Aviation Flight Training

Mission-focused training with a low instructor-to-student ratio.

SMAT’s flight program operates as a structured, full-time school with the goal of preparing students for missionary service by placing heavy emphasis on developing discipline, professionalism, precision, and good decision-making skills.

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Curriculum

Main Courses

Module 1

AVF 120
Private Pilot Certification Course

Module 2

AVF 130
VFR Cross Country Experience Building

AVF 140
High Performance (HP) Transition

AVF 150
Complex (RG) Transition

Module 3

AVF 160
Tailwheel Transition

AVF 200
High Performance (HP) Proficiency

AVF 210
Complex (RG) Proficiency

Module 4

AVF 220
Advanced VFR Cross Country Experience

AVF 230
Instrument Airplane Certification and Experience

AVF 240
Commercial Pilot Certification

Program Schedule

Module 1

AVF 120
Private Pilot Certification Course
Aircraft Model: C172

Training TypeHours
Dual Airplane48.0
Solo/PIC Airplane17.7*
Total Flight Hrs65.7
Simulator1.3
Ground School & Briefing185
Module 2

AVF 130
VFR Cross Country Experience Building
Aircraft Model: C172
 

Training TypeHours
Dual Airplane10.5
Solo/PIC Airplane7.0
Total Flight Hrs17.5
Simulator1.0
Ground School & Briefing40

AVF 140
High Performance (HP) Transition
Aircraft Model: C206
 

Training TypeHours
Dual Airplane14.6
Solo/PIC Airplane1.4
Total Flight Hrs16.0
Simulator1.0
Ground School & Briefing55

AVF 150
Complex(RG) Transition
Aircraft Model: C172RG
 

Training TypeHours
Dual Airplane14.6
Solo/PIC Airplane1.4
Total Flight Hrs16.0
Simulator1.0
Ground School & Briefing55
Module 3

AVF 160
Tailwheel Transition
Aircraft Model: C172 (tailwheel)
 

Training TypeHours
Dual Airplane18.5
Solo/PIC Airplane1.5
Total Flight Hrs20.0
Simulator1.0
Ground School & Briefing40

AVF 200
High Performance (HP) Proficiency
Aircraft Model: C206
 

Training TypeHours
Dual Airplane10.4
Solo/PIC Airplane5.6
Total Flight Hrs16.0
Simulator1.0
Ground School & Briefing40

AVF 210
Complex (RG) Proficiency
Aircraft Model: C172RG

Training TypeHours
Dual Airplane10.0
Solo/PIC Airplane9.0
Total Flight Hrs19
Simulator0
Ground School & Briefing40
Module 4

AVF 220
Advanced VFR Cross Country Experience
Aircraft Model: C206/172RG
 

Training TypeHours
Dual Airplane16.0
Solo/PIC Airplane0
Total Flight Hrs16.0
Simulator0
Ground School & Briefing40

AVF 230
Instrument Airplane Cert. and Experience
Aircraft Model: C172
 

Training TypeHours
Dual Airplane39.0
Solo/PIC Airplane2.0*
Total Flight Hrs41.0
Simulator18.3
Ground School & Briefing125

AVF 240
Commercial Pilot Certification Course
Aircraft Model: C172/206/172RG

Training TypeHours
Dual Airplane11.0
Solo/PIC Airplane16.1
Total Flight Hrs27.1
Simulator0
Ground School & Briefing35

*Includes FAA check ride at conclusion of specific course. Commercial Pilot check ride not included in total hours.

Your Flight Hours May Vary

Actual hours flown by students in the past have been within 5% of the program hours, according to the distribution above. Students requiring flight instruction that exceeds the estimated time to meet the minimal standard in the practical courses will be required to pay a per hour fee for the plane and instructor until satisfactory performance is obtained.

Instruction: $50 / C172: $125 / C206: $215 / 172RG: $150 / Simulator: $25.

Cost

Flight Program tuition costs of $56,500 include all necessary course materials for ground school and flight training. The following is a list of additional expenses with estimated values not included in the program costs.

 

Additional Expenses

  • FAA Medical Examination (2nd Class)
    $150
  • FAA Knowledge Tests (Private/Instrument/Commercial)
    $480 (3 at $160ea)
  • FAA Examiner Fee (Private/Instrument/Commercial)
    $1500 (3 at $500ea)
  • Aviation Headset
    $250 – $995 (highly recommended)
  • Ipad/Ipad Mini/Ipad Air
  • $250 – $450 (required to start training)
  • Consultation Flight
    $200 – $500 (see explanation below)
  • Private Pilot Evaluations
    $550 (see explanation below)

Consultation Flights

SMAT has good relationships with a number of mission organizations with aviation programs around the world. The valuable input and recommendations they give are essential for meeting the objective to provide training to the highest possible standard, tailored for the unique qualities and challenges inherent to this facet of aviation, as well as shaping the professional profile we desire in each of our graduates.

Though not required of any student in training, we highly recommend the opportunity to fly with an observer/evaluator from one of these organizations for the purpose of having a helpful external assessment of the individual progress in the technical areas that are of greatest concern for the training departments in missionary aviation agencies. The consultation flights also provide feed-back to the SMAT training department about areas that need to be improved or modified to meet changing realities and field needs, especially as they relate to standards, procedures, and safety culture. These flights, with an average duration of 2 hours, will be arranged through the flight training department, and are conducted prior to the conclusion of the program, according to the availability of a representative from an organization of choice.

    Private Pilot Evaluations

    Applicants to the program who possess a Private Pilot certificate will undergo knowledge and flight evaluations so that a tailored refresher and standardization course can be designed based on assessed levels of proficiency and acquired knowledge base. These evaluations are scheduled over a 3-day period, including at least 3 hours of ground instruction and 5 hours of flight in a Cessna 172. All students must be present in the orientation sessions at the beginning of the program, regardless of previous evaluation status and standardization needs.

      Flight Program Payment Schedule

      The total cost of the flight program ($56,500) is divided into four payments, according to the schedule below. A student with a negative balance will not be scheduled for flights, and must inform the Program Director of any problems that affect the payment deadlines. See Refund Policy for conditions related to early withdrawal from the flight program.

      Payment 1

      $13,625
      Due 8/23/2019

      ($14,125 – $500 registration fee)

      Payment 2

      $14,125
      Due 11/18/2019

      Payment 3

      $14,125
      Due 2/17/2020

      Payment 4

      $14,125
      Due 5/18/2020

      Apply to the Flight Training Program

      We encourage individuals who are willing to meet high academic standards and desire a mission-focused education to submit an application to our Flight Training Program. We evaluate every applicant for the potential to be successful in mission aviation and we hope you’ll be the next to join us!