Instrument Flight Training

Take the next step! The instrument rating adds a whole new arsenal to a pilot’s capability.  Being able to ‘punch through the clouds’, and ‘shoot an approach’ are commonplace to the IFR pilot!  In the pursuit of the ultimate weekend, an IFR rating would allow you to fly through the cloud layers and still get into those destination. Ultimately, an IFR rating makes you a more competent and safer pilot as you use your new found skills to navigate under Instrument Flight Rules (IFR).

To start instrument training you need a Private Pilot Certificate and at least a third class medical.

Complex Training

Being able to fly airplanes with retractable gear and constant speed props is another crucial step in becoming a commercial pilot. Our Piper Arrow is perfect for those who want to transition to complex aircraft. And it's a perfect trainer for the Commercial Certificate.

Commercial Certificate

The Commercial Pilot Certificate trains you to a higher degree of skill and ability, in preparation for a professional flying career. As a commercial pilot you can be compensated for your piloting services. During your course you will learn about the privileges and limitations you have as a Commercial Pilot, and receive in depth training in the systems and operation of your aircraft. You will also operate your aircraft to its maximum capabilities in high performance maneuvers, achieving a new level of mastery and safety.


To earn your Commercial Pilot Certificate, you must have at least 250 hours of total flight time (Part 61), which must include:


  • 100 hours in a powered aircraft, of which 50 must be in airplanes

  • 100 hours as pilot in command

    • 50 hours of cross country flight

    • 50 hours in airplanes

  • 20 hours of dual flight training with an authorized instructor

    • 10 hours of instrument training

    • 10 hours in a complex aircraft

    • 1 Cross Country flight of at least 2 hours in Day VFR conditions (>100nm straight line)

    • 1 Cross Country flight of at least 2 hours in Night VFR conditions (>100nm straight line)

    • 3 Hours of training within the preceding 60 days in preparation for the check ride

  • 10 hours of Solo Flight

    • 1 Solo Cross Country (more than 300nm total distance, with 3 stops, one must be more than 250nm straight line)

    • 5 hours in Night VFR conditions with at least 10 takeoffs and landings to a full stop at a towered airport

Flight Instructor Certificate

Becoming a Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) is probably the most challenging and rewarding experience for any pilot. The ability to spread your knowledge, excitement and love for aviation with new (and experienced) pilots is extremely rewarding. Once you have reached this stage in your flight training, you have already learned everything you need to know as a pilot about aeronautical knowledge and flight maneuvers. What you will learn during the Certified Flight Instructor Course is how to teach that knowledge to others.


The Certified Flight Instructor - Instrument (CFII) adds instrument instruction privileges to your current Flight Instructor Certificate. Similar to the CFI certificate, there are no flight time requirements outside the 3 hours of test preparation. The success of this course is largely dependent on your current instrument proficiency and your ability to teach in this advanced environment.


The Multi-Engine Instructor Certificate (MEI) adds multi-engine privileges to your current Certified Flight Instructor Certificate. This add-on can be accomplished with or without instrument instructor privileges; however it is most common to add this rating onto a CFII. Like the CFI and CFII, there are no flight time requirements outside the 3 hours test preparation. The success of this course is largely dependent on your current multi-engine aircraft knowledge, flight proficiency and your ability to teach in a sophisticated and complex aircraft.

Tail Wheel Endorsment

Tail Wheel training demands a higher degree of skill in the takeoff and landing phase of flight due to the configuration of the aircraft. Tail Wheel, or conventional Aircraft, also called “Taildraggers” have a dramatic advantage when operating from short or rough fields. They are also less likely to get stuck in mud or grass, which is why they are favored as bush planes in Alaska, Africa, South America and elsewhere.

Conventional Aircraft make up a huge part of Aviation History. Many of the first Aircraft made and flown were “Taildraggers,” some still fly today and stir the hearts and souls of pilots who see them. It is a challenging endorsement to achieve, but you will emerge a better pilot.

Multi Engine Rating

The Multi Engine Certificate allows you to fly any airplane (under 12,500 lbs) with more than one engine. Due to the complexity of the equipment, this certificate calls for a higher degree of skill than flying a single engine aircraft. Emphasis is placed on multi-engine aerodynamics, engine out operations, emergency procedures, and the performance and limitations of the airplane. This certificate can be extremely rewarding as it allows you to operate a complex aircraft with more capabilities. Mach 5 Aviation has a Cessna 310 for all multi training: Private, Commercial, ATP and MEI. This includes the limitation of a centerline thrust restriction common to many military pilots.


The multi-engine instructor certificate allows you to instruct others in multi-engine airplanes. This can be a huge benefit when it comes to building time for future jobs.

Airline Transport Pilot

The Airline Transport Pilot Certificate (ATP) is the pinnacle of all your hard work and experience. Your flying skills and aeronautical knowledge is now at the Masters level however, that does not mean you stop learning. Those certified as Airline Transport Pilots are authorized to act as pilot-in-command of an aircraft in air carrier service in aircraft with a max gross weight over 12,500 pounds or 5,700 kg and/or over 9 passenger seats. Several Mach 5 Aviation instructors are retired airline or military pilots with ATPs, and our program was designed specifically with military members in mind. Who better to teach you!

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