Instruction & Currency

9-2170_3Yale Aviation members can conduct flight training one-on-one with appropriately certificated members for the Private Pilot certificate, as well as the Instrument rating, the Commercial certificate, and flight reviews. Instruction is performed in Yale Aviation aircraft under the watchful eye of our chief pilot, Charles Skelton, and arranged directly with the CFI member.


Earning a Private Pilot certificate typically requires around 70 hours of flight time in a Piper Cherokee 140, as well as ground school (which may be home study). About ¾ of this time is dual instruction, and the rest is solo flight. It is possible to complete the training in fewer hours, but conversely it sometimes takes longer. It should be noted that more training is required to operate in the busy airspace of the Northeast than might be required to fly in more rural areas. Instructor rates are in the range of $35 to $50 per hour. A student interested in earning a private license should expect to pay between $9,000 and $12,000.

You can download the Club’s application form (PDF) for viewing and printing; you may fill it out before your visit to the airport, or simply fill out a copy once you get there and see what the club is all about!

To learn more about Yale Aviation, call Charlie Skelton, Chief Pilot:
• Telephone: (203) 640-3580 (leave a message)
• E-mail:

Flight Training Materials

A good pilot keeps learning throughout his/her life. Below are listed some websites and printed material that can be helpful both in flight training and in keeping current with your aviation knowledge:

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
FAA Homepage
AIM (Aeronautical Information Manual)
FAA Aviation Handbooks and Guides
• Airman(and woman!) Certification Standards

NOAA’s Aviation Weather
1800WXBrief: Leidos pilot weather

AOPA (Airplane Owners and Pilots Association)
AOPA Homepage
Air Safety Institute
Online Safety Courses

Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA)

Aviation for Women
Women in Aviation International
The Ninety-Nines, International Organization of Women Pilots

ATC Live (to listen in on tower, approach and pilot radio communications)
ATC Live

Books and Study Guides
Weather Flying (fourth edition), by Robert N. Buck
The Complete Private Pilot, by Bob Gardner
Say Again, Please – Guide to Radio Communications, by Bob Gardner
Stick and Rudder, by Wolfgang Langewiesche
Plane Talk, by Rod Machado (a collection of Rod’s most popular aviation stories and articles)
Gleim Private Pilot Written Exam Study Guide
Jeppesen Private Pilot Practical Test Study Guide