Have you ever wanted to fly, but thought it would only be possible through your dreams? Well, stop dreaming, and start flying! Western Edge Aviation, LLC. can help make it a reality with our affordable, accessible, easy, and most important, safe flight instruction course.
We offer almost every rating possible from the Federal Aviation Administration. Whether you are looking to obtain your Private Pilot, Instrument, Multi-engine, or Commercial ratings, our knowledgeable and friendly flight instructors will show you the ropes, and in no time at all, you'll be at the controls living out your dreams!
It's So Simple!
Learning to fly is a lot easier than people think. For quite some time, people believed that flying was for the military, commercial industry, or for the rich and famous. Not so! Today, people of all sorts are learning to fly. Everyone's reasons for flying are different. Whether you want to fly for business purposes, to gain experience for the airline industry, or just to fly the family around, there are so many benefits to begin/continue your flight knowledge with Western Edge Aviation!
- ...be at least 16.
- ...speak English.
- ...pass a basic FAA medical exam.
Believe it or not, that's it! If you meet these requirements, you are able to become a certified FAA pilot!
There are a few steps you must climb in order to become an FAA-rated private pilot. Your flight training consists of 20 hours of ground school and atleast 40 hours of flight time. Ground school will cover flight rules and regulations, flight planning, navigation, radio procedures and weather. Once you feel comfortable with all of that, you must take the FAA written examination. Successful completion of this test will enable you to start the (even more) fun part of your training... the flying portion! You and your instructor will fly together (dual) for about 20 hours as he/she shows you everything you need to know. Then usually on a nice, sunny day, your instructor approves you for your first solo flight! That experience can never be beat! At this point, you are halfway done with your training. All that remains is a few cross-country flights (both dual and solo) until you reach your 40-hour mark. If you and your instructor are confident with all aspects of training, he/she will approve you for your FAA checkride. This is likened to your driving test with the DOT, but instead with an FAA-appointed instructor located in Sidney, Montana. Phil Pietric (the examiner) will quiz you one last time before issuing you your FAA Private Pilot license. Congratulations!