"Flight training will enrich your life in countless ways. You’ll learn to balance technical training with the freedom of flying toward an endless horizon. You’ll adopt new ways of speaking, navigating, and calculating your position. What initially feels like a complex process will slowly become second nature, and you will always have a great story to tell."
NO TWO PEOPLE ARE ALIKE. We believe a training program shouldn't be either. Everyone learns at different rates and in varying ways. That is why our instructors will work with you to design a training plan that meets your learning style and goals. Whether you're just starting out or finishing that advanced rating, APS has a course for you. We offer courses ranging from private to ATP along with specialized training such as multi-engine rating and tailwheel endorsement - all tailored to fit you. Below you'll find general information on the various FAA airman certification training we offer. Please do not hesitate to contact us for more information. We are always happy to answer any questions.
Private pilot - it all starts here!
Join the ranks of less than 1% of the population who can fly a plane! The Private Pilot Certificate is the starting point for most aviators. As a private pilot, you'll be able to fly yourself and friends/family for fun. You can start flying at all age, but you must be at least 17 years of age to become a private pilot.
The FAA requires a minimum of 40 flight hours before a student can take the practical exam, aka Checkride, with a FAA Inspector or FAA Designated Pilot Examiner (DPE). To build up to this 40 hours, the student will establish a relationship with the flight instructor by going over basic information on the ground such as learning traffic pattern, checking weather, filing flight plans, weight and balance, etc. The student will be incorporating flight time along with some of the information being discussed on the ground. Usually within 10-15 hours of flight time, the student is ready to solo [fly the airplane without the instructor]. This time can vary based on the student's comfort level. The student and instructor will know when it's time.
Other things required in the training program are 3 hours of night flying, 3 hours of cross-country and 3 hours of simulated Instrument Flight Rules (IFR - looking at the instruments in the cockpit and navigating from these instruments); all are done with the instructor. Instructor and student flight time together must be a minimum of 20 hours.
There is a written exam as well as a practical exam that students must pass in order to acquire a private pilot's certificate. APS Flight School has all the material needed to prepare and successfully pass the written portion of the course. The written exam consists of 60 questions which are pulled from a test bank of about 800 questions. The test bank is available to the student prior to the exam for study purposes. The student must pass the written test before taking the practical exam.
The practical exam, or checkride, is nothing more than the student flying with a FAA Inspector or DPE to prove the student's competence as a pilot. The FAA examiner and the Flight Instructor are NOT the same person. As mentioned earlier, the FAA requires a minimum of 40 flight hours before taking the checkride. Some students feel they need more time in the plane before taking the checkride. This is perfectly normal.
We offer an Introductory Flight Lesson starting at $125, and we highly recommend this before committing to any classes. During this one-hour lesson, the flight instructor will spend about 30 minutes on the ground discussing the mechanics of the airplane and about 30 minutes in flight. It is a great way to determine if flight training is really for you.
As of October 2004 the Homeland Security and Transportation Security Administration (TSA) require that all students learning to fly must show proof of American citizenship. Because of this ruling, we must see a government issued photo I.D. and one of the following: A certified copy of Certificate of Birth or a current U.S. Passport. Please bring these credentials with you at the time of your first lesson. We will photocopy this information and keep on file for five (5) years.
The average cost for a student to receive the Private Pilot's Certificate is about $8,000. Unlike tuition, this money is not due up front, but rather pay as you go.
Ever wonder what it is like to fly into a cloud? While training for the instrument rating you'll learn to fly a plane without seeing outside. It's an exciting and extremely fulfilling experience, not to mention the confidence instilled from the ability to recover from unusual attitudes, navigate solely by instruments, and work with the weather instead of against it. You must be at least 17 years of age; hold or be currently seeking a private pilot certificate.
Whether you eventually want to make money as a pilot or perhaps you just want to advance your skills, earning a Commercial Pilot Certificate can open new possibilities and take your flying abilities to the next level. Learning new maneuvers such as the lazy-eight, chandelle, and steep spiral will allow you to explore new areas of aircraft control. Commercial pilots can perform such jobs as crop dusting, aerial survey, banner towing, traffic reporting, scenic tours, and charter flights. You must be at least 18 years of age, hold a private pilot certificate, and hold an instrument rating (for unrestricted privileges).
Some would argue that you haven't truly experienced flying until you've been behind the controls of a tailwheel airplane. It harkens back to the roots of aviation and a simpler time. A time when runways were made of grass and the smell the fresh-cut hay filled the cockpit as you wound your way across the open country-side. There is still something magical about having the wheel on the back of the airplane, and making a good landing oh so satisfying. Receive training from a qualified instructor (approx. 10-15 hours).
Ask us about Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) & Multi-Engine ratings.
APS offers instruction for the flight review (formerly called a “biennial flight review” or “BFR”) required by 14 CFR 61.56. A flight review is designed to help pilots assess their flying skills and determine if there has been any deterioration in areas that may adversely affect flight safety.
The flight review should be a learning experience for the pilot. It is not a checkride and CANNOT be failed, but satisfactory performance is necessary to complete a flight review. Once completed, your instructor will provide a logbook endorsement. Before your flight review, your instructor will get to know you and the type of flying you do, in order to custom-tailor your flight review experience. Your instructor will discuss the types of tasks you will be performing and what preparation you will need prior to the review. At a minimum, regulations require at least one hour of ground training and one hour of flight training. The ground training must include a discussion of applicable Part 91 regulations.
Please review the AOPA Pilot’s Guide to the Flight Review (PDF) for more information on what you can expect in a flight review.