Brandon founded Sorenson Aviation in 2020. He is a second generation pilot born and raised around aviation. He learned to fly and obtained all ratings from his father, Mark Sorenson, who is a Southwest Captain and an award winning airshow pilot. He's been a licensed pilot since 2011 and currently a CFI offering one-on-one flight instruction in a Piper Cherokee 160 based at Peachtree City Falcon Field (KFFC). Sorenson Aviation's mission is to produce highly proficient pilots in a cost effective manner. Many of these pilots will be highly sought after as professionals in airline, corporate, and missionary aviation career fields. Others will be highly competent private pilots.
Kel is a highly proficient instructor who obtained all rating through ATP flight school. His father in-law is also a Southwest Captain.
Flight Instruction & Rental
Piper Cherokee 160 Rental: $140.00/Hour WET
Prepaid 10 Hour Flight Block (Includes Fuel):
With Flight Instruction $1,850.00
Simulator with Instructor: $100.00/Hour
Flight/Ground Instruction: $50.00/Hour
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*Training times and cost depends on the individual and the training schedule*
Are you interested in learning to fly, but you’ve never been up in a private airplane and would like to try it out first? An Introductory Flight is a perfect way to "get your feet off the ground" and experience what it's like to fly an airplane! Do you know someone with an adventurous spirit who has always dreamed of learning to fly? If you are looking for a totally unique gift for a special occasion, consider purchasing an Introductory Flight Certificate.
* Certificates must be used within six months from the date of purchase.*
Package flights includes:
Preflight inspection of the airplane
Explanation of the flight instruments and an introduction to aerodynamics
Actual flight training at the controls
Take a souvenir picture with the airplane and instructor
Get a logbook with first flight lesson recorded
Student Pilot Certificate!
$49.00/ Intro Flight Only
$99.00/Half Hour Flight Only
$149.00/Half Hour Flight Package
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$249.00/Full Hour Flight Package
PRIVATE PILOT CERTIFICATE
Private Pilot Certificate program will take you from zero hours of flight experience through earning your first pilot certificate. Our primary goal is to ensure that you become a safe and competent pilot–not just that you know enough to pass your FAA practical test.
A Certified flight instructor (CFI) will conduct your flight training, using a standard Private Pilot course syllabus. Your flight training will include both dual instruction (flying with your CFI) and solo flights.
Your ground instruction is accomplished primarily through a Computer-Based Instruction kit, and supplemented as necessary by your CFI. Computer-Based Instruction is an entertaining and easy to use online ground school that you can work at your own pace, in the comfort of your home or office. Each lesson includes full-motion video instruction, interactive quizzes, and an in-cockpit video preview of the corresponding flight in your course syllabus–helping to make your flight training as effective and cost-efficient as possible.
Training Time Required
The Federal Aviation Regulations require a minimum of 40 hours of flight time to earn your Private Pilot certificate. This time must include:
at least 20 hours of dual instruction, including
three hours of day cross-country instruction,
three hours of instrument instruction,
three hours of local and cross-country night instruction, and
three hours of instruction in preparation for the FAA practical test.
at least 10 hours of solo flight, including five hours of cross-country flight.
Despite these minimums, most new pilots require more experience to be safe and competent. The national average for Private Pilots is about 60 hours total flight time, including about 50 hours of dual instruction.
Prerequisites to Take the FAA Practical Test
Before you can take the FAA practical test to become a private pilot, your CFI must endorse your logbook to show that you have completed your ground and flight instruction. In addition, you must:
Be 17 years old (you need to be 16 years old to fly solo),
Be able to read, write and understand the English language,
Hold at least a Class III medical certificate
Pass the FAA knowledge test.
*Tips for Minimizing Your Training Costs*
Fly as frequently as possible. As with any other activity that requires learning new motor skills–such as tennis or skiing–the less time that elapses between your lessons, the more newly-acquired skills your brain and body will retain from the previous lesson. As a result, you’ll be able to spend more time during each lesson learning new skills instead of re-learning old ones. We find that flying at least once a week is the minimum desirable frequency; flying two or three times a week should enable you to earn your certificate in closer to the FAA minimum times.
Come prepared for your flight lessons. Always complete the reading and know what to expect during your flight lesson, and how to perform any new maneuvers. Make a list of any questions that you have, and bring them with you to the lesson so you can discuss them beforehand with your CFI.
Train with a friend. If you have a friend who also wants to learn to fly, schedule your lessons back-to-back and study together. This will motivate and push each other to reinforce your own knowledge and each learn from the other's mistakes.
Already have your Private Pilot License and want more?
An Instrument Rating is the next logical step. It is essential for anyone who is looking to pursue a career in flying, and will allow you to fly into a wider variety of weather conditions under Instrument Flight Rules (IFR), refine your ability to use the flight instruments, and enable you to fully utilize the National Airspace System.
As an instrument-rated pilot, you will gain the ability to handle unexpected weather conditions that would create hazards for VFR-only pilots, such as thick cloud covers, fog or heavy rain, and become a safer, more precise pilot.
During instrument training, you will learn another level of:
Instrument approaches and departures to and from various airports
Of course, having an instrument rating is not about taking off into a storm just because you can. It’s about knowing when it’s safe to fly. The instrument rating will help you understand the risks and make smart choices when the weather gets questionable.
The instrument rating requirements, as specified in 14 CFR 61.65 :
A person who applies for an instrument rating must:
Hold at least a current private pilot certificate or be concurrently applying for a private pilot certificate with an airplane, helicopter, or powered-lift rating appropriate to the instrument rating sought.
Be able to read, speak, write, and understand the English language.
You must have logged the following:
At least 50 hours of cross-country flight time as pilot in command. At least 10 of these hours must be in airplanes for an instrument-airplane rating.
A total of 40 hours of actual or simulated instrument time on the areas of operation listed in 61.65(c).
At least 15 hours of instrument flight training from an authorized instructor in the aircraft category for the instrument rating sought.
For instrument-airplane rating, instrument training on cross-country flight procedures that includes at least one cross-country flight in an airplane that is performed under instrument flight rules. This flight must consist of:
A distance of at least 250 nm along airways or ATC-directed routing.
An instrument approach at each airport.
Three different kinds of approaches with the use of navigation systems (Example: ILS, VOR, GPS, etc).
At least 3 hours of instrument training that is appropriate to the instrument rating sought from an authorized instructor in preparation for the checkride within two calendar months before the examination date.
Receive and log ground training from an authorized instructor or complete a home-study course for the instrument rating sought. The aeronautical knowledge areas are listed in 61.65(b).
Receive a logbook or training record endorsement from an authorized instructor certifying that you are prepared to take the knowledge test.
Receive and log flight training from an authorized instructor in an aircraft, flight simulator, or flight training device that represents the aircraft appropriate to the instrument rating sought on the areas of operation listed in 61.65(c).
Receive a logbook or training record endorsement from an authorized instructor certifying that you are prepared to take the required practical test.
BIENNIAL FLIGHT REVIEW & ADVANCED QUALIFICATION PROGRAM | ANNUAL FLIGHT REVIEW
Every 24 calendar months a Flight Review is required for any pilot intending to act as PIC of an aircraft. FAR §61.56 requires a minimum of an hour of flight instruction and an hour of ground instruction. It is a cooperative endeavor to provide the pilot with a periodic assessment of his or her flying skills and to determine if there has been any deterioration in areas that may adversely affect flight safety. The review should be a proficiency evaluation accomplished in an economical and expeditious manner while providing a learning experience, rather than the pressure of a checkride atmosphere.
Advanced Qualifications Program, or AQP, is a completely voluntary training system developed using a systematic training program methodology based on data. The AQP course will suffice a BFR and Insurance companies will appreciate pilots being proactive. To learn more click the two links below.
COMMERCIAL PILOT CERTIFICATE
If you already hold a Private Pilot certificate, and you’re ready to move into commercial aviation or just want to hone your flying skills even further, then our Commercial Pilot Certificate (Airplane Single Engine Land) program is for you.
Prerequisites To take the FAA Commercial Pilot ASEL practical test, you must:
Be at least 18 years of age.
Be able to read, write and speak the English language.
Receive ground school in the knowledge areas listed in FAR 61.125.
Pass the FAA knowledge test before taking the practical test.
Hold at least a Private Pilot certificate.
Hold an appropriate medical certificate (at least Class III to take the test, but at least Class II to exercise Commercial Pilot privileges)
You must have at least 250 hours total flight time, including at least:
100 hours in powered aircraft, at least 50 of which is in airplanes
100 hours as pilot in command (at least 50 of which is in airplanes)
50 hours of PIC cross-country flight (at least 10 of which is in airplanes)
Training Time Required
To receive the Commercial Pilot certificate with an Airplane Single-Engine Land rating, the FAA requires:
At least 20 hours of flight training that includes:
10 hours of instrument training (at least 5 of which must be in a single-engine airplane).
10 hours of training in either a complex airplane (that is, with a constant speed propeller, flaps and retractable landing gear), a turbine powered airplane, a technically advanced airplane (TAA), or any combination thereof.
3 hours of dual instruction in preparation for the practical test.
One dual day VFR cross-country flight of at least 2 hours with a straight line distance of more than 100 nm from the departure point.
One dual night VFR cross-country flight of at least 2 hours with a straight line distance of more than 100 nm from the departure point.
At least 10 hours of solo flight that includes:
One cross-country of at least 300 nm total distance with landings at at least three points, one of which is at least 250 nm straight line distance from the departure point.
5 hours in night VFR conditions with at least 10 take-offs and landings at an airport with an operating control tower.
*Note that flying experience you have before beginning the Commercial Pilot course may count toward the required flight times. For example, if you hold an Instrument Airplane rating, you will already have met the Commercial Pilot requirement for instrument training.