7300 Brataas Drive SW, Rochester, MN 55902

Great Planes

Pilot Programs

Whether you have some previous flight training or are just getting started we have a program for you. Great Planes Aviation offers primary and advanced flight training including Recreational Pilot, Private Pilot, Instrument Ratings and recurrent training in clean, modern, well maintained aircraft. For aircraft owners, we also offer training in your airplane with one of our instructors. Creating safe and highly proficient pilots is our top priority. Contact us today to speak with an instructor about your training needs.

Private Pilot

Fly day or night and carry passengers under visual flight rules (VFR).

Instrument Rating

Take the next step and advance to an instrument rating!

Commercial Rating

The next step in your aviation career and have the ability to carry passengers for hire.

Flight Instructor

Pass that flight knowledge on to others by becoming a flight instructor.

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Piper Archer III

Piper Archer III

Garmin GMA-340 Audio Panel
Dual Garmin 430's (WAAS)
S-Tec Auto Pilot w/ pre-select
Garmin GTX-330 Transponder
Horizontal Situation Indicator
IFR Certified

Price including fuel:

$130 /hr
Piper Archer III

Piper Archer III

PMA-6000M Audio Panel
Garmin GTN-650 (WAAS)
Bendix/King Auto Pilot
Garmin GTX-330 Transponder
IFR Certified

Price including fuel:

$130 /hr
Cessna 172

Cessna 172

PMA 7000M-S
Dual Bendix/King 155 TSO Nav/Com Radios
Apollo GX5 GPS
Bendix/King KR87TSO ADF
Bendix/King KT76A Transponder
IFR Certified

Price including fuel:

$130 /hr

Great Planes

Flight Instructors

The Great Planes flight instructors are some of the best in the industry. With decades of aviation experience and thousands of flight hours. They provide a balance of of technical knowledge and real world experience, to give you the best value in training available at a very competitive cost.

Instructor Rate $50/hour

Jim Perry

Chief Flight Instructor



Complex, High Performance, Tail Wheel

Jim has over 10 years of piloting experience and over 1,400 hours of instruction given. His work ethic, high standards and patience make him an asset to Great Planes Aviation.

Scott Koon

Assistant Chief Flight Instructor



Complex, High Performance

Scott has over 10 years of piloting experience and over 600 hours of instruction given . His experience in training all over the country makes him an asset to Great Planes Aviation.

Kyle Herring

Flight Instructor



Complex, High Altitude, Tail Wheel, Rotocraft, Turbine

Kyle has nearly 30 years of piloting experience and thousands of hours of instruction given in both single engine and multi engine aircraft. Kyle’s diverse background makes him an asset to Great Planes Aviation.

Happy Aviator's


I like Great Planes Aviation flight school because you can progress at your own pace so your learning is not rushed. The instructors take the time for you to learn and create a welcoming environment for you to feel comfortable, ask questions, and make everything understandable.


Great business, great staff, and literally great planes. They are a business but a business that cares strongly about their clients and the consumer.


Awesome, knowledgeable and friendly instructors, great service and meticulously maintained airplanes!


I took my first flight lesson from Great Planes and it was an awesome experience!


Knowledgable mechanics, great service! I brought my airplane to Isaac after receiving an alternator failure. He was quick to determine the problem and got the repair done promptly!


Many flight schools use older airplanes as trainers, but not Great Planes. I was amazed of how new their airplanes are and how good of condition they are in.


Additional Great Planes

Flight Training Services

Already a pilot, but looking to add some endorsements to your log book? Great Planes Aviation offers  additional flight training in many areas. Train in our aircraft or train in your own aircraft with one of our instructors.

  • Biannual flight review
  • Instrument proficiency check
  • Tail wheel endorsement
  • Complex endorsement
  • High performance endorcement
  • Multi-engine rating

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