Thunderbird Aviation Advantage


Thunderbird Aviation has a 50-year history of providing quality flight training. We have an excellent safety record and have an industry-leading safety program in place.

Thunderbird has a group of experienced flight instructors, with our lead CFI’s having a background in collegiate flight training.

Thunderbird offers the following distinct advantages to customers:

Flight Training Programs:

  • FAA 141 and 61 flight training courses, providing Thunderbird with the ability to tailor your training around your career goals, availability, and individual learning needs
  • Ground school options include; online based home study, personalized ground training with a flight instructor or formal ground school
  • College degree programs available through our partner Academy College
  • Fast-Trac Accelerated training program available for students needing to finish their flight training quickly
  • Training from Private Pilot through Commercial Multi. For more information about specific flight courses please refer to the following pages or give us a call and we’ll be happy to explain them to you

Financial Aid & Loan Packages:

  • Pilot Financing Program
  • Veterans Educational Assistance Programs

Fleet & Maintenance

  • Get checked out at either our Flying Cloud or Crystal location and be available to rent at either location
  • Single-engine, complex, and multi-engine aircraft; all available for training and rental
  • Our maintenance program has over 45 years of general aviation experience
  • We have rigorous standards for maintenance and has a program in place that is more stringent than is required by the FAA; including mandated 50-hour inspections and oil changes, whereas most flight schools follow an FAA-mandated 100-hour inspection cycle

Flight School Insurance

  • High flight school insurance coverage for your protection
  • Low-cost deductible insurance for rental customers

Customer Benefits:

  • Internet scheduling for all our customers
  • Comfortable learning facilities with spacious study and briefing areas
  • Large fleet that provides for limited down-time for aircraft with maintenance issues, as we are able to replace/swap aircraft quickly
  • Discount program on aircraft rental for customers that pre-pay for a flight course
  • Guaranteed prices with pre-pay option for six months
  • Multiple twin-engine aircraft available for rental and training
  • Standardized flight instructors with 1 year proficiency checks
  • Drug and Alcohol Testing for all instructors and mechanics