North Central Florida is home to the state’s primary “highway in the sky”.  Most air traffic travelling between the mainland United States and South Florida utilize the region’s various navigational aids.  The geography and climate can be more extreme than pilots encounter along the coast, providing exposure to a balanced and wide range of real-world flight experiences.

Sky Chiefs Aviation (Gainesville Regional Airport (GNV)
4440 NE 41st Terrace
Gainesville, FL  32609
352-562-6104

Instruction Available:  Private, Instrument, Commercial, Certified Flight Instructor, Certified Flight Instructor-Instrument, Tailwheel.  Ground school.

Sky Chiefs is an independent CFI-owned and operated school located at Gainesville Regional.  The small fleet allows  students the options of training for their private or instrument ratings (Cessna 172SP), build time for their commercial certificate (Cessna 152), or pursue their CFI license (Turbo Piper Arrow).  The school also offers a “Pinch Hitter Course” for flying companions who would like to learn how to handle an in-flight emergency.  Gift certificates are available as the perfect gift for a future pilot’s introductory flight.

Whiskey Bravo Air (Marion County Airport (X35)
10515 SW 147th Circle
Dunnellon, FL  34432
352-465-2596

Instruction Available:  Private, Instrument, Commercial, Certified Flight Instructor, Certified Flight Instructor-Instrument, Airline Transport Pilot.  Ground school.

If you're looking for a Part 61 flight school with a well-maintained aircraft in north Central Florida, check out Whiskey Bravo Air.  Scheduled group ground school sessions provide students with the necessary knowledge to pilot the school's fleet, which includes both low-wing and high-wing aircraft.  The planes are available for rental only to licensed, current pilots who are self-insured.  Flight instruction is also available to those who own their own aircraft.  Gift certificates, to be redeemed towards flight training, can be purchased online.  To those still on the fence regarding their desire to fly, the school offers demo flights for as little as $30.

University Air Center (Gainesville Regional Airport (GNV)
4701 NE 40th Terrance
Gainesville, FL  32609
352-335-4681

Instruction Available: Private, Instrument, Commercial, Certified Flight Instructor, Certified Flight Instructor-Instrument, Airline Transport Pilot, Multi-Engine, Multi-Engine Instrument.  Ground school, Computerized testing.

Training compliant with the FAA’s Part 141 standards is the most closely-monitored and regulated type of flight instruction.  UAC, touted as “North Florida’s Aviation Headquarters”, rises to the challenge of this stringent type of aeronautical education by offering many options to its students.  Pilots can expect to save substantial money by utilizing the school’s Redbird flight simulator for IFR training, which is fully approved for logging instrument hours.  UAC is one of the very few schools to offer transition training for new owners (or curious renters) of the Cirrus brand of aircraft.  Local, transient, and international students can have the opportunity to command the cockpit of a diverse fleet that includes a Cessna 210 Centurion and Piper Turbo Seminole twin.

Ocala Aviation Services (Ocala International (OCF)
1200 SW 60th Ave.
Ocala, FL  34474
352-861-7484

Instruction Available: Recreational, Private, Instrument, Commercial, Certified Flight Instructor, Certified Flight Instructor-Instrument, Airline Transport Pilot, Multi-Engine, Multi-Engine Instrument.  Ground school, Computerized testing.

International flight students want a SEVIS-approved school, accelerated Part 141 instruction programs, and nearby lodging.  The casual student wants to study at their own pace, flying a broad selection of aircraft.  Ocala Aviation can accommodate both categories of aviation pupils at their state-of-the-art facility at Jim Taylor Field.  Referral discounts are available to those who bring a friend along.  Aircraft rental, CATS knowledge exam testing, inclusive instruction packages, and flight reviews are just a few of the features OAS has offered since 2000.

Tallahassee Helicopters (Tallahassee Regional (TLH)
3240 Capital Circle SW
Tallahassee, FL  32310
850-841-1111

Instruction Available:  Rotorcraft Only- Private, Instrument, Commercial, Certified Flight Instructor

With a fleet consisting exclusively of Robinson R-44 Raven rotorcraft, Tallahassee Helicopters offers some of the most inexpensive helicopter training in the world.  Students will find the R-44 to be more stable, hence more safe, than the smaller R-22 or Schweizer.  Established pilots have the opportunity to enroll for transition training into the popular Raven.  If you’re close to achieving your professional piloting goals, but haven’t quite obtained the hourly qualifications, the school also offers “Finish-Up” courses.

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