Sierra Charlie Aviation

Flight Schools Near Arcadia, AZ 2018-09-01T08:40:32+00:00

Flight Schools Near Arcadia, AZ

Are you eager to learn to fly and looking for flight schools near Arcadia, AZ? Sierra Charlie Aviation can customize an affordable training program to meet your needs.

Sierra Charlie Aviation is proud to be an approved Cessna Pilot Center (CPC), a designation only a limited number of flight schools have achieved. Cessna Pilot Centers have taught more pilots to fly than any other type of flight school in the country.

We provide one of the finest learning experiences for prospective pilots by utilizing the Cessna Flight Training System, a comprehensive, proven flight-training program that produces competent and prepared new pilots about 30% faster than the national average.

Our flight training is provided under the authority of Federal Aviation Regulations (or FAR) Part 61, which is more flexible than FAR Part 141 training. Lesson content and the sequence of the training program can be modified at the discretion of your instructor. If you are looking for a training schedule that can be customized to fit around your work/school schedule, consider Sierra Charlie Aviation!

Honored by AOPA in 2016 and 2017 as one of the top flight schools in the country, owner and Senior Flight Instructor, Scott Campbell, was named as AOPA’s Best Flight Instructor in the Southwest Region, and Senior Flight Instructor Tom DeYoung was one of three instructors in the region to be recognized as a Distinguished Flight Instructor.

Requirements for Different U.S. Pilot Licenses

There are different requirements that must be met for each of the three main types of pilot certificates (often called pilot licenses). 

Sport Pilot – A Sport Pilot License requires 20 hours of training, and you do not typically need a medical certificate as long as you have a valid driver’s license. 

      • Authorized to fly only light sport aircraft (one- or two-seat)
      • Authorized to carry a single passenger
      • Authorized to fly in daytime only
      • Not authorized to fly in the clouds or bad weather
      • Not authorized to fly above 10,000 feet
      • Not authorized to fly outside the U.S. or in Class B, C or D airspace (unless authorized by an instructor)

Recreational Pilot – A Recreational Pilot License requires at least 30 hours of flight time and a third-class FAA medical certificate.

      • Authorized to fly for pleasure
      • Authorized to fly in daytime only
      • Authorized to fly in single-engine aircraft of 180 horsepower or less with up to four seats
      • Authorized to carry a single passenger
      • Limited to flights in the U.S. within 50 nautical miles of home airport
      • Not authorized to fly above 10,000 feet
      • Not authorized to fly in Class B, C or D airspace (unless authorized by an instructor)

Private Pilot – The popular Private Pilot License requires at least 40 hours of flight time, 20 of which must be with an instructor. You must also be 17 years old (but can start training sooner), read, speak and understand English, and hold at least a third-class FAA medical certificate.

      • Authorized to fly for pleasure or personal business
      • Authorized to fly in single-engine aircraft of 200 horsepower or less
      • Authorized to fly below 18,000 feet in good weather almost anywhere in the U.S.
      • Authorized to fly outside the U.S. if compliant with the regulations of the foreign country
      • Authorized to fly at night
      • Authorized to carry any number of passengers
      • Not authorized to fly for compensation or hire (but can share certain operating expenses)
      • Not authorized to fly in the clouds without an instrument rating
      • Not authorized to fly in Class A airspace (without additional endorsements and/or ratings)

 As you evaluate flight schools near Arcadia, AZ, consider the Sierra Charlie Aviation in Scottsdale. Call us today at (480) 474-4115 to schedule a discovery flight!