Get the Best View in the World.
Get the Best View in the World.
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 phase 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.
Are you ready for takeoff on one of the greatest adventures of a lifetime? Learn to fly! You’ll extend your horizons, find new challenges and add a whole lot of fun to your life. And you’ll travel farther, higher and faster than you ever have.
Generations of pilots have learned to fly at a Cessna Pilot Centers because we offer the best in flight training. The single-most important reason this is true is because we share your passion. The Cessna® Skyhawk® aircraft features an advanced cockpit that simplifies your job as a pilot and makes learning much more intuitive. The Cessna Flight Training System is a scenario-based interactive instruction that works cooperatively with your actual flight experience, allowing you to prepare for your next training flight before you even take off. We’ll get you where you want to go faster than any other flight instruction programs out there. Ready to start flying?
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 age 40 this will last for 5 years, over 40 and it will last 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 certificate 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 over twenty years, 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!
Need an idea for a gift for your grandson’s graduation? Father’s day? An anniversary flight? Your wife’s birthday? We’ve got you covered! Stop in or call us and we can arrange a lesson or scenic flight with one of our highly skilled instructors! A typical one hour flight around Seattle is usually around $230 (including tax). Gift certificates can be picked up in person or emailed. Call us today!