About Elon Aviation

Since 2014, Elon Aviation has been the premier choice for flight instruction and aircraft rental in the Burlington, North Carolina, area and beyond. Elon Aviation’s mission is to provide excellent customer service and clean, safe, well-maintained aircraft. We respect each customer’s time and strive to teach each student the way they intend to fly, be it the student embarking on an aviation career or the “weekend warrior” seeking to fly for personal enjoyment.

We encourage you to call us at 336.221.9393 to make an appointment with one of our instructors to discuss your flight training opportunities and see our aircraft fleet firsthand. We are happy to answer any questions you have beyond our Frequently Asked Questions below.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long have you been in business?

Elon Aviation began in 2014. From its humble beginnings as one instructor with one airplane, the school has quickly become one of the most recognized flight schools in North Carolina and has expanded to a full staff of instructors and a full fleet of aircraft to satisfy your flight instruction, aircraft rental, and aircraft sales and management needs.

Are you affiliated with Elon University?

No, we just happen to share the “Elon” name! We welcome all pilots from Alamance County and beyond.

What certificates/ratings do you train?

We offer all levels of fixed-wing pilot training, including the private pilot, commercial, pilot, CFI, CFII, MEI, ATP, and remote pilot (drone) certificates and the instrument and multi-engine ratings. We can even take you through all these certificates in our Professional Pilot program. Click here for more information on this exciting program for career-track pilots.

When do you fly? What are your hours?

We are open seven days a week, and we fly around your schedule. Call us at 336.221.9393 to set up an appointment to visit our school.

Do you offer introductory or discovery flights?

We do; we just call them First Flights. Click here for more information on our First Flights.

What do I need to rent your planes?

Our insurance requires a one-time checkout with one of our instructors in each make and model you intend to fly. We tailor this flight to your needs and experience. For currency to solo, you must have flown in the make and model within the last 60 days. If not, we can conduct a short flight with you to help you regain currency. Our insurance requirements and other pertinent details are found in our aircraft rental agreement, which you will receive before your checkout flight.

Will you teach me in my airplane?

Yes, we will train you at our normal instructor rate.

What paperwork do I need to get started?

Before your first lesson, you will complete our aircraft rental agreement, which will grant you access to our Flight Circle scheduling system. We also need to see your proof of U.S. citizenship (i.e., birth certificate or passport) or TSA approval (see below), driver’s license, and pilot and medical certificates (if applicable).

Do you accept foreign students?

We do. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) requires all non-U.S. citizens to complete a background check before flight training.  Please click here to get started.

I have some hours from years ago or from another flight school. Can you finish me up?

Finish-ups are among our (many) specialties. Please call us at 336.221.9393 to schedule time to meet with one of our instructors, during which time we will review your logbook and create a syllabus that fits your needs.

How long is a typical lesson?

We usually schedule 1.5 to 2 hours and plan on being in the plane for 1.2 to 1.6 hours with about 15 minutes of pre- and post-flight discussion. Planes are charged by the time the engine is running (known as “Hobbs time”). Instruction is charged based on real time with the customer.

Are you hiring?

We often post position openings for CFIs. Please watch our website or Facebook page for hiring announcements.

At what age can my son/daughter start taking lessons?

Young pilots must be 16 to solo and 17 to be a pilot. We have seen success with students flying occasionally beginning at age 14 and increasing the frequency of their lessons closer to the FAA age requirements.

How do I pay for lessons? Can I finance my training?

We accept cash, check, and all major credit cards. Financing is available through outside lenders including Aircraft Owners and Pilot’s Association (AOPA) for pilots seeking multiple ratings and certificates, such as students in our Professional Pilot program.  Pilot Finance, Inc., offers financing for those seeking only one or two certificates or ratings. Please call us at 336.221.9393 for more information on financing options.

Do you train helicopter pilots?

We only offer fixed-wing aircraft training. We can also train toward the fixed-wing add-on to your helicopter pilot certificate. You can view our aircraft here.

Can you help me buy, sell, or manage my plane?

Absolutely. Let our experienced staff guide you through this process. Click here for more information on our aircraft sales and management services.

Do you offer charter flights or aircraft for hire?

Not at this time.

Do you offer accelerated training packages?

Yes; please click here for further information on some of our accelerated packages. We can also customize a training program to meet your schedule. Please contact us at 336.221.9393 for a more personalized plan.

What are your aircraft rental rates and instruction rates?

Please call us at 336.221.9393 for more information on our rates.

Do you sell pilot supplies?

We do. Please click here for our inventory. Not seeing what you need? We can order it for you! Please contact us for more details.

Do you offer gift certificates?

Yes, we offer gift certificates in any amount you desire to be used toward flight instruction or aircraft rental. We also offer First Flight gift certificates. 

When do you enroll students in your training programs?

We offer open enrollment, meaning you can start your training at any time throughout the year.