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Blue skies,

Carmelo Turdo, Mark Nankivil and Fred Harl - The Aero Experience Team

Friday, December 14, 2018

Elite Aviation Sets the Standard for Flight Training and Aircraft Services

By Carmelo Turdo
Elite Aviation, the Cessna Pilot Center at Spirit of St. Louis Airport, continues into their second year providing the most comprehensive flight training program in the St. Louis area with a personalized approach to learning. 

From the outset, a student and certified flight instructor work together to design a training plan that provides regular interaction along the path to obtaining a Private Pilot or higher level certificate or rating. The flight instruction curriculum and progress checks are standardized, using Cessna Flight Training System on-line interactive learning along with additional materials recommended by the flight instructors themselves. At all points along the training program, flight instructors integrate a variety of training tools and methods including: one-on-one ground school tutoring; flight training in late model Cessna Skyhawk aircraft using conventional and G1000 instrumentation; simulator training in the Elite RC1 and full-motion Redbird MCX programmable flight simulators; and progress checks with other flight instructors who provide a new perspective on the level of progress achieved by the student-flight instructor team. 

Flight training is a continuous process, building on the skills and knowledge demonstrated at each level of achievement. Recurrent, instrument and complex aircraft training is available using the Elite Aviation fleet of Cessna 172 Skyhawks, flight simulators and Piper Turbo Saratoga. Multi-engine training is available using the flight simulators. Elite Aviation is ready to provide your flight training solution.

The Elite Aviation fleet is also available for rental, and the aircraft are cared for by the Elite Aircraft Maintenance Service team. Contact Elite Aviation for availability.

Another convenient service provided by Elite Aviation is FAA exam administration. Elite Aviation is a PSI Computer Aided Testing Service test center for airman, A&P mechanic and the Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Drone Knowledge Test exams. Contact Elite Aviation for availability.

Elite Aviation provides comprehensive maintenance services for piston-engine aircraft at their Spirit of St. Louis Airport facility. The Elite service team performs and coordinates the work needed for inspections, airframe and powerplant repair, engine overhaul, avionics and ADS-B upgrades, oxygen service and preventive/seasonal maintenance so important for safe and legal operation of aircraft. Elite Aviation's experienced maintenance staff provides a higher-level of service that emphasizes quality-control and a "Done right, the first time" philosophy. The customer relationship is of the utmost importance, and Elite Aviation stands behind the quality of their maintenance services. Elite Aviation can also assist in the acquisition and processing of your next aircraft purchase, including the pre-buy inspection. Contact Elite Aviation for availability.

Elite Aviation serves the aviation community and the public regularly by supporting youth and professional development programs in cooperation with other like-minded organizations. The monthly Elite Speaker Series earlier this year featured interactive presentations on aviation topics in cooperation with the local FAA Flight Standards District Office and featuring local aviation subject experts from the public and private sectors. 

Elite Aviation invites you to visit them at Spirit of St. Louis Airport. If you just want to see if you like flying, take a "Test Flight" around St. Louis and find out! Student pilots will find the best Cessna aircraft training fleet and instructors available in the area. Certified pilots will enjoy flying the Elite Aviation rental fleet. Aircraft owners, take your pride and joy to the Elite Aviation Service department for your maintenance needs. Contact Elite Aviation today! 

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