Sierra Charlie Aviation

Accelerated Flight Training Arizona 2018-02-24T07:01:07+00:00

Accelerated Flight Training Arizona

If you have limited time for flight training, a Part 61 program, such as the one offered by Sierra Charlie Aviation in Scottsdale, Arizona, will enable you to complete your training in an accelerated timeframe.

Sierra Charlie Aviation is conveniently based out of the Scottsdale Airport and currently provides flight training under the authority of Federal Aviation Regulations (or FAR) Part 61.

FAR Part 61 is simpler and more flexible than its FAR Part 141 counterpart. Although Part 61 requires minimum logged flight time of 40 hours for the Private Pilot certificate while Part 141 requires only 35 hours, the national average for earning a private pilot certificate is 60 to 75 hours, so the difference is inconsequential for most students.

Federal regulations require certain subjects to be taught, but, unlike the more rigid structure of Part 141 schools, the Part 61 instructor can rearrange the lesson content and sequence of the program to enable you to complete your training faster.

Sierra Charlie Aviation’s training team is made up of highly experienced Certificated Flight Instructors (CFIs) who have trained everyone from sport pilots to flight instructors and recreational flyers to airline pilots. These outstanding instructors, combined with our Cessna-approved computer-based curriculum, will help you earn your wings quickly with one-on-one instruction that is tailored to your schedule.

The more often you fly, the faster you’ll earn your license. By flying often, you’ll also avoid becoming rusty from lack of practice. We recommend taking lessons several times per week until you solo and once a week thereafter.

Who Can Become a Private Pilot?

In order to become a Private Pilot, students must meet the following FAA requirements:

  • Be at least 17 years of age to obtain a license (but can start your training earlier);
  • Be able to read, write, speak and understand English;
  • Pass a routine medical examination administered by an FAA-designated doctor;
  • Receive and log ground training from an authorized instructor;
  • Pass a multiple-choice written knowledge test;
  • Accumulate appropriate flight experience;
  • Receive a minimum of 40 hours of flight instruction and solo flight time (FAR Part 61) or 35 hours (FAR Part 141);
  • Successfully complete an FAA checkride, which includes an oral and flight examination given by an FAA inspector or Designated Pilot Examiner (DPE).


What Can You Do with a Private Pilot License?

With a Private Pilot License, you may carry passengers (but not get paid for it) in a single engine airplane, day or night, in visual flying conditions.

Once you earn your license, you can work on your Instrument Rating. With this new skill, you’ll be able to fly in a greater variety of weather conditions and increase the usefulness of your license.

Based on the high density of airports surrounding Scottsdale that have instrument approaches, Sierra Charlie Aviation is the perfect location to get the most out of instrument training flights.

Sierra Charlie Aviation has been honored by the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) as one of the top flight schools in the country, and owner and senior flight instructor, Scott Campbell, has been named as one of AOPA’s Top 10 Outstanding Flight Instructors in the U.S. 

Take advantage of our accelerated flight training program in Scottsdale, AZ. Call us today at (480) 474-4115 to get started!