Whether you are a prospective Cirrus owner, a brand new pilot, a veteran pilot, or even a non-pilot looking for a greater understanding of what’s going on in the cockpit; we can help.
Fly A Cirrus
Capital Flight is the premier Cirrus Training Center in the midwest. We offer primary and advanced flight training, including Private Pilot and Instrument Ratings in brand new, current G6 SR series Cirrus aircraft, as well as transition training for students who are wanting to fly a more technologically advanced aircraft. We strive to bring a scenario based environment for our students. Train while you travel for pleasure or business, bring family along, see the country while becoming a more confident, competent pilot. We set our training around YOUR desires, and show you not only how to fly, but what the aviation lifestyle is all about. For current Cirrus owners, we also offer recurrent training in your airplane with one of our Cirrus qualified instructors. Using our standardized Cirrus training syllabus coupled with your insurance-mandated requirements, your recurrent training can be efficiently completed.
Capital Flight offers a variety of continuing education programs designed to help pilots maintain currency and recency of experience recommendations of Cirrus, the FAA, and private insurance carriers.
- Bi-annual Flight Review (BFR)- A 4 hour appointment with one of our instructors to accomplish requirements of FAR 61.56.
- Instrument Proficiency Check (IPC) - A 4 hour appointment with one of our instructors to accomplish the requirements of FAR 61.57.
- Cirrus Landing Standardization - A 2.5 hour appointment to complete the course which provides an opportunity to develop and hone your landing skills.
Cirrus Transition Training
For pilots who are already certificated and wish to fly Cirrus, Capital Flight utilizes factory designed Transition Training from Cirrus Aircraft. Depending on certification level and prior experience, completion of the appropriate Transition Course will qualify that pilot for flight privileges in Cirrus Aircraft with Capital Flight.
The Basic Transition course is designed for VFR only pilots. The course minimum is 6 hours of flight time, ground school and homework. The average completion time is 10 hours and can vary greatly depending on experience level.
The Advanced Transition course is designed for pilots who hold an instrument rating. The course includes all the Basic Transition course work as well as IFR competency tasks. The minimum completion time is 8 hours of flight time with ground school and home study, with a course average of 12 hours of flight time.
Avionics Differences Transition
The Avionics Differences Transition course is designed for qualified Cirrus pilots who wish to switch from flying one avionics package into the other. Cirrus offers avionics packages from either Avidyne or Garmin. The minimum transition time is 2 hours of flight time plus ground school and home study, with a course average of 5 hours.
Airframe and Powerplant Differences Transition
The Airframe and Powerplant Differences Transition course is designed for qualified Cirrus pilots who want to switch between various Cirrus models. The minimum transition time is 2 hours of flight time plus ground school and home study, with a course average of 5 hours.
Pinch Hitter Course
Have a loved one or business partner you fly with that is not a pilot? Our course introduces them to the basics and emergency scenarios making them more confident and enthusiastic to boot!
In Aircraft Training
Own your own non-Cirrus aircraft and want access to the best instructors around who can provide instruction in your plane? Heck yeah we do that!
Private Pilot Training
The FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) establishes the criteria that must be met in order to obtain a Private Pilot Certificate. Those requirements are spelled out in detail in CFR §61.102-120, but the basic minimums are listed below:
- Age: 17 Years (16 to Fly Solo)
- Total Flight Time: 40 Hours
- Instruction Flight Time: 20 Hours
- Solo Flight Time: 10 Hours
- Third-Class FAA Medical Certificate
- FAA Written Test
- FAA Practical Test (Checkride)
It's important to keep in mind that these are the FAA-mandated minimums. The national average for students to complete their private pilot training is around 70 hours total flight time. Our students typically receive their license in an average of 75 hours. Also, there is no minimum age to start flying lessons, the ages above only apply to solo flight and license eligibility.
An instrument rating isn't a license, but rather an add-on to an existing Private or Commercial Pilot Certificate. It allows you to act as PIC (Pilot In Command) of an airplane during IFR conditions (inside clouds, low visibility, etc.) as well as in Class A airspace. Instrument training centers around becoming proficient at flight solely by reference to instruments, and also includes more in-depth study of weather and rules and procedures that apply during IFR conditions.
Obtaining an instrument rating requires dedication and effort, but the payoff is tremendous. As an instrument-rated pilot, it's much more likely that you'll be able to complete a planned flight because weather conditions are less of a factor. There are specific criteria that must be met in order to be eligible for an instrument rating. The FAA details them in CFR §61.65, but here's the shorter version:
- Prerequisite: Private or Commercial License
- Age: 17 Years
- Total Flight Time: 50 Hours PIC
- Simulated or Actual Instrument Flight Time: 40 Hours
- Instrument Instruction Flight Time: 15 Hours
- FAA Written Test
- FAA Practical Test (Checkride)
FAA Medical Certificate
You'll need to visit an Aviation Medical Examiner (AME) to obtain your medical certificate / student pilot's license before you can fly solo. An AME is a doctor the FAA has authorized to give flight physicals (a flight physical is basically a routine physical exam). You can apply for a first-, second- or third-class medical certificate. Private pilots only need to obtain a third-class medical certificate.
If you plan to continue training to earn your commercial pilot's license, you'll need a second-class medical to exercise your privileges as a commercial pilot. If you're ready to get your medical certificate, you can click here to locate an AME in your area.
Ground school is an integral part of flight training at all levels. In fact, you'll spend some time on the ground with your instructor before & after each flight. In addition to the ground portion of each flight lesson, Capital Flight (in conjunction with Gleim Training Products) has developed a customized syllabus that will make it easy for you to prepare for each flight lesson. You'll also learn a lot through interactive online modules, videos, graphics and quizzes. When you need help, your instructor will work with you to make sure you understand each concept thoroughly.
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