LEARN TO FLY

TRAIN TO BECOME A PILOT OR EARN AN ADVANCED RATING

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30-45 DAYS

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AROUND 50-75 HOURS OF FLIGHT TRAINING

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OBTAIN YOUR SPORT OR PRIVATE PILOT LICENSE

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APPROXIMATE INVESTMENT: $13,000-20,000

OVERVIEW:

Stick & Rudder Aviation offers a more value-added approach to the average Sport Pilot & Private Pilot training that is commonly found around the country.  In addition to your Sport or Private Pilot license, you will receive a tailwheel endorsement, class D & C operation endorsements and an introduction to mountain flying from non-paved airports.  With the value-added skills taught here at Stick & Rudder Aviation, our students graduate with a safer background and at a higher level of proficiency than most new pilots.  

Stick & Rudder Aviation’s pilot training program uses the foundation of common standardized flight training syllabus but sets ourself apart in our hands-on, experience-the-joy approach.  It is true that practice is often associated with repetition but we guarantee you will never be bored.  Our instructors have the experience to find unique ways to hide repetition within the adventure of flight and changing destinations.  Students will be guided through pre-flight preparations; through the ease of fluid flight by their own hands; to the brief apprehension of the first landing; through the excitement of the first solo flight; to the adventure of cross-country destinations; to the satisfaction of being ready for their practical flight test.

Stick & Rudder Aviation recommends completing your training in as short of time as possible.  We have found students learn faster and at less overall expense when committed to training consistently.  By flying 2x/day, 2-3 hours per lesson for a total of up to 6 hours a day our students can obtain a Sport Pilot or Private Pilot license with a tailwheel endorsement in as little as 4 weeks (weather and maintenance permitting).  We recommend initially budgeting for at least 35-50 hours of flight so that you don’t find yourself “watching the clock”. 

Consider an equal amount of hours will be required towards the ground training portion.  With the computer-aided and video technology that exists today, ground training can easily be obtained at home and through a teaching method of the student’s choosing.  Choose the method that works best for you and learn at your own pace.  We request that you complete the ground training program and pass the written test with a 90% or higher grade  BEFORE starting flight training.  This will allow you to focus on flying the aircraft and reflect on the days training, rather than cramming in the books each night.  

Kitfox “type” training and a Tailwheel endorsement are both incorporated within our “Learning to Fly” training, at no significant additional cost.

ARE YOU ALREADY A PILOT LOOKING TO EARN AN ADVANCED RATING?

We also offer training for your Commercial and CFI ratings as well as stall/spin and LOC training.  See below for rates.

WHAT WE FLY:

KITFOX SERIES 7
SUPER SPORT

 

POWERED BY:

  • TURBO-CHARGED 914 115hp
  • FUEL-INJECTED 912is 100hp

INCLUDING:

  • Modern glass cockpit avionics
  • PS Engineering Intercoms
  • Bose active noise-cancelling headsets
  • Alaska Bushwheel tires
  • 3 blade Whirlwind propellor

DEPOSIT & CONTRACT:

We require a $1000 deposit for every week of training you reserve on our schedule.  Once we receive your deposit, we will send you a confirmation of your reservation.

Your deposit is non-refundable if you cancel within 60 days of your reservation. We will hold the deposit on account for 6 months in the hopes you will reschedule. Once you start your training, the deposit will be used towards your training balance.

A signed contract is required along with your deposit.  Please include when mailing your deposit.

BEFORE we will accept a reservation for an Accelerated (Every day, All day) “Primary” (student) pilot training window (averages 30-45 days) to a license – we require (3) items:

  1. A Student Pilot License
  2. A 3rd Class Medical – unless planning on a Sport Pilot (then must have a valid drivers license) – all to be valid during the period of training.
  3. Pass the FAA written test (within the last 2 years) – with a grade of 90% or better.
  4. Proof of US citizenship, valid passport or birth certificate AND picture ID (like valid driver’s license or expired passport).

See “Steps to a Pilot License” for reference to the 3 requirements.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

WHERE ARE YOU LOCATED?

We are located at a private air ranch in Greenleaf, Idaho.  35 miles West of Boise.

WHEN CAN I START?
Spring and Fall are ideal.  Due to the exponential demand for our unique “Backcountry Training Tours”,  we do not have the availability to offer primary student flight training to a license mid-May through late October.  Therefore, all training-to-a-license can only be scheduled March through mid-May, AND mid-October through December.  Weather permitting of course.  Please complete our contact form and include your proposed training window.  We’ll check the schedule and either confirm or offer availability options. Please give us plenty of lead time as we’re usually booked up several months in advance.
WHAT DO I NEED TO DO BEFORE I BEGIN FLIGHT TRAINING?

Complete a self-study ground school course.  Several recommendations for study materials are listed below.  Prior to getting started with us, please take the written exam at your nearest computer testing center with a goal of 90% or better.

WHERE DO I STAY?

We’ve compiled a comprehensive “GUIDE TO PLANNING FOR YOUR TRIP” in hopes that you’ll have nothing short of a great experience both in the air and on the ground while visiting Idaho.  

IS IT POSSIBLE FOR A KITFOX AND AN INSTRUCTOR TO COME TO ME?

Yes, we gladly offer training at your home airport.  The following is a breakdown of costs: 

Ferry costs to bring our Kitfox to you: $150/hr
Airplane rental for training: $170/hr (plus 6% sales tax)
Instructor: $500/day for flight training
Plus all lodging and meal expenses for the instructor.  (The same expenses you would have for yourself if visiting us)

This is a great option for those not able to take the time away from home or work but would still like the opportunity to train with us. 

WHAT'S THE BEST WAY TO DISCUSS MY FUTURE TRAINING?

Due to the high demand for our services and lack of cell signal in the backcountry, we’re typically unable to communicate via phone.  Please proceed to our contact form to submit your details.  

READY TO SCHEDULE YOUR TRAINING EXPERIENCE?