"Once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward. For there you have been, and there you will always long to return." 

- Leonardo Da Vinci


Learning to fly is a SIGNIFICANT ACCOMPLISHMENT, but it's not as hard as you might think.  It does require an investment of time and money, but if you are willing to put forth the effort, we would LOVE to help you achieve your goals and dreams.

What does it take to become a Private Pilot? 

- Minimum of 40 hours of flight time,* including:

  • 20+ Hours with an instructor

  • 10+ Hours of solo time

- Pass an FAA Written Test (See Ground School Tab for details)

- 3rd Class FAA Medical Exam

- Pass a checkride with an FAA Designated Pilot Examiner

* The national average is 65 hours.  Our average is approximately 45-55 hours.

Our Private Pilot Syllabus is conducted in three Stages:

1.  Learn to fly the plane!  This includes takeoffs, landings, basic flight maneuvers (climb, descent, turns, stalls, emergency procedures).  This stage ends with your first Solo flight.  The national average for solo flight is approximately 20-25 hours.  Our students typically accomplish their first solo in approximately 15 hours.  How long this takes depends on your own capability, and the frequency of your flying lessons.  We recommend a minimum of 1-2 flights per week.  

2.  Learn to navigate.  Stage 2 teaches visual (pilotage) and electronic navigation (GPS, VOR, etc.) skills, so you can successfully fly "cross country" (more than 50 miles away from your home airfield).  You will fly a couple of cross country flights with an instructor, and then complete two solo cross country flights by yourself.  This stage also includes 3 hours of night flight training, and introduction to special landings (short and soft field techniques).  At WBATS, you must pass the FAA Written Exam before we will allow you to fly solo cross-country flights.

3. Prepare for the checkride.  Stage 3 includes a minimum of 3 hours of flight time with an instructor within 60 days of your checkride.  You practice the techniques and procedures you learned in stages 1 and 2, and we fly a practice checkride.  If you are ready, we then schedule you with the FAA Designated Pilot Examiner.

Ferguson Airport (82J)

9750 Aileron Avenue
Pensacola, Florida 32506

Phone: 850-453-4181