Goal Based Training

Learning to fly will enrich your life and will open a world of opportunity to you. Through individualized goal-based training, we assess the best way forward for your training based on your goals. Due to this, it is important for us to know why you want to learn how to fly in the first place. Maybe you’ve always had the goal of becoming a pilot, or you’d like to fly in furtherance of a business, or perhaps you’d like to begin a new career. Membership at Coastal City Aviation will give you the ability to reserve time high quality aircraft to make your goals a reality.

We conduct flight training and rental on a pay as you go, flight by flight basis that is tailored to your needs. Due to this, the cost to obtain a rating varies based on how quickly a student learns, and how consistently a student can fly. This means that the cost listed under the ratings is not one set cost.

For information about our services, contact us at (843) 566-1011, or email us. Be sure to leave a message with us if we do not answer as we may be out flying!

The Cirrus Approach at Coastal City Aviation

Coastal City Aviation is membership flight club that offers Cirrus Aircraft for The Low Country Region. Our Cirrus Standardized Instructor Pilots make us a part of the International Cirrus Training Network that offers the same training one would receive at the Cirrus Aircraft Factory in Duluth, MN.

The Cirrus Aircraft SR Series has the best safety record in the industry. This is due to both the safety features of the aircraft, and the way Cirrus Pilots are trained to use them. Known as The Cirrus Approach, the training laid out by Cirrus Aircraft makes one an expert on The Garmin Perspective Avionics Package, and the safety features of Cirrus Aircraft such as The Cirrus Airframe Parachute System, or CAPS. One will learn how to analyze situations to make the best decisions in a given situation. The result of this expertise is shown by Cirrus’ stellar safety record compared to its competitors. The number of accidents involving Cirrus Aircraft is half the industry average; a true testament to the Cirrus Approach.

Our Cirrus Standardized Instructor Pilots (CSIPs) will guide you through the Cirrus Transition Training. An ideal Cirrus Transition will be structured over the course of several days. This will allow for an in-depth experience of the aircraft through destination training, rather than quick trips around the pattern, The Cirrus Approach allows one to really get to know the capabilities of the Cirrus SR Series and its ability to make the world more attainable to you. If required, Coastal City Aviation can easily split up this training into shorter segments to fit an individual member’s schedule as well.

The requirements of the Cirrus Transition are listed below. The hours given are averages and may be less depending on pilot proficiency. Further, training can be expedited for more experienced aviators at the discretion of a Coastal City Aviation Instructor. Contact us to learn more!

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Cirrus SR20 Transition Training Requirements

  • Private Pilot Certificate
  • Completion of Cirrus SR20 Perspective Online Transition Course (Approximately 6-10 hours)
  • Completion of Cirrus SR20 Perspective Instructor Led Discussion (Approximately 3 hours)
  • Completion of Cirrus SR20 Perspective Flight Practical to Cirrus Approach Satisfactory Standards (Approximately 4 to 10 depending on pilot proficiency)

Cirrus Embark for Cirrus Owners

If you have purchased a pre-owned Cirrus Aircraft, Coastal City Aviation can provide training through Cirrus Embark. Cirrus Embark was created by the training team at Cirrus Aircraft to address the specific needs of pre-owned Cirrus buyers with complimentary, Cirrus-specific, standardized differences and transition training. It’s available complimentary to licensed pilots who purchase pre-owned Cirrus aircraft and includes:

  • Access to the Cirrus Approach Learning Portal
  • Redemption code for the iFOM
  • One-on- One Cirrus Transition Training with an authorized Cirrus training provider, tailored to your training needs

Cirrus Approach – and now Cirrus Embark – redefines what it means to be a pilot in training, in the air and on the ground. Welcome to the Cirrus family and to your new Cirrus Life! To learn more and apply, contact Cirrus Aircraft about the embark program. In order to qualify, you must be the direct owner of a pre-owned Cirrus aircraft. Only one direct owner or designated pilot may take advantage. You must apply within one month of purchase and complete the Cirrus Embark Program within two months of enrollment.

Our Locations

CHS: Coastal City Aviation’s main office is at the Charleston International Airport (KCHS). Along with our office are our Cirrus Aircraft that you can rent. It is located at 6060 S Aviation Ave #304, North Charleston, SC 29406.

JZI: Coastal City also has a club office at Charleston Executive Airport (KJZI) on John’s Island. We have one PA-28-161 Warrior II there you can rent!

HXD: Coastal City Aviation currently splits the time of the Warrior II in between JZI and Hilton Head (KHXD) and offers flight training with Brian Turrisi on certain days of the week. If you are interested in training here please reach out to us for more information!

Flight Training at Coastal City Aviation

Coastal City Aviation offers Private Pilot Certificates, Instrument Ratings, Commercial Certificates, Certified Flight Instructor Certificates (CFI, CFII) High Performance and Complex Endorsements, Recurrent Training, and more! Our highly trained flight instructors will guide you through your certificates and ratings using a syllabus that’s tailored to your needs, and your schedule. Once you are a member, you can reserve aircraft and instructors using our online system to chip away at the Pt. 61 training requirements via our syllabus for the specified rating. Licensed pilots can get checked out in the aircraft listed below for rental. Call us at (843) 566-1011, or email us to learn more!

Private Pilot Certification

Whatever your goal in flying is, everyone starts with a Private Pilot Certificate. As a private pilot you can carry passengers and explore new places in a variety of aircraft.

Typically, a private pilot license takes about $9,000-$12,000 to obtain over about 8-12 months if done in the Piper Warrior Pa-28-161. This range in cost is determined by how consistently you are doing your lessons, and how proficiently you prepare yourself with self-study and ground instruction. Though the FAA minimum for certification is 40 hours, most take about 65 to 70 hours to proficiently complete all the requirements. Your Private Pilot Certificate will give you the privilege to fly to new places, in a variety of aircraft!

Private Pilot Pt. 61 Requirements

  • Minimum of 40 hours of flight time (Average is 65-70)
  • 20 hours of dual instruction including: 3 hours cross-country to airports more than 50 miles away
  • 3 hours of dual night instruction, including one trip of at least 100 miles 3 hours of instruction in preparation for the practical test
  • 3 hours of instrument flight training
  • 10 hours of solo flight including:
    • 5 hours of cross-country including a 150 mile round trip, one leg which is > 50 nm 3 take offs and landings (to a full stop) at an airport with a control tower
    • 3 hours of instruction in preparation for the practical test, within 2 months of test must be age 17 to take the test
  • Pass the FAA Written Test with a minimum of a 70%

Aircraft Currently Offered

Cirrus SR-20


Cirrus SR-22

N703DR 6-762x456

Piper Pa-28-161 Warrior

Piper Warrior II
Warrior over Beach
Charleston bridge

Instrument Rating

Have you ever wondered how pilots fly through clouds and land on a runway they can’t always see from the air? This is done through flying by reference to the instruments. Once you can fly under Instrument Flight Rules (IFR), you are certified to take off, operate, and land in weather that a normal private pilot would be grounded by. Overall, obtaining an Instrument Rating will teach you how to fly in a more measured, situationally aware, and refined way. Though not required, it’s an immensely useful rating to have if you intend to travel with your certificates.

Typically, an instrument rating will cost about $8,000-$12,000 to obtain over about eight to twelve months if one is flying consistently. This range in cost is determined by how consistently you are doing your lessons, how proficiently you prepare yourself with self-study and ground instruction, and how much experience you have as a private pilot. Ultimately, obtaining an Instrument Rating will give you the opportunity to see what many pilots know and love, a sea of clouds below you.

Instrument Rating Requirements

  • At least 50 hours of cross country as pilot in command
  • A minimum of 40 hours of simulated or actual instrument conditions
  • A maximum of 10 may be done in an aviation training device
  • A cross country of at least 250 nautical miles with 3 approaches on a filed flight plan
  • Pass the FAA Written Test with a minimum of a 70%

Commercial Pilot & Certified Flight Instructor (CFI/CFII) Training

Obtaining a Commercial Pilot Certificate will allow you to get compensated for your flying by commercial operators. Commercial Pilots must demonstrate your proficiency in a complex airplane, as well as your ability to do various performance maneuvers. A Commercial Pilot must also have a deeper understanding of regulations, weather, performance, and operational requirements in for hire operations. One needs a minimum of 250 hours (with several types of requirements therein) to obtain a Commercial Pilot Certificate. Due to pilots having various levels of experience in entering Commercial Pilot Certificate training, it is difficult to pinpoint a specific cost without understanding a pilot’s experience level and proficiency.

Obtaining your Flight Instructor Certificate will allow you to teach others how to fly! The biggest component in training is honing your ability to ‘open the book’ to any page and be able to teach about that subject. Another unique task in CFI training is learning how to operate and teach about the aircraft from the right seat. We have a process to guide members in their ground training to develop teaching and flying skills. Sometimes, if one wishes to move from Commercial Training to CFI, we will do right seat training during Commercial. Like Commercial Pilot Training, candidates for CFI/CFII come with various skill sets and experience levels, so it is important to discuss your training with us directly.

Please call us at (843) 566-1011 or email us so we can more accurately assess your training needs for Commercial Pilot and CFI Training.

You must log at least 250 hours of flight time as a pilot that consists of at least:

  1. 100 hours in powered aircraft, of which 50 hours must be in airplanes.
  2. 100 hours of pilot-in-command flight time, which includes at least:
    1. 50 hours in airplanes
    2. 50 hours in cross-country flight of which at least 10 hours must be in airplanes
  3. 20 hours of training on the areas of operation listed in §61.127(b)(1) of this part that includes at least:
    1. Ten hours of instrument training using a view-limiting device including attitude instrument flying, partial panel skills, recovery from unusual flight attitudes, and intercepting and tracking navigational systems. Five hours of the 10 hours required on instrument training must be in a single engine airplane
    2. 10 hours of training in an airplane that has a retractable landing gear, flaps, and a controllable pitch propeller, or is turbine-powered
    3. One 2-hour cross country flight in a single engine airplane in daytime conditions that consists of a total straight-line distance of more than 100 nautical miles from the original point of departure
    4. One 2-hour cross country flight in a single engine airplane in nighttime conditions that consists of a total straight-line distance of more than 100 nautical miles from the original point of departure
    5. Three hours in a single-engine airplane with an authorized instructor in preparation for the practical test within the preceding 2 calendar months from the month of the test
  4. Ten hours of solo flight time in a single engine airplane or 10 hours of flight time performing the duties of pilot in command in a single engine airplane with an authorized instructor on board, on the areas of operation listed under §61.127(b)(1) that include:
    1. One cross-country flight of not less than 300 nautical miles total distance, with landings at a minimum of three points, one of which is a straight-line distance of at least 250 nautical miles from the original departure point
    2. 5 hours in night VFR conditions with 10 takeoffs and 10 landings (with each landing involving a flight in the traffic pattern) at an airport with an operating control tower

Completion time varies based on how often you train, how quickly you learn, how well you study at home, etc.

Ready to Experience the Pilot Life?

To become a member or to learn more contact us at (843) 566-1011, or send us a message using the box below. After we hear from you, we will set up a meeting with one of our instructors or staff who will get you signed up, and flying! We are always happy to give tours of our facilities and aircraft by appointment. Reach out to us and let us know how we can best help you achieve your goals.

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