Our flight training programs are based on decades of experience. We understand people and what is involved in teaching them how to become safe and confident aviators. Our instructors are carefully selected, highly motivated, carefully supervised and dedicated to your success.
Learning to fly is one of the most rewarding things you will ever do. It is demanding, yes - you will be reading, watching videos, listening to instructors both in the classroom and in the air. You will experience sights, sounds, and activities that you could never experience anywhere else. At the end, when you receive your Pilot's License, you will feel a sense of accomplishment like no other, but Be Warned - a certain percentage of the population is susceptible to "Getting the Bug".
All of us in this industry fit that description. For us, once we experienced it, we were hooked, and kept wanting to learn more, and go further. Just so you know - there's plenty of room in aviation for people like us, and if you're one of us, there's room for you, too.
We have amazing instructors. Oh sure, they're highly skilled, exceptionally knowledgeable, and all that, but just as importantly, they're great people, and you'll really enjoy your time with them. This isn't boot camp. This is an experience that you will cherish the rest of your life, and our staff is better than anyone at making you feel like you're part of the family. They are patient, understanding, caring, and are used to the tribulations that students go through in this process. You will receive encouragement, direction, and all the help that you want from people who really care about how learning to fly goes for you.
When you train at Inland Flight Training you will be ahead of the game and confident in your ability to operate the aircraft.
We are located at the Riverside Airport and are licensed by the City of Riverside. We meet and exceed their requirements of insurance. The Riverside Airport has long been recognized as one of the best southern California airports for training, with no delays for traffic and quick access to the flight training areas.
Inland Flight Training First Flight Lesson
To better understand the freedom of flight, begin the process by taking your first flight lesson. It's kind of a cross between going for an airplane ride, and getting a lesson (otherwise it would take all day), but you WILL be flying the airplane yourself, with your own hands and feet from the very beginning. When you get back, we will show you step by step how to achieve your Private Pilots License. [ minimum age 15 ]
First Flight Lesson Cost: $99.00
Private Pilot Course
The private pilot certificate is a lifetime accomplishment which qualifies you to fly an airplane with or without passengers, day or night, in good weather. This certificate never expires, providing you complete a flight review every 24 months — a two hour review of your knowledge and skills with the flight instructor of your choice. You must be at least 17 years old and possess a current FAA medical certificate. The course, based on two or three sessions per week, typically takes about six months.
- Minimum 40 hours (hrs.) total flight time
- The national average is 65 to 75 hrs
- 20 hrs. of dual flight time (with an instructor)
- 3 hrs. of cross-country flight training
- 3 hrs. at night with 10 takeoffs and landings
- 100 nautical mile (nm.) night cross-country flight
- 3 hrs. of instrument training
- 3 hrs. preparing for the FAA checkride
- 10 hrs. of solo flight time (without an instructor)
- 5 hrs. of cross-country flying
- 150 nm. cross-country flight
Flight Training Sequence:
- Solo (an experience you'll never forget)
- Advanced maneuvers and cross-country flying
- Solo cross-country flight
- Instrument and night flying
- 150 nm. cross-country flight
- Review for the FAA written test
- Review for the FAA checkride
* Note: FAA time requirements are considerably less than the national average. As a member of the United Nations, the United States must publish those times — grossly inadequate for learning to fly in today's U.S. airspace — as prescribed by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). To solve that dilemma, the FAA publishes a practical test standard (PTS) for each certificate and rating, which mandates training to proficiency, not flight time. The national average reflects that requirement.
Instrument Rating Course (IFR)
- Hold a Private Pilot Airplane Certificate, or Commercial Pilot Airplane Certificate;
- Hold an FAA Medical Certificate;
- Pass an FAA Knowledge Test (written examination / computer–based multiple choice test);
- Pass an FAA Oral and Flight test (Check–Ride). Obtain 40 hours of Instrument Flight Training;
- Obtain 50 hours of Cross–Country flight time.
Commercial Pilot Airplane Course(CPL)
- Hold a Private Pilot Airplane Certificate.
- Hold an FAA Medical Certificate.
- Pass an FAA Knowledge Test (written examination / computer–based multiple choice test).
- Pass an FAA Oral and Flight test (Checkride).
- Obtain 100 hours of flight time as Pilot–in–Command.
Ground School Courses
If you have not taken the FAA written knowledge test this is your opportunity to prepare for the test. Our goal is help you gain the knowledge to pass the test. This knowledge will also help you succeed in the flight portion of the private pilot course. Below you will find a study guide for Ground Training, by using the study guide you can come to the class prepared to gain a real grasp of the material.
In addition to the "ground school" part of the training, there's also the "Flight Training" part. This is where you learn to control the airplane, operate it in controlled airspace and airports, plan and fly cross-country trips to new destinations, and much more. The textbook that goes along with that is available at:
You may have a thousand questions rattling around it your head right now. Give us a call, and we'll answer them all. Another resource to get the most common ones answered is from the FAA, available at: