There are two necessary steps in obtaining your private pilot's license:


Bighorn Airways offers Private Pilot and Instrument Rating courses. We have a well maintained Cessna 172 along with a full-time flight instructor that can tailor the path to your needs and schedule. If you have ever dreamed of becoming a pilot, we are here to help make those dreams a reality!

Private Pilot Aeronautical (Flight) Experience Requirements

40 hours of flight time that include:

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Teaching students to fly is a privilege and one of the most satisfying aspects of my role here at Bighorn Airways. I want our students to receive the very best quality of instruction not only in the air but throughout their whole learning experience. One of my greatest joys is watching people realize they can fly. 

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Learning to Fly

There are two necessary steps in obtaining your private pilot's license:

Step 1:

Step 2:

1. Ground school in preparation for the written test.  For this step, we recommend that you use a home study course.  There are several companies offering kits that include an online course that you can work through at your own pace, along with books and materials you'll need during training.  A Bighorn Airways instructor will be happy to help you choose


2. Flight training for the practical test.  This is the fun part and where Bighorn Airways comes in. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requires that you receive at least 40 hours of training in preparation for this test.  The 40 hours are broken down into several different requirements.

Private Pilot Aeronautical (Flight) Experience Requirements:

40 hours of flight time:

20 hours of dual instruction

10 hours of solo flight training

3 hours of cross-country dual

3 hours of night dual

The unrestricted license includes:

1 cross country flight of over 100 nautical miles total distance

10 takeoffs and landings to a full stop (with each landing involving a flight in the traffic pattern) at an airport

3 hours of instrument dual

3 hours of dual in preparation for the practical test within 2 calendar months

10 hours of solo including:

5 hours of cross-country

1 150 NM solo cross country flight, with full-stop landings at three points and one segment of the flight consisting of a straight-line distance of more than 50 NM between takeoff and landing locations

3 takeoffs and landings to a full stop (with each landing involving a flight in the traffic pattern) at an airport with an operational control tower.

KSHR Runway


KSHR Runway

Introduction to Flight


Aircraft Rental

$96 per hr.

Flght Instruction

$30 per hr.

Ground Instruction

$30 per hr.

Kristopher Austin

CFI-Certified Flight Instructor

Kristopher is our flight school manager and CFI.  His focus is on providing and monitoring the high quality of instruction provided to our private, instrument, and commercial students. Kristopher fell in love with airplanes and flying at a very young age. However, rather than pursuing his dream to fly. He had been gaining experience in other industries that makes him the quality CFI he is today. He was coerced into exploring the idea of becoming a commercial pilot by someone who saw his potential, and after his first lesson, his passion took over. He went from intro flight to a commercial single-engine and multi-engine pilot with his CFI and CFII rating in 1 year, intending to be a pilot in mind. He has accumulated experience across the US, and Alaska flying smokejumpers and para-cargo in our turboprop aircraft and is now living his dream!

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Lynn Ramsey

CFI-Certified Flight Instructor

         Lynn Ramsey started working on his private pilot license in 1986 and has been passionate about flying his whole life.  He joined the Air Force out of high school to become an air traffic controller to further his flying knowledge.  After the military, he attended Middle Tennessee State University to pursue his Aerospace Sciences degree and finish his flight training.  After completing college and years later while working as an engineer for a large company overseas and completing graduate school, Lynn returned to his passion for flying in 2015 and completed his CFI/CFII.  Lynn has since worked at large Part 141/61 flying schools like CAE in Mesa, AZ, and Hillsboro Academy in Oregon with a diverse group of students.  Lynn is a dedicated instructor that enjoys teaching all ages and skillsets.  Lynn always says, “I enjoy flying and take pleasure in seeing other people achieve their dreams of flying.” Meet Lynn and some of our other world-class flight instructors at Bighorn Aviation and get your dreams of flight moving!