Wondering if aviation is for you? Take a Discovery Flight! Before takeoff, one of our highly trained Flight Instructors will walk you through a preflight inspection and explain the basic elements of piloting. During your 30 minute flight over Kansas, you will sit in the captain seat and take controls during maneuvers such as turns, climbs, and descents. The Discovery Flight is a great experience for aviators of all ages. Contact us to take to the skies today!
If you have an interest in aviation then becoming a private pilot is the first step. Crotts Aircraft Service offers personalized training courses that fit your schedule and training goals. Our private pilot program provides both ground and flight instruction designed to help you acquire all the skills necessary to become a confident aviator. Already have previous training or experience? Complete our accelerated “finish-up” courses to earn your certificate in a timely manner.
- 40 Hours of Flight Time
- 30 Hours of Flight Instruction
- 15 Hours of Ground Instruction
- FAA Written Examination
- Flight Physical
- FAA Check Ride
Note: These are the typical minimums required by the FAA. Sometimes, additional training is necessary to become proficient.
Adding an instrument rating will allow you to operate an aircraft solely by referencing the flight instruments as you soar through the clouds. Our instructors use specialized training techniques to provide students a clear and concise understanding of the IFR environment. In addition to flight training, a strong emphasis is placed on learning an instrument “scan” on a desktop simulator. This allows the student to grasp the fundamentals of instrument flight on the ground before transitioning to the aircraft. Successful completion of this course requires pilot discipline and consistent scheduling.
- 40 Hours of Cross Country as PIC
- 20 Hours of Actual or Simulated Flight Time including
- 15 Hours of Flight Instruction
- 3 Hours within 60 days of the practical test
- IFR Cross Country of 250 nm
Want to get paid to fly? Jumpstart your career with Crotts Aircraft Service’s intense training that includes learning commercial maneuvers in a complex aircraft. Qualified pilots are those that have at least 250 hours of flight time and have met all the requirements of FAR - 61.129 (a) or (b). In addition to fostering career growth, this license enhances flight proficiency and can lower insurance premiums.
- 250 Hours Total Time
- 50 can be in a simulator
- 100 Hours Powered Aircraft (50 in Airplanes)
- 100 Hours PIC (50 in Airplanes)
- 50 Hours Cross Country
- 20 Hours of Flight Training Including
- 10 Instrument / 10 Complex
- 5 Single Engine Airplane
- 2 Hour Day Cross Country / 2 Hour Night Cross Country
- 10 Hours Solo including
- 5 Hours Day Cross Country over 300 nm
- 5 Hours of night with 10 takeoffs and landings at a towered airport
Certified Flight Instructor
Want to share your passion for aviation with others? Earning your Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) certificate will enable you to share your enthusiasm as you instruct others learning to fly. The knowledge gained in this course will prepare you to successfully teach both ground and flight lessons. Instructing is a great way to enhance your piloting skills while building valuable flight hours.
Certified Flight Instructor - Todd Taylor
Todd began flying in 1990 and has accumulated over 2700 hours of dual instruction time with over 20 years of flight instruction experience. Todd is a former middle and high school teacher, having retired after 33 years of teaching. He continues to devote his time to teaching, but now his classroom is 3000 feet above ground level. Todd offers flight instruction in both Dodge City and Hays.
For more information regarding flight instruction, contact Todd at 785-635-8303.
Crotts Aircraft Service
102 Airport Road, Dodge City, KS 67801
RaeAnna Bolmer, Office Manager
Brenda Wood, Administrative Assistant
Marsha Weber, Administrative Assistant
3950 E. 8th Street, Hays, KS 67601
Cathleen DuVarney, Administrative Assistant
Crotts Aircraft Service: 620-227-3553
After Hours: 620-789-1788 (call out fee may apply)
Hays Aircraft: 785-628-8881
After Hours: 785-259-3082 (call out fee will apply)