A private pilot license (PPL), or private pilot certificate, is typically the first step into aviation. A Private Pilot License allows the holder to act as pilot in command of an aircraft for personal use (not for hire). The license requirements and limitations are determined by the Federal Aviation Administration which requires a minimum of 40 hours of flight time. The training for this certificate is done in our Cessna C-172 Skyhawk.
The Instrument Rating teaches a pilot to fly by only referencing the flight instruments. This enables a pilot to fly when the clouds or visibility would normally prohibit a safe flight. The instrument rating opens the door to a totally different type of flying that brings with it several distinct advantages for pilots that like to travel. The training for this rating is done in our Cessna C-172 Skyhawk.
The multi-engine rating is a huge step in any pilot's career. Multi-engine training focuses on managing complex airplanes that have retractable gear, flaps, and controllable pitch propellers. Learning how to deal with increased performance and more complicated emergency procedures are the focus of this training curriculum. The flight training for this rating is done in our Piper PA-23 Apache.