Plan to Succeed. It's Easier Than You Think.

Did you know that some people can learn to fly solo in as little as a week and for less than $2,500? How you approach flight training, primary or advanced, makes a huge difference in the time commitment and budget required. In the end, it won't be about cost per hour. It's about getting you there in fewer of them. That's where we come in. Together, we'll create a plan for success, alter course when necessary, while always striving to make it FUN along the way. Interested? Continue reading below. We'd love to help you DISCOVER A PASSION FOR FLIGHT!

Primary Flight Training: Learn to Fly!

Two Options: Sport or Private Pilot Certificates

A Sport Pilot Certificate allows you to bring along a passenger and fly Light Sport Aircraft during daytime hours. An FAA medical examination is not required and for many, a Sport Pilot Certificate covers all of the flying they'll ever do. In fact, all of the flying you see pictured on this website and more can be enjoyed as a Sport Pilot. A budget of approximately $8,000 should provide for all training and material costs.

A Private Pilot Certificate provides additional privileges. It allows you to fly at night, carry more passengers, and do so in heavier, more complex aircraft. An initial medical exam from an FAA designated doctor is required followed by subsequent exams every four years. The additional training required to become a Private Pilot adds approximately $3,000 to the overall training costs.

The first 20 hours or so of flight training is the same regardless of which certificate is being pursued. Soon after solo, a Student Pilot can choose to continue and finish as a Sport Pilot, or include the additional areas required to finish their training as a Private Pilot. This approach leaves both options open and adds no additional expense. A final approach is to simply become a Sport Pilot first, enjoy your new wings sooner, and then decide if the Private Certificate is worth pursuing.

Start with a Discovery Flight for just $249. You'll get to know us, our training philosophy and the quality of our aircraft. You'll take the controls and experience the exhilaration of flying it yourself! Afterwards we'll sit down, get your questions answered and have an understanding of you, your budget and goals. Simply click the Get Started button to schedule your introduction to one of life's greatest adventures.

"Fred is awesome! He listened, asked questions, and came up with great plan for the one day of flying I had with him. My first time in a tail dragger and I came out feeling much better about my flying capabilities with exercises to practice when I get home. Thank you Fred!”  ~ Shelley from Missouri

Advanced Flight Training: Expand Your Aviation Horizons

Tailwheel, Mountain Flying, Rusty Pilot, Transition and More

Have you already flown with us? Perhaps you've taken one of our Idaho Backcountry Discovery flights and are ready to pursue the additional training required to become a safe and confident pilot in mountains and canyons. Maybe you'd like to expand your skills and add a tailwheel endorsement, or come back after a hiatus from flying and re-energize your passion for flight with a steady hand helping you to regain confidence and sign you off. We're anxious to help you! Simply use the Contact Us below button below and let us know what you're after. We'll then give you a call and make a plan to get you on your way.

"Fred, I want you to know that the 3 days of flight with you rate right up there with my first flight ever in a Great Lakes (with a 2 time national aerobatic champion doing aerobatics including hammerhead stalls), my first solo as a student pilot, the first flight of the first aircraft that I owned (that I rebuilt from a wreck over 5 years) and the first flight of the aircraft that I built over a 20 year period. I learned that I have developed some bad habits over 35 years of flying but that you taught an "old dog new tricks". I'll never forget Yanking and Banking over the river and the landings and takeoffs on a narrow 30 degree upslope strip. Again, thanks for everything . . .    Sincerely, Joe" ~ from Delaware