Discovery Flight

The Discovery Flight is an opportunity for you to experience the thrill of flight.  I'll walk you through the basics, starting with the preflight inspection.  Once we've determined the airplane is ready to go, we will hop in and go for a 45 minute flight.  Your participation is greatly encouraged. I'll let you fly as little or as much as you want to!  When we're back on the ground, we'll debrief, collect payment of $150, and discuss what's next.  If you decide that becoming a pilot isn't for you, do not worry.  There are no obligations on continuing flight instruction after the flight.  

Schedule Your Flight

Call or text me at 402-413-1311, or fill out the form at the bottom of the page to schedule your Discovery Flight. 

Getting Started

I aim to provide the safest, most effective and affordable flight training possible.  It's easy to become overwhelmed with the administrative requirements and training options.  Follow these simple steps to get started and reach your dreams.  

Proof of Citizenship or TSA Clearance

The TSA requires new flight training students to complete a few administrative tasks to ensure the safety of General Aviation and to make sure you have a smooth and successful flight training experience. The information needed depends on whether or not you are a United States Citizen. Yes. I am a U.S. Citizen. The only document you legally need to provide in order to start flight training is proof of citenship. Simply provide an unexpired passport or government-issued ID / birth certificate. No. I am not a U.S. Citizen The TSA allows only one flight training event (the discovery flight) before a student must complete the screening requirements. I currently do not go through the TSA program for non-U.S. citzens.

Medical & Student Pilot Certificate

FAA Medical Certificate and BasicMed For many pilots, possessing at least a third-class medical or BasicMed is required to obtain a pilot certificate, including your Private Pilot Certificate, and Instrument Rating. The medical certificate must be obtained from an FAA-authorized Aviation Medical Examiner (AME).

Prior to your medical exam, you will be required to complete the FAA MedXPress Application. This makes application information available to your AME for review prior to your medical examination. During your MedXPress application, you will be asked to select a 1st, 2nd, or 3rd Class Medical Certificate. Here's a breakdown of the different medical certificates to help you choose the correct medical certificate for your individual and specific aviation goals.

1st Class Medical Certificate
A first-class medical certificate is required in order to exercise Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) privileges. Essentially, anyone who wants to work for the airlines will need to pursue their first-class medical certificate.

2nd Class Medical Certificate
A second-class medical certificate is necessary for all other commercial privileges other than an Airline Transport Pilot (ATP). For those looking to fly cargo or work as a corporate pilot, a second-class medical certificate is perfect for these types of aviation jobs.

3rd Class Medical Certificate
For any other reason to fly other than listed above, a third-class medical will be sufficient for your aviation flying needs. The third-class medical certificate is perfect for those who are simply looking to fly for fun. Some who also have an interest in becoming a flight instructor can exercise third-class medical privileges.

For those unable to obtain at least a third-class medical certificate may be able to earn their BasicMed medical clearance if you comply with the BasicMed requirements.

Flight Gear

Check out my guide on Recommended Flight Training Resources!

Ground School

I recommend the Sporty's Learn to Fly Course that breaks down over 30 hours of content into short 30-minute topics. You can complete these modules individually or binge over several weekends. This course is at your own pace which allows us to spend more time in the airplane, applying what you studied at home. Before purchasing, make sure to contact me for more information.

Renter's Insurance

No one wants to get involved in an accident, but we are operating in a training environment and incidents do happen from time to time. Having a renters insurance policy in place will provide you with the peace of mind needed to focus on your training. Cost-effective renter policies are available through a variety of sources, such as Avemco and AOPA. You'll need at least $40,000 in aircraft damage coverage for the Cessna 150/152 or at least $60,000 in aircraft coverage if renting the Piper Archer. My insurance covers us anytime we are together, so you won't need renter's insurance until you're ready to solo!