"Inspiring and empowering both current and future pilots through safe, personalized, and innovative flight training."

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What we offer

Private Pilot License (PPL)
Instrument Rating
Commercial Pilot License (CPL)
Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) 
Certified Flight Instructor - Instrument (CFII) 

Flying Sessions

Sessions generally last 2 hours. A standard flight lesson involves 10-15 minutes of pre-flight briefing, 45-90 minutes of flying, and 10-15 minutes of debrief. We recommend a minimum of one session per week with 2-3x per week being ideal.

Types of licenses

Private Pilot’s License PPL

This is the first license you'll work on as you begin your journey into the world of aviation! After receiving your PPL (Private Pilot's License) you'll be licensed to fly single engine land aircraft (SEL) with as many passengers as you want. You will be able to enjoy the freedom and joy that comes with entering the world of private aviation as you'll be able to fly yourself and those you love (almost) anywhere you want! 

Below you'll find an overview of the journey you'll follow as you study to get your license with STL Flight Training.

Discovery flight

A discovery flight is your first step as you begin your journey into the world of private aviation! You'll be paired with a Certified Flight Instructor (CFI), walk through preflight procedures, go over a ground briefing and fire up the engine. You'll taxi out to the runway and after you're cleared for takeoff, you'll start your takeoff roll and rotate one you build up enough speed to brake the bonds of gravity and lift into the sky!

You'll be free to fly as much as you want, perform any basic maneuvers and even get an up close view of the Gateway Arch and National park above Downtown St Louis!

Click here to get started and purchase your discovery flight today!

Basic Requirements

Before your first training flight, you'll meet with your CFI and go over the basic requirements for getting your PPL.

Eligibility Requirements 14 CFR 61.103

  • Be at least 17 years of age ( 16 to solo)
  • Be able to read, speak, write and understand English
  • Obtain at least a Third Class Medical Certificate
  • Pass the required knowledge test (STL Flight Training offers Sporty's courses to our students at a discount!)
  • Complete the required flight training
  • Obtain a U. S. Student Pilot Certificate (apply here

Basic Flight 

As you start training, you'll work on these basic flight maneuvers first!

Basic Flight Maneuvers

  • Slow flight 
  • Stalls 
  • Steep Turns 

Ground Reference Maneuvers

  • S Turns 
  • Turns around a point

Emergency Maneuvers

  • Engine Out 
  • Engine Fire 
  • Lost Communications

Pre Solo - Pattern Work

  • Takeoff and Landings

Solo Flight

Before you take your first solo flight you'll take a pre solo written test and then you'll experience the magic of solo flight for the first time! It's an incredible experience you'll remember for the rest of your life.

  • Pre Solo Written Test
  • First Solo

Cross Country Flight

After you take your solo flight, you'll move into some more advanced training including some fun Cross Country flights, night time flights and flying based solely on your aircraft's instruments,

Cross Country training

  • 50 nm or more trip 
  • Creating flight plan 
  • Executing flight plan

Night flying (3hrs)

  • Night XC (cross country)
  • 10 Take offs & Landings

BAI Basic Attitudes in Instrument Conditions

  • Flying relying solely on instruments inside the cockpit 
  • 3hrs

Solo Cross Country

  • 150 nm 3 airports


After you've completed all the requirements for your checkride, you'll finish up your checkride prep and review the ACS (Airmen Certification Standards) for Private Pilots.

Review Eligibility Requirements 14 CFR 61.103

  • Minimum 40 hrs Total Time 
  • Minimum 20 hrs Dual 
  • Minimum 10 hrs Solo
  • Really 45-60

Review Flight Maneuvers

  • Basic Flight Maneuvers 
  • Ground Ref Maneuvers
  • Emergency Maneuvers
  • Pattern Work
  • Cross Country Prep


  • Knowledge (Oral) Exam
  • Practical Exam

Instrument Rating IFR

You did it, you're a Private Pilot! Now what? It's time to continue your training and learn how to fly without being able to see out of the windows! 

Instrument training is one of the most important ratings for all pilots to receive, even if you never plan to fly in clouds or weather, learning the proper procedures and skills required to safely navigate and fly without having any reference to the ground not only makes you a safer pilot, but you'll gain confidence too.

Basic Requirements

To be ellegible to get your Instrument Rating you have to meet the following requirements found in 14 CFR Part 61.65

  • Hold at least a Private Pilot's License
  • Receive Ground Training and pass the required written test (we offer discounted rates on Sporty's courses)
  • Complete the required flight training
  • Pass the Practical and Knowledge Tests (FAA Checkride)

BAI Basic Attitudes instruments

Tracking VOR


DME Arcs


Enroute Charts

Approach Plates



Non Precision


Departures and Arrivals



Clearances and Procedures

IFR Cross Country



Weather Regulations

FAA Checkride

After you've completed all the required training and instruction to prepare for your checkride, you'll review the ACS (Airmen Certification Standards) for Instrument Rating.

Your checkride will consist of a knowledge test and a practical test administered by a FAA DPE.

Commercial Pilot’s License CPL

Okay, now you're an Instrument Rated Private Pilot. What's next? If you want to pursue a career in aviation or get additional training to continue becoming an even safer pilot, the Commercial Pilot's License is your next step!

After receiving this certificate, you'll be able to get paid to fly! Time building is one of the biggest steps in becoming eligible for your commercial, so have fun and take some long cross country flights and explore new airports.


To be eligible to receive your Commercial Pilot's License, you must meet the requirements found in

  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Be able to read, speak, write and understand English
  • Hold at least a Private Pilot's License
  • Meet the experience requirements (14 CFR Part 61.129)
  • Pass the required Knowledge test (we offer discounted rates on Sporty's courses)
  • Pass the required Practical test (Checkride)


Lazy 8’s
8’s on pylons
Power off 180’s

Cross Country

50 hrs PIC Cross Country Time
GPS Navigation
2 hr 100 nm Daytime Dual flight
2 hr 100 nm Nighttime Dual Flight
300 nm Solo Cross Country (1 leg min 250 nm)


250 Hours Total Time
100 Hours PIC
- 50 Cross Country PIC
20 Hours Dual Instruction
10 Hours Instrument Training  
10 Hours Complex or TAA (Technically Advanced Aircraft)
5 Hours Night VFR
10 Take offs and Landings at a towered airport


We also offer training for Pilots looking to become Certified Flight Instructors as well! If you're a commercial rated pilot interested in getting your CFI or a CFI wanting to get your CFII, click the link below to get started.
Start your CFI / cfii here!

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