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Learn to Fly a Cessna 172 In Arizona 2019-11-07T17:35:08+00:00

Learn to Fly a Cessna 172 In Arizona

Learning to fly is a wonderful experience, and it is even more wonderful with a Cessna 172. If you are in Arizona, we invite you to check out Sierra Charlie Aviation, home of six Cessna 172s.

About Sierra Charlie

Learn to Fly a Cessna 172 In Arizona

Sierra Charlie Aviation, located at Scottsdale Airport (SDL), has been recognized for its high standard of accomplishment in flight training by The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA), the world’s largest aviation association, as one of the top flight schools in the country.

We enjoy some of the best flying weather in the world in Scottsdale, with more than 300 days of clear, sunny, aviation-perfect weather each year, and offer students in Phoenix, Chandler, Tempe, Gilbert, Glendale, Fountain Hills and the surrounding area some of the best flight instruction they will find anywhere in the country.

Our growing training fleet includes brand new Cessna 172 Skyhawks that are G1000 equipped and coupled with GFC700 autopilot.

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 each task that will be tested by an examiner. If you are already a licensed pilot, we offer extended and recurring training programs and instrument flight training.

What to Expect from Flight Training

To be successful pilots, students need a thorough base of knowledge.

In ground school, you will learn about weather, aircraft systems, aerodynamics, flight planning, and federal regulations. Flight training includes takeoffs and landings, night flight training, and cross-country flight training.

Students learn how to perform normal takeoffs, crosswind takeoffs, soft field takeoffs and short field takeoffs. In terms of landings, students learn how to land on soft, grass fields and on short runways. This training will equip you for flying into and out of different types of airfields.

You will practice performance maneuvers like steep turns – a 360-degree turn at a steep bank angle – to get a feel for the plane’s handling characteristics. You will also practice stalls and stall recovery procedures so you will know how to recover properly if you inadvertently stall the aircraft during flight.

Types of Pilot Licenses

If you plan to take flying lessons, it’s important to understand the different types of pilot licenses a student can earn:

Private Pilot: Most sought-after is the private pilot license. Once you earn your license, you will be able to fly any single-engine, piston driven aircraft anywhere in the US, day or night, in any conditions acceptable to Visual Flight Rules (VFR; minimum of 3 miles of visibility).

Commercial Pilot: The commercial pilot license allows you to be paid for your flying services. Recent changes to FAA regulation allow training received in Technically Advanced Aircraft (TAA), like our Cessna 172 Skyhawks, to replace the need for training in a complex aircraft.

CFI / CFII: The flight instructor certificate allows you to train others to fly. If you have a commercial pilot license 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.

If you are interested in learning to fly a Cessna 172 and you are in Arizona, then feel free to give Sierra Charlie Aviation a call at (480) 474-4115.