Crow Executive Air opens flight schoolWritten by Tom Konecny | | email@example.com
Crow Executive Air, an on-demand aviation service based at Toledo Executive Airport, is now offering a public flight school. The business has been around since 1947 and has offered a flight lessons before, but increased inquiries prompted its return.
“A very nice airplane became available,” said Gary McGinnis, flight instructor. “We refurbished it, and started offering flight training again because we started getting a lot more calls.”
McGinnis acknowledged that it’s difficult to estimate a total cost to learn how to fly, because it all depends on variables such as consistent availability and overall time. Airplane rental, fuel and instructor fees are $155/hour, so a ballpark figure might be $8,500.
“The average is about 70 hours to train a private pilot,” McGinnis said. “I don’t accept half standards. I’m more closer to the 45-50 hour range because I expect more. If you have someone who’s able to dedicate time and stick with it, it can be faster.”
Those interested in learning to fly can join various local flying clubs where typically its members jointly own the plane. This can save its participants money, but will not offer the structure of a formal school.
“With Crow it’s an actual fight school, so it’s very structured,” McGinnis said. “Flying clubs are nonprofits, so of course it’s not going to be as structured as a university, but a lot join it due to the cost side of it.”
McGinnis said the flight school is so new that they haven’t started marketing it yet, but they’re “very slowly trying to get the word out.”
Crow Executive Air will continue its other services of private, business and charter flights at Toledo Executive Airport, renamed from Metcalf Field by the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority in 2010.
For more information, contact Crow Executive Air at 800-972-2769 or 419-838-6921.