Flight School

If you’ve ever dreamed about true freedom, you’ll find becoming a pilot a dream-come-true. Flying removes boundaries; extends horizons. It brings you closer to the ones you love, and the places you like to be. Most important, being a pilot is a great adventure and like anything truly worthwhile, it is a journey.

The journey begins at Race City Flight Operations, the premiere flight school conveniently located near you. You will learn in a friendly, comfortable atmosphere with knowledgeable, instructors who have a passion to teach. We use a fleet of Cessna 172 Skyhawks that operate nearly identical to each other, making scheduling much easier for you as a thriving student.  We also have Cessna 152s for time building and even instrument instruction. Want to see what others are saying about us? Check out our feedback.

Learning to fly is an investment, an investment we’re certain can positively change your future – personally and professionally. In fact, you’ll find learning to fly is far more fun, convenient and affordable than you ever dreamed it would be. Now is the time to realize your dreams!

If you’re worried about paying for this investment, Race City Flight Operations is proud to be partnering with Stratus Financial and Meritize. Check out our financing page to get your financing started.

Race City Flight Operations offers pricing competitive with flight schools around us. We try and make aviation a dream that anybody can achieve. We also have professional and friendly staff that can answer any question or help resolve any concern with a smile!

Lake Norman Airpark has a small runway compared to other airports/flight schools. This is helpful for students because it builds confidence in their ability to control and land an airplane wherever they go. If you can land here, you can land anywhere!

Once you become enrolled as a student, you will have access to the schedule that shows what days and times instructors and airplanes are available. That means you can pick your own schedule and get your flight training done at your own pace!

We have a maintenance shop in house that keeps our airplanes maintained and ready to fly. If weather decides to come in and wash out your lesson, we have two simulators (BATD and an AATD) that can be used for a lesson so you don’t miss out on any training.

We offer Private, Instrument, Commercial, and Flight Instructor/Instrument. We have a variety of instructors to fit any personality.


Here are the steps to getting you in the Pilot's Seat

1. Discovery flight
Race City Flight Operations offers a hands-on intro flight called a Discovery Flight; the instructor will guide you through a preflight inspection, where you will learn the different airplane’s parts and flight controls. Then the instructor will take you on a thrill of a lifetime, letting you take control of one of our Cessna 172s for the first time. You’ll be able to record this time into your pilot logbook.
2. Get your Aviation Medical Certificate
A complete Medical exam is required to get your Student Pilot Certificate. There are a few health conditions that may prevent your pilot’s certificate. Medical examiners are located conveniently right here in Mooresville, NC.

Andrew Gross
131 Medical Park Drive, Suite 308
Mooresville, NC 28117
Bruce Seaton
357 Williamson Road

Mooresville, NC 28117

Thomas Gross
417 E Statesville Ave

Mooresville, NC 28115

3. Start your Flight Training
Race City Flight Operations conducts several private pilot ground schools every year and these are in classroom and online hybrid lessons with a group of other students. For students who have a busy lifestyle, there are other online ground schools that provide the knowledge on your time table.

4. Study, Practice and Learn
Ground school studies and practice flights with your instructor will help you learn the principles of flight and will prepare you for your solo flight.
5. Make your First solo flight
Once you’ve reached a certain point in flight training, and your instructor feels you are ready, you will take your first solo flight. This means taking off, a short flight and a safe landing by yourself. It’s a pretty exciting day!
6. Fine Tune your skills
Fly as much as possible to gain experience and build upon everything you learned prior to your first solo flight, both with an instructor and on your own.
7. Take the written and flight exam
A written exam will precede your oral and flight exam with an FAA-designated examiner. The written exam consists of 65 questions and you have 2 to finish it. Locations for written exams are here. This is like the final exam for flying. A typical oral exam will last 2 hours and a flight will last about 2 hours. The usual cost for the checkride examination is $800.
8. Keep Flying
Once you get your pilots certificate, get as much experience as possible, get involved and stay connected. Most importantly: Keep flying!


If you still have questions after reading this, please read through the FAA Student Pilot Guide. Even if you don’t pick Race City Flight Operations as your flight school, we are more interested in ensuring you become a safe and competent pilot, and can offer advice and mentorship along the way.


Ready to become a Race City Flight Ops student?