1World Aero aircraft rates are comparable to other area operations considering horsepower, construction year, and avionics package. Our rates are most advantageous when you fly more than two hours a month.
We strongly believe that proper instructor compensation is an insurance policy that will pay you back as it allows us to retain experienced, qualified, capable instructors, despite the current professional pilot shortage. Ensuring qualified instructor retention allows us to make you a safer pilot, and allows you to progress faster. Instructor rates are tied to corresponding experience level.
What portion of my lesson block will I be charged aircraft and instructor time?
You only pay for the airplane when the engine is running. Your instructor is generally charging you for all the time that is spent supporting or teaching you. Flight Instruction time will be billed identically to aircraft rental time. Additional instructor ground time typically varies between forty-five minutes to an hour for each flight. The more that you can do to prepare on your own (such as weather briefing, filing, and preflight), the less time the CFI needs to charge for. Our goal is to empower you to prepare for each flight independently.
Once you begin training, you will be given a username and password to schedule online at your convenience. Due to the nature of flight school operations, we strongly encourage you to stay a couple weeks ahead of the schedule. Many clients start and stop and start again for a variety of reasons, and therefore schedule loads vary.
How often can I fly?
We are optimized to fly once to three times a week with clients. The ideal rhythm is twice a week. Flying three times a week requires a commitment from both client and instructor. New leads may need to be turned away to support clients in accelerated training. We start scheduling clients three times a week only after they have completed orientation lessons without short notice cancellations.
Can I fly weekends or after work?
Matching instructor and client availability is key to facilitating successful training. Availability from our full time staff is generally at a premium during the prime flying season months (April to November), therefore we may well need to start by matching you with a part time instructor that matches your availability. Saturday aircraft and instructor slots tend to fill first, then weekday afternoons. Where practical, being able to get away for a flight during regular work business hours will therefore be helpful to you.
When do classes start?
Unlike a college class, there is no enrollment date or set start and finish date. Clients use the online schedule to reserve their assigned instructor at times that have been mutually agreed to be convenient, considering weather and aircraft availability.
I have a very hectic schedule. What happens if I have to cancel with short notice?
Things come up and occasionally clients and instructors alike need to reschedule for a variety of reasons, however when a pattern of short notice cancellation emerges, we will charge cancellation fees.
What is your lesson cancellation policy?
If a cancellation is received within 24 hours of the scheduled block, then $40 per blocked hour is charged. The first short notice cancellation is not charged. The second cancellation is charged if not “occasional.” Note that part of each lesson debrief will pre-establish if a ground lesson is planned or not in the event weather is not adequate to fly on the date of the next lesson.
What is Accelerated Training?
We consider any frequency of three times a week or greater to be an accelerated pace and charge a $5.00 surcharge to accommodate. Accelerated training requires a commitment from the instructor, and the organization to divert extra staff and aircraft resources away from other clients in order to move you to the finish line. Additionally once a student commits to an accelerated pace, our No Show and Cancelation policy will always be applied unless we cancel a reservation. Accelerated Training must be pre-approved by the Chief Pilot based on seasonal workload.
What does it take for you to prioritize a student?
As students get closer to completion of a stage, instructors will try to protect their schedules to insure that that student can clear a hurdle. Similarly it is common for instructors to massage the schedule to fly more intensively with students towards the brush-up phase prior to the final exam Practical with an examiner. Aircraft availability is also prioritized towards clients who have an upcoming checkride. We do not consider a temporary one or two week uptick to three times a week in preparation for a test to be accelerated training.
Average Training Length
Training length is a function of many variables, including: student availability, motivation and aptitude, instructor capability and availability and weather. Plan on the national averages if you are not in accelerated training.
I just want to rent an airplane to do some occasional VFR fair weather flying. What can I rent?
Our two basic trainer TB9s are prioritized for PPL and initial IFR training. If you are rusty, then we will typically perform a BFR in the TB9. Afterwards renters are generally steered towards our Piper Arrow for rental. Once you checkout, you must maintain 12 hours in make and model in the last 12 months to rent the plane without a CFI. Additionally, pilots who are flying under 50 hours a year should expect to do a recurrent training flight with a company instructor every six months. Most Instrument pilots should expect to perform 2-3 approaches with a company instructor every two to three months. We are interested in building an ongoing training relationship with clients, and are interested in clients who value that support.
What is your general instruction and business philosophy?
We always follow a gradual building block approach to training. Quality instruction needs to provide relevant challenge to clients so they can progress. That instruction must be provided in a consistent, supportive, and objective manner. We also recognize that general aviation safety lags far behind that of commercial airline aviation. This disparity is not only a reflection of the difference in equipment and infrastructure between privately owned light aircraft and the airlines, but also one of mindset. Having made a conscious decision to limit the size or our operation in favor of quality over quantity of operation, most will find that we are comparatively more stringent and exacting in our teaching style and in the care and operation of our aircraft. We want every renter, student, and instructor to be in the best position to handle unexpected, challenging, abnormal, or even emergency situations. To this end we promote regular client recurrent training, crew resource management, and standardization of procedures. We look for focus from our renters just as they look for patience, understanding, and persistence from our instructors. We also recognize that certain clients may prefer a more purely recreational experience with another operation and encourage every prospect to find an operation that provides the best fit for them.
How long is a typical aircraft checkout?
Aircraft checkout lengths vary greatly between a couple to several hours based on general experience, currency, and proficiency, as well as familiarity in make and model. That said, a basic trainer check out will trend between a couple and a few hours, where as an Arrow checkout will typically take a few to several hours. Instrument checkouts are treated separately and can be treated as an IPC. Night landings are required to obtain a night checkout. An instrument rating is required for night operations outside the pattern.
I would like to schedule a BFR in my own aircraft.
Please note that if you have not been flying an average of approximately 20 -25 hours per year since your last BFR, we will likely complete a minimum of two training flights. If your aircraft has not been frequently operated over the last few years then we may request you perform your BFR in our aircraft. For new clients, review of airframe and engine logbooks is required prior to initiating the BFR, and Time Since Major Overhaul and a picture of last two airframe and engine annual sign offs should be sent before we agree to schedule.
Do you have financial aid arrangements, or can I use GI Benefits at your school?
Unfortunately the GI Bill does not pay out to us as a FAR 61 school. However, lines of credit for pursuing a rating can be obtained through Pilot Finance.com.
Can I put a block of money down to get a discount?
Discounting is purely tied to your flying over two hours per calendar month, and to your Loyalty Rate. All flight time over two Hobbs hours per month is discounted 10%. Additionally we offer a $5.00 Military discount per Hobbs hour on aircraft rental.
What are Loyalty Rate Discounts?
We provide a permanent
discount to each renter for each flight hour once a pilot completes a rating in-house or logs 100 hours of rental flight in-house. Our Loyalty discounts are as follows:
1) Loyalty Aviators - $5.00 off per hour (completion of one rating or 100 hours).
2) Loyalty+ Aviators - Further $5.00 off per hours (completion of two ratings or 200 hours).
Do you have any interest in leasing back more aircraft?
We are always happy to discuss the possibility of adding an aircraft to the fleet. The right leaseback airplane will truly allow you to train when you want in your own aircraft at cost, while defraying your ownership expenses.
We also offer the ability to join our existing leaseback partnerships to provide extra risk sharing. Our leaseback partnership is perfectly suited for students, allowing clients to complete their PPL in the partnership Piper Warrior, their IFR in the partnership Arrow, and use the aircraft for pleasure and business at cost. Please see our Partnership Opportunities brochure or contact us for more details.
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