Transition Courses

Each AFTII transition training course involves a minimum of 12 hours ground school and three flights. During ground school we conduct a comprehensive preflight, review aircraft capabilities and limitations, discuss normal, abnormal and emergency procedures use of the systems: Engine(s) and propeller(s), landing gear & brakes, flight controls, fuel, electrical, environmental, de & anti-ice, flight instruments, navigation & autopilot. All flight training is conducted in the client’s aircraft where we learn where vital switches are and what all switches do.

1st flight includes normal start, taxi, run-up and takeoff. During climb we begin using the autopilot. During cruise flight we fill in the trend monitor sheet. We accomplish some basic flight skill drills such as slow flight, steep turns, maintain altitude, airspeed & heading while changing configurations and recover from approach to landing stall. For twin-engine aircraft, we simulate an engine failure, we evaluate  the pilot's response, proper maneuvering, and drag demonstration. All aircraft - we find proper power settings for an instrument approach with glide slope, circle to land, and missed approach. Upon returning to the airport we enter the traffic pattern and accomplish a go-around and various landings – normal, crosswind, no flap and short and possibly soft field landings.

The second flight is an ~ 2.5 hour round trip. If high altitude sign off is required, a portion of the cruise flight will be above Flight Level 250. A simulated loss of pressurization with rapid descent to a lower altitude will be a required part of the course. A high altitude sign off is not required, nor available for aircraft that are only certified to 25,000′ or are not pressurized. Note: A pilot who has logged PIC time in a pressurized aircraft prior to April 15, 1991 does not require the training nor a high altitude endorsement.

The third flight will concentrate on use of navigation and autopilot during approaches, missed approaches, DME ARC when applicable and holds. Recovery from Unusual attitudes are required for an IPC as is a circle to land and a non-precision approach with Loss of Primary Instruments. A test is administered at the end of training. Upon completion of training the pilot will be very knowledgeable in all areas taught and proficient in flying the aircraft.

Fees: Fees are based on daily rates*, not on number of pilots. Each additional pilot usually adds 1 additional day of flight training when all pilots attend the ground school together. For example – a three day transition course in a Matrix, Malibu or Mirage, for 1 pilot is $1650 or $550/day plus expenses and travel-only days if applicable. A second pilot usually needs one extra day so he’d only be an extra $550 for a total of $2200 plus expenses.

* Daily rate – a normal day begins 8AM and ends at 6PM. There is a $50/hr charge for training that extends beyond 6PM.

M600

The standard single-pilot M600 transition course involves five days and the fee is $3000 plus travel expenses and travel days if appropriate. This assumes that the pilot has completed the G3000 ground school course from Garmin.

M600 airplane as it is flying, with a blue, clear sky in the background.
Mirage in the air with a cloudy blue sky in the background

Mirage

The standard single pilot three-day initial Mirage course $1650 plus travel expenses and travel-only days if applicable.

Meridian over the beach

Meridian

The standard single pilot four-day initial Meridian course $2400 plus travel expenses and travel-only days if applicable.

Cessna 340 in the air with a lighe blue sky in the background

Cessna 340/414/414A

The standard single pilot three-day initial Cessna 340 or 414/414A course $1950 plus travel expenses and travel-only days if applicable.

Cessna 421 with a cloudy grayish-blue sky in the background

Cessna 421/421C

The standard single pilot three-day initial Cessna 421 – 421C course $2250 plus travel expenses and travel-only days if applicable.

Aerostar holding altitude with a cloudy blue sky and mountains in the distance

Aerostar

The standard single pilot three-day initial Pressurized Aerostar course $1800 plus travel expenses and travel-only days if applicable.

Chieftain flying at an angle with mountains in the distance

Piper Navajo/Chieftain

The standard single pilot three-day initial Piper Navajo or Chieftain course $1800 plus travel expenses and travel-only days if applicable.