Flight Training

Tailwind Flight Center is committed to superior flight training and aircraft rental for our customers. As a Cessna Pilot Center and using a state of the art training curriculum produced by King Schools with Cessna, flight instruction with Tailwind is streamlined, professional, and efficient. Tailwind uses the Jeppesen Training Curriculum, which is based instruction to maximize a students learning.  Students using this curriculum have shown a 25 Р30% reduction in the time it takes to complete their license.

Whether you a re-learning to fly for recreation or are interested in pursuing a career in aviation, Tailwind Flight Center can help you attain your dream. We are an FAA Part 61 and Part 141 flight school, which allows us to structure your training around you and your schedule, while providing a very structured training approach. It is possible to fly as often as you desire. We recommend 2 to 3 sessions per week, which ensures that you will finish your training in a reasonable amount of time and get the best value for your money. Typical training sessions last about two hours. For the “ground school” portion of your training, we have designed it to be a combination of self study and instructor guidance. This allows you to work at your own pace and save money. Instructors are always available if you have any questions.

The primary aircraft used for your training will be a Cessna 172, a four seat aircraft. The 172 is a highly reliable and safe aircraft. All of our aircraft are meticulously maintained by FAA certified mechanics who conduct routine checks on all systems. Once you’ve attained your private pilot’s license, these same aircraft are available to you to rent for business or recreational needs.

A great way for you to “test your wings” and get a feel for flying is to take a “Discovery Flight”. The Introductory Discovery flight is about a 30 minute flight and allows you an inexpensive opportunity for you to¬†fly with one of our instructors and evaluate our aircraft and facilities. It is also a great option of you’re not quite sure if you want to pursue certification as a pilot by giving you a first hand experience at the controls. Call our office today to schedule your discovery flight.

Private Pilot Training Requirements – to begin training, you must:

  • Be at least 17 years old
  • Be able to read, speak and understand the English language
  • Be able to pass an airmen’s medical exam to obtain an FAA third class medical certificate
  • Have a photo ID as well as a passport or birth certificate

Private Pilot Certification Requirements – to complete training, you must:

Log a minimum of 40 hours of flight time, including:

  • Minimum of 20 hours of dual flight instruction with your instructor which includes:
  • 3 hours of cross country time
  • 3 hours of instrument flight training
  • 3 hours of night training to include one cross country flight and at least 10 takeoffs and landings
  • Minimum of 10 hours of solo flight time, including:
  • 5 hours of solo cross country
  • 3 takeoffs and landings at an airport with an operating control tower
  • Pass a written exam
  • Pass a flight test consisting of an oral exam and a practical exam