​Flight Training 

Southwest Flight Center provides professional flight instructors, 

well-maintained aircraft and a comfortable atmosphere conducive to learning at

ones own pace!


  • Private Pilot Certificate 
  • Instrument Rating 
  • Commercial Pilot Certificate 
  • ​Biennial Flight Review (BFR)
  • ​​Instrument Competency Check (IPC)
  • Sport Pilot Certificate
  • ​Pinch Hitter Program
  • ​Discovery Flights


Private Pilot Certificate

 

 

Instrument Rating

  

To be eligible for a Private Pilot Certificate, a person must:

  • be at least 17 years old 

  • be able to read, speak, write, and understand the English language 

  • obtain a third class medical certificate from an Aviation Medical Examiner 

  • accumulate and log a minnium of 40 hours of flight time that includes at least 20 hours of flight with 3 hours of cross country flight; 3 hours of night flight;  3 hours of instrument flight;  3 hours of practical test preparation;10 hours of solo flight, and other requirements including 5 hours of cross country flight

  • pass a computerized aeronautical knowledge test

  • pass an oral test and flight test administered by an FAA Designated Pilot Examiner


​​See www.FAA.gov for more specific requirements

Click here to print cost sheet 


        

The Instrument Rating is an add on to the Private Pilot Certificate. An Instrument Rating allows the pilot to fly in more diverse weather conditions. The most important reason to get an Instrument Rating is SAFETY.

 

To be eligible for an instrument rating, a person must:

 

  • hold a Private Pilot Certificate 

  • be able to read, speak, write and understand the English language 

  • pass a computerized aeronautical knowledge test 

  • accumulate and log a specified amount of training and experience, including the following: 40 hours of Instrument flight time, including one 250 nm instrument cross country. Up to 20 hours may be conducted in our FAA approved flight simulator.

  • Pass an oral test and flight test administered by an FAA Designated Pilot Examiner. ​​


​​See www.FAA.gov for more specific requirements 

Commercial Pilot Certificate

 

A commercial pilot may be compensated for flying. Training for the certificate focuses on a better understanding of aircraft systems and a higher standard of airmanship. The commercial certificate itself does not allow a pilot to fly in instrument meteorological conditions, and commercial pilots without an instrument rating are restricted to daytime flight within 50 nautical miles when flying for hire.

To be eligible for a commercial pilot certificate, a person must:

  • be at least 18 years old 

  • hold a Private Pilot Certificate 

  • be able to read, speak, write and understand the English language 

  • pass a computerized aeronautical knowledge test 

  • accumulate and log a specified amount of training and experience, including the following: 250 hours of piloting time including 20 hours of flight with an instructor and 10 hours of solo flight, and other requirements including multiple cross country flights of more than 50 nm.  

  • Pass an oral test and flight test administered by an FAA Designated Pilot Examiner


       See www.FAA.gov for more specific requirements 

 

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Biennial Flight Review (BFR)

 To be eligible for a Sport Pilot Certificate, a person must: 

  • be at least 17 years of age 
  • read, speak, write and understand the English Language 
  • hold at least a third class medical certificate or a current and valid US driver's license
  • pass a computerized aeronautical knowledge test 
  • ​log a minimum of 15 hours of flight instruction that includes 2 hours of cross country flight and 10 takeoffs and landings to a full stop 
  • Log at least 5 hours of solo flight time that includes one cross country flight of at least 75nm 

A Sport Pilot may: 

  • Fly with one passenger 
  • Share the operating expenses with a passenger 
  • Fly any light sport aircraft 
  • Fly cross country anywhere in the US 
  • Fly without an FAA medical certificate provided he/she has a current and valid US driver's license 
  • Apply flight time and instruction received toward a Private Pilot Certificate 


​A Sport Pilot may not: 

  • Fly for compensation or hire 
  • Fly at night 
  • Fly in Class A airspace 
  • Fly in Class B, C or D airspace unless he/she has received training and a logbook endorsement from an authorized instructor 
  • Fly outside of the US 
  • Fly above 10,000 msl 
  • Fly when visibility is less than 3 miles 


Seewww.FAA.govfor more specific requirements 

Sport Pilot Certificate 

 FAA regulations require that in order to maintain currency, the BFR consists of a minimum of one hour of flight time and one hour of ground time with a flight instructor.


See www.FAA.gov for more specific requirements


Click here for a copy of the BFR Quiz  

A frequent passenger can be taught to control and land the aircraft

in case of an emergency.


PINCH HITTER COURSE OPTIONS


OPTION 1 $150.00

Two hours of instruction: ground school and practice in our simulator

  • Learn why an airplane flies.
  • Learn the movement of the flight controls.
  • Learn the basics of radio operation and communication.
  • Learn the instrument panel.
  • Learn the importance of using the checklist.
  • Simulate landings.


OPTION 2 $350.00​

Two hours of instruction and practice in our simulator, PLUS one hour of actual flight time.

  • The complete curriculum from Option 1, PLUS:
  • Make radio calls.
  • Take off and maneuver the airplane.
  • Practice landings until the student can land the airplane safely. 


Pinch Hitter Program

The Instrument Competency Check (IPC) consists of: 3 Instrument approaches, holding, intercepting and tracking, clearance and departure procedures 


See www.FAA.gov for more specific requirements 

Instrument Competency Check (IPC)

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 First try a Discovery Flight!  After a basic pre-flight briefing, spend about 35 minutes in the left seat of an airplane under the guidance of a flight instructor. Take off,  perform basic maneuvers and land. The flight time can be logged!


Discovery Flights