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Flying Isn't the Time to Settle for 'Just OK'.

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Takeoff With Confidence The Lone Mountain Flight Training Guarantee


Your family wants you to fly safely, and so do we. That is why all aircraft are outfitted with the CAPS Parachute System and our Cirrus Certified Maintenance Center performs routine maintenance on all fleet aircraft.

Quality Instruction

Be confident that you’re being trained by the best. Our certified Cirrus instructors have years of experience providing general aviation and Cirrus transition training.

Best-In-Class Aircraft

Comfort and confidence are possible with an airframe parachute, Garmin Perspective avionics, and air conditioning standard on every Cirrus in our fleet.

How Can Lone Mountain Flight Training Center Help You?

Cirrus Aircraft Rentals

Qualified pilots are invited to rent our best-in-class Cirrus aircraft. Whether you are headed to a meeting, taking the afternoon to sight-see, or going on an overnight excursion, we have the aircraft to fit your needs. Our Cirrus aircraft are all outfitted with glass panels, Cirrus Perspective by Garmin, and CAPS Parachute System.

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Flight Instruction and Pilot Services

Whether you are a pilot or not, you can take advantage of the benefits general aviation offers. Lone Mountain offers a full range of pilot services through our flight instructors, including:

  • Recurrent Training
  • Private Pilot Training
  • Instrument Training
  • Commercial Pilot Training
  • Ground School

Recurrent Training

Lone Mountain offers a variety of continuing education programs designed to help pilots maintain currency and recency of experience recommendations of Cirrus, the FAA, and private insurance carriers. 

  • Bi-annual Flight Review (BFR)- A 4 hour appointment with one of our instructors to accomplish requirements of FAR 61.56.
  • Instrument Proficiency Check (IPC) – A 4 hour appointment with one of our instructors to accomplish the requirements of FAR 61.57.

Private Pilot Training

​The FAA establishes the criteria that must be met in order to obtain a Private Pilot Certificate. Those requirements are spelled out in detail in CFR §61.102-120, but the basic minimums are listed below:

  • Age: 17 Years (16 to Fly Solo)
  • Total Flight Time: 40 Hours
  • Instruction Flight Time: 20 Hours
  • Solo Flight Time: 10 Hours
  • Third-Class FAA Medical Certificate
  • FAA Written Test
  • FAA Practical Test (Checkride)

It’s important to keep in mind that these are the FAA-mandated minimums. The national average for students to complete their private pilot training is around 70 hours total flight time. Lone Mountain students typically receive their license in an average of 75 hours. Also, there is no minimum age to start flying lessons, the ages above only apply to solo flight and license eligibility.

Note: You’ll need to visit an Aviation Medical Examiner (AME) to obtain your FAA Medical Certificate/student pilot’s license before you can fly solo. An AME is a doctor the FAA has authorized to give flight physicals (a flight physical is basically a routine physical exam). You can apply for a first-, second- or third-class medical certificate. Private pilots only need to obtain a third-class medical certificate. If you plan to continue training to earn your commercial pilot’s license, you’ll need a second-class medical to exercise your privileges as a commercial pilot. If you’re ready to get your medical certificate, you can click here to locate an AME in your area.

Instrument Training

An instrument rating isn’t a license, but rather an add-on to an existing Private or Commercial Pilot Certificate. It allows you to act as PIC (Pilot In Command) of an airplane during IFR conditions (inside clouds, low visibility, etc.) as well as in Class A airspace. Instrument training centers around becoming proficient at flight solely by reference to instruments, and also includes more in-depth study of weather and rules and procedures that apply during IFR conditions.

Obtaining an instrument rating requires dedication and effort, but the payoff is tremendous. As an instrument-rated pilot, it’s much more likely that you’ll be able to complete a planned flight because weather conditions are less of a factor. There are specific criteria that must be met in order to be eligible for an instrument rating. The FAA details them in CFR §61.65, but here’s the shorter version:

  • Prerequisite: Private or Commercial License
  • Age: 17 Years
  • Total Flight Time: 50 Hours PIC
  • Simulated or Actual Instrument Flight Time: 40 Hours
  • Instrument Instruction Flight Time: 15 Hours
  • FAA Written Test
  • FAA Practical Test (Checkride)

Commercial Pilot Training

If you want to be able to make money as a pilot, you need to have a Commercial Pilot Certificate. It’s not just for airline pilots – even a crop duster needs a commercial license! Commercial pilot training enhances your ability to control the airplane by executing specific maneuvers to very high standards. You must have at least 250 hours of total flight time to obtain this certificate, and there are other requirements which include:

  • Prerequisite: Private Pilot’s License
  • Age: 17 Years
  • Total Flight Time: 250 Hours
  • Commercial Instruction Flight Time: 20 Hours
  • Complex Aircraft Flight Time: 10 Hours
  • Third-Class FAA Medical (To Obtain Commercial License)
  • Second-Class FAA Medical (To Exercise Commercial Privileges)
  • FAA Written Test
  • FAA Practical Test (Checkride)

For further reading on the FAA requirements for a Commercial Pilot Certificate, you can check out CFR §61.121-133.

​Ground School

Ground school is an integral part of flight training at all levels. In fact, you’ll spend some time on the ground with your instructor before and after each flight. You’ll also learn a lot through interactive online modules, videos, graphics and quizzes. When you need help, your instructor will work with you to make sure you understand each concept thoroughly.

Cirrus Transition Training

As Southwest Ohio’s premier Cirrus Training Center, Lone Mountain offers various Cirrus Transition Trainings, including:

  • Basic Transition Training
  • Advanced Transition Training
  • Avionics Transition Training 
  • Airframe and Powerplant Transition Training

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Basic Transition Training (for VFR pilots)

Basic Transition Training is designed for pilots with little to no Cirrus experience or formal Cirrus training. It focuses on basic aircraft control, use of avionics, use of autopilot, and key emergency/abnormal situations in VFR conditions. The course requires a minimum of 6 hours of flight time, ground school and homework. The average completion time is 10 hours and can vary greatly depending on experience level

Advanced Transition Training (for IFR pilots)

Advanced Transition Training is designed for instrument-rated pilots transitioning into Cirrus aircraft with little to no Cirrus experience or formal Cirrus training. Advanced Transition Training can be substituted for Basic Transition Training for pilots who wish to gain instrument competency and complete an IPC as a part of their initial training in Cirrus aircraft. The minimum completion time is 8 hours of flight time with ground school and home study, with a course average of 12 hours of flight time.

Avionics Transition Training

The Avionics Differences Transition course is designed for qualified Cirrus pilots who wish to switch from flying one avionics package into the other. Cirrus offers avionics packages from either Avidyne or Garmin. The minimum transition time is 2 hours of flight time plus ground school and home study with a course average of 5 hours.

Airframe and Powerplant Transition Training

The Airframe and Powerplant Transition course is designed for qualified Cirrus pilots who want to learn to switch between various Cirrus models. The minimum transition time is 2 hours of flight time plus ground school and home study with a course average of 5 hours.

Offering brand new airplanes to rent is unheard of in the tri-state. After 400+ hours in 30-50 year old aircraft, flying the new SR-20 was a dream! And, it is an outstanding school with the staff and equipment to enable students to progress as fast as they want. Lone Mountain treated me like royalty, eagerly ensuring my needs were addressed. New equipment that is 100% capable coupled with top-tier instruction meant no lost training days and faster goal achievement!

Jonathan ‘Rusty’ May

Aircraft Rental and Training Fleet

Meticulously maintained, our late-model Cirrus Aircraft brings peace-of-mind to your flying experience.

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