Check out this huge list of flight schools we found in the Tampa – St Petersburg area.

Jack Brown Seaplane Base (Winter Haven Gilbert (GIF)
2704 Highway 92 West
Winter Haven, FL  33881

Instruction Available:  Single-Engine seaplane only.

If a flight school can be judged by how many students they’ve successfully instructed throughout the years, then the Jack Brown Seaplane Base is the premier floatplane school in the world.  Since 1962, they have taught more pilots how to safely operate a seaplane than any other establishment.  You can become a part of their history by learning water flying techniques in either a J3 Cub or Maule M-7.  Foreign pilots are encouraged to attend the school, but must furnish a ‘Letter of Verification’ issued by the FAA prior to enrollment.

Preston Aviation, LLC (Winter Haven Gilbert (GIF)
2073 US Highway 92
Winter Haven, FL  33823

Instruction Available:  Tailwheel endorsements only.

Before they became the aerospace giant they are today, Boeing designed and built the predecessors to today’s modern aircraft.  Pilots who have dreamt of flying a World War II-era Boeing-Stearman can do so at Preston Aviation.  Learn how to maneuver the popular trainer with the school’s sole instructor, who happens to be the owner-operator as well.  If you’re not in the market for a high-power biplane experience, take a trip in the Piper J3 Cub for some fun, laid-back flying.  You even have the option to combine a tailwheel endorsement with a flight review!

Jensen Aviation (Zephyrhills Municipal  (ZPH)
39440 South Avenue
Zephyrhills, FL

Instruction Available:  Private, Instrument, Commercial

Flight instruction is more than just teaching a student how to start an airplane’s engine, or how to properly communicate on the radio.  Novice pilots will find a seasoned staff at Jensen Aviation with many decades of combined experience.  The fleet of Piper and Cessna aircraft is compliant with FAA standards for those pursuing Private Pilot, Insrument Rating, and Commercial Pilot certificates.

Bay Air (Albert Whitted (SPG)
107 8th Avenue Southeast
Saint Petersburg, FL  33701

Due to intensive, interactive computer instruction, student pilots who receive flight training from Cessna Pilot Center schools complete their flight training in nearly a third less time than other students!  Bay Air offers the CPC system, as well as an all-Cessna single-engine fleet.  The school has the capability and equipment to cater to the recreational pilot seeking their Sport Pilot rating, the business traveller desiring a Private Pilot certificate, or the accomplished aviator wishing to train for their complex and/or high-performance endorsements.

Cams Flight
14421 Airport Parkway
Clearwater, FL  33762

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

Any number of events can ground a student pilot, including bad weather and performance issues with the aircraft.  Full-motion flight simulators, like Cams Flight’s Redbird FX, provides students with the option to log flight hours without ever leaving the ground.  Whether the goal is professional piloting to Part 141 standards, or Part 61 primary training, Cams delivers the most comprehensive training in Pinellas County.  Specialty training is available, from how to operate a Garmin G1000 to tailwheel endorsements in the school’s Cessna 140.

Clearwater Aviation Academy (St. Petersburg-Clearwater International (PIE)

14695 Airport Parkway, #5
Clearwater, FL  33762

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

At Clearwater Aviation Academy, a student don’t have to leave the school’s premises to accomplish nearly every aspect of their flight training.  For example, a pilot studying for their Instrument Rating can log a quick refresher flight in the AST Hawk simulator before hopping in one of the school’s IFR-equipped aircraft, returning to the facility to take their FAA written knowledge exam.  CAA has a Beechcraft Baron available for multi-engine ratings, fixed-gear Cessnas for primary training, and retractable-gear aircraft for commercial and CFI students.  Students enrolled with Embry-Riddle or Everglades Universities can parlay their piloting hours towards college degree credit.

Atlas Aviation, Inc. (Peter Knight Field (TPF)
825 Severn Avenue
Tampa, FL  33606

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

Being a student at Atlas Aviation goes something like this: after checking the weather reports, you decide it’s a great day to fly.  After making your reservation via the school’s online scheduler, then make the beautiful drive to the school.  Located at downtown Tampa’s Peter O. Knight Airport, the field was strategically built on the Davis Island chain.  You had booked your favorite flight instructor and the Cessna Skyhawk (with the Garmin G1000 “glass” cockpit).  After learning some new maneuvers thousands of feet above the Gulf Coast, you return to Atlas Aviation to meet fellow classmates for another group ground school session.  As you get ready to leave, you visit the ramp one last time to check out the plane you hope to fly for your next rating: the Beechcraft Duchess.  Atlas Aviation is a top school with equally prestigious aircraft, just minutes from downtown Tampa.

Plant City Airport (Plant City Municipal (PCM)

West Florida Helicopters (Albert Whitted/St. Pete (SPG)
Instruction Available:  Helicopter Only- Private, Instrument, Commercial, Certified Flight Instructor

Daystar Air (St. Petersburg-Clearwater International (PIE)

Instruction Available:  Multi-Engine only

T Black Aviation (St. Petersburg-Clearwater International (PIE)


Instruction Available:  Ground school only.

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