Flight School Services
Here at Jeff Air, we pride ourselves on our quality flight school experience. We have helped many people achieve their goals whether it be a private pilots license, a commercial license, or even just a simple discovery flight. We pride ourselves on our outstanding 96% satisfaction rate. So when you learn to fly, choose Jeff Air, Indy’s premier flight school.
- Discovery Flight
- Ground School
- Private Pilots License
- Commercial Pilots License
- Instrument Rating
- Tailwheel Endorsment
- Additional Ratings and Endorsments
Experience a 30-minute flight to Discover the thrill of flight. One to three people can fly with one if our Certified Flight Instructors for an introductory flight lesson. You may be hooked!
$99.00 plus sales tax for one person.
*Add $20.00 for each additional person, up to three people total can go.
*Limit one Discovery Flight per person.
Jeff Air Ground Schools
Looking to get a grounded foundation in your aviation skills? Jeff Air has the solution to make your high-flying dream a reality. We offer both a private pilot ground course as well as a course for those looking to become certified instructors. Start your path to a better altittude with Jeff Air Ground Schools.
Private Pilot Ground School
Starts: Febuary 8, 2016 – March 23, 2016
Class is every Monday and Wedensday 6:00pm-8:00pm
Location: Polk Place 435 East Main St., Greenwood IN 46143
To register, Email: fly@jeffairFBO.com or call 317-514-9552
Certified Flight Instructor Course
- Ground school.
- Pre/Post flight briefings.
- Flight instruction in a Piper Arrow IV. (Up to 10 hours of flight time)
- Examiners fees.
Does Not Include the FOI or FIA written examines.
To register email fly@jeffairFBO.com or call 317-514-9552
The Private Pilots License requires, per the FAA, a minimum of 40 hours of flight experience, of which 20 hours minimum must be with a Certified Flight Instructor (CFI). At Jeff Air Pilot Services, a realistic expectation is about 55 hours of flight time and about 30 hours with a CFI. The national average is reported at about 60 hours of flight time.
At Jeff Air Pilot Services, we generally start most students in a Cessna 172 which cost $135.00 per hour plus tax and a 1% airport fee (Greenwood only) to rent. Our Instructor rate is $50.00 per hour. To simply reach the minimum required flight time with our Cessna 172, it will cost $5400; add the cost of $1000.00 to spend the minimum time with the instructor, and you will spend $6400. That is ONLY to reach the minimum time.
It is important to note that there are several other peripheral and incidental expenses when pursuing your dream of being a Private Pilot:
First, you must obtain a 3rd Class Medical from an Aviation Medical Examiner, about $100.00. This also serves as your Student Pilots License, which is required before your first solo flight.
The next consideration is Ground training. You will spend time with your instructor on preflight and post flight briefings, usually about 30-45 minutes per lesson, which are billed at $35.00 per hour. In addition, you will have some study work to do on your own or in a formal ground school (highly recommended). If you choose to take advantage of our ground school that is $695.00 and includes your initial book kit ($295.00 value). Associated with your ground studies, you are required to take a Private Pilot written exam. We can arrange for that test at our CATS testing facility, which costs $150.00.
Finally, to complete your Private Pilots License, you will be required to pass a Practical Test with an FAA Safety Inspector or a Designated Examiner (DE). The FAA doesn’t charge, but sometime comes with a waiting list. Therefore, a DE is authorized to conduct the Practical Test, but typically charge about $400.00. Either way, you will also have the cost of the aircraft rental during the exam, plan about 3 hours.
Here are some cost savings tips: It is possible to save some of your hard earned money along the way and still be successful in your aviation pursuits. The best and most effective way to reduce your cost is to be consistent when you start flying. Meaning, show up prepared and plan to fly two to three time per week. Keep working until you are done and have the Private License in hand. Frequency of lessons is the best and most efficient way to reduce the flight time and complete the course as close to 40 hours as possible. After 40 hours it is a matter of proficiency in order to pass the Practical Test. The closer you are to the 40 hour minimum requirement when you sit for the Practical, the more savings you will realize.
Commercial Pilot License Requirements are set forth by FAR 61.129. Aeronautical Experience necessary to apply for a Commercial Pilot License are as follows: For Airplane Single Engine Land rating—applicant must have 250 hours total time which consist of at least:
100 hours in powered aircraft/of which 50 in airplanes
100 hours PIC to include:
50 hours in airplanes
50 hours cross country/of which 10 hours in airplanes
Training and preparation for the rating must include the following: 20 hours minimum of training to include–
10 hours of instrument training/5 hours in single engine airplanes
10 hours of training in aircraft with retractable landing gear, flaps and controllable pitch prop.
One cross country min. 100 NM/2 hours VFR day
One cross country min. 100 NM/2 hours VFR night
3 hours flight preparation for practical test within 60 days of test.
Training involves the performance of various maneuvers that are required for the practical test check ride.
10 hours minimum of solo flight to include–
One cross country min of 300 NM with one leg 250+ NM in length
5 hours of night VFR at airport with control tower and 10 TO/LDs.
As an Instrument Rated pilot you will have the skill and knowledge to take advantage of the full ATC system. You will receive instruction to pass a knowledge and practical test that allows you to fly under instrument flight rules. To be eligible for the Instrument Rating, you must hold at least a Private Pilot’s License. In addition, you must have at least 50 hours of cross country flight time as Pilot in Command, 40 hours of actual or simulated instrument time, and a cross country training flight of at least 250 nautical miles.
The Tailwheel Endorsement is available in owner aircraft by our highly qualified CFI. Five hours with an instructor at $50.00 per hour and $35.00 per hour for any ground instruction.
Ratings and endorsements may be added to the Private or Commercial License. For example, pilots are required to have training and endorsements for complex and high performance aircraft. The instrument rating is necessary for flight solely by reference to instruments. The Multiengine rating is an additional class rating and can be added as VFR only or IFR, depending upon whether the pilot has a Single Engine Instrument rating. Basic requirements for these are as follows: In order to pilot an aircraft solely by reference to instruments and participate in the ATC system on an instrument flight plan, one must hold an instrument rating. That rating can be applied to a Private Pilot’s License or a Commercial Pilot’s License.
To receive an instrument rating, one must receive appropriate training, pass a knowledge test, and pass a practical flight test.I. Areas of Aeronautical Knowledge training–this can take the form
of an approved home study course, one on one instruction, formal class instruction, or an approved on-line course.II. Flight proficiency training–conducted by a certified instrument flight instructor.
Preflight Preparation and procedures, ATC clearances and procedures, Flight by reference to instruments, Navigation systems, Instrument approach procedures, Emergency operations, and Post-flight procedures.III. Aeronautical experience–minimum flight time requirements to be accumulate prior to one applying for the Instrument Rating check ride:1) Must have 50 hrs of cross country flight time as PIC.
2) Total of 40 hrs of actual or simulated instrument time.
15 of the 40 hrs must be instruction from an IFR instructor.
(3 hrs within 60 days preceding date of test)
3) Cross country training with a flight that consists of—A distance
of at least 250 nm along airways Instrument approach at each
airport and three different kinds of approaches.At the completion of all training, the applicant must take a check ride with an FAA designated examiner as outlined in the Practical Test Standards for the instrument rating. It should be noted that generally, this rating is accomplished in a single engine aircraft. However, the PTS states: “…in order to obtain an instrument rating wih multiengine privileges, an applicant must demonstrate compentency in a multiengine airplane not limited to center thrust.” This assumes the applicant possesses a multiengine rating.The instrument rating improves your general flying skills, knowledge of weather, and creates more options for your business and pleasure trips. Just remember that even the airlines occasionally flights cancel due to weather and you should too.An FAA written is not required for this rating, however the applicant must have received sufficient training to pass a practical flight test administered by a designated examiner. Training consists of maneuvering the aircraft with one engine inoperative, demonstrating minimum controllable airspeed (Vmc), and perform a single engine approach when the applicant possesses an instrument rating.A complex endorsement is required to pilot aircraft with a retractable landing gear, flaps, and constant speed propeller. In addition, a high performance endorsement is required for aircraft with engine greater than 200 hp.
We are currently providing complex training in an IFR equipped Piper Cherokee Arrow. Call for special pricing. In addition, I can provide the complex training that is necessary to full the requirements for a commercial pilot license.