Airline Pilot School in Scottsdale, AZ
Do you have dreams of becoming an airline pilot some day? The first step is to earn your private pilot license, and the flight school at Sierra Charlie Aviation in Scottsdale, AZ is a great place to start!
Sierra Charlie Aviation is a certified Cessna Pilot Center (CPC), a specially selected flight school that represents top-quality, professional flight training.
We currently provide pilot training under the authority of Federal Aviation Regulations (or FAR) Part 61, which provides student pilots with greater flexibility than FAR Part 141 training, and are proud to have received AOPA Flight Training Excellence Awards in 2016 and 2017 as one of the top flight schools in the country.
Choosing a Cessna Pilot Center like Sierra Charlie Aviation enables you to take advantage of Cessna’s 75 years of experience in training most of the world’s pilots to fly.
- Learn to fly with highly trained, professional flight instructors in less time than other programs.
- Follow the Cessna-approved computer-based curriculum which stresses safety.
- Learn the most up-to-date concepts in state-of-the-art training facilities.
- Train in new Cessna Skyhawk 172 aircraft that have strict maintenance requirements.
- Cover each task that will be tested by an FAA examiner.
- Enjoy exceptional customer services and aviation insurance to protect you throughout your training.
Different Types of Pilot Certifications
There are several different types of pilot certificates, and it’s important to understand the differences if you intend to take flying lessons.
Sport Pilot: A sport pilot certificate is meant for pilots who wish to fly for fun in “light sport” aircraft only. You can fly yourself and one passenger in daylight hours in good weather below 10,000 feet. This is the only pilot certificate that does not require a medical certificate.
Recreational Pilot: As a recreational pilot, you can carry only one passenger in single-engine aircraft of 180 horsepower or less with up to four seats. You can fly below 10,000 feet during daylight hours in good weather, and must stay within 50 nautical miles of your home airport.
Private Pilot: The most popular certificate is the private pilot certificate, also called the private pilot license. The training requirements are more involved than those of the sport or recreational pilot, so private pilots are allowed to do much more, including fly at night and at controlled airports. Pilots with a private pilot license who are career-minded can pursue advanced certificates and get paid to fly.
Commercial Pilot: The commercial pilot certificate allows you to be paid for your flying services. You’ll be required to learn how to fly complex aircraft with flaps, retractable landing gear, and a controllable-pitch propeller, and have more knowledge about professional flight operations.
Flight Instructor: The flight instructor certificate allows you to train others to fly. If you have a private pilot certificate and want to gain hours or go into a career as a pilot, a flight instructor certificate can be a logical next step.
Airline Transport Pilot (ATP): Pilots who want to fly for scheduled airlines are required to have the ATP certificate. Typically, you will need 1,500 hours of logged flight time and a college degree.
Fulfill your dreams of becoming an airline pilot by first earning your private pilot license at Sierra Charlie Aviation’s Cessna flight school in Scottsdale, AZ. Call us at (480) 474-4115 to schedule a Discovery Flight and get started today!