Certificates and Endorsements Offered
Recreational Pilot Certificate
This is a license for individuals who want to fly for fun:
- Typically, recreational pilots fly locally for pleasure, with little interest in making longer trips, flying larger aircraft, or flying into high-traffic airports.
- Must be at least 17 years old.
- A minimum of 30 hours of flight time, including a minimum of 15 hours of flight instruction, is required to become a recreational pilot.
- There are various restrictions for recreational pilots, including travel distance, aircraft size and horsepower restrictions.
Private Pilot Certificate
This is the basic pilot’s license:
- Allows you to fly in fair to good weather, day or night, with passengers.
- It does not allow you to fly in the clouds or for hire.
- A minimum of 40 hours of flight time is required to become a private pilot, although most people have approximately 50-60 hours of flight time when they complete their training.
- There are about 25 to 30 flight lessons needed to get your Private Pilot Certificate.
- The duration of your training depends on how frequently you fly, and a pilot’s license is the starting point for nearly all pilots.
The instrument rating allows you to fly in various conditions:
- Allows you to fly in the clouds and in lower weather conditions. This expands flying options and reduces the risk of getting stuck somewhere due to weather while out on a cross-country flight.
- This rating refines your basic piloting skills, giving you more precision and confidence as a pilot.
- The instrument rating is typically the next step following the Private Pilot Certificate.
Commercial Pilot Certificate
The Commercial Pilot Certificate allows you to receive compensation for flying:
- Must be at least 18 years old.
- Must have a minimum of 250 hours total flight time, including 100 hours as pilot in command and 50 hours of cross-country flight time as pilot in command.
- This is the next step for pilots wishing to sharpen their piloting skills or wishing to become a professional pilot.
Multi-Engine Pilot CertificateThe Multi-Engine Pilot Certificate is an add-on rating that allows you to fly an aircraft with more than one engine. The multi-engine rating is also a necessary step for any professional pilot. Training begins with a focus on the performance characteristics of a multi-engine aircraft, including special emphasis on performance and safety factors required to fly the aircraft with only one engine functioning.
Airline Transport Pilot Certificate
The Airline Transport Pilot Certificate (ATP) allows the holder to act as a Captain on larger passenger carrying and cargo aircraft:
- Must be at least 23 years of age.
- Must have a minimum of 1500 hours of total flight time and 500 hours of cross-country time.
- Additional restrictions apply.
Certified Flight InstructorA Certificated Flight Instructor (CFI) is authorized to instruct students and pilots towards obtaining their Sport, Recreational, Private, Commercial Pilot and ATP certificates. The training involves learning the Fundamentals of Instruction, refining your piloting skills from the right seat of the aircraft, and learning how to give ground and flight instruction. You must have a Commercial Single Engine Pilot Certificate and an Instrument Rating to apply for a CFI certificate.
Certified Instrument Flight InstructorA Certificated Instrument Flight Instructor (CFII) is authorized to instruct pilots towards their Instrument Rating. The training involves refining your instrument and teaching skills from the right seat, and learning how to give ground, simulator and instrument flight instruction. You must have a Commercial Single Engine Pilots Certificate and an Instrument Rating to apply for a CFII certificate.
Certified Multi-Engine Flight InstructorA Certificated Multi-Engine Flight Instructor (MEI) is authorized to instruct pilots towards their Private and Commercial Multi-Engine Certificates. The training involves refining your multi-engine and teaching skills from the right seat and learning how to give multi-engine ground and flight instruction. You must have a Commercial Multi-Engine Pilots Certificate and an Instrument Rating to apply for an MEI certificate.
Complex Aircraft EndorsementAfter some training with one of our instructors, you may receive this endorsement that permits you to pilot an aircraft with a constant-speed propeller and retractable landing gear.
High Performance EndorsementPilots require a high performance endorsement prior to flying any airplane that has an engine that produces more than 200 HP.
High Altitude EndorsementIf you’re planning a career in aviation that includes high-altitude aircraft, defined as any pressurized aircraft capable of legally operating at altitudes above 25,000 feet msl, at some point you will need a high-altitude endorsement. This endorsement is typically gained after ground and flight training on high-altitude flight concepts, procedures, and emergencies.
Flight ReviewAs a licensed pilot, you are required to complete a Flight Review every two years. This includes a minimum of one hour of ground instruction and one hour of flight instruction. Our Flight Reviews ensure you continue to maintain a level of confidence and safety that will allow you to continue to enjoy the rewards of being a pilot.
Instrument Proficiency CheckInstrument rated pilots must meet certain currency standards in order to file and fly under the Instrument Flight Rules (IFR). If your instrument currency has lapsed, our team can help you get up to speed.