Rotor Transition Training

 

Private ASEL Rating

Instrument Rating

Commercial Multi-Engine Rating

Initial

Add-On

Add-On

Earn your Private ASEL after initial training and time building using solo endorsement for “additional category/class.” Add your instrument rating to your ASEL prior to multi-engine training, so you can include the instrument approach on your commercial AMEL checkride (saving you from an additional checkride). With an ASEL commercial pilot certificate you can add your multi-engine rating in as little as 5 days.

 

Why choose American Flight Schools for your Rotor Transition Training
Experience the thrill of flying in the Rocky Mountains, the challenge of high-altitude operations, and the chance to experience Colorado culture while earning your fixed-wing certificates.

When you train at either of our Denver Metro locations, you gain valuable experience flying into and out of some of the busiest airports and airspace in the country. This allows you to increase your ATC communications skills and gain the confidence behind the mic you need as a professional pilot.

Train like a professional with one of our friendly and experienced flight instructors in our full motion Redbird FMX flight simulator and well-maintained fleet of aircraft.  All of our multi-engine aircraft are Technically Advanced Aircraft (TAA) equipped with the latest Garmin G1000 avionics suite.

Onsite maintenance staff are available, should the airplane need attention.

While structured, our accelerated training courses are tailored to each individual and customizable to your personal needs. Our highly qualified instructors take the time to get to know you as an individual, assess your skills, and help you gain the knowledge and proficiency to succeed in your fixed-wing flying.

Single-Engine Training Aircraft
American Flight Schools locations offer Cessna, Diamond, and Piper training aircraft with both “round dial” and G1000 options available.  Prices start at $89/hr wet.

Multi-Engine Training Aircraft
Choose from the sleek Tecnam P2006T or the Diamond DA42 Twinstar, along with our full motion Redbird FMX flight simulator, to create a more in-depth training environment at a lower cost. Our courses go beyond the FAA requirements to give you the most comprehensive and fun multi-engine program in the country!

 

STAGE 1
Private Pilot Single-Engine Land Certificate ( 17.7hrs Dual, 11.2hrs PIC, 5hrs PIC XC, 3.5hrs sim Instrument, 38hrs w/Instructor)

Day 1 – 3 hrs aircraft and 6 hrs CFI
Airplane Single-Engine Land Aeronautical Knowledge Areas 61.105(B) & Flight Proficiency Areas 61.107

Day 2 – 3 hrs aircraft and 6 hrs with CFI (1.0 hrs Instrument Training Time)
Finish Training Airplane Single-Engine Land Aeronautical Knowledge Areas 61.105(B) & Flight Proficiency Areas 61.107,

Day 3 –  1.2 hrs aircraft and 4 hrs with CFI
Solo Stage Check

Day 4 – 3 hrs aircraft and 6 hrs CFI
Solo/ Review of any deficient flight and ground areas or work on private maneuvers to ACS standards

Day 5- 3 hrs aircraft and 6 hrs CFI (3hr XC, 3 hrs night, 2 hrs Inst. Airplane TrainingTime)
XC and Night Ground Training and Flight with 10 FS night landings

Day 6- 5 hrs aircraft
Solo time building, Including: a long cross-country not less than 150NM total distance, 50NM from departure airport with landings at a minimum of 3 airports.

Day 7- 5 hrs aircraft
Finish requirements for 10 hrs solo flight including 5 hours XC and long XC.

Day 8- 3 hrs aircraft and 6hrs CFI
Review for Final Stage Check

Day 9- 1.5 hrs aircraft and 4 hrs CFI (.3 hrs Sim Instrument)
Final Stage Check

Day 10- Weather Day

Day 11- Checkride with an FAA Designated Pilot Examiner (1.2 hrs PIC, .2 hrs Sim Instrument)
Private Single-Engine Land Checkride

 

STAGE 2
Add-on Airplane Single-Engine Land Instrument Rating ( 14.7hrs PIC, 13.5hrs Dual, 12.1hrs Sim Instrument, 24hrs w/Instructor): 61.65(B)&(D)
*pilot must already possess Rotor Instrument Rating*

Day 1 – 3 hours aircraft and 6 hours CFI. (2.6hrs Instrument Training Time)
Review and preform Instrument airplane knowledge areas and instrument practical flight areas 61.65(B)&(D), Part 91 Regs, GPS & WAAS.

Day 2- 3 hours aircraft and 6 hours CFI. (3.0hrs XC PIC, 2.6hrs Instrument Training Time)
XC Instrument Training

Day 3 – 6 hours aircraft and 8 hours CFI (6.0 hrs XC PIC, 5.6hrs Instrument Training Time)
Long instrument XC a 250 NM cross-country flight along airways or ATC routing with an instrument approach at each airport and 3 different approaches and 100NM’s from departure airport

Day 4 – 1.5 hours aircraft and 4 hours CFI. (1.3hrs Instrument Training Time)
Instrument ASEL Stage Check.

Day 5- Checkride with an FAA Designated Pilot Examiner.  (1.2hrs flight time)
– Must have total of 15 hours Instrument Training with an Instrument-Airplane Instructor*

 

STAGE 3
Time Build to 50hrs PIC Airplane
(Pilots should enter with 25.9hrs PIC Airplane, and will need to timebuild 24.1hrs PIC Airplane)

 

STAGE 4
Commercial Multi-Engine Rating (21.5hrs Dual, 1.2hrs PIC, 22.7hrs ME, 34hrs w/Instructor) 61.125(b) & 61.127(b)(2)

Day 1 – 3 hrs aircraft and 6 hrs CFI.
Multi-engine aerodynamics, One Engine Inop (OEI) aerodynamics and operations, multi-engine systems and operations, basic flight maneuvers. (add 1.0 hrs dual flight simulator time for pilots with no G1000 avionics experience)

Day 2 – 3 hrs aircraft and 5 hrs CFI.
Abnormal and emergency operations, emergency descents, maximum performance operations, performance takeoffs/landings, single-engine operations, VMC demo.

Day 3 – 5 hrs aircraft and 7 hrs CFI (2.5hrs Night)
(Day and Night Dual XC). Day long XC of at least 2hours and 100NM from departure airport, fly back at night to meet night long XC commercial requirement on the way home (

Day 4 – 6 hrs aircraft and 7 hrs CFI
Long 300NM PIC XC, 250 straight-line.

Day 5 – 3 hours aircraft and 5 hours CFI.
Review and preform Knowledge Areas 61.125(b) and Areas of Operation 61.127(b)(2) to ACS standards

Day 6 – 1.5 hours aircraft and 4 hours CFI.
Final stage check – systems, single-engine operations, normal and emergency procedures. VMC demo, review of normal and emergency maneuvers.

Day 7 – Checkride with an FAA Designated Pilot Examiner.  (1.2hrs ME flight time)

 

TIME BUILDING
*Following the above hour totals pilots should finish program with 51.2 hours PIC Airplane*

  • Candidates will need to build 198.8 additional hours PIC airplane after earning their certificates.

During timebuilding pilots must include:
-25 additional hours Airplane Night PIC
-86 additional hours Airplane XC PIC (14hrs PIC XC gained during training)
-2.3 additional hours Multi-Engine (22.7 hrs PIC AMEL gained during commercial training)

 

Pricing                   $89-149/hr(wet) Single-Engine Aircraft

$249/hr (wet) Multi-Engine Aircraft

$60/hr Instructor Fee

$600 DPE Fee for each Checkride

 

Dates Available:    Course is available all year. Please contact us for scheduling. 30 days advance notice is required.

Course Materials: POH, charts, and ground training materials are available at additional cost.

Prerequisites:

  • Pilot must have a current FAA medical
  • Pilot must provide proof of citizenship (Passport or Birth Certificate) or TSA approval
  • Pilot must already be a FAA certified rotor pilot.

Payment:  A promisary note or deposit and 30 days prior notice is required to schedule accelerated training.  The Designated Pilot Examiner’s fee is due upon the commencement of the checkride and payable directly to the examiner.

 

Outline of Airplane Time for Each Certificate (assuming that pilot already has rotor commercial certificate)

Private Single Engine Land (Airplane Requirements) 61.109(a)
– Knowledge Areas 61.105(b)/ Areas of Operation 61.107(b)(1)

  1. 3 hours XC flight training
  2. 3 hours of night flight training
  3. 3 hours of flight training by reference to instruments
  4. 3 hours of flight training in preceding 2 calendar months
  5. 10 hours of solo flight (5 solo XC incl. long XC 150nm&3F/S lngs)

Commercial Airplane Land (Airplane Requirements) 61.129(a)
– Knowledge Areas 61.125(b)/ Areas of Operation 61.127(b)(1/2)

  1. 50 hours PIC in airplanes
  2. 5 hours of instrument training in airplane/multi
  3. 10 hours of training in Complex/multi
  4. 2hr 100NM day XC in airplane/multi
  5. 2hr 100NM night XC in airplane/multi
  6. 10 hours of solo time or performing duties of PIC in single/multi, including:
    1. 300NM XC 250 straight-line
    2. 5 hrs night VFR- 10 takeoffs and 10 landings at airport with control tower

ATP Airplane Category Rating (Airplane Requirements) (61.159)

  1. 50 hours in class of aircraft for the rating sought (25hrs from simulator ATP training)
  2. 250 hours in an airplane as PIC including:
    1. 100 hours XC
    2. 25 hours night
    3. Not more than 100 hours simulator time can be counted through parts 121,135,141,142 training to meet 250 requirement (10hrs ATP-CTP)

Instrument Aeronautical Experience Requirements (61.65)(b&d)

  1. 50 hours XC PIC, 10 must be in an airplane
  2. 15 hours of training in simulated or actual instrument “from an authorized instructor who holds an instrument-airplane rating” including:
    1. 3 hours of instrument flight training in an airplane appropriate for rating sought within 2 calendar months
    2. A 250 NM flight along airways or ATC routing with an instrument approach at each airport and 3 different approaches

 

Private Single Engine Solo Endorsement Requirements

61.105(B) Aeronautical knowledge areas

(1) Applicable Federal Aviation Regulations of this chapter that relate to private pilot privileges, limitations, and flight operations;

(2) Accident reporting requirements of the National Transportation Safety Board;

(3) Use of the applicable portions of the “Aeronautical Information Manual” and FAA advisory circulars;

(4) Use of aeronautical charts for VFR navigation using pilotage, dead reckoning, and navigation systems;

(5) Radio communication procedures;

(6) Recognition of critical weather situations from the ground and in flight, windshear avoidance, and the procurement and use of aeronautical weather reports and forecasts;

(7) Safe and efficient operation of aircraft, including collision avoidance, and recognition and avoidance of wake turbulence;

(8) Effects of density altitude on takeoff and climb performance;

(9) Weight and balance computations;

(10) Principles of aerodynamics, powerplants, and aircraft systems;

(11) Stall awareness, spin entry, spins, and spin recovery techniques for the airplane and glider category ratings;

(12) Aeronautical decision making and judgment; and

(13) Preflight action that includes—

(i) How to obtain information on runway lengths at airports of intended use, data on takeoff and landing distances, weather reports and forecasts, and fuel requirements; and

(ii) How to plan for alternatives if the planned flight cannot be completed or delays are encountered.

 

61.107 Flight Proficiency

(b) Areas of operation. (1) For an airplane category rating with a single-engine class rating:

(i) Preflight preparation;

(ii) Preflight procedures;

(iii) Airport and seaplane base operations;

(iv) Takeoffs, landings, and go-arounds;

(v) Performance maneuvers; (vi) Ground reference maneuvers;

(vii) Navigation;

(viii) Slow flight and stalls;

(ix) Basic instrument maneuvers;

(x) Emergency operations;

(xi) Night operations, except as provided in §61.110 of this part; and

(xii) Postflight procedures.

 

Commercial Multi-Engine Training Requirements

  • 61.125(B)   Aeronautical knowledge.

(1) Applicable Federal Aviation Regulations of this chapter that relate to commercial pilot privileges, limitations, and flight operations;

(2) Accident reporting requirements of the National Transportation Safety Board;

(3) Basic aerodynamics and the principles of flight;

(4) Meteorology to include recognition of critical weather situations, windshear recognition and avoidance, and the use of aeronautical weather reports and forecasts;

(5) Safe and efficient operation of aircraft;

(6) Weight and balance computations;

(7) Use of performance charts;

(8) Significance and effects of exceeding aircraft performance limitations;

(9) Use of aeronautical charts and a magnetic compass for pilotage and dead reckoning;

(10) Use of air navigation facilities;

(11) Aeronautical decision making and judgment;

(12) Principles and functions of aircraft systems;

(13) Maneuvers, procedures, and emergency operations appropriate to the aircraft;

(14) Night and high-altitude operations;

(15) Procedures for operating within the National Airspace System; and

(16) Procedures for flight and ground training for lighter-than-air ratings.

  • 61.127   Flight proficiency.

(b) Areas of operation. (2) For an airplane category rating with a multiengine class rating:

(i) Preflight preparation;

(ii) Preflight procedures;

(iii) Airport and seaplane base operations;

(iv) Takeoffs, landings, and go-arounds;

(v) Performance maneuvers;

(vi) Navigation;

(vii) Slow flight and stalls;

(viii) Emergency operations;

(ix) Multiengine operations;

(x) High-altitude operations; and

(xi) Postflight procedures

 

Instrument Training Requirements

61.65 (b)(c)

(b) Aeronautical knowledge. A person who applies for an instrument rating must have received and logged ground training from an authorized instructor or accomplished a home-study course on the following aeronautical knowledge areas that apply to the instrument rating sought:

(1) Federal Aviation Regulations of this chapter that apply to flight operations under IFR;

(2) Appropriate information that applies to flight operations under IFR in the “Aeronautical Information Manual;”

(3) Air traffic control system and procedures for instrument flight operations;

(4) IFR navigation and approaches by use of navigation systems;

(5) Use of IFR en route and instrument approach procedure charts;

(6) Procurement and use of aviation weather reports and forecasts and the elements of forecasting weather trends based on that information and personal observation of weather conditions;

(7) Safe and efficient operation of aircraft under instrument flight rules and conditions;

(8) Recognition of critical weather situations and windshear avoidance;

(9) Aeronautical decision making and judgment; and

(10) Crew resource management, including crew communication and coordination.

 

(c)Flight proficiency. A person who applies for an instrument rating must receive and log training from an authorized instructor in an aircraft, or in a full flight simulator or flight training device, in accordance with paragraph (g) of this section, that includes the following areas of operation:

(1) Preflight preparation;

(2) Preflight procedures;

(3) Air traffic control clearances and procedures;

(4) Flight by reference to instruments;

(5) Navigation systems;

(6) Instrument approach procedures;

(7) Emergency operations; and

(8) Postflight procedures.