Welcome to the world of aviation.

Getting Started

Whether you are simply curious or have already made the decision to move forward with your training, the more questions you ask and information you gather, the more comfortable you’ll feel learning to fly. Pilot training is governed by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). In order to become a pilot, the following FAA requirements must be met:

            • You must be at least 17 years of age to obtain a license
                • You can start training earlier
            • Pass a medical exam
            • Complete training and flight time specific to an FAR Part 61 or 141 School
            • Pass a written knowledge test
            • Complete a successful checkride, which includes an oral, and flight examination

Beyond the federal requirements, ground training, or ground school, is the first step to obtaining a private pilot’s license.


If you are new to aviation, the best way to decide if flying is for you is through a Discovery Flight. Your discovery flight is the first opportunity for you to take the controls of the aircraft and get first-hand experience in the pilot’s seat. One of our FAA Approved Flight Instructors will take you through a pre-flight briefing and your first flight experience.  This first lesson costs only $199, and counts toward your minimum requirements for your license.

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Ground instruction provides the basic aviation knowledge your flight training will build upon. In ground school, you will learn about weather, aerodynamics, aircraft systems, flight planning, and federal regulations. Sierra Charlie Aviation provides group ground school quarterly to help you save on the cost of training. It is an 8 week program with classes on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Below you can find a calendar schedule of our current and upcoming ground school sessions. 

First Six Lessons

Sierra Charlie Aviation utilizes the Cessna Pilot Center approved syllabus to ensure that we cover each task that will be tested by an examiner. Here are some of the lessons that our instructors will walk through on a personal, one on one basis. The first six lessons follow the Cessna Pilot Center approved syllabus and fall as follows:

        1. Introduction and Familiarization – some topics include
            1. Safety practices, procedures and equipment
            2. Preflight inspection, flight control, and systems operation
            3. Collision Avoidance
        2. Exploring Control – some topics include
            1. Radio communications
            2. Medium Bank Turns
            3. Descents with and without flaps
        3. Interpreting the Instruments and Investigating Slow Flight – some topics include
            1. Aileron/Rudder coordination exercise
            2. Turns using flight instruments
            3. Go-Around procedures
        4. Learning About Stalls and Improving Control – some topics include
            1. Risk management
            2. Stall/Spin Awareness
            3. Fundamental maneuvers visual reference
        5. Flying a Desired Path over the Ground – some topics include
            1. Crab
            2. Turns around a point
            3. Rectangular Course
        6. Instrument Reference and Progress Check
            1. Startup, taxiing, and before takeoff checks
            2. Normal and crosswind takeoff
            3. Slow flight