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Take the next step! The instrument rating adds a whole new arsenal to a pilot’s capability.  Being able to ‘punch through the clouds’, and ‘shoot an approach’ are commonplace to the IFR pilot!  In the pursuit of the ultimate weekend, an IFR rating would allow you to fly through the cloud layers and still get into those destination. Ultimately, an IFR rating makes you a more competent and safer pilot as you use your new found skills to navigate under Instrument Flight Rules (IFR).


Being able to fly airplanes with retractable gear and constant speed props is another crucial step in becoming a commercial pilot. Our Piper Arrow is perfect for those who want to transition to complex aircraft. And it's a perfect trainer for the Commercial Certificate.


The Commercial Pilot Certificate trains you to a higher degree of skill and ability, in preparation for a professional flying career. As a commercial pilot you can be compensated for your piloting services. During your course you will learn about the privileges and limitations you have as a Commercial Pilot, and receive in depth training in the systems and operation of your aircraft. You will also operate your aircraft to its maximum capabilities in high performance maneuvers, achieving a new level of mastery and safety.


The Multi Engine Certificate allows you to fly any airplane (under 12,500 lbs) with more than one engine. Due to the complexity of the equipment, this certificate calls for a higher degree of skill than flying a single engine aircraft. Emphasis is placed on multi-engine aerodynamics, engine out operations, emergency procedures, and the performance and limitations of the airplane. This certificate can be extremely rewarding as it allows you to operate a complex aircraft with more capabilities.

Sea Plane

Presuming that you are a certified and proficient single-engine land pilot, the Single Engine Sea add-on rating requires only a few hours of training and, in the United States, a check ride with an FAA examiner. In the process, you'll learn to handle an airplane on the water, read the environment for wind speed and direction information, verify the suitability of a landing area, and secure the airplane at a beach, ramp, dock, or mooring buoy.

CFI Initial

Becoming a Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) is probably the most challenging and rewarding experience for any pilot. The ability to spread your knowledge, excitement and love for aviation with new (and experienced) pilots is extremely rewarding.

Once you have reached this stage in your flight training, you have already learned everything you need to know as a pilot about aeronautical knowledge and flight maneuvers. What you will learn during the Certified Flight Instructor Course is how to teach that knowledge to others.

CFI Instrument

The Certified Flight Instructor - Instrument (CFII) adds instrument instruction privileges to your current Flight Instructor Certificate. Similar to the CFI certificate, there are no flight time requirements outside the 3 hours of test preparation. The success of this course is largely dependent on your current instrument proficiency and your ability to teach in this advanced environment.

CFI Multi-Engine

The Multi-Engine Instructor Certificate (MEI) adds multi-engine privileges to your current Certified Flight Instructor Certificate. This add-on can be accomplished with or without instrument instructor privileges; however it is most common to add this rating onto a CFII. Like the CFI and CFII, there are no flight time requirements outside the 3 hours test preparation. The success of this course is largely dependent on your current multi-engine aircraft knowledge, flight proficiency and your ability to teach in a sophisticated and complex aircraft.


The Airline Transport Pilot Certificate (ATP) is the pinnacle of all your hard work and experience. Your flying skills and aeronautical knowledge is now at the Masters level however, that does not mean you stop learning. Those certified as Airline Transport Pilots are authorized to act as pilot-in-command of an aircraft in air carrier service in aircraft with a max gross weight over 12,500 pounds or 5,700 kg and/or over 9 passenger seats.

Advanced Flight Training