Flight Training

Every man and woman who has been certified to operate an aircraft in The United States started by learning how to fly safely, and proficiently. One of Capital City Aviation’s primary missions is to develop an attitude of safety, and proficiency that goes beyond your flight training. Capital City Aviation offers Private Pilot Certificates, Instrument Ratings, Commercial Ratings, Certified Flight Instructor Ratings, Instrument Instructor Ratings, recurrent training, and more! We are also a Cirrus Training Center that offers Advanced Cirrus Transition Training. You can rest assured that at Capital City Aviation, you will receive the best possible training, tailored to your needs.

Goal Based Training

Learning to fly will enrich your life, and will open up a number of opportunities to you. In order to understand what is the right path for you, it is important to know why you want to learn how to fly. Many use their license to fly recreationally, others want to learn how to fly to grow their businesses, and some wish to begin a new career.

Whatever your goal is, the first place you start is Private Pilot Certification. Many who get their Private Pilot Certification will then go on to get an Instrument Rating, which certifies pilots to fly only by reference to instruments. Private Pilot Certification, Instrument Rating add on, and Cirrus Transition Training are the most popular certificates and ratings we offer. For information about other certificates and ratings, or recurrent training we offer, contact us at (614) 459-2541, or email us at info@capitalcityaviation.com.

Certificates and Ratings Offered

We conduct flight training and rental on a pay as you go, flight by flight basis that is tailored to your needs. Due to this, the cost to obtain a rating varies based on how quickly a student learns. This is why the cost listed under the ratings is not one set cost. Our Certified Flight Instructors will walk you through the process of certification, and can answer any questions you may have.

Private Pilot Certification

Whatever your goal in learning how to fly is, everyone starts with learning how to be a safe and proficient Private Pilot. When one obtains a Private Pilot’s License, the skies are open to you to fly just about anywhere you want. You are allowed to carry passengers, and travel to new places in a variety of aircraft. Our certified flight instructors will guide you one on one through the process of certification in the most efficient way possible in a way that works for your schedule.

Typically, a private pilot license takes about $8,000-$10,000 to obtain over about six months. This range in cost is determined by how consistently you are doing your lessons, and how proficiently you prepare yourself with self-study and ground instruction. Though the FAA minimum for certification is 40 hours, most take about 65 to 70 hours to proficiently complete all the requirements. In getting certified as a Private Pilot, you can look forward to learning how to take off and land safely, navigate and communicate in the national airspace system and more! Your training will culminate in you learning how to fly to new places, operate an aircraft at night, and pilot an aircraft on your own to just about wherever you please.

Private Pilot Certification Requirements

  • Minimum of 40 hours of flight time (Average is 65-70).
  • 20 hours of dual instruction including: 3 hours cross-country to airports more than 50 miles away.
  • 3 hours of dual night instruction, including one trip of at least 100 miles 3 hours of instruction in preparation for the practical test.
  • 3 hours of instrument flight training.
  • 10 hours of solo flight including:
    • 5 hours of cross-country including a 150 mile round trip, one leg which is > 50 nm 3 take offs and landings ( to a full stop) at an airport with a control tower
    • 3 hours of instruction in preparation for the practical test, within 2 months of test must be age 17 to take the test
  • Pass the FAA Written Test with a minimum of a 70%.

Instrument Rating

Have you ever wondered how pilots fly through clouds and land on a runway they can’t always see? This is done by flying solely with reference to the instruments, under Instrument Flight Rules (IFR). Flying IFR basically means that you are flying, and navigating using instruments in the airplane, rather than flying and navigating by reference to what you can see outside. Once you are able to fly IFR, you are certified to take off, operate, and land in weather that a normal private pilot would be grounded by. Though not required, many pilots who fly recreationally choose to get an Instrument Rating because it is useful to have if you are traveling. Others get an Instrument Rating because it is required by many professional flying jobs. Overall, obtaining an Instrument Rating will teach you how to fly in a more measured, situationally aware, and refined way.

Typically, an instrument rating will cost about $10, 000-$12,000 to obtain over about six months if one is flying consistently. This range in cost is determined by how consistently you are doing your lessons, how proficiently you prepare yourself with self-study and ground instruction, and how much experience you have as a private pilot. Capital City Aviation is lucky to have a number of Certified Instrument Flight Instructors (CFII) who have practical experience flying in Instrument Meteorological Conditions professionally. This translates into better training for you. When obtaining an instrument rating, you can look forward to learning how to fly by reference to the instruments, and learning how to navigate and communicate more closely with Air Traffic Control using IFR procedures. Ultimately, obtaining an Instrument Rating will give you the opportunity to see what many pilots know and love, a sea of clouds below you.

Instrument Rating Requirements

  • At least 50 hours of cross country as pilot in command.
  • A minimum of 40 hours of simulated or actual instrument conditions.
    • A maximum of 10 may be done in an aviation training device.
  • A cross country of at least 250 nautical miles with 3 approaches on a filed flight plan.
  • Pass the FAA Written Test with a minimum of a 70%.

Cirrus Transition Training at Capital City Aviation

Capital City Aviation has been selected by Cirrus Aircraft as the Cirrus Training Center for The Central Ohio area. When comparing Cirrus to other single engine piston aircraft the Cirrus line of airplanes enjoys one of the best safety records in the industry. This is due in large part to the safety features of the aircraft, and the way Cirrus Pilots are trained to use them. This training, known as The Cirrus Approach, creates safer, more proficient pilots because it makes Cirrus aviators experts on The Garmin Perspective Avionics Package, and the safety features of Cirrus Aircraft such as The Cirrus Airframe Parachute System, or CAPS. Following The Cirrus Approach, you will learn how to analyze situations to make the best decisions in a given situation when they are needed. At the conclusion of the program, you will be an expert in Cirrus Aircraft, and their operation. Overall, The Cirrus Approach is changing the way pilots think about training and what it means to be a proficient pilot. The result of this expertise is shown by Cirrus’ stellar safety record. Due to the Cirrus Approach, the number of accidents involving Cirrus Aircraft is half the industry average.

As a Cirrus Training Center, Capital City Aviation follows the Cirrus Approach to all Cirrus flight training and transition. Our Cirrus Standardized Instructor Pilots (CSIPs), and Training Center Instructors (TCIs) are experts in Cirrus Aircraft and will guide you in The Cirrus Approach just like they would at the Cirrus Factory in Minnesota.  Pilots enrolled in Cirrus Transition at Capital City Aviation will join the Cirrus Learning Portal which will open up a menu of courses and classes that will be fresh and engaging and most importantly, keep pilots current and proficient. Ultimately, following the Cirrus Approach at Capital City Aviation, you will become an expert in the top of the line in single engine piston aircraft and you can be rest assured that you received the best training possible.

The Cirrus Transition Training process at Capital City Aviation has been created by Cirrus. The requirements are listed below. The hours given are averages, and may be less depending on pilot proficiency. Further, training can be expedited for more experienced aviators at the discretion of a Capital City Aviation Instructor.

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Cirrus SR20 Transition Training Requirements

  • Private Pilot Certificate
  • Completion of Cirrus SR20 Perspective Online Transition Course (Approximately 6 hours)
  • Completion of Cirrus SR20 Perspective Ground Training (Approximately 3 hours)
  • Completion of Cirrus SR20 Perspective Flight Practical to Cirrus Approach Satisfactory Standards (Approximately 4 to 10 depending on pilot proficiency)

Cirrus SR22 Transition Training Requirements

  • Private Pilot Certificate, with an Instrument Rating
  • Completion of Cirrus SR22 Perspective Online Transition Course (Approximately 6 hours)
  • Completion of Cirrus Perspective Online Instrument Transition (Approximately 4 hours)
  • Completion of Cirrus Flight into Known Icing Online Course (Approximately 1 hour)
  • Completion of Cirrus SR22 Perspective Ground Training (Approximately 3 hours)
  • Completion of Cirrus SR22 Perspective Flight Practical to Cirrus Approach Satisfactory Standards (Approximately 4 to 10 depending on pilot proficiency)