New to Flying

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


Already a Pilot

Our extended and recurring training programs are created with the certified private pilot in mind.

Perpetual learning is part of being a pilot and Sierra Charlie Aviation is here to teach! From Bi-Annual Reviews to Time Building, to Emergency Procedure Refresher courses, we’re here to keep you current and active in the field of aviation.

Flight Review

A Flight Review is a mandatory review mandated by the FAA. A Flight review is a way to ensure that pilots are remaining proficient. The FAA mandates that a Flight Review is done every 24 calendar months and aims to review and refresh pilots’ knowledge and physical skills in an aircraft. In order for a flight review to be more helpful, Sierra Charlie will ensure that it is tailored to each pilot by offering scenario based training, and emphasizing the needs of each applicant. The FAA has published these documents to help pilots understand what should be included in a flight review:


Here is breakdown of what our Certified Flight Instructors will cover in addition to anything specific for each individual:

      • Ground Review to include:
          • General Operating and flight rules of Part 91
          • Cross-Country Flight Planning
          • Weather Risk Management and Personal Minimums
          • General Aviation Security
          • Federal Aviation Regulations
      • Flight Review to include:
          • Physical Airplane Skills
          • Mental Airplane Skills
          • Aeronautical Decision Making Skills

Note: a flight review is purely for safety, it cannot be failed and if more time is needed, it is logged as Dual Received in a Pilot’s Logbook. Once the review is completed, the CFI who conducted the training will write an endorsement of completion.

Instrument Flight Training

Already have a Private Pilot’s License and looking for more? Attaining your instrument rating will not only allow you to fly into a wider variety of conditions, but will also refine your ability to use the flight instruments and fully utilize the National Airspace System. With a high density of local airports with instrument approaches, Sierra Charlie Aviation offers the perfect location to get the most out of instrument training flights. Our aircraft are also equipped with the Garmin G1000 Avionics and GFC700 Autopilot allowing us to shoot coupled approaches during training. Utilizing the Practical Test Standards put out by the FAA, the King School’s syllabus, and a wide variety of compiled first-hand experience, we ensure that each testable item is covered and the student feels confident in their abilities. Many other flight schools in the valley prohibit use of certain airports but Sierra Charlie Aviation will train pilots on the risks involved and how to mitigate them to provide a more thorough, and less sheltered pilot who ready for real-world flying experience.

Sierra Charlie Aviation Signature Programs

Sierra Charlie Aviation Signature Programs

Mentor Pilot ProgramsMentor Pilot Program

According to AOPA’s recent Flight Training Magazine, 25% of pilots who obtain their private license don’t feel comfortable flying without instructor supervision. While Sierra Charlie Aviation strives to instill confidence in our students from the very beginning, if you want to increase your confidence in the pilot’s seat before flying on your own, we are here to help! Whether it’s a flight around the pattern or a flight across the country, a day with strong crosswinds or crossing into busy airspace, our instructors are here to lend a hand in building the confidence you need. Also, we are able to provide insurance mandated mentor pilot services for owners of new high performance aircraft. Our experienced instructors have flown everything from Piper Cubs, to Cessna Citations and are here to help you build a strong understanding of your new aircraft and fly safely.


Pinch Hitter Pilot ProgramPinch Hitter

The Pinch Hitter Program at Sierra Charlie Aviation gives family members, significant others, and close friends the chance to take your place in the left seat to get a feel for your love of flying. Similar to a discovery flight, not only does this help them understand why you spend so much time in the air, but it can calm their potential concerns while you’re up there and they’re down here. This will help build their comfort as it provides a deeper understanding of what you’re doing, how the aircraft works, how the G1000 and GFC700 aid in-air safety, and the joy of flying.



G1000 Class Cockpit Transition TrainingG1000 Class Cockpit Transition Training

Going from Conventional Steam Gauges to the modern day glass cockpit can be intimidating.  As aviation technology moves forward it is important to be highly proficient in order to be able to fully utilize each of the many functions.  Our Cessna 172s are equipped with Garmin’s G1000 Avionics suite.  While the basic functions are simple, we will delve deep into the wide array of features offered in this system.  For example, how to utilize the Vertical Navigation capabilities, as well as NextRad Weather, and the Terrain Awareness and Warning System.  The GFC700 Auto-pilot is also coupled with the G1000 allowing us to shoot approaches similarly to those who are flying large corporate aircraft.

Back in the Cockpit Training Program

Back in the Cockpit

This program provides pilots in need of a refresher course to regain confidence in the pilot’s seat. In addition to actual flying time, your instructor will introduce new technology, new resources available to pilots, and changes in the airspace system. Additionally, a review is conducted regarding medical requirements, weather, common regulations, and yes, operation. Most importantly, this program completes the ground instruction requirement of your Flight Review.



Emergency Procedure Refresher Course

Without proper training, aviation can be dangerous, and when in an emergency situation each second is critical to safe recovery.  For this reason alone, it is important to stay a tuned to each emergency that you or your aircraft is subject to.  Sierra Charlie Aviation offers a comprehensive, two-day refresher course where we will go over different scenarios tailored to the classes needs.  We will also cover the following topics:

        • In-Flight Fire
        • Loss of Electrical Power
        • Power plant Failure
        • Symptoms and Effects of Hypoxia
        • Spatial Disorientation
        • Vacuum System Failures