Elon Aviation Training Programs

When you are learning to fly or seeking an additional certification or rating, there are a few things you want to know about your flight school: their experience, their safety record, and the cost effectiveness of their instruction.

Elon Aviation provides experienced, safe, student-oriented, cost-effective flight instruction. Our instructors have more than 25,000 hours of flight time with no incidents or accidents. We ensure that our aircraft are properly maintained and airworthy each time you fly. Our rental and instruction rates are competitively priced and among the best in the area. These qualities, along with our commitment to outstanding customer service, make Elon Aviation your top choice for flight instruction.

We offer all levels of fixed-wing pilot training, including the private pilot, commercial, pilot, CFI, CFII, MEI, ATP, and Drone Pilot certificates and the instrument and multi-engine ratings. The following is a quick overview of the requirements and expectations for each certificate and rating.

Certificate/Rating

What to Expect

FAA Requirements

FAA Hour Requirements

Private Pilot

In the beginning, you will learn basic aircraft control and maneuvers, then you will work on perfecting your landings. After you solo, your focus shifts to performance take-offs and landings, navigation, working with Air Traffic Control, and night flying. Once you've completed all requirements, we will prepare you for the FAA Practical Exam.

Be a U.S. citizen and provide a current U.S. passport or birth certificate

Be able to read, speak, write, and understand English

Be at least 17 years old to take the FAA practical exam. (Must be at least 16 to fly solo)

Pass a FAA 3rd Class Medical Exam

Pass a FAA Knowledge Exam

Pass a FAA Practical Exam with a Designated Examiner

Minimum 40 flight hours (total time)

This includes at least:

20 hours dual instruction

10 hours solo time

Remaining 10 hours may be dual or solo time

Instrument Rating

Your first flight will review the basic instrument maneuvers you learned during your private pilot training. We believe in teaching you the way you will fly; therefore, most of your training will be on IFR cross-country flights. You will be confident and prepared to utilize your instrument rating. We will also emphasize personal minimums, risk management, and decision-making throughout your training.

Be a U.S. citizen and provide a current U.S. passport or birth certificate

Be able to read, speak, write, and understand English

Hold at least a FAA Private Pilot Certificate

Possess a FAA 3rd Class Medical Certificate

Pass a FAA Knowledge Exam

Pass a FAA Practical Exam with a Designated Examiner

Must achieve 50 hours as Pilot-in-Command on cross-country flights. This may be combined with 40 hours of instrument time, in which at least 15 hours must be with a CFI.

Because Private Pilots have already met some of these requirements, please see one of our CFIs for a personalized plan and experience estimate to help you earn your instrument rating.

Commercial Pilot

You will receive at least 10 hours of training in our complex airplane. During this time, you will improve upon the maneuvers you learned as a private pilot and learn a few new maneuvers. Not only will we prepare you for the FAA Practical Exam, but we will also counsel you on the opportunities you will have as a new commercial pilot while emphasizing professionalism, risk management, and decision-making.

Be a U.S. citizen and must provide a current U.S. passport or birth certificate

Be able to read, speak, write, and understand English

Hold at least a FAA Private Pilot Certificate

Possess a FAA 3rd Class Medical Certificate. (Upon completion of your training, you will need to pass a 2nd Class Medical Exam to act as a commercial pilot.)

Pass a FAA Knowledge Exam

Pass a FAA Practical Exam with a Designated Examiner

Must achieve a minimum of 250 hours

This includes at least:

100 hours as Pilot-in-Command

50 hours as Pilot-in-Command on cross-country flights

20 hours dual instruction (10 hours instrument and 10 hours in a complex airplane)

5 hours night VFR solo

Because Private Pilots have already met some of these requirements, please see one of our CFIs for a personalized plan and experience estimate to help you become a commercial pilot.

Certified Flight Instructor/Certified Flight Instructor Instrument/Multi Engine Instructor

Most of your training is completed in the classroom. You will expand your knowledge of previously learned subjects and learn how to become an effective, professional instructor. Your flight training will include spins (CFI training only), teaching strategies, and experience flying from the right seat.

Be a U.S. citizen and provide a current U.S. passport or birth certificate

Be able to read, speak, write, and understand English

Hold at least a FAA commercial pilot certificate and instrument rating

Possess a FAA 3rd Class Medical Certificate

Pass two FAA Knowledge Exams

Pass a FAA Practical Exam with a FAA Inspector

No additional minimum hour requirements

Multi-Engine Rating

You will perform various maneuvers, practice emergency scenarios, and fly instrument approaches (if you wish to have instrument privileges). You will end the course with your practical exam.

Be a U.S. citizen and provide a current U.S. passport or birth certificate

Be able to read, speak, write, and understand English

Hold at least a FAA Private Pilot Certificate

Possess a FAA 3rd Class Medical Certificate

Pass a FAA Practical Exam with a Designated Examiner

No additional minimum hour requirements

Remote Pilot (Drone) Certificate

If you plan to fly a UAS, or drone, for recreational purposes, you do not need the Remote Pilot Certificate.

However, if you plan to fly a drone commercially or for business, you will need a certificate.

Be at least 16 years old

Pass TSA vetting 

May hold any airman certificate (either fixed-wing or rotorcraft) and have completed a flight review within the past 24 months

If you do not hold an airman certificate, you must complete an initial aeronautical knowledge test 

For more information on FAA requirements for remote pilots, please visit their website

For information on requirements to operate a drone in North Carolina, please visit the North Carolina Department of Transportation's Aviation Division's website

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We also offer training toward the tailwheel endorsement and seaplane rating. Contact us for details.

Elon Aviation Training Packages

We offer a variety of programs to meet your flight training needs:

Program

Who it’s for

Details

First Flight

If you’re thinking about learning to fly but not sure what to expect or just want to cross something off the bucket list, the First Flight is for you. We offer First Flight certificates that make great gifts for any holiday or special event.

For only $99, you can discover the thrill and freedom of flying, receive hands-on instruction (You will fly the plane!), and see Alamance County like you’ve never seen it before.

Each First Flight lasts 45 minutes. You are welcome to bring up to two passengers depending on weight and balance requirements.

Professional Pilot

Dreaming of becoming a professional pilot? With our Professional Pilot package, we can take you from no flight time whatsoever through all your required certificates and ratings in a minimum of six months.

If you can commit to flying at least five to six days a week, we can take you through your private, instrument, commercial, multi-engine, CFI, CFII, and MEI certificates and ratings in less than six months.

Call us for details and pricing. Financing is available through outside lenders to cover the cost of your training.

Pinch-Hitter

Have a friend or loved one who takes you flying? Are you mystified by what they do in the cabin? The pinch hitter course takes away that mystery and makes you a more knowledgeable passenger.

You will learn basic operations of the airplane and flying basics such as how to land a plane safely. Skills learned will enable you to assist the pilot during flight.

Accelerated Instrument Rating

If you have 10 days and love to fly cross-countries, this is a great way to knock out that instrument rating you’ve always wanted.

You will learn the way you fly through real-world instrument flying conditions.

This package can enable you to receive your rating in 10 days or less. Call us for details and to schedule an appointment with a CFI, who will help tailor a program based on your experience.

Accelerated Multi-Engine Rating

Two days, two engines, one rating. This is perfect for those seeking a multi-engine rating without committing a lot of time to training.

In two consecutive days, you can earn your multi-engine rating. Package includes six hours of flight training, instructor time, practical exam fee, and study materials.

Two-day package price is $3,475. This must be paid in full prior to beginning training. Additional training, if needed, charged at the normal training rate.

Accelerate Anything

We can help build an accelerated plan for any certificate or rating you desire. Perfect for students on break from school, military personnel on leave, or any other time-crunched individual.

Call us for details and to schedule an appointment with one of our CFIs, who will help you design the training program that best suits your needs.