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How do I earn my pilots license?

  • The process starts with a tour of our school, up close look at the aircraft fleet and an introductory Discovery Flight:

    • Our instructors take a first time aviator in either the Cessna 172, Bellanca Decathlon or Enstrom F-28F Helicopter and let them sit in the pilots seat and fly!  Expect a few minutes of ground instruction pre-flight, at least 30 minutes of flight time and a debrief back at the hangar​

  • If the first time aviator wants to commit to on-going training, then we hold an introductory meeting with the student.

    • We fill out an action plan together to establish goals, potential obstacles a student may encounter and and a timeline to help achieve their mission

    • We recommend what books and material the student will need for Ground School including a customized Sheridan Pilots 307 or Rotor binder with a formal syllabus

  • The student starts flight training with their instructor learning required maneuvers.

  • The FAA requirement to earn a private pilot license is:

    • Be 17 years of age (Solo at 16)

    • Read, speak, write and understand the English Language

    • Hold a U.S. student pilot certificate

    • Log minimum of 40 hours of flight training and have logbook endorsement from a certified instructor

      • 20 hours of dual flight training with instructor​

      • 10 hours of solo flight

    • Pass a FAA 2.5 hour written exam (Book through PSI HERE)

    • Meet the aeronautical requirements for the aircraft rating sought

flight simulators

State-of-the-art technology to fly without going anywhere or paying for gas.

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The procedural trainer


Discovery Session: $25* / hr | Adults: $50* / hr

  • Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) advanced training device certified

  • Wrap-around visuals, realistic flight controls, and interchangeable cockpits

  • Cessna 172 (Steam), Cessna 182 G1000 & Beechcraft Baron (Steam) panels

  • Students can log 2.5 hours as a private pilot, 20 hours of instrument, and 50 hours of commercial instruction.  

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Ideal for young pilots


Ages 15 and under: FREE | Adults: $25* / hr 

  • Detailed & realistic 3-D graphics 

  • Features a 55" flat-screen cockpit 

  • Redbird yoke, throttle, and rudder pedals

  • 15+ aircraft to fly

  • 35,500+ airports

*All funds from simulator training fees are used to further the Sheridan Pilots Association's mission to improve access to aviation in Sheridan. 

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