Training

Why Choose Precision

Deciding on a flight training school is one of the most important decisions you will ever make. Not only is it a significant financial decision, but it will lay the foundations for the skills you will need to enter the industry, or to step-up within the industry. Flying requires significant discipline, coordination and commitment, however, it is an enormously satisfying challenge.

In choosing a flight school it is important to assess a wide range of aspects. Some aspects will be higher priority to you, while others may effect you in a way you didn’t know. When assessing if a flight school is right for you, consider the following:

Part 61 or Part 141

Training under Federal Aviation Regulations Part 61 allows you to work with Precision and develop your own training plan. This is perfect for someone with previous experience that wants to obtain an additional rating or convert a license. Part 141 is a more structured learning process than is reviewed and certified by the FAA. It provides a robust series of ground and flight lessons with progress tests along the way. Because of its structured nature, the minumum flight experience can be reduced – saving you money in the longer run. Precision is Part 141 approved, so we can offer both options!

Associate Degree Program

Many schools offer a Degree or Associate Degree Program, which provides an added measure of knowledge. There is now doubt that increasing your knowledge in a wide range of aviation related fields will make you a better pilot through a greater understanding of the aircraft, the environment and regulations. College programs also provide for federal finance assistance in most cases. Precision offers an Associate Degree Program through Klamath Community College. More information is available at the following link:

www.collegeaviationdegree.com

Veterans

Precision welcomes Veterans and is proud of the fact that many of its employees are former active duty personnel. We recognize the discipline and tenacity that Veterans bring to the table. As a Part 141 school approved by the VA, Precision can offer flight training to Veterans using both Post 9/11 and GI Bill benefits. These benefits can be used either in conjunction with our College Program or directly with the school. The amount of training that is covered by the VA depends on many factors, so we recommend you contact us directly to discuss your situation and goals.

Size Matters

Large flight schools do not offer the personalized touch that smaller schools do. They might run as a well oiled machine, but that is exactly what they are – a machine. Precision offers personalized training where you work one-on-one with your instructor. Our size means we offer the flexibility in timing and training to suit your needs. No group lessons, no line for flighttime – what you want, when you want it!

You will also have closer contact with lead flight instructors. These are industry experienced pilots, not someone who has spent their entire career at the same school.

Industry Connections

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Sikorsky S-61 with External Load

As a helicopter company, Precision is connected to the industry through a wide range of operations. That means we can we can link students with companies in the industry. For example, Precision provides relief pilots during the busy summer season, meaning students and instructors get the opportunity to fly real world operations in aircraft like the Air-Crane and S-61. Because of this connection we have a very high success rate for students gaining jobs within the industry.

Training at a stand-alone flight school reduces your future job prospects!

Industry Experience

It is important that the training you get is relevant to industry standards. Many flight schools will only train you to the minimum standard set by the FAA. Our lead instructors are also operational pilots and therefore we can offer real world training right from the Privte Pilot level through to advanced courses. Our courses are designed by experienced industry professionals and deliver a level of training well obove that required to simply pass a check-ride. Just ask the FSDO or a local DPE about Precision’s standard of training.

Hidden Costs

Be aware of smart advertising and hidden costs. Most flight schools will assign costs based on the FAA minimums with a caveat that it may take longer. They might also include a fuel surcharge.

  • On average it takes 60-70 hours to achieve your private pilot rating so be aware of schools advertising a private course for $15,000 with 35 hours of training. The actual cost could be close to double that!
  • Know what is included in the course and what is not.
  • Make sure you get only the training you NEED!
  • Now what extra support you will get, like help on check-ride day.
  • Do they have a fuel surcharge? That is the first sign of hidden costs….

Precision is up front and honest about costs. We have no hidden charges and will provide an honest assessment of what we think you will need and how much it will cost. Precision also offers discount rates for payment in advance.

Aircraft Type

Guimbal Cabri G2

It is important that you train in an aircraft that was designed for flight training, otherwise you are wasting money. Precision offers a fleet of Guimbal Cabri G2 aircraft for their standard courses and various turbine helicopters for advanced training. The G2 is the most modern training helicopter in the world, and is the only training helicopter to meet the rigorous European safety standards. They are Day/Night VFR certified with a full suite of instruments including digital engine monitoring and touchscreen GPS. Their high inertia rotor system is simply incredible for an aircraft of its size.

The Cabri is also perfect for lead-in training to other European helicopters, like the EC series and A-Star, which are both widely used in the tour and charter industry. The industry is changing and shifting away from the Robinson dominated market!

Don’t compromise on aircraft safety and equipment.

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Pacific Northwest’s Amazing Terrain

Training Environment

Consider the training environment in which you will be flying. Congested airspace will impact your ability to complete lesson objectives in a timely manner. While it is important to experience busy airspace as part of your training, busy airfields associated with larger flight schools will cause delays. Make sure if you are training outside the traffic pattern that there is a suitable training area close by.

Precision operates their own private airfield, free of traffic but within close proximity to great training areas, instrument approaches and busy airspace (when required). In Klamath Falls, our base is close to a wide variety of terrain and exposes the student to a high DA environment for a good portion of the year.

You pay $5-7/minute for your flight training, so make every minute count!

Job Placement

This is probably the most important aspect of any flight school. While most schools will employ some of their graduates, ask yourself what your job prospects will be if you don’t get hired? Precision has helped place many pilots into the industry with a record that shows you are more likely to get a job than not! Check out our Testimonials Page.

Check out these links to those with whom we have a close relationship:

http://www.nomad-aviation.com                                            http://www.aarcorp.com

http://htshelicopters.com                                                           http://ericksonaviation.com

http://www.coulsongroup.com

Helicopter

The Pacific Northwest is a fantastic place to undertake flight training. The terrain offers the diversity required to gain the necessary skills, while the enteral Oregon region offers great weather year round. It is also home to many large helicopter companies which means we can maintain that vital connection with industry. Courses are tailored to individual needs, so contact the Precision team to get an estimate on what your training will entail and cost.

Our experienced team of instructors offer the following helicopter courses and programs:

      • Private Pilot
      • Commercial Pilot
      • Additional Ratings: Instrument, Instructor, Instrument Instructor
      • VFR Refresher
      • Add-On Ratings
      • Associate Degree Program through Klamath Community College
      • FAA License Conversion
      • Turbine Transition
      • Enternal Load
      • Mountain Flying
      • Insurance Course
      • Wildland Fire/Natural Resource Pilot Course
      • Biennial Flight Review
      • Instrument Profficiency Check
      • Simulator Training

Learn to Fly in a Guimbal Cabri G2
The most modern training helicopter in the world, the Cabri is constructed of composite materials making it light and strong. It was designed to meet European safety standards which are considered the toughest in the world. It has a full instrument suite, is quiet, smooth and with its single piece windscreen gives the the best office view in the world.

The private pilot course will take you 50-70 hours to complete and includes solo flight cross-country. You will become proficient in navigation, landing in remote areas and on sloping ground, autorotations and be able to handle the aircraft in a variety of flight regimes.

Commercial Pilot

This course hones your skills learned at the private level while also taking you further afield on cross-country navigation. Conducting this course under Part 141 along with your Instrument Rating will save you money as it requires less time than Part 61 thanks to the approved syllabus of training.

Additional Ratings

These courses can be conducted under Part 61 or 141. Combining your Instrument with Commercial under Part 141 reduces the flight time requirement and saves you money in the long run. For CFI/CFII the flight time is about the same whether you do it under Part 61 or 141. CFI teaches you how to teach the maneuvers, while also continuing to hone your skill. This is where you will conduct full-down autorotations. CFII hones your knowledge of instrument regulations and procedures so that you can pass on your knowledge to a future student.

VFR Refresher Training

If you hold a pilots license but have not flown for a while, Precision can get you back to where you are safe and knowledgible. Our VFR refresher course is Part 141 approved and consists of both ground and flight revision, in your aircraft or ours.

Add-On Ratings

This is when you hold the rating you desire in another category or class. You can convert very easily and don’t even have to take the FAA knowledge test – but you will need to take the practical check-ride. For Example, you might have an Airplane Private and wish to obtain a Helicopter Private License.

College Program

Through a partnership with Klamath Community College we offer an Associate Degree of Aviation Science which includes Commercial, Instrument, and Instrument Instructor qualifications. For more information on this program visit www.collegeaviationdegree.com

FAA License Conversion

The US is one of the cheapest places to learn to fly and FAA Licenses are accepted all over the world. Either convert your overseas license to an FAA License, or gain your License in the US and take it back with you. Either way, the Precision team will work with you to develop a course of training suited to you what you want to achieve within the timeline you have available.

Foreign students that wish to obtain an FAA License need to have an M1 Visa. Precision is approved by Customs & Immigration Services to train foreign students and we can help with getting the M1 Visa.

If you just want to build time, then you don’t need a Visa, but you will need to register with the TSA Alien Flight Student Program. For more information check out this wikilink: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alien_Flight_Student_Program

Turbine Transition Course

Turbine helicopters are the real workhorses of the industry given their power and reliability. Gain experience in one of the most popular turbine helicopters in the industry. The Bell 206 Jetranger is a versitle and very capable aircraft, but more importantly affordable. Precision offers a Part 141 approved course so you can obtain your Turbine Endorsement which is advantageous within the industry.

External Load Training

Currently, there is a great demand for proficient and safe external load / long-line pilots in the utility helicopter industry. Precision Flight Training offers Basic and Advanced External Load Courses. These courses familiarize the student with rotorcraft external load operations, rules, regulations, training requirements, and teaches the flying methods needed to qualify the pilot for helicopter external load operations.

Both courses cover FAR Part 133 and the certification process, rotorcraft external load combination flight manuals, attaching mechanisms and devices, preflight and use. You will also be taught external load operational planning, objectives, inspection of operations area, ground crew communication, performance limitations, safety and accident prevention. You will then be taught the basic external load techniques for rigging lines, remote hooks, cargo slings, cargo nets, approach / departure techniques, load control and recovery from oscillations.

The basic course introduces the student to vertical reference with belly hook set-ups, cargo nets, short-line (25′) and medium-line (50′). This course is designed to allow the student to become proficient flying an empty line and controlling it with accuracy.

The advanced course continues with various weight / size load combinations and remote area operations. In addition to the 25′ and 50′ lines, the student will become proficient with 100′ long-lines. Remote area operations are emphasized with confined area, ridgeline and pinnacle approach and departure flying techniques.

Mountain Flying

The Mountain Training Course is conducted in the Oregon Coast Range and focuses on the challenges a pilot faces when encountering steep mountain topography. This course is a must for pilots considering a career in flying long-lines, fir boughs, power lines, or any other utility work in hilly or mountainous terrain. The course syllabus covers everything from performance planning to the various types of approaches and departures along with everything in between.

Insurance Course

This course is designed for private owners and commercial operators who operate and insure their own helicopters. We have worked with, and are approved by, many insurance companies and can help you meet your insurance requirements.

Wildland Fire/Natural Resource Pilot Course

(PFT Advanced External Load Course or previous external load experience required)

Precision offers this course for pilots wanting to gain knowledge and experience to become carded in the AMD (Aviation Management Directorate) and US Forest Service (USFS) system. When carded in this system, a pilot may fly many different profiles for the customer including fire suppression, support, air attack, point to point, project, rehabilitation work, game surveys, etc.

This training introduces the student to AMD / USFS policies, systems, IHOG manual, regulations and flight training requirements. This course covers flight following / AFF dispatch procedures, aircraft load calculations, mission planning, safety, radio and crew communication procedures, helibase, confined area, vertical reference cargo and water bucket operations. Emphasis is placed on 150′ long-line proficiency, bambi-bucket (water bucket) operations in remote areas and aircraft performance limitations.

Biennial Flight Review

According to CFR Title 14 Part 61.56 all pilots must undertake a biennial flight review. Precision offers this review which includes both ground and flight evaluations. We can also provide refresher training prior to your review.

Instrument Proficiency Check

CFR Title 14 Part 61.57 requires all instrument rated pilots to maintain a level of profficiency. Precision can conduct these proficiency checks in their simulator which saves you money!

FAA Approved FLY IT Simulator
Use this fantastic tool to improve your skills and save money. You can log time on this training device that is recognized and credited as hours towards your initial license and your IFR endorsement.

Helicopter Training

Airplane

The Pacific Northwest is a fantastic place to undertake flight training. The terrain offers the diversity required to gain the necessary skills, while the centeral Oregon region offers great weather year round. It It includes many wide open spaces which are ideal for flight training, while also offering busy airports for that vital experience in congested airspace. Courses are tailored to individual needs, so contact the Precision team to get an estimate on what your training will entail and cost.

Our experienced team of instructors offer the following airplane courses and programs:

  • Private Pilot
  • Commercial Pilot
  • Additional Ratings: Instrument, Instructor (CFI), Instrument Instructor (CFII)
  • Multi-Engine
  • VFR Refresher
  • Biennial Flight Review
  • Add-On Ratings
  • Associate Degree Program through Klamath Community College
  • FAA License Conversion

Learn to Fly in a Cessna 172
The mighty 172 has been around for a long time, and is arguably the most proven training airplane in the world. Its stability, reliability and robustness make it the ideal platform for you to learn to fly.

The private pilot course will take you about 50-60 hours to complete and includes solo flight cross-country and dual night flying. You will become proficient in navigation, night flying techniques, emergency handling and various takeoff and landing profiles.

Commercial Pilot

This course hones your skills learned at the private level while also taking you further afield on cross-country navigation. Conducting this course under Part 141 along with your Instrument Rating will save you money as it requires less time than Part 61 thanks to the approved syllabus of training.

Additional Ratings

These courses can be conducted under Part 61 or 141. Combining your Instrument with Commercial under Part 141 reduces the flight time requirement and saves you money in the long run. For CFI/CFII the flight time is about the same whether you do it under Part 61 or 141. CFI teaches you how to teach the maneuvers, while also continuing to hone your skill. CFII hones your knowledge of instrument regulations and procedures so that you can pass on your knowledge to a future student.

VFR Refresher Training

If you hold a pilots license but have not flown for a while, Precision can get you back to where you are safe and knowledgeable. Our VFR refresher course is Part 141 approved and consists of both ground and flight revision, in your aircraft or ours.

Add-On Ratings

This is when you hold the rating you desire in another catgory or class. You can convert very easily and sometimes don’t even have to take the FAA knowledge test – but you will need to take the practical check-ride. For Example, you might have an Airplane Private and wish to obtain a Helicopter Private License.

College Program

Through a partnership with Klamath Community College we offer an Associate Degree of Aviation Science which includes Commercial, Instrument, and Instrument Instructor qualifications. For more information on this program visit www.collegeaviationdegree.com

FAA License Conversion

The US is one of the cheapest places to learn to fly and FAA Licenses are accepted all over the world. Either convert your overseas license to an FAA License, or gain your License in the US and take it back with you. Either way, the Precision team will work with you to develop a course of training suited to you what you want to achieve within the timeline you have available. More info is available on our website here: Precision Foreign Students

Biennial Flight Review

According to CFR Title 14 Part 61.56 all pilots must undertake a biennial flight review. Precision offers this review which includes both ground and flight evaluations. We can also provide refresher training prior to your review.

Instrument Proficiency Check

CFR Title 14 Part 61.57 requires all instrument rated pilots to maintain a level of proficiency. If you fail to maintain this requirement, then you must take an Instrument Proficiency Check. Precision can help you with this by tailoring a package of training to suit your requirements.

Airplane Training

Foreign Students

Whether it be learning to fly, building time or converting a Foreign License, our team of dedicated Flight Instructors are very experienced at helping non-US Citizens and are here to help you. There are many advantages to training in the US and gaining an FAA license:

  • Cost – Cheaper than most other countries even when factoring in travel costs
  • Environment – Varied terrain and uncongested skies
  • Internationally Recognized – Take your FAA license almost anywhere
  • Flexibility – Any course, when it suits you!

We will help you through the process of:

  • Verifying your Foreign License
  • Obtaining an M1 Visa
  • Appointment with the Flight Standards District Office (FSDO)
  • TSA Application and Approval
  • Written Knowledge Test Preparation and Scheduling
  • Practical Test (Check-Ride) Preparation and Scheduling
  • Transport and Accommodation
  • Tailored Training Package for You!

Learning to Fly in the US

VISA for Entry. First of all you must obtain the relevant Visa for entry into the US. Precision is authorized by the Department of Homeland Security to provide M1 Visas providing certain conditions are met. Info on how the Visa application process works and what conditions you need to meet can be found here: studyinthestates.dhs

A summary chart (.pdf) of the International Student Life Cycle can be found here: InternationalStudentLifeCycle

While it is not a requirement to undertake your training in a Part 141 approved course, Precision highly recommends that you do. Because the 141 course provides a comprehensive program of ground and flight lessons, you can be sure of attaining your goal in the finite time afforded to you. All of the courses listed under Airplane or Helicopter Training are available to foreign students provided the prerequisites are met.

Building Time

The Pacific Northwest is a great place to come and build time toward your foreign license. The cheap fuel, varied terrain and plentiful space in the sky means you will get more bang for your buck than most others places in the world.

When building time, since you are not undertaking a course of training or taking a flight test you don’t need a Visa and in some instances may not need TSA approval. See the TSA Approval requirements below for more info.

Contact Precision to discuss a training plan and get started!

Foreign License Conversion

Precision Aviation Training helps many foreign Pilot’s convert their foreign license to the FAA. We are experienced in jumping through the federal hoops which ensures you only need to do what training is actually required, saving you precious time and money.

The first step to converting your foreign license is to get it recognized by the FAA. Remember, that if you are planning on taking a check-ride based on your foreign license, then your letter of verification must not be more than three months old at the time of the check-ride. When you arrive in the US, you need to visit the Flight Standards District Office (FSDO) who will issue you a Private License based on your foreign license. This gets you in the US system and forms the springboard for everything else.

Information on the process, including the application forms can be found here: foreign license verification process

License minimum requirements vary between countries, so it is important to understand if you possess the requisite experience or will need to obtain specific experience prior to your check-ride. This is particularly important if you have a VFR or Day-Only on license. Information on the Aeronautical Experience requirements are found in the Code of Federal Regulations, Title 14, Part 61:

CFR Title 14 Part 61

TSA Approval

Following the 911 terrorist attacks, the Transport Safety Administration became responsible for ensuring all foreign students undertaking flight training do not pose a security threat. This means, that in most cases, foreign students will require TSA approval prior to undertaking flight training. The general rule of thumb is that unless you have a ‘Stand-Alone’ FAA issued Pilot Certificate, then you need TSA Approval. Even if you have a ‘Stand-Alone’ FAA issued Pilot Certificate, there are certain courses that still require TSA approval. Note: ‘Stand-Alone’ means not based on a Foreign License.

Information on TSA Approval requirements and process can be found at the following link. The FAQ section provides most of the answers you will be looking for:

Flight School Candidates

FAA Knowledge Test & Practical Test

In most instances, you will be required to take a written Knowledge Test. Precision is a licensed testing center, so you can take the test onsite. The test is multiple choice, with the number of questions dependent on the license or rating sought. The required pass mark is 70%.

The Practical Test is referred to as the check-ride and is administered by an FAA approved Designated Pilot Examiner (DPE). The examiner fee is paid directly to the DPE prior to the check-ride, while the cost of the aircraft rental is paid to Precision at the conclusion. We will provide you with estimates based on the license or rating sought.

More information on the Written and Practical Tests can be found on the FAA website here: FAA Testing

 Tailored Training

Precision will work with you to ensure your course of training meets your requirements in the timeframe you desire. We offer flexibility in both the type of training and timeline to achieve your goals. Many Foreign Students have a very limited time to achieve their goals, and we can work with you to ensure you get the priority you require to meet those goals.

Transport and Accommodation

If you are just wanting to come and visit and check us out, then let us know and we can arrange transport for you. We also offer affordable short term accommodation with varying rates depending on the length of your stay. Inquire about the options available to you. Note: Subject to availability.

Foreign Students aviation training

Foreign License Conversion

Precision Aviation Training helps many foreign Pilot’s convert their foreign license to the FAA. We are experienced in jumping through the federal hoops which ensures you only need to do what training is actually required, saving you precious time and money. When converting your foreign license you are simply gaining proficiency and not taking a course of training, so there is not usually a Visa requirement.

The first step to converting your foreign license is to get it recognized by the FAA. Remember, that if you are planning on taking a check-ride based on your foreign license, then your letter of verification must not be more than three months old at the time of the check-ride. When you arrive in the US, you need to visit the Flight Standards District Office (FSDO) who will issue you a Private License based on your foreign license. This gets you in the US system and forms the springboard for everything else.

Information on the process, including the application forms can be found here: foreign license verification process

License minimum requirements vary between countries, so it is important to understand if you possess the requisite experience or will need to obtain specific experience prior to your check-ride. This is particularly important if you have a VFR or Day-Only on license. Information on the Aeronautical Experience requirements are found in the Code of Federal Regulations, Title 14, Part 61: CFR Title 14 Part 61

TSA Approval

Following the 911 terrorist attacks, the Transport Safety Administration became responsible for ensuring all foreign students undertaking flight training do not pose a security threat. This means, that in most cases, foreign students will require TSA approval prior to undertaking flight training. The general rule of thumb is that unless you have a ‘Stand-Alone’ FAA issued Pilot Certificate, then you need TSA Approval. Even if you have a ‘Stand-Alone’ FAA issued Pilot Certificate, there are certain courses that still require TSA approval. Note: ‘Stand-Alone’ means not based on a Foreign License.

Information on TSA Approval requirements and process can be found at the following link. The FAQ section provides most of the answers you will be looking for: Flight School Candidates

FAA Knowledge Test & Practical Test

In most instances, you will be required to take a written Knowledge Test. Precision is a licensed testing center, so you can take the test onsite. The test is multiple choice, with the number of questions dependent on the license or rating sought. The required pass mark is 70%.

The Practical Test is referred to as the check-ride and is administered by an FAA approved Designated Pilot Examiner (DPE). The examiner fee is paid directly to the DPE prior to the check-ride, while the cost of the aircraft rental is paid to Precision at the conclusion. We will provide you with estimates based on the license or rating sought.

More information on the Written and Practical Tests can be found on the FAA website here: FAA Testing

Foreign-License-Conversion

Precision Aviation Training can help you prepare for your Written or Practical Test by developing a training plan suited to your needs. We recognize that every student has their own type and style of learning with individual strengths and weaknesses.

Written Knowledge Test E6B

Our Certified Flight Instructors will work one-on-one with you to help prepare you for the Written Knowledge Test. We can provide guidance on how to prepare in your own time, or develop a series of ground lessons to ensure you possess the requisite knowledge. We can also provide endorsements if you need one.

We offer Written Test facilities with our own testing center at Newberg and in Klamath Falls our college partner Klamath Community College, provides a testing center at their campus. By taking the test at our location you will reduce the anxiety associated with going somewhere else that is unfamiliar to you!

The following tests are available for all category and class ratings: Sectional

  • Private/Recreational Pilot
  • Commercial Pilot
  • Instrument Rating
  • Airline Transport Pilot
  • Flight Instructor
  • Flight Instructor Instrument

You can also take any A&P tests at our testing centers

Practical Test (Check-Ride)

We will ensure you have conducted all the exercises you may encounter during your check-ride and that you meet the requisite Practical Test Standard (PTS). This means you go into the check-ride with the confidence of knowing you will do well. Our Certified Flight Instructors will provide the required endorsements and walk you through the IACRA process as well as scheduling the test with an FAA Designated Pilot Examiner (DPE).

Before your check-ride you should create an IACRA account here:   IACRA Homepage PTS

All practical tests are conducted in accordance with PTS. These books detail key elements to the test and include areas such as:

  • What to bring to the Test (Applicants Checklist)
  • Special Emphasis Areas
  • Letter of Discontinuance
  • Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory Performance
  • Areas of Operation (What you need to perform)

PTS can be found on the FAA website here: FAA Practical Test Standards

Newberg Location 17S

Our main base is located in Newberg, Oregon, about 40 minutes Southwest of Portland at 17770 NE Aviation Way, Newberg, OR 97132. The airport designation is 17S. It is nestled in the heart of wine country and offers varied terrain and diverse training environments.

Getting There

Fly into Portland (PDX) and rent a car or catch a shuttle. We might even be able to pick you up….

Stay

We offer single room accommodation (subject to availability) at our house located nearby. Rates depend on your length of stay and type of training you require. The Travelodge in Newberg also offers discounted rates. More info here: Travelodge Newberg

Klamath Falls LocationKLMT

Our satellite base at Klamath is located on Kingsley Field, designation KLMT. We share a facility with other operators at 2850 Stinson Way, Klamath Falls, OR 97603. Entry is from the main parking lot through the side door. Ring the bell and someone will come and let you in.

Getting There

There is no scheduled air transport to KLMT, so you will need to drive. The nearest airport to catch a flight is Medford (KMFR). From there you can rent a car or catch a shuttle across the hill – allow about 90 mins for the trip.

Stay

We offer single room accommodation (subject to availability) at our house located downtown Klamath. Rates depend on your length of stay and type of training you require. Otherwise the following offer discounted rates to Precision students:

Cimarron Inn – Klamath Falls: Cimarron Inn

Running Y Ranch – Located 15 Mins West of the Airport: http://www.runningy.com/

Testimonials

Jan Dombrowski

Jan came to Precision in the summer of 2014 as an international student from Germany.  He was already an EASA certified Private Pilot and was seeking to build flight time towards his commercial rating. He was able to fly 100 hours in 6 weeks and also received an FAA Private Pilot conversion.  Jan is currently working towards his EASA ATP rating in Hamburg, Germany.Jan Dombrowski

Why did you choose Precision?

From the first contact Precision was very friendly, professional and customized.  Also, Precision made the best offer in the US!

Did you have a favorite memory from training?

Mountain flight training, the joint flight with another student and his instructor to Pacific City on the Oregon Coast, night flight training, flights to Portland Heliport, confined area landings.

Any thoughts or advice for prospective students?

Precision was not only a good decision – it was the best time in my training and probably in my entire life.  Especially to foreign flight students, I recommend doing part of the training in the US. As a European flight student you won´t get the wide range of practice possibilities in the EU as you get in the US.  And by the way, you get the chance to practice your English which you really need.


Justin Walker

Justin began working at Precision in 2013 as line service – refueling aircraft and assisting with maintenance.  In 2014 he began his flight training and is now one of Precision’s newest flight instructors.  Over the summer of 2015, Justin was one of several Precision pilots selected to fly with HTS in a Sky Crane during the fire season.Justin Walker

Why did you choose Precision?

When I decided to pursue a career as a helicopter pilot I decided that I was going to move far away then I had to be strongly convinced that Precision was the right school to attend. What did it for me was their attention to me individually. Anytime I called, emailed, or stopped in the instructors and other staff would help answer all my questions and I could tell they all genuinely wanted to help me reach my goals.

What did you like most about training at Precision?

I enjoyed having the diversity of training that is available – there is an abundance of new airports to explore near Newberg, and Klamath Falls allows for great high altitude training.

Favorite memory from flight training?

For most people going solo for the first time is one of their favorite experiences, but what I thought was even more awesome was going on my first solo cross-country.

Any thoughts or advice for prospective students?

One thing that really helped me during training was studying the material beforehand and learning as much as I possibly could on my own. Join groups and follow sites that talk about aviation topics, become familiar with pilot lingo, and really make learning about aviation something that you want to do whenever you have free time.


Sean Spence

Sean trained at Precision from 2008 – 2010, earning his Private and Commercial helicopter licenses as well as his Instrument, CFI, and CFII ratings.  He worked as a flight instructor at Precision from 2010 to 2013.  Since leaving Precision, Sean has worked as a tour pilot in the Grand Canyon, an S-61 copilot overseas and in the Northwest, and is currently second in command in a Skycrane.Sean Spence

Why did you choose Precision? 

I wanted to fly real helicopters in an environment with challenging weather and terrain.

 What did you like most about training with Precision?

My instructors were excellent and the training environment was very challenging.

 Advice to prospective students?

It’s not an easy road, but with dedication, determination and a little good fortune, being a helicopter pilot can be a rewarding and enjoyable career.


Leighton Mahoney 

Leighton trained at Precision from 2010 to 2012.  He earned his Private Pilot Licenses in both rotorcraft and fixed-wing aircraft, later earning his Commercial Helicopter license.  Since leaving Precision he has worked as a Hughes 500 pilot on a tuna boat in the Pacific, a Bell 206 pilot in the Canadian oil fields, copilot of an S-61 on fire contracts, and is currently copilot in a Bell 212 in Papua New Guinea.Leighton Mahoney

Did you a have a favorite training experience?

River runs with my instructor in the summer!  At the end of the work day we’d grab a 300, yard the doors off and go down to the Willamette River for confined area practice!

What was the best aspect of training at Precision?

Probably the diversity of the Pacific NW for training.  The Willamette Valley is staggeringly beautiful in the summer.  Also it is close to the mountains and downtown Portland and an international airport.  Doing a bunch of (fun!) stuff is what makes me smile with I look back at my time training.


Mac Stone

Mac began flight training with Precision in November 2013, earning his Private and Commercial Pilot licenses by April 2014.  In June 2014 he was hired as second in command of an S-64E Skycrane fighting fires in California.Mac Stone

Do you have a favorite memory from flight training?

Going inverted!  (Just kidding) Doing my very first solo traffic pattern.

What was the best aspect of training at precision?

Definitely the instructors.  I got a chance to fly with a few different instructors and my experience with each of them was great.  Also I was able to work out a schedule that allowed me to get through my training quickly.

Any advice to current or prospective students?

Learning from other people’s mistakes is really important.

New Student

When can I start my training?

Any time that suits you, you can’t solo until you are 16, but you can start before then!

What do I need to do before I start my training?

Birth Certificate or Passport and a picture ID. You’ll need a Flight Physical before you can solo.

How long is your program?

That depends on you! The syllabus requires you achieve certain minimum hours, if you go full time you can achieve your commercial license in 6 months or less, if you intend to complete your ATP and CFII as well this time would be at least a year.

Do you have any financing options

We can provide suggestions, there are currently no government assistance programs besides the VA.

How much will it cost?

The cost will depend on which program you do, call or email us and we can tell you the cost of the course(s) you would like to complete.

Do you have any housing/accommodation options available?

We get preferred rates at nearby Hotels and we can work with you to find apartments or housing. We also offer rooms at our private houses (subject to availability) in both Newberg and Klamath Falls. Contact us about rates as they depend on your length of stay and type of training you are undertaking.

How many aircraft do you have?

Precision operates 2 Airplanes (Basic/Complex) and 6 helicopters (4 Cabri and 2 Jetrangers) for training with other aircraft available for advanced training.

Do you have any instrument equipped (IFR) aircraft?

We do have instrument equipped helicopters and airplanes. We do instrument training and recurrency training for both airplane and helicopter pilots.

Why don't you fly Robinson helicopters?

Precision has adopted the Cabri G2 exclusively for basic flight training. This aircraft is the safest training helicopter in the world and provides state-of-the-art design in materials, instrumentation, usability and is not subject to any Special Federal Aviation Regulations (SFARs). Its design is commensurate with industry standards, which means you get real-world training experience. More and more flight schools across the US (and the rest of the globe) are now using the Cabri for these reasons.

The Robinson R-22 helicopter is constructed from older technology with fewer safety features and is subject to SFARs.

Does your training include any off airport operations?

We do off-airport training and consider it an important part of your flight education.

Will I be able to do any full-down autorotations during my training?

Full-down autos are mandated as part of the CFI course, but since the Cabri performs autos so well, you will get every opportunity to see and fly full-down autos as part of other courses as well.

I hear it rains a lot in the NW. Does that effect flying?

No. We fly all year. 7 days a week.

Are you a 141 school?

Precision is a 141 school.

Why do I care that you are a 141 school?

A Part 141 school has demonstrated to the FAA that it meets all the requirements to train students using a fully developed cirruculum of training.  Because of this, it is subject to a higher level of scrutiny and oversight by the FAA.

How many students do you have?

That will vary throughout the year, but we keep a ratio of no greater than 4 students to an instructor at any time.

I work full time, are there instructors available after work and/or on weekends?

We fly year round and we’re open 7 days a week.

My schedule changes, can you accommodate my changing needs?

We work around your schedule.

Will I get any turbine or long-line time during my training?

We welcome the opportunity to provide turbine time and long-line training. Its an expertise we are proud of. We aren’t just a training organization, we are a Part 135 Charter Operator and Part 133 External Load Operator. Our instructors are industry experienced, so you know you are getting trained by the best.

Can I rent your aircraft and take my wife/friends for a flight?

Once you have obtained your Pilot Certificate (or demonstrated a level of proficiency if you already have a Pilot Certificate) you can take friends and family for flights.

Foreign Student

Can foreign students train at your school?

We welcome students from all over the world. We have trained students from Australia, New Zealand, Canada, throughout Europe as well as a variety of Asian countries. Many of these came to us already licensed in their home country, but just as many have come to us and started their training with no previous experience.

Do I need a visa to do my flight training at Precision?

You need to have an M1 Visa (<a href=”http://usimmigration.visapro.com/M1-Student-Visa.asp”>http://usimmigration.visapro.com/M1-Student-Visa.asp</a>) we can help you with this too.

Are you a 141 school?

Yes we are a Part 141 School.

I have a foreign pilot's license, how do I get issued a FAA license?

Depending on your situation the requirements can vary. We are experienced in the process and can provide all the information as well as help you through the process. We can provide you with a guide with links to all the important steps. To enable us to determine exactly what that process is for you, call or email us with your specifics.

I will only be in the country these dates, can I finish my rating in that time?

We will do our very best to make that happen, but obviously we can’t guarantee that you will do it. We will give you an honest assessment beforehand as to your chances of achieving your goal in the time frame you have. <b>Our best effort to date is 18 days for a complete commercial license + IFR add-on!</b> We did this in January no less! The student had no previous rotary flight time – however he was a high time fixed wing pilot and he had completed his written tests prior to beginning the course.

How much will it cost?

Cost will be a function of how much flying you need to do. Please email us at <a href=”mailto:info@flyprecision.com”>info@flyprecision.com</a> and tell us what license(s) and ratings you have and what you are looking to attain – we can then provide a very a accurate budget.

VA Student

Can I use my pre/post VA benefits at your school?

Yes you can (Post 9/11 GI Bill).

What do I have to do before I get started?

Contact your local VA Educational Representative to receive confirmation that you qualify for the program. (VA Educational Rep in OR 503 412 4535) and you will need a 2nd Class Aviation Medical (<a href=”http://www.faa.gov/pilots/amelocator/”>http://www.faa.gov/pilots/amelocator/</a>). Then notify Precision and we can walk you through the rest.

Will my benefits cover my living expenses and school supplies?

Living and School supply benefits will only be paid under the VOC REHAB Benefit.

Do I need to attend a school associated with a college degree program?

You do not need to be associated with a College Program.

Are you a 141 school?

Yes Precision is a Part 141 School, which is required by the VA for their assistance.

How much will it cover?

Post 9/11 will pay $10,000 per year. The GI Bill will pay 60% after you have your private license.

Can I use my VOC REHAB benefits at you school?

Yes you can

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