Aero Academy

Aero Academy

Pennsylvania Aviation Council's "Education Award" for excellence in Aviation Education for FOUR years straight.

 ALL NEW UPDATE. North Coast Flight School is having its first ever winter AERO ACADEMY! Times and dates are posted below. Sign up by 12/23/20 and receive $20 off. If you are interested please call Bryan @ 814-602-9927

Aero Academy at North Coast Flight School Inc. is very proud of its innovative aviation programs. We offer a wide range of opportunities for everyone!  These Five PROGRAMS listed below are the best in the country for young adults. North Coast Flight School Inc. has received the Pennsylvania Aviation Council’s “Education Award” for excellence in Aviation Education for FOUR YEARS STRAIGHT.

~ Gregory S. Hayes – CEO of NCFS

To register or for additional information, please contact:

Bryan Loomis @ (814)602-9927 or

ALL CAMPS ARE HELD AT THE FLIGHT SCHOOL (1605 Asbury Road ~western edge of Erie International Airport~)


Young Flyers (age 8-11)

This camp is designed specifically for students ages 7 to 11 years of age, with no prior experience with aviation.   There are many activities and field trips to various places on the Erie International Airport Property. Young Flyers Academy will expose kids to the exciting and interesting field of aviation.

Camp Dates:

January 2021 Dates:

CLASS 1:   Monday, January 18 from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM.

CLASS 2:   Monday, January 25 from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM.

Students will:

  • Learn about aircraft instruments, flight controls and aircraft structure
  • Assist in a pre-flight inspection
  • Participate in a field trip to North Coast Air
  • Introduction to drone usage and care
  • Take a short flight around Presque Isle

Cost: $295.00

Camp 1 (age 12)

This Camp is an 8 week course that is designed for students with

NO prior knowledge or experience in aviation.

(Age 12)

Meets: 1 Day / Week EVERY Tuesday

Starting Date: January 19, 2021
Time: 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Ending Date: March 9th, 2021

Students will be introduced to:
1. Aircraft instruments and Flight Controls.
2. Pre-Flight Inspections of the Aircraft.
3. Phonetic Alphabet and Basic radio communications
4. Intro to Airport Traffic Patterns.
5. Intro to Aviation Weather
6. Field Trips to various parts of Erie International Airport
7. Basic introduction to sectional charts and use of plotter
8. 15 minute flight over Presque Isle
9. Use and introduction to the flight simulator
10. Drone Activities

Cost: $395.00

Camp 2 (age 13)

Students will be introduced to:
1. Intensive use of Instruments and Flight Controls
2. Conduct Pre Flight Inspections
3. Radio Communications at Controlled and Uncontrolled Airports
4. Airport Traffic Pattern
5. Aviation Weather METAR and TAF
6. Intro to AIRSPACE
7. Reading Sectional Charts, Using Plotters, Flight Computers
8. Flight Simulator Flying
9. 15 minute Air Tour over Presque Isle
10. 15 minute Flight in Airport Traffic Pattern
11. Professional Drone Usage
12. Begin Working on and Quizzing FAA Written Test Questions

Meets: Tuesdays 11:00am – 1:00pm

Starting Date: January 19, 2021

Ending Date: March 9th, 2021

Cost: $495.00

Camp 3 (age 14)

This 8 week Camp is designed for the young student that shows a high interest in obtaining his/her pilot’s license. Students with no previous experience are welcome however the youngest (or if under 14yrs.) of this age group are encouraged to take Aero Camp #1 first.

Meets: 1 Day / Week EVERY TUESDAY

Starting Date: January 19, 2021

Time: 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Ending Date: March 9, 2021


Students will be introduced to:

1. Final Review of Instruments and Flight Controls
2. Conduct and Complete Pre Flight Inspection
3. Review Radio Communications for Controlled and Uncontrolled Airports
4. Review Airport Traffic Patterns
5. Aviation Weather METAR and TAF
6. Airspace and VFR Weather Minimums
7. Flight Planning for a Cross Country Flight
8. Weight and Balance Calculations
9. FAA Written Exam Prep
10. Approx. 2.5 hours of loggable flight time!
LOGBOOK given as part of this camp. 

Cost: $595.00

Camp 4 (age 15)

This is the Camp when you really start flying!!!

Camp 4 is designed for the young pilot that is serious about making the commitment to becoming a young Private Pilot. In addition to the topics covered below in a classroom setting, students will receive 5 (five) actual flight training hours with one of our Certified Flight Instructors. These flight hours will be scheduled at a time that each Camp 4 student is available (other than class time). This is the real transition from a young camper to a conventional student pilot. The classroom portion of Camp 4 will be held EVERY WEDNESDAY for a total of 16 HOURS of classroom/ground instruction in addition to the 5 HOURS of Flight time!!!

Camp 4 students may purchase additional flight time if desired: 5 hours = $1125.00 (Discounted Rate)

Meets: 1 Day / Week EVERY WEDNESDAY

Starting Date: January 20, 2021
Time: 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Ending Date: March 10, 2021

Cost: $1550.00

Students will be introduced to:

1. Forces of flight “aerodynamics”
2. Airport Layout
3. Airspace
4. ATC
5. Radio Communications
6. Weather
7. Regulations
8. Performance
9. Weight and Balance
10. Intro to Maneuvers
11. Cross Country Flight planning

Camp 5 (age 16)

This is a full on, 8 week VFR Ground School designed for the student who is or soon will be actively flying and working towards achieving their Private Pilots License.

Meets: 3 Days a Week 

Starting Date:  1-18-21
Time: Mon/Wed  11:00 AM – 1:00 PM and Friday 9:00 AM – 11:00 Am
Ending Date:  3-12-21

Cost: $1500.00

Students will:

Receive Private Pilot Book & necessary materials for completion of the class.

Assist in Pre-Flight Inspections

Meet 2 Days a week for classroom/ground instruction

Meet 1 Day a week to work on the FAA questions from the PP Written Exam. Students will have access to taking practice exams (GLEIM) & additional time from our ground instructor to review questions on practice exams.

FAA Private Pilot Written Exams: Student’s who have received their endorsement, may schedule to take their exam.. Testing will be done individually by PSI Testing Center at students discretion.

All Camps are subject to mandatory minimum number students.

ALL Camps include an “Aero Academy” T-shirt.