, arrive early to your lesson to preflight your assigned aircraft for the day. This saves valuable instructor time and money.
  • After a lesson, pay attention to your instructor’s feedback and evaluation of the day’s lesson, take notes to study and practice for your next lesson
  • Join AOPA, the Aircraft Owners and Pilot Association, go to AOPA.org for more information and to signup. As a member, you will have access to a wide range of helpful information and member benefits


About the Basic Course Summary

Each lesson is fully described within the syllabus, including the objectives, standards, and measurable units of accomplishment and learning. The stage objectives and standards are described at the beginning of each stage with the syllabus.

Basic Course Summary

  • Obtaining and interpreting a weather briefing
  • Preflighting and postflighting the aircraft
  • Airport operations, taxi, and radio procedures
  • Takeoff, and the four basics of flight – straight and level, climbs, descents, and turns
  • Slow flight and turns
  • Approach stalls and departure stalls
  • Steep turns – 45 degree bank
  • Ground Reference Maneuvers
  • Following a road, turns about a point, s-turns over a road and rectangular patterns
  • Pattern entries and go-arounds
  • Instrument flying and Unusual attitudes
  • Landings
  • Emergency procedures
  • Cross country planning and flying
  • Solo landings
  • Solo Cross country flight
  • Diversions
  • Night Flying
  • Advanced landings and takeoffs – Short field and Soft field
  • Checkride review

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