Complex / High Performance Endorsement
Required prior to acting as pilot of an aircraft with retractable landing gear and a constant-speed propeller and or over 200hp engine. A requirement for commercial pilots. This is also be needed by private pilots who may be purchasing a retractable gear aircraft.
Biennial Flight Reviews (BFR)
If you are a pilot, you already know that you need a flight review every two years with an instructor. We provide this service in your aircraft or ours. Many pilots are a bit apprehensive of BFRs, which makes sense- no one likes feeling that they're being evaluated! However, we take a fresh approach. We feel that our job as instructors is to help make people better pilots. To help us do that, we ask that pilots think about their skills and identify what areas they are strong in and any areas they may be rusty in. We ask the same of their ground knowledge. In this way, we can work together to figure out how to get the best utilization of our time together. Our hope is that you will benefit from the review and have such a great time that you don't wait another two years to come in for a little dual!
Instrument Proficiency Check (IPC)
For instrument pilots who need to dust off their instrument skills, in your plane or our Simulator. We take a similar approach to the IPC as we do the BFR described above. Please don't feel that you need an IPC just to come in and get do some instrument work!
Have a significant other that is a pilot? Many people want to know more about flying, to feel more involved, to gain greater comfort, and to be able to be of greater assistance. We can give you a short course that covers the basics of communication, navigation, aircraft control, and weather.
If you're considering buying an airplane that you haven't flown before, your insurance company will want you to have some dual instruction in it.
"Rust Removal", Crosswind Practice, GPS training, etc.
Sometimes pilots want some "rust removal", meaning they can legally fly but don't feel current enough to do so safely. Or perhaps the current conditions, such as crosswinds, are above their comfort level. We can provide an instructor to help get you back in the saddle. A few hours of flight instruction costs far, far less than the lowest insurance deductible! We are also very fortunate to get to fly on a daily basis and that helps us stay familiar with technical items, such as GPS navigation. If you would like to learn more about GPS, particularly Garmin and King, we can help you get the most out of those units.
Private Pilot Certificate
For people who have always wanted to learn to fly, this is the certificate that makes that dream come true! For those desiring a career in aviation, this is the first step. The private pilot certificate allows you to fly for pleasure in good weather. You may take friends and family flying on local scenic flights and to visit other destinations. There are just two restrictions the FAA places on private pilots- you may not fly in bad weather, and may not fly for hire. These privileges require the next steps in the training. You may fly yourself for your own business travel needs. A private pilot certificate can be completed in as little as three months, although four to five months is more realistic, depending on your schedule.
This is what pilots need to fly in the clouds. The instrument training greatly increases a pilot's knowledge, skills, confidence, and ability! It improves a pilot's understanding of weather, navigation, instrument systems, air traffic control, and basic flying skills. For a private pilot, it will make a better, more well-rounded pilot. For those seeking a career in aviation, it is the logical next step after the private pilot certificate. Like the private, the instrument can be completed in three to six months.
Commercial Pilot Certificate
This certificate allows a pilot to fly for hire. During the commercial training pilots learn new maneuvers, learn about more complex aircraft and their systems, and build a large amount of flight time and experience- this is a great time in a pilot's training Due to the amount of flight time involved the commercial certificate usually takes a little longer than the private or instrument, although a motivated student could finish it in a few months.
Flight Instructor Certificate
The Certified Flight Instructor certificate (CFI) allows a pilot to teach others to fly. This is a great privilege and responsibility, so this certificate involves in-depth training! The ground training includes increasing the pilot's level of knowledge in all areas of aviation to a higher level. This is important because the ability to teach a subject is improved when one has a deeper understanding of the material. Instructors are expected to be able to answer questions on almost any aviation topic! Instructors also study topics including learning theory, methods of instruction, lesson planning, human behavior, and so on. This helps develop the instructor's teaching ability. Instructors must be able to know their material and also be able to pass it on to their students in an effective manor. The flight training portion of the instructor certificate includes pushing the "stick and rudder" skills to a higher level. Developing these skills improves the instructor's sight and feel for the finer and more subtle points of flying, so that they may provide more effective instruction. We also teach our instructors great ways to demonstrate and describe aviation principles. The flight training for the CFI is also the only certificate that requires spin training. This increases the instructor's level of knowledge, skill, and safety, and it's a lot of fun!
This certificate allows instructors to provide instrument instruction to those seeking an instrument rating. Although a pilot must have an instrument rating to become a flight instructor, that does not allow them to teach instrument flying, they must earn the instrument instructor rating first. This training covers how to teach the knowledge and skills required for instrument flight. It also allows us to get into advanced topics, such as instructing on instrument-approach approved GPS and the use of autopilots
Airline Transport Pilot Certificate (ATP)
This certificate allows a pilot to act as Captain of an airliner. A pilot must have 1,500 hours of flight time to apply for this certificate. To build this amount of time usually requires a flying job, so those seeking an ATP certificate are usually commercial pilots who have been out working for awhile.