Mesquite Aviation ::: Flight Training & More ::: 972.222.3546


Whether you are new to flying or you want to add an advanced rating to your pilot certificate, Mesquite Aviation offers the best value in flight training for Dallas. Our FAA Certified Flight Instructors can help you earn your Private, Instrument, Commercial, CFI and CFII certificates.

Training with Mesquite Aviation offers these features:

  • well-maintained Cessna 150 & Cessna 172 airplanes
  • videotape library includes Sporty's and King Schools
  • free six month subscription to AOPA's Flight Training magazine
  • flights conducted outside of congested Dallas airspace saves you time and reduce training costs
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I want to learn to fly... where do I begin?

The FAA has created a multi-tiered certification process for pilots. Everyone starts out by obtaining a Private (or Recreational) Pilot Certificate. We recommend scheduling a Discovery Flight as the initial step in this process. This gives you a chance to see what flying is all about by actually flying an airplane.

What is a private pilot certificate?

This is the entry-level certificate most new pilots receive. Obtaining this certificate allows you to fly and carry passengers in good weather conditions. You may also fly at night if you wish. In addition, you can travel anywhere across the United States or any other country (with limited exceptions). You may not, however, fly for compensation or hire.

You may also pursue advanced training with us in order to get your Instrument Rating, Commercial Pilot Certificate, Certified Flight Instructor Certificate or Certified Flight Instrument Instructor.

What are the requirements for a private pilot certificate?

This is the entry-level certificate most new pilots receive. The FAA requires:

1) that you be able to read, speak and understand English.
2) a medical examination before you fly the airplane by yourself and then once every 2 to 3 years thereafter. The FAA needs to make sure your vision and hearing will allow you to safely operate an airplane and that you are not likely to suddenly lose consciousness. However, you do not need perfect vision or hearing to qualify and most people have little problem passing the medical examination.
3) you must complete a minimum of 20 hours of flight training with an instructor on board (called dual training) and 10 hours of solo flight training. An additional 10 hours (for a total of 40) may be allocated for either dual or solo flight training. Most people exceed the minimum of 40 hours, and in fact the average flight training received by Private Pilots in the United States is approximately 55 hours.
4) aeronautical knowledge training in such areas as meteorology, aerodynamics, aircraft performance, regulations, and cross country flight planning. The FAA does not specify a minimum number of hours for this training, only that you demonstrate adequate knowledge of the material.
5) at the conclusion of your training you must pass a multiple choice written exam and practical exam. The practical exam consists of oral quizzing, performing pilot operations, and executing maneuvers in the airplane. In order to take the practical exam and obtain your Private Pilot Certificate, you must be at least 17 years old. However, you make take lessons and begin training at any age.

How long does it take?

While the FAA does specify a minimum of 40 flight hours of training, the length of time to complete training depends on three factors:

1) WEATHER: a prolonged period of low clouds, poor visibility, or high winds may delay your training.

2) TRAINING FREQUENCY: the more times per week you can schedule lessons, the less time you will spend reviewing material and lower your overall flight training costs will be. Scheduling two to three lessons per week is ideal, but one lesson per week will suffice.

3) INDIVIDUAL PROFICIENCY: it's a fact that people learn at different rates. Your own progress through training will be aided by diligent study & regular allocation of time for that study. While you may be able to complete your private pilot certificate with 40 flight hours, the national average is closer to 60 hours.

Assuming that you can commit to two lessons per week, you could likely obtain your private pilot certificate in three months.

Why should I choose Mesquite Aviation?

The Mesquite Metro Airport offers several important advantages:

1) Mesquite lies outside of congested Dallas/Ft. Worth airspace. This means fewer delays in landing and taking off. At other Dallas area airports, you may spend 20 - 45 minutes waiting for takeoff clearance and another 20 minutes traveling to and from your training area. Additional delays are common in receiving a clearance to land as well. Since you are billed by the hour, your flight training costs will be substantially lower at Mesquite when compared to other airports in the Dallas area,

2) The airport has received multi-million dollar improvements from the FAA, city, and state. Improved navigation, weather reporting, and lighting facilities bring added safety and utility to your training.

3) Fully FAA certified instructors guide you through each phase of training. We offer flexible scheduling to suit your time and budget. Safety, proficiency, and convenience are our highest priorities.

4) Lowest prices in the Dallas area.