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Many new to aviation are curious:
¿ What does it mean to be a Certificated Pilot?
¿ What type of training and instruction is needed?
¿ What do the Pilot Ratings mean? Where do I start?


Modine Aviation aspires to answer these questions and others below. We have attempted to simplify this in an overview– we are happy to provide more details in a free consultation by email, phone or in person.

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Private Pilot

The FAA requires a minimum of 40 hours flight training. However, the national average before certification is approximately 65-80 hours.

Private Pilot Training includes the basics of aircraft control and performance:
  • navigation
  • maneuvers
  • weather interpretation
  • basic instrument flying skills

Candidates will take a basic physical exam to get their Student Pilot Certificate. Prior to the checkride, students are required to take a written knowledge test – based on aviation regulations, aircraft systems, navigation and other items relevant to the Private Pilot Certificate.

Students can fly day or night in VMC conditions (Visual Meteorological Conditions–not in the clouds). All training is conducted under Part 61 of the Federal Aviation Regulations. (CFR 61 Subpart E).

Please contact us for more information and to get started on an exciting adventure in life learning!

Instrument Rating

The Private Pilot's next logical step in developing their flying skills and acquiring a rating to fly in the clouds or when the weather is not VMC (Visual Meteorolgical Conditions).

The FAA requires a minimum of 40 hours of actual or simulated instrument time, of which at least 15 hours is with an Instrument instructor. Candidates will learn to fly in controlled airspace solely by reference to the instruments in the aircraft. This includes departure, enroute, arrival and instrument arrival procedures to land at airports when the weather is not VMC (Visual Meteorological Conditions).

Instrument Rating requires a written knowledge test on the relevant subject matter. All training conducted under Part 61 of the Federal Aviation Regulations. (CFR 61.65 Subpart B)

Please contact us for more information and to get started!

Commercial Pilot

If you already have a Private Pilot Certificate and would like to get paid to fly, you will need to get your Commercial Certificate.

The Federal Aviation Regulations for aeronautical knowledge, flight proficiency and aeronautical experience for this certificate is covered in CFR Part 61 Subpart F beginning at 61.121. Please contact us for more information!

Flight Review (BFR)

All certificated pilots must complete a Flight Review (or the equivalent) every 24 months.

Federal Aviation Regulation Part 61 Subpart A (61.65) dictates a minimum of 1 hour ground training and 1 hour flight training to meet this requirement. The content varies. There are other programs and training activities that can be substituted to meet the Flight Review requirement.

We make it a fun learning experience. Glass Cockpit, Technically Advanced Aircraft (TAA) welcomed! Please contact us for more information and to schedule your Flight Review (BFR)!

Instrument Proficiency Check (IPC)

If a pilot is not "Instrument Current" per Federal Aviation Regulation Part 61.57(c) and is 6 months over, they need an IPC!

The FAA requires 6 instrument approaches, intercepting/tracking courses, and holding within the previous 6 months to be current. Instrument flying is a "use it or lose it skill".

Each pilot is different, but we suggest that in addition to FAA currency requirements, pilots have:
  • at least one hour of simulated or actual instrument time in the previous month;
  • at least one instrument approach in the same period
  • an IPC in the previous six months.

Please contact us for more information and to schedule your IPC!

Pinch Hitter Training

This program provides training for the pilot's companion. We teach those who are frequently companions of pilots the basics of airplane control and how to work the radios and other equipment in the aircraft.

Candidates for this experience often say that they enjoy flying even more now that they understand the instruments and radios!

This program is aircraft specific and is geared towards owners and non–flying spouses. Please contact us for more information and to schedule your Pinch Hitter training!

FAA's Pilot Proficiency Awards Program "WINGS"

The WINGS - Pilot Proficiency Program is designed to help each pilot construct an educational curriculum suitable for their unique flight requirements.

It encourages pilots to continue their aviation educational pursuits and requires education, review, and flight proficiency in the Areas of Operation found in current Practical Test Standards (PTS), that correspond with the leading accident causal factors.

All pilots holding a U.S. pilot certificate and a current medical certificate when required may participate in the WINGS – Pilot Proficiency Program.

Please contact us for more information.

Complex and High Performance Endorsement

As required per FAR Subpart A 61.31(e)(f). Please call for more information.

Finish-Up Programs

Was your flight training interrupted prior to achieving your rating or certification?

We can help you get back on track quickly. Call us today to review your status and see what it would take to make your hopes a reality!

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