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Cockpit Flight Instruction

Journeys Aviation™ is the premier facility in the Denver/Boulder area for professional-grade flight instruction, aircraft rentals and associated ground services for the accomplished pilot.

Our career flight instructors, many with several thousands of hours of dual instruction, set us far apart from the other flight schools. Unlike schools that use student teaching as a way to build time for their instructors, eager for the next airline job to open up, Journeys Aviation™ has the core professional training staff who have devoted lifelong careers to creating and improving the skills of pilots.

Based at the Boulder Municipal airport, Journeys Aviation provides flight training departing from an uncontrolled airfield. Some advantages of this include short taxi distances from the aircraft ramp to the runways and relatively short time from engine startup to takeoff. The result is less time on the ground, lower training costs and more flight time during a scheduled lesson period. For students looking to work on tower-controlled training, Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport is a short 10-mile flight directly south of Boulder Municipal airport. Our facility offers high speed Internet access and computing for flight planning, weather information, training, and study.

Private Pilot Lessons - Airline Transport Pilot Ratings

We provide training ratings from private pilot through airline transport pilot, conduct mountain flying courses, refresher training, and even spouse emergency preparedness piloting skills. Our friendly and inviting atmosphere provides an excellent environment for learning from our staff and from other students.

For the accomplished pilot who may be considering ownership, we believe our rental fleet and policies offer a better alternative than either ownership or partnerships. We encourage longer term trips in our aircraft and do not punish the renter for keeping planes overnight or even over a week. Our ground facilities also provide a great disembarking environment for your trips.

Pilot Training

We provide pilot training at the Boulder Municipal Airport for Private Pilot, Commercial Pilot, and Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) Certificates and these ratings: Instrument, Multi-Engine, CFI-Instrument and CFI-Multi-Engine. From the beginning student pilot to the airline transport pilot and for every rating in between, we have a qualified instructor and the appropriate aircraft to meet your training requirements.


Follow this 4-step process to make your dreams come true!!


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Becoming a pilot may well be one of the most rewarding and exhilarating accomplishments of your lifetime! So, what are the requirements and how do you get started?

Instructor Selection

First, stop by Journeys Aviation™ and spend some time learning about our club policies, instructors, planes, management, and competitive costs. Interview a few of our qualified flight instructors; determine which instructor best fits your learning style and personality. Always feel free to ask questions! It is important that you feel comfortable with your instructor. For more information on our flight instructors, visit our Flight Instructors Page.

Financing and Scheduling

Second, review with your instructor any time or money constraints you may have. He or she will be happy to try to accommodate your busy schedule and, while our fees and costs are competitive with area flight schools, ask whether you might qualify for block time discounts or financial assistance through the Veterans Administration or SLM Financial.

Pilot Requirements

Now you're ready to begin your journey to becoming a pilot! To obtain a private pilot certificate, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Be at least 17 years of age
  • 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 on site at Journeys
  • Pass a FAA Private Pilot practical test on site at Journeys Aviation™

While 40 is the minimum number of hours necessary to obtain a private pilot certificate, the actual number of hours will vary from individual to individual depending upon a variety of factors including weather, personal schedule, and dedication. A student who consistently flies twice a week is far more likely to require fewer hours of training than one who flies only once or twice a month. That said, it generally takes about six to nine months to complete the requirements. The average cost to obtain a private pilot's license is approximately between $6,000 and $11,000 depending on the type of aircraft used and the number of flight hours required to meet the proficiency standards set forth in the Practical Test Standards (PTS) published by the FAA.

Ground School

Once you begin your flight training as a student pilot, you will also begin ground school where you will learn about airplanes and aerodynamics, the Federal Aviation Regulations, local weather, and flight planning. At the conclusion of this ground segment of your education, you will take the FAA's multiple choice Private Pilot Airmen Knowledge written test.

Solo Flight

After 20 to 25 hours of dual flight instruction (with an instructor in the cockpit) a student pilot may be ready to solo. Approximately the next 10 solo hours will include a 5 hour cross country flight. A cross country is a flight that has a landing 50 nautical miles from the departure airport.

FAA Private Pilot Flight Exam

Once you have met the other requirements listed above, you are ready to take the FAA Private Pilot flight exam (your checkride) with an FAA designated examiner. Upon passing this final exam, you will be that private pilot you always dreamed of becoming!


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