The Joy of Flight
The first time you step into an airplane, seated in the left seat, hands on the yoke and feet on the rudder, you’ll get it.
“The feeling of the plane speeding up on the runway and lifting into the air for the first time was exhilarating. Pure freedom.”
There is no way around it, getting your pilot’s license can be tough. It’s a little less tough with a team of dedicated instructors guiding you on the journey. After learning the fundamentals and armed with an understanding of aeronautical knowledge, you will be ready to “solo” in no time.
“As I came in for my final landing on my first solo flight, the tower radioed me to congratulate me, for I was ‘now an aviator’. Seconds later, planes that I couldn’t see started welcoming me to the exclusive club of flight. As I taxied back, all of my instructors and my wife were there to greet me. I couldn’t help but feel I just accomplished the most important thing in my life.”
-Jon Taylor, Student 2020
If you have the itch to fly or want to take your life to new heights, it all starts with a discovery flight. Let’s take off.
From first flight to advanced ratings
As all pilots know, the pilots license is a “License to Learn”. If you already have your Private Pilot License and want to progress, we have the highly rated CFIs ready to take you there.
Private Pilots License
Read and interpret weather briefings
Preflight your aircraft
Airport operations, taxiing, and radio procedures
Takeoff, landing, and the fundamentals of flight
Slow flights, turns, and stalls
Steep turns and ground reference maneuvers
Airport pattern work
Basic instrument flying
Cross country planning
Advanced landings and takeoffs
Check Ride Prep
Specific preflight procedures
Attitude instrument flying
Unusual flight attitudes
Reading magnetic compasses
Timed and compass turns
VOR and ILS approaches
Partial instrument panel flying
IFR Aeromedical factors
Glass Panel Procedures
Commercial Pilot License
Privileges and limitations
Complex aircraft operation
Advanced cross country planning
Approach and landings in power off 180s
Steep turns and spirals
Chandelles, lazy eights, and eights on pylons
Advanced emergency procedures
Commercial Multi-Engine Add-On
Multi preflight procedures
Approaches on one engine
High altitude operations
Air Transport Pilot Checkride Prep
Requirements and expectations from the checkride
Ground prep of required systems
Required flight time
Short field/Soft field take off and landing
Reading natural wind indicators
Canyon flight procedures
Instructor Ratings (CFI, CFII, and MEI)
Fundamentals of instruction
Right seat flying
Practical ins and outs of instructing
Our Training Fleet
Piper Tripacer (PA-22)
A classic plane known for inherent stability, easy takeoff and landing performance, and simplistic controls. It’s an iconic plane that’s virtually made for students. As the old saying goes, “Your dog could fly a pacer”. We have both glass panel and classic round gauge equipped aircraft.
Piper Apache Geronimo (PA-23)
For students seeking the next level, our Geronimo is our twin engine trainer. Certified for instrument, multi, complex, and commercial training, as well as a blast to fly. The Geronimo features a classic round gauge panel with a Garmin 430W GPS, an autopilot system, and electronic engine monitoring equipment.
Keith Ham (Chief Instructor)
With his 25 year history in Alaskan bush aviation, as well as his tendency to “mentor the mentors” from his over 15,000 flight hours; Keith keeps our instructors on their toes. With over 5000 hours of instruction given since 1997, with much of that as a trainer in the demanding commercial environment, Keith is a deep well of knowledge. Every student performs stage checks with him and benefits from everything that Keith brings to the table.
Caleb prides himself in teaching his students good radio technique. His advanced knowledge of weights and balances from his extensive experience as an Air Force loadmaster makes him a valuable asset to students.
As the nicest flight instructor, Matt tends to meet students where they are. As our most experienced instructor after Keith, Matt is adept at identifying hangups and helping students overcome them. Sometimes it’s nice to have a friend in the sky.
Adam teaches students the tips and tricks they need to master basic maneuvers. By making students feel comfortable in the left seat and sharing what has helped him in his bush pilot career, Adam has been known to be the barrier breaker for many students struggling to get some aspect of flight down.
Systems and memory aids. Marina is a student's best friend when they are learning the more complex aspects of flight. Always quick with an acronym or rhyme, many students leave checkrides thankful for her tidbits of wisdom. Marina is the friendly face that many nervous aviators need as they tackle their challenges.