Sierra Charlie Aviation

Top Flight Schools in Arizona 2018-10-21T05:46:17+00:00

Top Flight Schools in Arizona

If you’ve always wanted to fly, consider Sierra Charlie Aviation. We are one of the top flight schools in Arizona and are ready to help you begin your journey!

Sierra Charlie Aviationis conveniently based out of the Scottsdale Airport (SDL) and specializes in high quality pilot training. We currently provide flight training under the authority of Federal Aviation Regulations (or FAR) Part 61, which enables us to provide you with greater flexibility than FAR Part 141 training.

We are a certified Cessna Pilot Center (CPC) with a growing training fleet that includes brand new Cessna 172 Skyhawks that are G1000 equipped and coupled with GFC700 autopilot.

In 2016, owner and senior flight instructor, Scott Campbell, received an Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) Flight Training Excellence Award as one of the Top 10 Outstanding Flight Instructors in the U.S. Our high caliber flight training was also earned Sierra Charlie Aviation a spot on the AOPA Honor Roll among the top flight schools in the country.

Who Can Become a Private Pilot?

A private pilot flies only for pleasure and personal business reasons. This means the pilot can fly any aircraft for any non-commercial venture and for which he or she holds a rating.

In order to become a private pilot, the following FAA requirements must be met:

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

Although there are differences in the minimum flight times required in Part 61 and Part 141 pilot training programs, the national average for earning a private pilot certificate is 60 to 75 hours, which means the difference is not significant for most students. 

In our effort to provide the pilot training you would expect from a highly rated flight school, Sierra Charlie Aviation utilizes the Cessna Pilot Center approved syllabus to ensure that we cover every task that will be tested by an FAA examiner.

Take a Discovery Flight

If you are new to aviation, the best way to decide if flying is for you is through a Discovery Flight. This is essentially a standalone lesson and will give you first-hand experience in the pilot’s seat. It also counts toward the minimum requirements for your license.

When you learn to fly with Sierra Charlie Aviation, you are learning from one of the top flight schools in Arizona and the country.  Contact us today at (480) 474-4115, schedule a discovery flight, and let us customize an affordable training program that will meet your needs.