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We are located at Paine Field which is 30 minutes north of Seattle and 30 minutes south of the San Juan Islands. We’re centrally located with no high density airspace hassles. Learning to fly with a control tower is not only challenging and fun but will enhance your flight training experience.
As a Cessna Pilot Center, Northway operates the newest fleet of airplanes in the area. Our aircraft all have full modern avionics panels and are equipped with GPS. Our airplanes are on a phased card inspection program. This means maintenance is done regularly every 50 hours.
Northway’s instructors have thousands of hours of experience with advanced ratings and certificates. Our instructors are here because they enjoy teaching and want to help you succeed. They will keep you motivated and most important make your flight training fun and enjoyable.
Get ready to soar with the best flight training program in the industry. More pilots come to Cessna Pilot Centers to get their wings than any other flight school in the country. Northway Aviation will prepare you for your pilot’s license in every way, from learning basic aerodynamics to achieving you pilot certificate .
Becoming an aviator can be one of life’s most rewarding adventures and an incredibly satisfying challenge. Whether you are a career determined aviator or a recreational flyer, Northway’s Part 141 training program will get you to your goals in the most fun, safe, and economical way possible. Stop by and speak with one of our highly skilled instructors about your goals today!
The typical training path to become a pilot starts with these steps
Your instructor will take you on a short flight to introduce you to the airplane, the airport, and the thrill of taking the controls of a safe, reliable Cessna airplane for the first time.
With Northway’s Cessna Ground School kit, you will use our interactive programs designed to compliment your actual flight experience.
A brief exam is required to obtain your student pilot certificate and third class medical. If you are under 40 years of age this will last for 5 years, over 40 and it will be good for 2 years.
Your ground training courses will compliment flight training with your instructor. For each ground lesson you complete you will conduct a flight lesson and get you closer to the first milestone of solo flight.
Once you have reached a point where you and your instructor feel you are ready, you will take to the air by yourself. This is an enormous achievement that very few people have ever accomplished and a day you will never forget.
Fly as much as possible to gain experience and build upon everything you learned prior to your first solo flight, both with an instructor and on your own.
When you have passed the knowledge test you will take the Practical Test, also known as a checkride. This is conducted by an FAA designated examiner and consists of an oral and flight exam. That’s it, you will be handed a temporary pilot license immediately and can now enjoy the freedom of flight!
Once you get your pilot certificate, get as much experience as possible, get involved, and stay connected. Most importantly, keep flying!
Northway Aviation has been training pilots for well over a decade, and many of our students have stayed with us as instructors. Owned by Jim Grant since 1998, the company has added new airplanes to the flightline and kept pace with the latest technology.
We offer FBO services to transient pilots, with free access to wifi, a flight planning room with three aviation weather computers, a comfortable pilot lounge, and free coffee for all who visit!