General Aviation pilots enjoy a level of freedom that allows them to fly directly to their destination. Having access to an aircraft is similar to having your own car vs. taking the bus. Single engine aircraft typically have four seats, a perfect vehicle for a small family that loves to travel.
Flying an aircraft to nearby cities allows you to conduct business, visit family, or take small vacations more conveniently than by car, bus, train, or commercial airlines. There are some great destinations within two hours flying time from St. Louis!
Tour the Springfield capital, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum, or visit friends and family in this nearby city.
By small airplane, Kansas City is approximately 1.5 to 2 hours from St. Louis. At this speed, you can fly to Kansas City for a St. Louis Cardinals vs. Kansas City Royals daytime baseball game, and be home for a late dinner! If the game is a night game, a small airplane lets you work a half day, fly to Kansas City, go to dinner and a baseball game, spend the night, and fly home the following morning in time for lunch.
By small airplane, Memphis is approximately 1.5 hours from St. Louis. Many pilots fly to Memphis for the day, visiting Graceland, museums, or dining on Beale street. Memphis is a great day trip if you are dating, newly married, or with children.
Chicago is approximately 2 hours from St. Louis by small airplane. Fly up for a concert in the Petrillo Music Shell, watch the St. Louis Blues play the Chicago Blackhawks, or visit the Taste of Chicago Festival.
Nashville is approximately 2 to 2.5 hours from St. Louis by small airplane. Many pilots visit Nashville for business and short vacations to see live music, 4th of July, the Iroquois Steeplechase, or the CMA Music Festival.
It takes about 1.5 hours to fly to Branson, MO or the Lake of the Ozarks from St. Louis. Spend a golf weekend at Tantara, or on the water. An airplane allows you to spend more time enjoying your stay.
Small airplanes give you the ability to make quick flights to visit your friends and family in nearby cities that often require 2-5 hours of driving.
Learning to fly is fun, challenging and rewarding. Forty (40) hours of total flight time is required before you are eligible to take the practical test and earn your private pilot certificate. The process is similar to getting your driver's license and includes a mix of knowledge, ground and flight training.
From your first flight on, you will be at the controls of the airplane, flying at 2500 feet enjoying the beautiful scenery and sunsets above the St. Louis area, under the supervision of a Federal Aviation Administratrion (FAA) certified flight instructor.
Start now and you can have your pilot's license in 6-12 months depending on your budget and availability. We have graduated countless students in the St. Louis area since 2008, and would like to help you live your dream of becoming a pilot.