Whether you are thinking of a career as a pilot, or you’ve been dreaming of earning your wings for far too long, we founded Dragonfly Aviation for you.
We started Dragonfly Aviation with one thing in mind… ensure that YOU achieve your dreams of flight safely and economically.
Here at Dragonfly Aviation we understand that each student presents a unique situation and a different learning style. Our instructors are often collaborating on a challenging situation to get feedback on what they can do to keep students engaged and moving forward in their training.
Whether you are an aspiring career pilot or an established professional who has always wanted to learn the freedom of flight, we will do our best at Dragonfly Aviation to ensure you have a great experience and are well prepared to take to the skies.
HOW MUCH WILL IT COST ME TO GET MY PRIVATE PILOTS LICENSE?
It all depends on the student. The FAA says you need 40 hours of flight time with 20 hours of instructing. At our current prices that comes to about $5,000. Most people take a little longer to obtain their license, between 50-60 hours of flight time with about 40 hours of instructing. That comes to about $7,500. Keep in mind that these costs are spread over the length of your training, as we require no up-front payment. (We do offer a $5/hour discount on aircraft rental if you put more than $1,000 on account by cash or check.) An individual lesson will be between $150 and $200. A promotional introductory lesson is available at a price of only $59 in one of our DA20s, or $99 in our DA40.
HOW MUCH WILL THE REST OF MY RATINGS COST?
This one is a slightly more complex answer. The short version is $30,000-$35,000. $35,000 will get you all the time and instruction you need to get through your Commercial and CFI ratings. The long answer ist hat it can be less expensive if you split time building with another pilot and it can be more expensive if you build time in one of our DA40s or Piper Arrow. $30,000 gets you about 50 hours in a DA40, 25 in the Piper Arrow, and 125 in a DA20 (all at club rates), plus 50 hours of instruction with a staff instruction, and a year membership in the club.
HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO GET MY LICENSE(S)?
It's all up to you! To earn your Private Pilot Certificate, flying once a week, it takes on average 14 to 16 months. Flying twice a week averages 6 to 8 months. There's no minimum of maximum amount of time you can fly per week - it's all up to your schedule and budget. Keep in mind the less often you fly, the more you'll spend overall, although costs will be spread out over a longer length of time. The more often you fly the more you'll spend up front but you will spend less overall. This is because you'll be retaining more knowledge from each lesson and reviewing less. You could feasibly go from zero time to CFII in two to two and a half years if you work hard and fly often.
WHAT'S THE INTRODUCTORY FLIGHT LESSON?
The Introductory Flight Lesson is approximately a half an hour of flight time, where you'll actually get to take the controls. An abbreviated first lesson, your Instructor will walk you through a basic preflight inspection all the way through taking off and landing. You'll be ready to start your journey to your Private Pilot License once you experience the Freedom of Flight.
HOW DO I GET STARTED?
It's a pretty simple process, just contact us! You can call or text (678) 506-1222, email us at email@example.com, send us a message on Facebook, or direct message us on Twitter and we'll get you on the schedule as soon as possible! When you come in for your first lesson, whether just getting started or transferring from another school, you'll need to bring either an unexpired U.S. Passport or your Birth Certificate AND Driver's License. We are required to verify your U.S. citizenship for training and these are the easiest ways.
PART 61 OR 141?
We train under FAR part 61. This means that we can tailor the curriculum to each student. Under part 141, flight schools are often limited to a specific program that they cannot deviate from. The advantage to this is that they can theoretically complete training in less time. Of course if you get stuck, you could spend many hours in the cockpit working on the same thing over and over until you get it. This can be very frustrating. Under part 61 we can move past training before you get frustrated and revisit it later.
WHERE ARE YOU LOCATED?
Dragonfly Aviation is conveniently located in Winder, GA, at the Barrow County Airport (KWDR). We are located in the main terminal on the bottom floor. Here you'll find our administrative office, pilot shop, and simulator room. Come by and see us anytime!
WHY WINDER, GEORGIA?
Yes, we're a bit off the beaten path, but it's actually pretty advantageous to train here at KWDR. We don't waste valuable Hobbs time waiting for take off in a line of airplanes, and fuel prices are also significantly chepaer here than closer to or in Atlanta. This means your training will be to the highest standards but still be a cost savings over other options.
DO YOU RENT YOUR AIRCRAFT?
Absolutely! Where's the fun in getting your license if you don't have anything to fly! All of our aircraft are available for rental with the appropriate checkouts (varies according to aircraft). We do not charge a fuel surcharge, and reimburse your out station fuel purchases up to $1/gallon over what our pump price is at KWDR. (However, we don't reimburse for ramp, parking, landing, or other fees you may accrue while parked at an out station FBO.)
Dragonfly's minimum day policy is pretty lenient:
Our minimum Hobbs time is two hours per day Monday through Thursday and three hours per day Friday through Sunday. The only days counted are full calendar days you have the aircraft in your posession (in other words, there is no minimum charge for the day you leave and the day you return). Any "minimum time" not flown will be billed at $35/hour for the DA20s and $45/hour for the DA40s and Piper Arrow. We know it's a bit convoluted so here are some examples to help out:
Example One: Renter wants to rent an aircraft leaving on Wednesday and returning on Saturday. The aircraft will be gone for two full calendar days - Thursday and Friday. Thursday’s minimum charge would be two hours and Friday’s minimum charge would be three hours, making the minimum Hobbs meter time five hours for the entire trip. Renter puts four hours on the Hobbs meter for the trip, so the total charge would be four hours of aircraft rental plus one hour at the minimum charge rate.
Example Two: Renter wants to rent an aircraft leaving on Saturday and returning on Wednesday. The aircraft will be gone for three calendar days - Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday. Sunday’s minimum charge is three hours, Monday’s minimum charge is two hours, and Tuesday’s minimum charge is two hours, making the minimum Hobbs meter time seven hours for the entire trip. Renter puts seven point five hours on the Hobbs meter, so the total charge would be seven point five hours of aircraft rental. Because this is more than the minimum Hobbs meter time for the entire trip, there is no additional minimum charge.
I HAVE MY OWN PLANE, OR USE OF A FRIEND'S PLANE; WILL YOU TEACH ME TO FLY THAT?
Absolutely! We offer instruction in your own aircraft from Single-Engine to Multi-Engine, and from Tailwheel to High Altitude.
WHY THE HECK NOT?
Jon, our chief instructor, is very experienced with over 8,000 hours of flight time, over 1,000 of which are instructing. Having soloed in 1996, Jon earned his Private Pilot’s license in 1997 and flew recreationally for a few years while acquiring his Instrument, Multi-Engine, and Commercial ratings. In 2005, he earned his Instructor ratings (CFI, CFII, and MEI) and instructed for a year before moving on to the airlines. However, he kept instructing his friends here and there and in late 2013 he decided to begin instructing full time once again. Jon truly loves to fly and sharing it with others. In addition to flying, Jon's hobbies include rock climbing, mountain biking, and hiking. Jon's wife Heidi is the business manager for Dragonfly, and you'll find her behind the front desk and on the other end of the line when you call Dragonfly.
Jamie, our Assistant Chief Instructor, earned his Private Pilot license in 1998, and quickly followed up with his Instrument, Commercial, and Multi-Engine ratings, and then all three Instructor ratings: CFI, CFII, and MEI. Jamie has been involved in aviation in many facets, and at Dragonfly enjoys sharing the knowledge he has acquired with his students. In addition to his flying skills, Jamie is also an accomplished guitarist and leads The Jamie Campbell Band. A veteran of the U.S. Army, Jamie would like to thank all veterans and active duty military for your service. If you're a veteran interested in flight training, Jamie is always on the lookout for new students. Jamie is happily married with two sons.
Mark joined the Dragonfly Aviation family in the summer of 2015, and is often found spending his retirement with Dragonfly Aviation at the airport. While growing up with a strong aviation influence from his father, a Navy flight instructor during WW II, it took a while for Mark to pursue his license, earning his Private license in 1990 at age 43. He went on to earn his Instructor ratings in the early 2000's. Mark has been flying in the Winder area since 2005 while visiting family, and escaped here from the cold northeastern winters permanently in 2009. He has been married to Judi for 46 years and they have two adult daughters; Lisa and her husband CR reside locally, and Amy and her husband Robby and their daughter Megan reside in Massachusetts.
Sidd earned his ratings locally and joined the Dragonfly family in December of 2016. Also a full time college student pursuing an engineering degree, Sidd can be found at Dragonfly Aviation on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. He is often our "Instructor on Duty" on those days so drop by and say hi! He'll be glad to answer any and all questions you might have about pursuing your Private license and further ratings.
Marsha comes from a varied aviation background, having instructed and flown both charter and corporate flights. She is a former instructor for the American Bonanza Society and was a designated FAA Safety Pilot in NC before moving to Georgia. Having joined Dragonfly Aviation in the Spring of 2017, Marsha enjoys the journey of helping others reach their goals in aviation. When not instructing, Marsha stays busy remodeling a 1950's brick ranch, attending athletic events at UGA, hiking trails all over the South, and camping in the Smoky Mountains.
The DA20-C1 aircraft is a single-engine, two seat, tricycle gear, low-wing monoplane. It has a cantilever wing and a “T-tail.” Fiber-reinforced plastic-composite makes the aircraft structure, which gives a very strong but light structure.
|PROPELLER||Sensenich 2-blade, fixed pitch|
|AIRWORTHINESS CATEGORY||Utility, spin certified|
|WING SPAN||35' 8"|
|MAXIMUM TAKEOFF WEIGHT||1,764 lbs|
|USEFUL LOAD||586 lbs|
|FUEL CAPACITY||24 gallon useable|
|TAKEOFF DISTANCE Ground Roll||1,280'|
|TAKEOFF DISTANCE 50' Obstacle||1,640'|
|LANDING DISTANCE Ground Roll||661'|
|LANDING DISTANCE 50' Obstacle||1,360'|
|RATE OF CLIMB Sea Level||1,000 ft/min|
|MAXIMUM OPERATING ALTITUDE||13,120'|
|CRUISE SPEED AT 75%||130 ktas/5.5 gal/hr|
|STALL SPEED Full Flaps||45 kcas|
|RANGE 30 Minute Reserve||547 nm|
The DA40-180 aircraft is a single-engine, four seat, tricycle gear, low-wing monoplane. It has a cantilever wing and a “T-tail.” Fiber-reinforced plastic-composite makes the aircraft structure, which gives a very strong but light structure.
|PROPELLER||Hartzell 2-blade, Constant Speed|
|AIRWORTHINESS CATEGORY||Normal and Utility|
|WING SPAN||39' 6"|
|MAXIMUM TAKEOFF WEIGHT||2,645 lbs|
|USEFUL LOAD||900 lbs|
|FUEL CAPACITY||40 gallon useable|
|TAKEOFF DISTANCE Ground Roll||1,175'|
|TAKEOFF DISTANCE 50' Obstacle||1,700'|
|LANDING DISTANCE Ground Roll||1,155'|
|LANDING DISTANCE 50' Obstacle||2,093'|
|RATE OF CLIMB Sea Level||1,120 ft/min|
|MAXIMUM OPERATING ALTITUDE||16,140'|
|CRUISE SPEED AT 75%||145 ktas/10 gal/hr|
|STALL SPEED Full Flaps||49 kcas|
|RANGE 45 Minute Reserve, 55%||785 NM|
|Diamond DA20 Rental||$110/hour|
|Diamond DA40 Rental||$160/hour|
|Instructor||Our Aircraft: $45-$55/hour|
|Your Aircraft: $60-$70/hour|
|Introductory Flight Lesson||DA20:$59|
|DA40 Steam Gauges:$99|
|Fly This Sim Touch Trainer||$375/year|
|Club Membership||$50/month OR|
|Fly This Sim Touch Trainer||-$100/year|
|Single Engine, Non-Complex||$350/day|
|OFFICE HOURS||Monday||By Appointment|
|Tuesday - Thursday||9:00 am - 5:00 pm|
|Friday - Saturday||9:00 am - 6:00 pm|
|Sunday||10:00 am - 6:00 pm|
|Other times available by appointment, subject to daylight hours.|