Just beginning?

Interested in flying? We have many options available for you. Climb aboard our Cessna 172M which is our primary training aircraft. If you are unsure about flying start with one of our introductory flights for only $69, and let one of our highly experienced flight instructors show you the thrill of flight. Contact us today to for an experience you will not forget!

FLIGHT TRAINING FOR A PRIVATE PILOT CONSISTS OF:

  • 40 hours flight time minimum (National average is around 70 hours)
  • 20 hours flight training from the Certified Flight Instructor
  • 3 hours of cross-country flight (more than 50 nm away)
  • 3 hours of night flight including
  • 1 night cross country flight of more than 100 nm
  • 10 night takeoffs and landings to a full stop
  • 3 hours of instrument flight training
  • 3 hours in preparation for the private pilot practical test
  • 10 hours of solo flight time including
  • 5 hours of solo cross-country flight
  • 1 solo cross-country flight of more than 150 nm to at least three airports of which one is at least 50 nm distant.
  • 3 takeoffs and landings at a tower controlled airport
  • This flight time generally takes about six to seven months to complete depending how much time the student can devote to flight lessons as well as the weather conditions.

COST

The costs vary depending on the student’s ability, the type of aircraft flown, and how often the student flies. Generally, the Private Pilot license will cost between $6,000 and $9,000. This includes the aircraft rental, instructor flight and ground training fees, books, materials, knowledge test fee, flight physical, and examiner’s fee. If time and funds are not prohibitive, training fees can be dramatically reduced by flying three or even four times a week. Ideally Remember, this is a hobby that can last a lifetime.

  • And if you pre pay $1,000 you’ll receive a 10 percent discount!

Already a pilot?

Looking to become more proficient at your piloting skills or add a rating? Let one of our flight instructors get you on the right track to safe flight. Contact a flight instructor today to schedule a flight to achieve a new  rating or skill level.

Rental RATES

  • C172 – N8971V rents for $100 an hour and is equipped with a VFR Garmen 496 GPS
  • C172 – N29239 rents for $109 an hour. This airplane has a new panel and is now equipped with a Garmen G5, electric attutude indicator and a Garmen 530W GPS. It also has new interrior trim and carpet. The engine is 180 HP, configured with 60 gal long range tanks.
  • The Piper Arrow rents for $160 an hour and is equipped with a Garmen 530W GPS and a JPI engine monitor.
  • Elite Basic ATD rents for $25 an hour. The Basic ADT system is approved for the following credits: 2.5 toward Private Pilot10 hours toward Instrument rating. And Recency of Flight Experience Instrument 61.57 (c) (3)
  • Instruction is $35 an hour for flight and ground
  • Instrument and Complex instruction is $40 an hour

Instrument Rating

Why an Instrument Rating?

Earning your instrument rating is said by many to be the best thing any pilot can do. The ability to fly in the clouds is nice but the real value is in the ability to use the whole aviation system to it full potential. Not only will this make you a much better pilot, your insurance company will most likely reward you with lower premiums, too.

What’s needed?

  1. Hold at least a Private Pilot Certificate
  2. Be able to read, speak, and understand the English language.
  3. Obtain at least a Third Class FAA medical certificate.
  4. Pass the FAA written knowledge test as well as the FAA practical flight test.

Flight training consists of the following (some of which was obtained during the Private Pilot training):

  • 50 hours of cross-country flight time as pilot in command (PIC)
  • 1 dual cross-country of at least 250 nm with takeoffs and landings at three different airports, and three different kinds of approaches
  • 40 hours of actual or simulated instrument flight time including
  • 15 hours of instrument training from an authorized instructor
  • 3 hours of instrument training from a CFI-I in preparation for the practical test

What’s it cost?

The costs vary depending on the student’s ability and how much cross country time the student has before starting the training. Costs for the aircraft rental, instructor fees, books, materials, knowledge test fee, and examiner’s fee need to be factored into the equation.

Complex Endorsement

A complex aircraft is one with a constant speed propeller, retractable landing gear, and flaps. It takes about five hours of flight training, along with several hours of ground school to obtain this one-time logbook endorsement by a CFI.

Gibson rents a Piper Arrow III, which is a 200 horsepower complex aircraft with retractable gear. Arrow rental requirements:

  • Private Pilot with a minimum of 250 flight hours.
  • 25 hours of retractable time, of which 10 hours must be in a piper Arrow.
  • One time complex endorsement.
  • 60 day Arrow currency, must fly 3 take off and landings with an instructor in the Arrow if currency has lapsed.

High Performance

A high performance aircraft is one with more than 200 horsepower. Because of their complexity and higher speed, ground and flight training is required before obtaining a logbook endorsement by a CFI.

It generally takes about five hours of flight time to learn to comfortably fly the high performance aircraft. This is also the minimum time insurance companies generally require.