Flight Instruction
Flight Instruction

Introductory Flight Lesson

Introductory Flight Lesson

Ready for takeoff?

The Minot Aero Center offers a 30-minute Introductory Flight starting at just $99!

       Your instructor will:

  • Instruct you on how the airplane flies

  • Let you handle the controls and fly the airplane

There is no experience necessary!

No age requirement!

Flight time can be logged and used toward meeting the requirements of the Private Pilot Certificate.

For people who are already serious about pursuing an FAA Private Pilot Certificate,

we recommend starting with a 1-hour lesson.

Gift Certificates Available!

scenic flight tours

The Minot Aero Center also offers Scenic Flights starting at just $99 for up to 3 passengers per flight!

       The pilot offers you, your friends, and family the unique opportunity to see the Magic City and surrounding area from 500 feet in the air! Our scenic flights are flown within 25 miles of the Minot Airport. 

  • You can take an evening flight to view the Magic City lights and seasonal Christmas lights. It is the perfect way to spend an evening with friends, family, or your special someone.

  • During the day you can take a scenic flight and see the colorful fall foliage, your house, farmstead/agriculture, wildlife, the state fair, and more. 

Contact us today to schedule a scenic flight! 

Gift Certificates Available!

Road map to your private pilot’s certificate

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Introductory Flight

Your instructor will take you for a short flight to introduce you to the airplane, airport, and taking the controls of the airplane.
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Begin Training

Select ground school, online,  or self study.

What aircraft will you use, a rental airplane or fly your own airplane?

Start Flying!

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Get Your Medical Certificate

A complete flight medical (FAA 3rd class) is required for your private pilot certificate.

 

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Study, Practice, Learn

  • Ground school studies
  • Practice flights
  • Prepare for solo flight
  • Secure airport badge
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Your First Solo Flight

Once you have achieved the knowledge of the principles of flight and the instructor feels you are competent in your skills, you will take your first solo flight.
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Fine Tune Your Skills

Fly as much as possible and gain experience with dual and solo flights.
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Tests and Exams

Soon you’ll be ready to take your written exam, which will precede your oral and flight exam with a FAA-designated examiner.
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Private Pilot Certificate

Once you get your pilot certificate…

Keep flying!

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Our Flight Instructors

Austin Greenheck

Austin Greenheck

Flight Instructor

Commercial Pilot – Pilot Services

Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) (CFI-I)

Cirrus Standardized Instructor Pilot (CSIP) -Cirrus Perspective Qualified

Tailwheel

Ed Burkardt

Ed Burkardt

Flight Instructor

Commercial Pilot – Pilot Services 

Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) (CFI-I)

Airline Transport Pilot (ATP)

Derek Peterson

Derek Peterson

Flight Instructor

Commercial Pilot – Pilot Services

Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) (CFI-I)

Tailwheel

Stephen Vook

Stephen Vook

Flight Instructor

Commercial Pilot – Pilot Services

Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) (CFI-I)

Multi-Engine Instructor (MEI)

Kyle Schmaltz

Kyle Schmaltz

Flight Instructor

Commercial Pilot – Pilot Services

Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) 

Devin Cole

Devin Cole

Flight Instructor

Commercial Pilot – Pilot Services

Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) (CFI-I)

Airline Transport Pilot (ATP)

Tailwheel

Nicholas Burkart

Nicholas Burkart

Flight Instructor

Commercial Pilot – Pilot Services

Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) 

Patrick Howell

Patrick Howell

Flight Instructor

Commercial Pilot – Pilot Services

Certified Flight Instructor (CFI)

Contact Us To Book A Flight!

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You can also give us a call:  701.852.4092

Financing

There are several sources of financing available for flight training. Here are some recommendations for you:

Pilot Financing Loans

Scholarships

Private Pilot Requirements

Private Pilot Eligibility Requirements: General

To be eligible for a private pilot certificate, a person must:

  • Be 16 years of age to solo
  • Be 17 years of age for pilot certificate
  • Pass the FAA 3rd class medical
  • Be able to read, speak, write, and understand the English language

Private Pilot Steps:

  • Attend a ground school (online or self-study)
  • Complete a minimum of 40 flight hours
  • Pass the FAA Private Pilot knowledge test
  • Pass the Private Pilot practical test

Private Pilot Privileges:

  • Fly day or night
  • Carry passengers (not for hire)
  • Fly in visual flight rules (VFR) conditions

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I train before 16 years of age? 

There is no minimum age to begin flight training for your private pilot certificate. You can begin training as early as 15 years of age, but you must be at least 16 years of age to solo.

How long will my private pilot training take to complete?

The length of time to complete your private pilot training varies. Most students fly on average of 2-3 times a week. At this pace you could receive your certificate in about 3 to 6 months.

The following times are the FAA minimum requirements: 40 flight hours total

  • 20 dual hours
  • 3 hours cross country 
  • 3 night hours
    • Must include a cross country flight over 100 miles
    • 10 takeoffs and landings
  • 10 solo hours 
  • 5 hours solo cross country

Instrument Rating Requirements

Instrument Rating Requirements: General

A person who applies for an instrument rating must:

  • Be at least 17 years of age
  • Hold a FAA private pilot certificate
  • Pass a FAA 3rd class medical
  • Be able to read, speak, write, and understand the English language

Instrument Rating Steps:

  • Minimum of 40 hours in actual or simulated instrument conditions 
    • 15 of which must be with an authorized instructor (CFI-I)
  • Pass FAA Instrument knowledge test
  • Pass the FAA Instrument practical test

Instrument Rating Privileges:

  • Fly in Instrument Meteorological Conditions (IMC)
  • Receive air traffic control guidance along your entire flight 

Frequently Asked Questions

Why do I need an instrument rating?

You need an instrument rating to be more proficient, competent, and confident pilot. Your instrument rating will increase your safety as you will be prepared to handle any change in weather conditions.

How long does it take to earn your instrument rating?

The length of time to earn your instrument rating varies. You can receive your instrument rating in as little as 30 days if you fly every day. If you fly 2-3 times a week, you can receive your instrument rating in about 3 to 6 months. (40 flight hours of actual or simulated IFR; 50 hours cross country PIC; Flight time accredited using a flight simulator depends on grade of flight simulator used)

What can I do with an instrument rating?

An instrument rating will allow you to fly in weather with lower visibility and allows  you to fly on an IFR flight plan. 

Commercial pilot Requirements

Commercial Pilot Eligibility Requirements: General FAR 61.123

To be eligible for a commercial pilot certificate, a person must:

  • Be 18 years of age
  • Be able to read, speak, write, and understand the English language
  • Complete a minimum of 250 total flight hours
  • Complete 100 hours Pilot in Command (PIC)
  • Complete 50 hours cross country
  • Complete 10 hours dual instruction

Minot Aero Center
2216 N. Broadway
Minot, ND 58703
Phone: 701.852.4092

Minot Aero Center