ratings

Pilot Licenses and ratings:

Private Pilot

You will fly one-on-one with your instructor

  • You will fly about 35 hours with your instructor and another 10 hours solo (by yourself in the airplane). While FAA minimum requirements are 40 hours, we teach to safe proficiency not minimum requirements.  
  • There will be some ground instruction given during the course as well instilling knowledge to be a safe pilot.
  • You can study at home with self-paced study courses or with one of our ground instructors depending on what is convenient with your lifestyle. The self-paced courses are available on mobile devices, PC/Mac, or DVD.
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  • You will be required to pass two tests while earning a private pilot license.  A 60 question multiple choice written test and flight test. You can take the written test anytime during your training and we recommend you pass it as early as possible in your training. We suggest taking it within the first month of starting as an excellent goal.
  • The flight test comes at the end of your training and after a successful flight; the examiner issues your Private Pilot License on the spot.
  • Your flight training will basically follow the following steps:

    Pre-solo training You begin learning the basics of flight and controlling the aircraft. You also learn flight maneuvers and emergency procedures.  We prepare you for everything that you need to know before you take the exciting step of flying by yourself on a solo flight!

    Solo Flight.  Solo flight is defined flying the airplane by yourself without the instructor.  You actually fly the airplane without your instructor and is an exciting step forward in training!  Your instructor will discuss it with you and plan a day when you are both ready!

    Cross country flights.  You and your instructor will plan flights away from the local area learning navigation, preparation, and seeing the beautiful Texas country side.

    Check ride preparation.  At the end of your training, you take a check ride with a flight examiner and confidently demonstrate all the skills you have learned. Upon successful completion of the check ride the examiner will issue your license right then and you are now a PROUD PRIVATE PILOT! 

    It REALLY is that simple!

    Instrument Pilot

    Having an instrument rating teaches you how to fly safely solely by the cockpit instruments and the flexibility of flying sunshine or clouds! Most pilots who get their Private Pilot License also obtain an Instrument Rating. There are several excellent reasons to get an Instrument Rating.

  • You are not as limited by weather (Flying near thunderstorms is NEVER recommended)
  • Increase your business productivity
  • Take a weekend trip without concerns of being back on time
  • Become more proficient in the Air Traffic Control system
  • You desire a career in aviation
  • Most importantly, it makes you a safer, more confident and better pilot!
  • What does it require?

    The training requires that you log at least 40 hours of flight by reference to the aircraft instruments with your instructor in the following areas:

  • Learning how to control the airplane  solely by instrument references
  • Taking cross country flights within the Air Traffic Control system
  • Practicing instrument approaches into airports 
  • Becoming proficient in holding patterns and tracking courses
  • Effective IFR communication 
  • Many of our clients continue their training earning their instrument rating after completing their Private Pilot license.

    Contact us for full details and if you have any questions.

    Commercial Pilot

    Why should I become a commercial pilot?  

    It’s the first step in a career as a professional pilot. If you read any articles recently, there is a global shortage of professional pilots occurring now and the shortage is only going to broaden. This is a unique time in history as the demand for pilots will only increase. By starting now, you could position yourself to excel in an aviation career.

    What training will I receive?

    Commercial pilots are expected to possess a higher level of flying and to achieve this you learn some excellent and fun flight maneuvers!
    Imagine doing:

  • Steep Spirals
  • Chandelles
  • Lazy Eights
  • Eights on Pylons
  • Stalls
  • Steep Turns
  • Being a Commercial Pilot also requires a higher level of precision in heading and altitude control but anything worth doing, is worth doing well!

    Commercial pilot applicants must be at least 18 years old, and as previous certificates require, must also be able to read, speak, write and understand English. A minimum of 250 hours of total flying experience and qualification for a Second Class aviation medical certificate are required.

    A commercial pilot’s training is also geared toward professional demeanor, passenger safety, comfort as well as learning high altitude operations. Commercial pilots are not required to have an instrument rating; however, they are restricted to daytime operations only remaining within 50NM of their home airport while operating for compensation or hire. While feasible, most professional flying jobs require an instrument rating for insurance and safety reasons.

    A commercial pilot license allows you to earn income while flying as a pilot. You can fly cargo, passengers, and supplies and allows you to work as a pilot.  As you gain experience, you can earn your airline transport pilot (ATP) certificate.  This is considered the Master’s Degree in aviation and allows you to carry passengers for the airlines.

    Certified Flight Instructor

    Why should I become a Certified Flight Instructor?

    The best way to thoroughly learn a subject is to teach it to others. People passionate about flying are always eager share their experiences with others!

    Becoming an instructor has some great advantages:

  • Build flight time quickly - while getting paid and students pay for the plane!
  • Realistically, you will need to build hundreds of hours before many companies consider hiring you
  • The best way to really learn something is to teach it to others
  • Make a great income doing something you love
  • By instructing, you observe students learning and develop a keen sense for safety in all aspects of flying
  • Gain experience in multiple types of aircraft including high performance and multi-engine airplanes
  • You get to pass on your passion for flying and mold the next generation of pilots!
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    If you already have a Commercial License, the CFI rating is simply added to it. This means that it takes usually less than 20 hours of flying to earn your initial CFI rating.

    There are three levels of Flight Instructor.

    Certified Flight Instructor (CFI)

  • You can teach all levels of students except instrument students
  • This is not an easy rating, but well worth doing and rewarding Certified Flight Instructor, Instrument (CFII)
  • This rating add onto your CFI and allows you teach the Instrument rating
  • The checkride is very similar to your instrument checkride but you get to instruct the examiner on how to fly!
  • Certified Flight Instructor, Instrument (CFII)

  • This rating add onto your CFI and allows you teach the Instrument rating
  • The checkride is very similar to your instrument checkride but you get to instruct the examiner on how to fly!
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