Sierra Charlie Aviation

Commercial Pilot License School in Arizona 2019-12-01T01:03:51+00:00

Commercial Pilot License School in Arizona

Arizona is known nationwide for great pilot programs, but perhaps none have been as lauded as Sierra Charlie Aviation’s. We recently won the 2019 Flight Training Experience Award for “Best Flight School in The Western Region,” and we have been repeatedly recognized as being in the top flight schools in the country by the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA). Among the great programs our school offers is the commercial pilot license program. If you are interested in earning your commercial license or any other pilot certification, then read on.

Why Choose a Cessna Pilot Center?

Commercial Pilot License School in Arizona

Sierra Charlie Aviation is a certified Cessna Pilot Center (CPC), a specially selected flight school that represents top-quality, professional flight training. Only a limited number of flight schools have achieved approval as Cessna Pilot Centers by the Cessna Aircraft Company, the world leader in General Aviation.

These Centers use the Cessna Flight Training System in their training programs to maintain the standards that have made Cessna successful for more than 75 years – state-of-the-art training facilities and new Cessna Skyhawk 172 aircraft that have strict maintenance requirements.

Cessna also requires all Cessna Pilot Centers to provide exceptional customer service and highly trained, professional flight instructors who can guide you through your aviation adventure, from Discovery Flight to purchasing your first plane.

Our Cessna Fleet

We have a growing fleet of aircraft that includes six new Cessna 172 Skyhawks. These craft are equipped with G1000 glass cockpits as well as GFC700 autopilot. These systems ensure absolute safety while you are learning to fly. The Skyhawk is known as the safest aircraft available and is widely known as a great training device. More pilots have earned their wings in them since the 1950s, which is when the 172 was introduced to the market, than any other craft in production.

Part 61 vs Part 141

These numbers correspond to FAR 14 CFR 61 and FAR 14 CFR 141, respectively.

Part 141 schools require a minimum logged flight time of 35 hours, while Part 61 schools require 40 hours. Since most students receive over 60 hours of logged time on way to their private license, this is not a real difference.

There is, however, a very real difference to be found between these two types of schools. Part 141 schools have more oversight and their syllabuses are determined by the FAA. Some people think that this makes them better when you are seeking a profession in piloting, however, since each type of school trains you for the exact same licenses and certifications, this is not necessarily true.

Part 61 schools offer more flexibility for students who are not available for full-time pilot training. Instruction is typically done on a personal, one-on-one basis, and instructors are able to rearrange the content of the syllabus and sequence of flying lessons to meet each student’s specific goals.

If you are looking for a commercial pilot license school, or any other type of flight school that falls under FAR 61 regulations, then we encourage you to look at what we have to offer. In sunny Arizona it doesn’t get any better than Sierra Charlie Aviation. We can be reached at (480) 474-4115.