Earning your Wings

Have you dreamed of taking flight for the pure thrill and challenge of seeing the world at your feet? Then a earning Pilot Certificate with Dawson Aviation might be just for you!

Embrace a new challenge learning about meteorology, aerodynamics, regulations and flight procedures through our interactive online course completed at your own pace.


Private Pilot

Flight training is more than textbook knowledge and passing a test. It is risk management, resource management and aeronautical decision-making that keep pilots out of trouble.

Our custom training program focuses on these topics through an experienced-based approach to learning. Like most things in life, there is no single way to accomplish a task. Some methods just work better than others. Our students are taught to think as Pilot in Command from the very beginning and make decisions to determine the outcome of every flight.

Our professional flight instructors provide guidance and a safe environment for the student to explore. Instead of telling students what to do, we provide guidance and information for the student to evaluate and choose a course of action. Not only is this method of training proven to be more effective but most importantly, fun!

A great way to start is to schedule a Discovery Flight. This flight includes approximately 30 minutes flying the airplane under the close guidance of one of our instructors. We encourage you to fly the plane as much as you are comfortable to see if training is something you would like to pursue. In addition, we will answer any questions you have about flying, training or just aviation in general.

Instrument Rating

Few people seek out the bad weather to go out and fly but that’s exactly how we prepare you at Dawson Aviation.  There is no substitute for training in actual IMC conditions so we try to expose you to as much variety as possible so that you are a safe, proficient pilot.

Instrument flying is about becoming a good systems manager.  Since 90% of instrument flying is utilizing systems and resources effectively we provide a wide variety of training tools such as GPS simulators, tutorials and aids so that you can learn to use these resources in a stress-free environment.  Once you feel comfortable with navigating GPS menus and using the autopilot to reduce workload, we transfer those skills to the airplane and solidify your understanding of the IFR system.

Our custom syllabus trains you for the real world. Instead of approach after approach at the same airport, each lesson includes a mission for the student to plan and execute. This ensures risk management and aeronautical decision making is evaluated every lesson in addition to the procedural requirements of instrument flying.


Commercial Pilot

After becoming a Private Pilot, are you ready to join the ranks of professional aviators? In addition to FAA-required subject areas, our Commercial Pilot Course prepares you for real-world commercial flying. Upon completion, you will have the knowledge and experience to successfully transition to a commercial pilot position, not just pass the exam.

As commercial pilots ourselves we know exactly how to best prepare you for the world of commercial aviation. Whether you aspire to fly corporate jets or for the airlines, our custom syllabus focuses on applying your skills and knowledge to Part 135 and Part 121 operations. Every lesson is presented as a mission that you must plan and complete at PIC. Much like the training programs at the world's best airlines, this form of training allows you to identify resources, mitigate risks and determine the safest and most efficient outcome for every flight.