Learn to Fly here!

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Why learn to fly?

Personal aviation can be your very own time machine, providing a new and unique perspective and taking you places in much less time — and with far fewer headaches — than other modes of transportation. For some pilots, flying is more fun than practicality. Do you always look skyward upon hearing the whoosh of a jet or the mesmerizing drone of a small airplane? The sound of an aircraft in flight is the sound of freedom — the freedom to go where you want, when you want. Flying is one of the most fun and challenging activities you can ever experience and that’s what makes it so rewarding. Now you too can join the ranks in the sky by learning to fly with Aurora Flight Training.

Aurora Flight Training is your headquarters for flight training.

No matter whether your goal is to fly just for fun, to make visiting friends or family a faster and easier experience, to get away from business trips on crowded airlines, or even to begin a career as a professional pilot, if you’re one of the many individuals that have always dreamt of learning to fly, Aurora Flight Training has all the tools you need to get airborne. Oregon is one of the best places to learn to fly. Located at Aurora State Airport (KUAO), Aurora Flight Training provides an ideal environment for learning how to fly. We experience moderate weather conditions and air traffic which affords any new pilot-in-training the confidence and real-world experience needed to become a proficient pilot. At our flight school, you can choose to learn to fly a variety of aircraft from recognized makes such as Cessna.

Beginning your path to becoming a pilot is simple.

If you’ve never been up in a small aircraft, we recommend that you first take a discovery flight where we introduce you to the aircraft and the skies above Oregon and let you actually feel what it’s like to fly an airplane. We offer several discovery flight options to get you started with our basic package beginning at just $149.

Whether you want to learn to fly for fun or seeking a professional career in aviation, Aurora Flight Training offers the most affordable and efficient path to learn how to fly. We offer training for the following certificates and ratings in airplanes:

  • Private
  • Instrument
  • Commercial
  • Certified Flight Instructor
  • Certified Instrument Flight Instructor

Private Pilot Requirements

  • Course training materials
  • Proof of U.S. citizenship or TSA approval
  • Prior to your first solo flight:
    • FAA student pilot certificate
    • FAA third-class (or higher) medical certificate
  • Before the FAA practical exam (check ride):
    • Pass the FAA private pilot knowledge test
    • Have a minimum of 40 hours total time
    • Have a minimum of 10 hours solo flying (this is included in the 40 hour total)
    • Learn basic flight maneuvers, takeoffs and landings, cross country flying, pilotage, dead reckoning, VOR and GPS navigation, and basic instrument flying
    • Learn aeronautical decision making (ADM), safety of flight considerations, basic aviation weather information, basic aerodynamics, and airport operations

What does flight training involve?

Flight training consists of two major components: ground instruction and hands-on flight training in an aircraft. The two should commence around the same time. While ground school can be accomplished on an individual basis, most people prefer to attend a classroom-style course. Not only does a classroom-style course ensure that all the material is covered, but it will also provide the structure and organization to get through the required material in an organized and timely manner. Aurora Aviation ground school consists of 36 hours of ground instruction and covers the following topics:

  • Aircraft systems
  • Aerodynamics
  • Airport environments
  • Proper communications and phraseology
  • Meteorology
  • Federal Aviation Regulations (FARs)
  • Aircraft performance
  • Charts and navigation
  • Human factors


Ground school can be like drinking from a firehose. It covers a lot of information in a short amount of time, so it is very important to study! In order to pass the FAA knowledge test, candidates must obtain a 70% or greater score. Taking flying lessons in conjunction with the ground school material is highly encouraged. This demonstrates the practical application of the concepts covered during ground-school, while making the whole experience more fun and enjoyable.

Flight training milestones

  • First solo flight — The first time a student flies an aircraft without an instructor present. Many pilots consider it the highlight of their entire flying experience.
  • Solo cross country — The first time a student flies an aircraft to another airport without an instructor present.
  • FAA practical exam (check ride) — The “final exam” involving several hours on the ground and an hour or so in flight with a FAA designated pilot examiner (DPE) to obtain a private pilot certificate.


You want to learn how to fly because you think it will be fun, that’s why we go to the extra effort to make sure you’re engaged and enjoying your flight training experience. Learning to fly is an ambition that captures many people. At Aurora Flight Training, we understand the passion for flight and the burning desire to feel the wind beneath your wings. There is no better place to get your wings than at our pilot flight school. Now all that’s left is to join the club and begin flying! Contact us for more information.