For some pilots, it’s more about the fun than the practicality. Do you always look skyward at the whoosh of a jet or the mesmerizing drone of a small airplane overhead? The sound of an aircraft in flight is the sound of freedom — the freedom to go where you want, when you want. Flying is one of the most fun and challenging activities you’ll ever experience, and that’s what makes it so rewarding. Now you too can join the ranks in the sky by learning to fly with Aspen Flying Club.
No matter if your goal is to fly just for fun, to make visiting friends or family a faster and easier experience, to get away from business trips on crowded airlines, or even to begin a career as a professional pilot, if you’re one of the many individuals that have always dreamt of learning to fly, the Aspen Flying Club pilot training school has all the tools you need to get airborne. With over 300 days of sunshine a year, and a stunning Rocky Mountain backdrop, Colorado is one of the best places to learn to fly. Located at Centennial Airport (KAPA), Aspen Flying Club provides an ideal environment conducive to learning to fly. We experience moderate weather conditions and air traffic, affording any new pilot-in-training the confidence and real-world experience needed to become a proficient pilot. At our flight school you can choose to learn to fly a variety of aircraft from recognized names such as Cessna, Piper, Diamond, and Gobosh.
If you’ve never been up in a small aircraft before, we recommend that you first take a Discovery Flight where we’ll introduce you to the aircraft and the skies above Colorado and let you actually feel what it’s like to fly an airplane. We’ve got many Discovery Flight options to get you started, with our basic flight beginning at just $99. Read about all of our Discovery Flight packages here.
Private pilots are eligible to fly any single engine, fixed gear airplane with less than 200 HP and are limited to the number of passengers only by the number of seats in any given qualifying aircraft. Private pilots are allowed to fly in visual conditions, day or night. You can expand on the basic privileges with nothing more than an instructor’s log book endorsement. These endorsements can be for flying high performance aircraft (more than 200 hp), complex aircraft (controllable prop, retractable landing gear and flaps), or a tail-wheel aircraft and normally take a just a few hours of instruction. Sport pilots are eligible to fly only Light Sport Aircraft (LSA), may carry up to one passenger, and are limited to daytime flying. Many sport pilots transition to private pilot once they’ve built some time and experience. This transition opens up more aircraft for you to fly and what’s better is that all your experience as a sport pilot counts towards your total experience, making the transition a very achievable goal. Once you have your pilot certificate, you will have the privileges of carrying passengers; flying to any location; piloting a single engine land based airplane; have the option to obtain an instrument rating and fly in less than visual weather; and the option to continue training into more advanced aircraft and abilities.
To begin you’ll need:
Prior to your first solo flight, you’ll need:
Before a SPORT PILOT final checkride, you will need to:
Before a PRIVATE PILOT final checkride, you will need to:
Flight training consists of two major components: ground school and hands-on flight training in an aircraft. The two should commence around the same time. While ground school can be accomplished on an individual basis, most people prefer to attend a classroom course. Not only will this ensure that all the material is covered but it will also provide the structure and organization to get through the required material in an organized and timely manner. The Aspen Flying Club ground school consists of 36 hours of ground instruction and covers the following topics:
Ground school can be like drinking from a firehose. It’s a lot of information covered in a short amount of time, so it is very important to study! In order to pass the FAA knowledge test, candidates must pass with 70% or greater. Taking flying lessons in conjunction with the ground-school material is highly encouraged. This demonstrates the practical application of the concepts covered during ground-school, while making the whole experience more fun and enjoyable. Flight training milestones include:
You want to learn how to fly because you think it will be fun, that’s why we go to the extra effort to make sure you’re engaged and enjoying your flight training experience. Learning to fly is an ambition that captures many people. At Aspen Flying Club we understand the passion for flight and the burning desire to feel the wind beneath your wings. There is no better place to get your wings than at our pilot flight school. Now all that’s left is to join the club and begin flying!