PrefFlight Aviation Training Center & Flight Simulation Studio

“Stick & Rudder Mastery”

“Cut training in half, or more!! With good simulation software, large monitors, an effective syllabus, good management, and exceptional teaching skill students earn their pilot certificates in less time and with less money . . . . . the instructor can teach the basic concepts of attitude flying, ground reference maneuvers, pilotage, dead reckoning navigation, and pretty much anything else required for private pilot certification . . . . . shaving approximately $4,500 off the cost of a private pilot certificate earned at a traditional flight school.” Rod Machado - “The Power of Flight Simulators”, November 7, 2018 -

Rod Machado is an iconic figure in the general aviation industry and has been the acknowledged national voice for aviation training and safety for more than 30 years. He was the AOPA (Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association) National Flight Instructor Spokesman and a contributing columnist to the AOPA Pilot and Flight Training magazine for 18 years. Rod wrote and co-anchored ABC’s Wide World of Flying for five years. More

Flight Simulation Is Not A Game Anymore

The airplane is no longer an efficient classroom to introduce primary flight training - it's noisy, complicated, overwhelming and expensive. Modern technology now allows for better instructional techniques. The PrefFlight Aviation Training Center & Flight Simulation Studio brings the classroom back down to the ground, where it should be. Embrace this course, and you will soon be a safe, competent and confident pilot before you ever leave the ground.

If you would like to become a pilot, or simply enjoy the miracle of flight, then enroll in “Stick & Rudder Mastery” today. Thanks to modern technology the marvel and joy of aviation is no longer determined by your age or economic opportunity. You don’t need an airplane or good weather, and it doesn’t matter where you live. Inside the PrefFlight Aviation Training Center & Flight Simulation Studio we will teach you how to fly like a professional as you cruise over Manhattan at sunrise and circle the Golden Gate at sunset. The PreFlight Aviation & Flight Simulation Studio is the place to enjoy the thrill of modern aviation for everyone. Whether you intend to be a professional pilot, or just enjoy the thrill of recreational aviation, get started today with “Stick & Rudder Mastery” . You will save thousands of dollars in wasted time and unnecessary costs. And, it will change your life.

While basic FAA mandated flight training is required for anyone seeking a path to professional aviation, the PreFlight Aviation Academy has been founded upon the belief that aviation training is also an essential first step for those planning a career in aviation products and services, air traffic control or anywhere in the aerospace and related industries.  The PrefFlight Aviation Training Center & Flight Simulation Studio, therefore, provides an introductory and continuing flight education program which unites modern ATD (aviation training devices) technology with a rich in-flight training experience.  However, “Stick & Rudder Mastery” provides much more than the technical knowledge and practical skills that are the precursor for more advanced training.  The “Stick & Rudder Mastery” program builds upon the principles of independence, self-reliance and individual accountability not only critical for in-flight performance and safety, but for success throughout life as well.

At the PrefFlight Aviation Training Center & Flight Simulation Studio you will become a “solo ready" student candidate in order that the CFI (Certified Flight Instructor) can replace the expensive and time consuming introductory task work of learning how to fly the airplane with advanced flight training skills and principles which generally follow later in the course of primary instruction.  When you have completed “Stick & Rudder Mastery” you will be prepared for the advanced training required during the FAA check ride with time saving proficiency at substantially lower costs.

In The PreFlight Simulation Studio students are introduced to the principles of aerodynamics and flight in a realistic setting. Students will plan and perform technical flight maneuvers and demonstrate their competency with the relevant application. Students then learn how to transfer these skills and concepts to real world in flight cross country and emergency procedures. The PreFlight Simulation Studio uses video, text and a state-of-the-art flight simulation platform to integrate basic science, math and engineering technology with the theory and practices appropriate for the aviation environment and in-flight skill sets. Throughout their training each student is encouraged to engage in higher order critical thinking in order to asses their own performance and the performance of others in ways which build competence, confidence and self-esteem.

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“Stick & Rudder Mastery” is a career development program for anyone 18 and older seeking to build immediate flight proficiency at a substantially lower cost by:

  • Building “solo ready” skills quickly and efficiently in our PreFlight Simulation Studio without the interruption of weather, time, travel and unnecessary in-flight costs

  • Learning how to properly prepare for the FAA knowledge exam and flight review without wasting time and money for unnecessary ground school

  • Learning how to fly departure and approach patterns, stall recovery, ground reference and airmanship

  • Preparing for the required IFR (instrument flight) and cross country solo requirements

  • Simulating flight environments (i.e. weather, mountain terrain, night flying (including dark panel) rarely experienced in real time

  • Preserving cost and time for advanced training requirements


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