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Aviation Pilot Program

Private Pilot

Are you ready for takeoff? A private pilot license will allow you to spread your wings and explore the world in a whole new way. With your private pilots license, you will be able to carry passengers and fly day or night, under visual flight rules (VFR).

In this training course, you will will fly with a seasoned flight instructor who will teach you how to fly a single-engine airplane and start preparing to make your first solo flight. You will learn everything you need to know to be a safe, competent and confident pilot.

Training Overview

  • Complete a ground school course
  • Pass the FAA written exam
  • 20 hours dual (with instructor)
  • 3 hours cross country
  • 3 hours of night flight
  • 3 hours basic instrument
  • 5 solo hours
  • Pass appropriate stage-checks
  • Pass the FAA check ride

Aviation Pilot Program

Instrument Rating

Flying in instrument meteorological conditions (IMC) requires additional training. This is the next step for many pilots in their flight training. During this instrument training program, pilots further develop their skills to make them a more proficient and safer pilot. You will have the opportunity to fly when VFR pilots can’t in less than ideal weather conditions.

In this training program, you will learn how to control and fly the airplane solely by reference to instruments. Upon successful completion of this course, you will have the aeronautical experience necessary to apply for a FAA instrument rating certificate.

Training Overview

  • Complete a ground school course
  • Pass the FAA written exam
  • 35 hours actual or simulated instrument time (with instructor)
  • One 250nm instrument cross country flight
  • Pass appropriate stage-checks
  • Pass the FAA check ride

Aviation Pilot Program

Commercial Pilot

Build off the skill sets you have learned as you progress into training for a Commercial Pilot Certificate.  During your training for a Commercial Pilot Certificate, you will gain confidence in the aircraft so that you will be prepared to carry paying passengers and get a job flying as a professional pilot. Whether your professional career goal is to fly for the airlines, private jets, or a air cargo, this is a necessary certificate to fly for hire.

In the first stage of the commercial training, you will gain experience and confidence by completing a several cross-country flights required as part of the curriculum. You will learn to properly plan and execute flights to many different airports of all sizes throughout Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa and Illinois. During the second stage of training, you will be exposed to single-engine performance maneuvers and conduct part of your training in technologically advanced or complex aircraft. Lastly, you will work closely with your instructor as you prepare for the check ride, which upon successful completion will earn you a Commercial Pilot Certificate.

Training Overview

  • Complete a ground school course
  • Pass the FAA written exam
  • 120 hours total flight training time
  • 55 hours dual (with instructor)
  • 10 hours instrument training
  • 10 hours flight in a complex or technically advanced airplane
  • 2 hour day and 2 hour night cross country each mush be at least 100nm distance
  • 5 hours solo in night VFR conditions with 10 takeoffs and 10 landings (with each landing involving a flight with a traffic pattern) at an airport with an operating control tower
  • One solo cross-country flight with landings at a minimum of three points, and one segment of the flight consisting of a straight-line distance of at least 250 nautical miles
  • Pass appropriate stage-checks
  • Pass the FAA check ride

Aviation Pilot Program

Flight Instructor

A Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) rating is required to instruct other pilots. For many, this is the first step in their career progression as they work to build flight hours and experience. Share your passion with student pilots while earning some cash as you build your credibility and experience as a professional aviator.

This course will help you earn your Certified Flight Instructor Rating for a single-engine airplane. You will learn how to fly from the right seat and fly the maneuvers that you have previously performed in the left seat. Additionally, you will learn about the fundamentals of instruction so that you will be able to pass on your knowledge to your students in an effective manner. Upon successful completion, you will earn a flight instructor certificate and be well on your way to obtaining a job as a professional pilot.

Training Overview

  • Complete a ground school course
  • Pass two FAA written exams (Aviation Knowledge, Fundamentals of Instruction)
  • 25 hours of flight training
  • Completion of spin training
  • Pass appropriate stage-checks
  • Successfully complete a practical test that will be given as a final exam by an FAA inspector as specified in the FAA’s Flight Instructor Practical Test Standards

Are you ready to fly?

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