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  • What are the requirements for a Private Pilots Certificate?
    • You must be at least 16 years old.
    • You are able to read, speak and understand English.
    • You hold at least a current third-class Medical certificate.

    The training to get to this point is where you’ll go through a ground school in preparation for the written test, and the flying portion of your adventure. This won’t come easy or fast, but like anything in life that is worthy of dreams, the reward once you’re finished is unimaginable.

  • What is a Private Pilots Certificate?

    The Private Pilots Certificate is like a driver’s license. It allows you to fly anywhere in the United States. You can carry any number of passengers. Once you earn your license, you are free to wander around in the skies to your heart’s content. You might take the family on a trip to see relatives in a distant state or use an airplane to shorten the time it takes to make business trips to another city.


  • What if I want a Career in Aviation?

    Having a pilots license give you an opportunity to have a career such as pilot, aircraft maintenance technicians, aircraft manufacturing, airline and airport operations, and more.

  • What kind of airplanes will I be flying?

    Race City Flight Operations has a 1999 Cessna 172S equipped with a Garmin 430W and round “steam” gages; and will be getting a 2000 Cessna 172S equipped with a Garmin 430W and 2 Aspen PFD/MFD gages in our currently growing fleet. We elected to offer two identical airplanes with different gages for our students to allow commonality between airplanes but enough differentiation that allows for future airline pilots to start getting used to glass panels.

  • How do I get started in the process ?

    Give Race City Flight Operations a call at (704) 662-6227 and we will schedule your first lesson. Or if you prefer we can schedule a Discovery Flight*, where you experience the thrill of flying the aircraft.

    If you’d like to see the airport first hand before jumping into the world of aviation, come by the hangar and talk to any of our friendly flight instructors or service professionals and get introduced. We’re located at 149 Yeager Rd in Mooresville, NC 28117. Race City Flight Operations is in a blue hangar, which is the furthest hangar on the left as you drive through the gate.

    *Must be 15 years or older.

  • How long does the flight training take?

    The FAA Require 40 hours of flight to receive a Private Pilots Certificate. These hours are broken up between flying with an instructor and solo. Some Customers earn their Private Pilots Certificate as little as 9 Months.

    (Depends on the airplane availability, weather conditions, and customer’s availability.)


  • Can I purchase a flight school Gift Certificate for a friend or relative?

    Yes, you can purchase gift certificates at the front desk of the FBO.