The sky is the limit at the Edwards AFB Aero Club. Experience the thrill of piloting an aircraft. Your local Aero Club provides many stages of flight training, from your first introductory flight through to solo, then on to private, instrument, commercial and instructor ratings. The choice is yours. Whether your aim is recreational or a career path, the Aero Club instructors will train you to the highest standard with safety always foremost.
Only 21 Air Force Aero Clubs exist worldwide and you’ll find one of the best right here at Edwards. This is a comprehensive program, designed to recognize excellence in five areas: operations, programs, training, facilities, and customer service. The Edwards Aero Club currently has about one hundred fifty active members, all of them somehow affiliated with the military. Aero Clubs lets military personnel in non-flying jobs, civilian employees, retirees, contractors, along with family members learn what flying is all about.
Provide members an environment to support the Air Force mission and encourage participation in professional aviation training programs by providing safe, low cost aircraft operations. Promote camaraderie and morale through the development of aeronautical skill and the appreciation of aviation principles
AIRCRAFT RENTAL RATES
Note: All rental rates below are “wet rates” to include fuel.
- Cessna 172S: Garmin GTN 650, Autopilot, HSI (N104ED, N105ED, N106ED): $140/hr
- Cessna 172S: Garmin 1000 (N108ED, N909ED): $150/hr
- Cessna R182: (N1668R, N757HS): $155/hr
- Primary flight/ground instruction towards a private pilot certificate: $60/hr
- Advanced flight/ground instruction towards an instrument rating, commercial pilot certificate, flight instructor certificate, airline transport pilot rating and multi-engine flight/ground instruction: $65/hr
The Aero Club offers a Ground School that will fit YOUR schedule. Our ground school is based on the Jeppesen courses. All kits can be purchased from Jeppesen or any online source. All our instructors are required to follow the Jeppesen syllabus.
- Private Pilot
- Instrument Pilot
- Commercial Pilot
- Flight Instructor
WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO BECOME A LICENSED PILOT?
Becoming a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) licensed pilot requires a minimum of 40 hours of flight training; 20 with an Instructor Pilot, and 20 hours of solo flight through our FAA approved part 61 course. It is important to remember those are the minimum times…the national average is 75 hours; however Edwards Aero Club students average 65 hours before getting their FAA Private Pilot License. This does not include the ground school required to pass the FAA written test. The Jeppesen Course lets you see what is expected of you on each flight lesson, by seeing the flight as they happen.
CAN ANYBODY LEARN TO FLY?
You can learn to fly at any age but solo flight is not allowed until the age of 16. All you need to begin is a student pilot license and FAA Third Class Medical.
IS IT SAFE?
General aviation is statistically safer than most forms of travel. USAF Aero Clubs have a significantly higher safety record than their civilian counterparts. The safety programs in place provide a safe and enjoyable experience for learning and flying.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
Aircraft rates vary from Aero Club to Aero Club. These are due to varying factors such as aircraft type, location and facilities offered. The rate for a trainer aircraft varies from $140 to $155 per hour and your flight instructor costs $60 per hour. These costs can be spread over the course of your training. The Aero Club offers you the opportunity to take a $210 introductory flight to allow you to judge for yourself whether you are keen to continue with further training.