Windsong Aviation

Accelerated flight training for your private or instrument license

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Introduction

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Windsong offers accelerated flight training aimed at adults who wish to fly single engine airplanes for their own purposes, cross country in all seasons.

Our program will give you the resources to earn either the private or instrument license n a very short period of time, including room and transportation while in residence, and for a flat rate.

Compared to the “two steps forward and one step back” format of traditional flight training, our program saves both time and money. Additionally, the immersion format of training assures greater retention of learning and real life success.

Please look through the categories below to get full information on both the ins-and-outs of flight training and the Windsong program. We feel sure that you will see the advantages of accelerated training for adults.

What the Windsong Program Is

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Piper Cherokee trainer

In brief, accelerated training is based on two concepts: immersion training and scenario training. Immersion is the idea that most of us learn best if we focus our energies solely on the task at hand. At Windsong, you will earn your private license in 16 days, from a Friday to the following Sunday a little over two weeks later. Read more

Why Operate Your Own Plane

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A few years ago, a survey was conducted among thousands of well-to-do, mostly professional and business adults. The primary question was this, “why have you never learned to fly?” There were three primary answers: 1) It is too expensive. 2) It is too dangerous. 3) I won’t put up with being treated as I was when I began to learn to fly. So… let’s put the negatives behind us before dealing with the positives. Read more

The Downside of Personal Flying

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There are weather days you should not fly. In the Southeast and East, there are about 30-40 days a year that should not have any single engine airplanes flying around in them. (Heck, there are 10 or so when they park the airliners.) An instrument pilot is not deterred by clouds, rain, or normal wind. I have many, many times done the pre-flight in the rain and scud under an umbrella and departed in complete safety to climb through the gunk to the brilliant sunshine above. Read more

What Traditional Training is Like

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The scenario I am about to describe characterizes 80-90% of the flight training in the US. For a variety of reasons, flight training companies have been very slow to get a customer centered outlook on business. According to the FAA, less than 10% of flight instructors are what you would call experienced pilots. They are legal to do what they do, but they are recently minted, young, and have little real world experience. Read more

What Is Involved in Owning Your Own Plane

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To buy a plane intelligently requires some research. First, what do you want to buy? Most new pilots buy an entry level plane as a means to build experience in a low workload environment. Heck, even a slow plane is often 3 to 4 times faster than the fastest car in the real world, so that looks pretty good. I would suggest the following steps to make your decision. Read more

Costs and Results

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Private License: the fee is a flat rate which covers all expenses, including flight time, instructor fees, materials, written test fee, check ride fee, texts, headset, etc. In addition, the fee covers lodging and a car if you need one. The fee covers 52 hours of flight time, during which about 80% of students will complete the check ride, using the immersion, scenario based methods of the program. Read more

Other Windsong Services

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When you get ready to buy a plane, Windsong personnel will come to your location, consult with you as to what make and model to buy, based on your needs, budget, and level of experience. This person will be able to provide immediate estimates on cost of ownership, state of the market, and availability. The consultant will then locate several prospects for you to consider. Read more

About the Company

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Windsong Aviation Training, Inc, is operated by John E. Bertrand and based in LaFayette, GA, about 20 miles from Chattanooga, Tennessee. The aircraft operated by the company at this tine is a Piper Cherokee PA-28-150. It is equipped with all digital avionics, including an IFR approved GPS and redundant radios. Read more

1945 Aeronca Champ For Sale

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For Sale:  $28,900 Read more