A Private Pilot certificate never expires, and gives you the freedom to fly yourself and passengers to airports around the country, day or night. While the time investment required to become a Private Pilot varies, 100 hours of flight and ground instruction is a good estimate for students who complete an online ground school and study diligently. (65 hours of flight training + 35 hours of supplementary ground training).
Already a pilot? Step up your stick and rudder skills exploring the Sierras by air. Learn to safely fly into destinations like Truckee, Mammoth, and Telluride. Practice landing on short fields, managing high density altitudes, learn to navigate mountainous terrain and anticipate downdrafts. Fine tune your ability to choose a landing zone and glide to it in the event of an engine failure.
Start with an introductory three day course, or I'll design a custom course to suit your needs.
Learn to fly or earn your instrument rating in a Cirrus with a Cirrus Standardized Instructor Pilot (CSIP). Learning from a CSIP ensures you receive the highest quality in Cirrus specific instruction. Cirrus are advanced aircraft with the latest in glass cockpit avionics. The Cirrus SR22T, for example, is available with anti-icing capability, has a service ceiling of 25,000 feet, a cruise speed of 213 knots, and a useful load of 1248 pounds.
Learn to fly through clouds and in poor visibility relying solely on reference to flight instruments. With an instrument rating, that persistent fog layer over the Bay will no longer mean wrestling traffic, or keep you from your weekend in Tahoe. Ever wonder why the pros have so few accidents? Learn the tricks of the trade from an instructor who built her skill flying air ambulance and for an airline.
Experience the Sierras in a way that few people have. Learn first hand how you can use your Private Pilot's License and mountain flying training to make the most of your free time.
Fly into mountain airports like Bryant Field, Mammoth Lakes, and Bishop, and follow your fight lesson with a guided hike or backcountry ski. Unwind with a soak in a natural hot spring. Choose to return home the same evening, spend the night in cozy local accommodations, or camp in a backcountry setting.
Contact me for further details on these custom trips.