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Why train with us?

We have the newest, most diverse, and most advanced fleet of training/rental aircraft and simulators of any flight school in Idaho. Over 30 pilots have earned ratings through us in the past 12 months, with an extremely high pass rate. Compare us to any other school in the area, these results demonstrate the effectiveness of our training methods.

 

We have four aircraft that we regularly use for private pilot training; our Piper Archer, Cessna 172, and our Cirrus SR20. We encourage you to try out each one to see which plane suits you best. These aircraft have trained hundreds of pilots in Idaho to fly.

 

How much does it cost to get a private pilot certificate?

Many schools will show you a cost breakdown that adds up to around $5000 to $7000. That is very deceptive because it is an unrealistic amount that assumes a student can finish in the minimum hours, doesn't include monthly dues or sign up fees, and does not include any instructor time on the ground. We like to give a more conservative estimate of $8,000 to $11,000 for the certificate. Some students learn quicker than others, and preparedness and frequency of flight lessons have a great impact on the total cost of your training. The best indicator of how much a license will cost at a particular school is to find out how much the last five or so students spent on their training.

 

Why should you train at Boise instead of a smaller airport like Caldwell? Part 61 vs. 141:What Part 141 schools won't tell you.

Even though the airspace at the Boise Airport is technically more complex, you will quickly feel right at home here. The combination of weather, traffic, excellent air traffic controllers, and great services make Boise an ideal learning airport. Pilots that learn to fly at smaller airport tend to avoid flying in airspace where they will have to communicate with air traffic controllers, which substantially limits their choice of destinations. If you learn to fly at Boise, you will be comfortable not only at home, but at airports such as Portland or Salt Lake too.

 

What is involved in private pilot training?

AOPA has a great webpage that will answer most of you questions. While you are there, be sure to sign up for the free six month student pilot membership and apply for the $5000 scholarship.

 

What can I use to study for the knowledge requirements?

We highly recommend Rod Machado's Private Pilot Handbook. No one does a better job delivering the information you will need. All of Rod's books are top-notch. You can order your complete private pilot kit here. It includes the reference material you will need to train with us. This kit along with Rod's Private Pilot Handbook will do a great job of preparing you to be a safe and knowledgeable pilot.

 

Can you get your private pilot's certificate in a Cirrus SR20?

Certainly. A Cirrus is a fairly simple aircraft to fly, and the SR20 is the best choice of the Cirrus line. The difference in the aircraft is the automation and technology. It will provide you with an opportunity to get experience in the latest equipment from the start. This will require a certain amount of dedication on the part of the student in learning the equipment, similar to learning a new software package on a computer. In the same way, someone who learns software quickly will probably do quite well with a Cirrus. Some people have a fascination with technology and a hunger to explore its capabilities. If this sounds like you, you will really enjoy and probably do very well learning to fly in a Cirrus.

Should you get your private pilot's certificate in a Cirrus? Just because you have the aptitude to operate the aircraft does not necessarily mean that you have the need for it. Consider your purpose. Do you desire to own your own technically advanced aircraft in the future? Are you tired of waiting at airports for your airline flight and would rather transport yourself in luxury and safety? In that case, it makes sense, and your future insurance bill may be drastically lower if you train in the advanced aircraft from the start. In fact, you may save enough to justify the additional cost of training.

 

Lately there has been a lot of news about flight schools purchasing fleets of SR20s to use in their training programs. There is a good reason for this, as the manufacturers are producing more and more of these "glass cockpit" aircraft, and less of the traditional round gauge variety. What about learning in a glass cockpit Cessna? Cessnas have a great track record, and many pilots began in them. The advantage of a Cirrus is the new design. With a Cessna, even though it is a great aircraft, it's an old airframe, and you could expect 20 to 30 knots less of airspeed at the same fuel burn rate. Cirrus has incorporated several safety features such as an airframe parachute and airbags with a totally new airframe and interior luxury. A demo flight in each aircraft will speak volumes about the differences here. Also, we have found that the Avidyne instrument panel in the Cirrus is more user friendly and intuitive. The G1000 panels in the Cessna are quite capable, but will require more diligence for the student due to the more complex layout. A simpler interface will reward you with more time to look out the window, instead of weeding your way through screens of information.

 

At Glass Cockpit Aviation, we have some of the most experienced instructors in advanced avionics, who are more interested in helping the student achieve a good understanding of the equipment than building hours in the aircraft. We use computer and simulation programs that are designed to help you gain a thorough understanding, not just enough knowledge to find the practice area. Using this method, we are confident that our students can master these advanced aircraft in about the same number of flight hours required for a less technical airplane. Our goal is to produce the safest new pilots in an efficient manner, pilots who are confident with the latest technology and safety equipment.

Boise Airport · 3653 Rickenbacker St. #202 · Boise · Idaho · 83705 · 208-869-6459 · info@glasscockpitaviation.com

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