Getting Started

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  • Introductory Flight Training - Learn to Fly - Pacific Northwest, Bellingham

Command Aviation’s training facility is located in Bellingham, Washington.

Whether your interest is in learning to fly fixed wing aircraft or in helicopter training, our program is divided into two primary parts: ground school and flight training. Ground school teaches students the principles, procedures and regulations that are put into practice during flight lessons and can be done in a formal classroom (classes at a local college or predetermined schedule) or by self-study programs determined by your instructor and based on your specific needs.

Getting Started

Starting your training is a very simple process. Just call our office and schedule your intro flight. You will be flying the aircraft on your very first flight. On your second scheduled training flight you will need to provide a drivers license, passport or birth certificate and prior to solo you will need to pass an FAA medical examination administered by an AME (Aviation Medical Examiner). Our friendly instructors will guide you through the rest. If you want to locate a AME near you go to this website:

If you are a non-U.S. citizen, don’t worry, we can train you too! There are a few more steps to take after your intro flight. Prior to your second training flight you will have to comply with TSA (Transportation Security Administration) background check. You can go to the TSA website by clicking the link below for more information. If you have any questions our instructors can help you with the process. Contact us for more information.


Become a Pilot

The decision to start flight training is a big commitment. To help you determine if flight training is for you, we suggest an introductory flight were you get your hands on the controls. This introductory flight consists of a half an hour of ground and a half an hour of flight (the flight portion can be longer for an extra charge). By time you’re back on the ground, you’ll know if you have what it takes to be a pilot.  For a thorough understanding of FAA requirements, please visit FAA’s pilot page The FAA requires a minimum of 40 hours of training including at least 20 hours of flight training from an authorized instructor.

Introductory Flight

Piper Warrior $118.00
  1. Approximately .5 hour flight
    (based on the Hobbs hour meter in the aircraft)
  2. Approximately .5 hour briefing and ground training
  3. Passenger and Pilot weight limit may apply in certain aircraft
  4. Typical time is 1 hour of ground and 1 hour of flight for an additional charge
Cessna 172 $118.00
R-22 $166.00


Command Aviation has many ways that you can pay for your flight training or the rental of aircraft.

  1. Pay as you go with cash, check, debit or credit card (Visa or M/C, 3% fee applies to all credit card transactions)
  2. Place a minimum of $1500 (airplane) $2400 (helicopter) on your account with cash, check or debit card and receive a discount on your aircraft rental by $7 per hour, and $3 per hour towards the instruction fee a discount, this is called a “Block Discount.”  Your account must always be at zero or a positive balance to receive discount.
  3. Student loan

All flights and ground lessons must be paid for in advance or at the completion of the lesson.

Please look at our competitive price list: 2014 Flight School Price List

** prices are subjected to change without notice**

Flight Training Questions?