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.
Starting your training is a very simple process. You will need to pass an FAA medical examination administered by an AME (Aviation Medical Examiner). You can find an AME near you at this site:
You must be 17 years old to receive a Private Pilot Certificate, but you can certainly start your training before then.
If you are a non-U.S. citizen, don’t worry, we can train you too! There are a few more steps to take before beginning your training, but our experienced instructors can guide you through this 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 at least 40 hours of flight and 20 hours of dual instruction/training.
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Command Aviation has many ways that you can pay for your flight training or the rental of aircraft.
- Pay as you go with cash, check, debit or credit card (Visa or M/C)
- Place a minimum of $1200 (airplane) $1500 (helicopter) on your account with cash, check or debit card and receive a discount their 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.
- 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: Flight School Rate Sheet
** prices are subjected to change without notice**