The area encompassing Florida’s eastern panhandle is a hotbed for military aviation activity- if the U.S. Armed Forces consider it to be ideal for flight training, it must be perfect for the average civilian student pilot!  Pensacola- dubbed as “The Cradle of Naval Aviation” and home to the Blue Angels squadron- boasts flight training history that’s given wings to the likes of John Glenn and Neil Armstrong.  Nearby Panama City hosts pilot education for members of the Florida Army National Guard.

List of Flight Schools in Pensacola and Panama City, Florida

Island Air Express, LLC (Apalachicola Regional (AAF)
390 South Tyndall Parkway PMB-247
Panama City, FL  32404
850-814-6407

Instruction Available:  Private, Instrument, Commercial, Certified Flight Instructor, Certified Flight Instructor-Instrument, Multi-Engine, Multi-Engine Instructor.  Ground school. Finish-up courses.

A visit to the Bahamas is often the ultimate flight destination for Florida-trained pilots.  Island Air Express can help you achieve that dream, either with an aircraft from their own fleet, or in your own plane.  You can combine an international jaunt to the Bahamas with their 19-day "Pilot Partner" program, which allows unprecedented flexibility and training for the private aircraft owner.  IAE has been teaching student and licensed pilots for over ten years, and recently added LSA (Light Sport Aircraft) training to their instruction repertoire.  Unlike many schools, they are unafraid of introducing instrument students to actual IMC (Instrument Meterological Conditions).

Destin Jet, LLC (Destin-Fort Walton Beach (DTS)
1 Destin Jet Way
Destin, FL  32541
850-424-6890

Instruction Available: Private Pilot, Instrument Rating

For those who want to fly purely for pleasure- and would like to learn in a gorgeous locale- Destin Jet at Fort Walton Beach, Florida might be the perfect flight school.  Offering training only for Private Pilot certificate and Instrument rating, the school is ideal for aviation hobbyists.  Students can choose between the economical Cessna 150, or the well-equipped Cessna 172 for primary training, refresher courses, and proficiency flight reviews.
Emerald Coast Aviation (Crestview/Bob Sikes Airfield (CEW)
5545 John Givens Road
Crestview, FL  32539
850-398-6749

Instruction Available:  Private Pilot, Instrument Rating.

Did you know that three out of four student pilots who completed their flight training in the United States did so in the state of Florida?  Take advantage of the warm weather and level terrain at Emerald Coast Aviation!  They conduct training in their single-engine 2003 Cessna 172S and advanced Redbird flight simulator.  Students can earn their Private Pilot or Instrument Rating via the school’s all-inclusive training course packages.  The small school is located in an ideal location: they reside in an FBO, which provides in-house aircraft maintenance and fuel for the training aircraft.

Aircraft Management Services (Peter Prince Field (2R4)
5600 N. Airport Road
Milton, FL  32583
850-623-4151

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

The historic airfield in Milton, Florida has witnessed the progression of flight training over the span of many decades- it was a even common destination for enlisted World War II student pilots!  You can join in this legacy at the AMS Flight School.  They have a non-traditional fleet consisting of high- (Cessna), low- (Piper), and mid-wing (Diamond) aircraft; as of 2011, they are in the process of adding a ME (multi-engine) plane to the lineup.  Two bonus features the school offers is the rare convenience of having an FAA medical examiner available on-site, as well as in-house computerized testing.   Introductory flights can be scheduled for nominal fee, with participants receiving a “goodie bag” of a Certificate of Accomplishment, first flight CD, and real pilot logbook.

Ferguson Aviation Academy (Ferguson Airfield (82J)
9750 Aileron Avenue
Pensacola, FL  32506
850-453-4181

Instruction Available:  Private Pilot, Instrument

The Cessna 172- the first model taking flight in 1955- has been manufactured more than any other aircraft in the history of aviation.  This paramount of single-engine design also has been the most popular vehicle of choice for flight training throughout the decades.  Ferguson Aviation, located in stunning Pensacola, has a pair of this esteemed plane, both of which are certified for instrument flight.

Pensacola Aviation Center (Pensacola Gulf Coast Regional (PNS)
4145 Jerry L Maygarden Road
Pensacola, FL  32504
850-434-0636

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

As a Part 141-certified Cessna Pilot Center, PAC is one of the only two flight schools in Pensacola with a curriculum designed for professional piloting students.  Online scheduling makes it easy for students to sign up for instruction or aircraft rental.   Since 1972, the school has offered civilian instruction in addition to monthly FAA Military Competence exams, as well as Lasergrade computer testing.  Open seven days per week, this school is dedicated to providing competent instruction with flexible scheduling.

Sky Warrior, Inc. (Pensacola Gulf Coast Regional (PNS)
4345 Jerry L Maygarden Road
Pensacola, FL  32504
850-433-6115

Instruction Available:  Private, Instrument, Commercial, Certified Flight Instructor, Certified Flight Instructor-Instrument, Airline Transport Pilot, Multi-Engine, Multi-Engine Instructor

With the largest fleet of training aircraft in Pensacola, Sky Warrior offers Part 141 and Part 61 instruction at their comfortable facilities.  All types of students are welcome: you can take advantage of a steeply discounted introductory flight, or sign up for inclusive Commerical-Multi packages.  Building time?  Sign up for and pre-pay for block scheduling to receive a valuable rebate.



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