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Flight Training 

Congratulations, you have already taken the first step - finding a qualified, safe, reputable flight school.

Harvey & Rihn Aviation has over 45 years of experience providing pilot training.

Your flying enjoyment and safety is our top priority. Our training philosophy goes far beyond the "cookie-cutter" instruction regime you will find elsewhere.

Simply put - we are not here to pump out pilots with the minimum requirements - we want you to be able to really fly the plane and understand all its axis and aerodynamics.

Our staff can help you reach your goal of receiving a private pilot's license whether you've never climbed into a plane before or if you're an accomplished student check-ride ready.

We encourage you to visit our school, check out the planes and talk with our instructors to see if Harvey Rihn is a match for you.

H&R INSTRUCTOR TEAM: Meet the people who make H&R such a great place to learn to fly!

To invent a plane is nothing.
To build one is something.
To fly is everything.
-- Otto Lilienthal

Private Pilot

Private Pilot Training

The requirements for being issued a private pilot license are governed by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) of the U.S. Department of Transportation.

To get a private pilot's license, you must

  • be at least 17 years

  • have a current FAA third-class medical certificate

  • log at least 40 hours of flight

  • have at least 20 hours of flight with an instructor

  • have at least 10 hours of solo flight

  • pass the FAA Private Pilot Airmen Knowledge written test

  • pass a FAA Private Pilot flight exam

Although the minimum required flight time is 40 hours, the national average is approximately 65 hours and most additional time is due to instruction.

The amount of flight time necessary to achieve your license is, in part, a function of how often you fly. Students who fly twice a week are likely to earn their license with fewer logged hours than those flying only two or three times a month.



Basic Aerobatic Course: Unlike some other aerobatic training schools, all of our aerobatic instruction is taught to competition level standards.

This is an introduction to basic precision aerobatics. Included in the course are loops, rolls (barrel, snap, slow and point), spins (upright and inverted), hammerhead stalls, Cuban 8s, Immelmans, and inverted flight. At the completion of the course the pilot has the ability to safely combine maneuvers into a prescribed sequence, as one would see in entry level aerobatic competition. Time required to complete the course will vary from 7 to 10 hours depending on the pilot's experience.

Advanced Aerobatic Course: For the serious aerobatic pilot who wants to get involved beyond the basics and get into inverted, vertical and negative g maneuvers. This course is tailored to each pilot depending upon the pilot's training objectives.

Because students have different backgrounds and flight experience, the time required to complete each course may vary. We teach at individualized pace for each student.

ARESTI Symbols: (Click on image below to enlarge.)



Aerobatic Box: (click on the image on the right to enlarge)

The aerobatic box is the area in which aerobatic competitions take place. It is a block of air 3,280 feet long (1,000 meters) by 3,300 feet wide (1,000 meters). The competitor has to stay within the lateral limits of the box and within the height limits. For the World Aerobatic Championships, the bottom of the box is set at 328 feet (100 meters) AGL. The lower limits of the box are, for safety reasons, strictly enforced.

During competition, there are boundary judges in place that determine when a competitor leaves the box. Any pilot who flies outside the box during the performance will be assessed penalty points. Line Judges sitting at the corners of the box determine when a competitor has left the box. "Outs" are called in to the Chief Judge by radio and recorded. Boundary infringement penalties are subtracted from the score in such cases. 
Aerobatic Box Frequency: 123.30

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