What types of licenses do you offer?
Actually your “license” is a certificate which never expires whereas licenses do. We offer the full range of training from sport pilot to private pilot through instrument, commercial, single and multi-engine.
Where are you located?
We fly seven days a week out of both the Williamsport Regional Airport in Montoursville PA and the Penn Valley Airport in Selinsgrove PA. Both airports are staffed with fully qualified instructor pilots.
What is a Cessna Pilot Center?
We are “partnered” with Cessna, and at least one of our training aircraft will be a relatively new Cessna product. Our flight school is a Cessna Pilot Center which means your training will be backed by the resources of the world’s largest and best training system. In fact, more pilots have earned their wings through Cessna Pilot Centers than any other school in the nation. They also complete in about a third less flying time than the national average saving you time and money. But that doesn’t mean one size fits all, we are small enough you will have individual attention with a curriculum tailored to fit your needs and your style.
How do I schedule a flight?
We fly every day and after your first lesson, you will be granted full access to our electronic, web based scheduling system. By looking at the schedule, you will always know what airplanes are ready and whether or not your instructor is available. You pick the date and time, and after a couple of keystrokes by you, we will get an automatically generated email telling us you are on the schedule. It is that simple, but if you prefer a more personal touch, we are happy to take your phone call. 570-368-2651 will reach us in Montoursville and 570-374-7671 finds us in Selinsgrove.
What sets us apart from many flight schools is the student instructor relationship. We will sit down with you and spend a good bit of time before you ever fly with us and talk about your expectations, your learning style, your timetable, and then we will tailor the syllabus to the way you learn best. It is up to us to adapt our style to you and not the other way around. That is why we consistently have students ready and very well prepared at or very close to the FAA minimums in terms of required flight time.
How long does it take?
It depends upon your proficiency and how often you fly. The typical student who tries to fly once a week or four or five times a month will usually complete a private pilot training program in 6 to 9 months. We have had some complete in two months, but they were in to fly almost every day.
What are the flying time requirements?
It depends upon the type of training program you select. For example, for a sport pilot certificate, the FAA mandates a minimum of 20 hours instruction and you do not need an FAA medical exam. Your driver’s license will suffice. For a private pilot certificate, the FAA minimum is 40 hours of flight instruction.
With the private pilot training program, the national average is up around 65 hours of flying time, but our students typically will finish in far less time than that. Part of our success is everything we do will be tailored to fit you from the relationship between you and your instructor to a tailored to you curriculum. It is world class service from your instructor, our mechanics, and our line service personnel. Everything to done to ensure your safety and your success. We realize flight training is a big decision and commitment on your part, and we will be good stewards of your time and your resources.
Do I need to do ground school first?
Absolutely not, and in fact, we do not recommend it. Today most students will complete ground school online from any number of reputable companies who guarantee you will pass your written FAA exam when you complete their course. If you fly our Cessna aircraft, ground school comes with the curriculum. Even though ground school can be delivered online for about a third the cost what it would cost to deliver it one on one, you won’t be alone. Your flight instructor will always be there to help if you need it.
How much does it cost?
The honest answer is it depends. It depends on which type of program you want to pursue; which airplane you choose to train in; your continuity; and whether you chose to do “éxtra” or more than is required by the FAA. Some certificates can be done in under $4000 while others are more. You do not need to pay it all up front. You may pay as you go, set up an account, or let us invoice you at the end of each month. Your instructor can explain your options in great detail before you ever start.
How long is each lesson?
The easy answer is that we typically schedule in 2 hour blocks. That gives us a few minutes to discuss what we will do during the lesson, preflight the airplane, fly for an hour or hour and 20 minutes, and then have time to discuss what you did and what comes on the next lesson. That said, you and your instructor will work that out. Some students are very comfortable with flying longer lessons but for the first few you and your instructor will get a feel for the “right” length for you.
How do I get started?
We recommend an Introductory Flight Lesson. Our “intro flights are 30 minutes in the air where you will be in control of the airplane. You will make the initial takeoff, and most likely your instructor can talk you through the final landing or at least he will swear to all your family, friends, and neighbors that you landed it all by yourself. Plan on a couple hours as you will spend 15 or 20 minutes talking with the instructor as to how the flight will be conducted, go over any safety issues or concerns, discuss the route you would like to fly, and then go fly. After the flight, your instructor will answer any and all questions you might have; discuss what a training program tailored to you might look like, lay out all the expected costs and timetables; and give you a chance to see first-hand what we are all about. By all means, family members and cameras are welcome at no additional charge. The cost? $99