Professional Pilot Program
The Airplane Professional Pilot Program is the full training course for people whose goal is to work as a professional airplane pilot. This program includes training for these certificates and ratings: Private, Instrument, Commercial, and Certified Flight Instructor. Most students who intend to build hours as flight instructors also complete their CFI Instrument and Multi-Engine Instructor ratings.
WHAT YOU’LL LEARN
Our Professional Pilot Program is designed to help you achieve your dream of becoming a professional pilot. From your very first flight, to your first solo flight and throughout all of the advanced training, you will develop skills, gain experience and create memories that will lay the foundation for your entire career. The Pacific Northwest is an amazing setting for the start of your flying career with the Pacific coast just over the Coastal Mountains to the West, the Cascade Range with Mount Hood just to the East and the Willamette Valley full of beautiful agricultural and wine country.
- Solo Flight
- Private Pilot Certificate
- Commercial Pilot Certificate
- Instrument Rating
- Certified Flight Instructor Rating
- Optional: CFI Instrument Rating
- Optional: Multi-Engine Instructor Rating
Professional Pilot Program Curriculum
A Private Pilot Certificate will allow you to fly virtually anywhere by yourself or with your friends and family on board. It will provide the foundation you will need to continue your airplane training in more advanced courses. Whether you plan to fly for fun, provide yourself with transportation or gain knowledge and experience for future ratings, it begins with your private pilot training.
From day one of your first flight pilot course, you’re in the cockpit getting hands-on experience.
Bad weather demands the skill to control and navigate an airplane with only your instruments. Our Instrument Course teaches you how to do it, and this rating is a step toward more challenging and rewarding pilot careers. It’s a necessity for any airline job.
Hone your skills as a pilot with training for a Commercial Pilot Certificate. Build on the skills you learned in the Private and Instrument training and gain confidence in the aircraft so that you will be prepared to carry paying passengers and get a job flying as a professional pilot. Whether your professional goal is to fly a Boeing 747, a Cessna Citation or a cargo plane, you need a Commercial Pilot Certificate to fly for hire.
CERTIFIED FLIGHT INSTRUCTOR
A Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) Rating is required for a pilot to instruct other pilots—often the first step in a pilot’s career and a great way to gain flight hours. Flight instructing is a wonderful way to get started in the aviation industry, and you can build up your own experience and credentials while sharing your passion for flying with other aspiring pilots.
OPTIONAL: CERTIFIED FLIGHT INSTRUCTOR INSTRUMENT
The Certified Flight Instructor Instrument (CFII) Course combines the techniques developed in the prior instructor courses with the knowledge and experience you learned in the Instrument training to ensure that you are safe and proficient to teach a student to fly in the clouds. All of our instrument-rated flight instructors are required to fly in actual instrument conditions and this course prepares you well to do so with confidence.
OPTIONAL: MULTI-ENGINE INSTRUCTOR
The Multi-Engine Instructor (MEI) Course allows you to gain the experience and training necessary to instruct private and commercial pilots in a multi-engine airplane.