Frequently Asked Questions
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We are located on the General Aviation (East) side of Eppley Airfield, in the TACAir Building.
Our flight operations, simulator operations and ground instruction are all conducted from our main offices at 3737 Orville Plaza.
Please click HERE to see a Google Map that shows our location. Click HERE to see a picture of the building.
The Nebraska Flight Center was started in 2004, suspended activities in 2007, and resumed operations at the beginning of 2014. You can read more about our history by clicking HERE.
We have never had a serious incident or accident. Our pilots and instructors have never been cited or prosecuted for violations of the Federal Aviation Regulations or any other federal, state or local regulations or laws.
There was an incident in May 2005 where a student pilot on a solo flight ground-looped our Flight Design CT and caused damage to the propeller, landing gear and wingtip. After an FAA investigation it was concluded that NFC was not responsible for the incident and it was solely pilot error.
We accept cash, checks, and major credit cards.
Student pilots will need to be escorted by a badged staff member whenever access to the ramp or hangar areas is required. We are restricted to our side of the airport and only allowed to the TAC Air ramp.
The quick answer: You’ll be a better pilot.
The biggest benefit is the improvement in flying skills. You will notice that your flying becomes more precise and smooth.
Gone will be the days when you are stuck on the ground because of bad weather conditions.
With an instrument rating you will be able to depart, fly to, and land, at airports with the appropriate instrument departure and approach procedures. You will learn more about the national airspace system, and gain better control over your aircraft as you lean and practice the skills of flying by sole reference to instruments while being in contact with air traffic controllers.
As was the case with your primary training... It’s variable.
It depends on how often you fly, how much time you have to study, and your study and learning skills.
The Nebraska Flight Center has all the tools you need to earn the rating. All you need to do is fly!
How easy is that?
To earn an instrument rating, you are required to:
1- Have a Private Pilot's Certificate
2- Be able to read, write and speak English
3- Have at least a Class III Medical Certificate
4- Pass a knowledge exam. You can take the exam at the Nebraska Flight Center
5- Have the appropriate flight experience:
-50 hours of cross country PIC flight time
-40 hours of actual or simulated instrument time, including:
-15 hours of flight instruction in actual of simulated instrument conditions
-At least 3 hours of instruction during the 60 days prior to the practical exam
-A 250 NM dual cross country flight that includes:
-An instrument approach at three airports
-A different type of approach at each airport
-Flight along designated airways or ATC-directed routing
A minimum of $8,000, but it will depend on your level of knowledge and skills.
Instrument training is where the Nebraska Flight Center shines. With the Redbird FMX full motion simulator we are able to accomplish most of the instrument training on the ground where the cost is almost half of that of renting an aircraft. The FAA now recognizes 20 hours in our Redbird FMX as part of the 40 hours minimum flight training required for the FAA practical test.
The Redbird FMX also allows our students to experience emergency situations and procedures all the way to completion in the safety of a simulator. You will become a safer pilot, in a shorter amount of time, with less cost.
As a private pilot, you are familiar with the costs of training and how the final cost depends on the amount of flying required and the weather. On average a student is ready for the practical exam with about 50 hours of instrument training. Based on your experience earning your private pilot certificate, you should be able to estimate the cost of instrument training.
For commited and properly motivated pilots, we offer a packaged program for $8,000.00 where we guarantee 25 hours of airplane dual instrument instruction, 25 hours of Redbird FMX with a CFII and unlimited use of the Redbird FMX when practicing solo. Please call or text for more information, or to enroll. To qualify for this package, a pilot must have a Private Pilot Certificate, a valid Third Class Medical (minimum), a current checkout on our Piper Cherokee PA-28, and the approval of our Chief Flight Instructor after an oral and practical evaluation.
Using a Simulator
The Redbird FMX full motion simulator is capable of simulating almost all flight conditions. We are able to simulate and practice slow flight, stalls, instrument approaches, landing, and more. Most aspects of the private pilot, instrument, commercial, and instructor training can be experienced in the simulator.
Normal flight and emergency situations can be simulated for any time of day, any type of weather, at any location in the world.
Most importantly, emergencies can be practiced all the way to the ground, repeatedly, until the outcome becomes satisfactory. These scenarios are not allowed on an airplane, for very obvious reasons.
If you are a student at the Nebraska Flight Center, you will have simulator time built into your training plan to help increase safety and reduce the cost of training.
For current pilots the simulator is a great tool to experience and practice emergency conditions, or to practice an approach to an unfamiliar airport before departing on your trip.
The simulator is available for instrument currency and proficiency for IFR rated pilots. Pilots can log instrument approaches and instrument navigation when they fly the simulator with an instructor.
Depends on where you are in your training.
2½ hours of instrument conditions in our Redbird, with an instructor, are allowed to count towards the 40 hours minimum for the Private Pilot's certificate.
20 hours of instrument conditions in our Redbird, with an instrument instructor, are allowed to count towards the instrument rating.
The approaches needed to maintain IFR currency can be done in the Redbird, as well as most of the IPC - Instrument Proficiency Check.
Yes. The approaches needed to maintain IFR currency can be done in the Redbird, as well as most of the IPC - Instrument Proficiency Check.
First, you need to call or email us to set your first appointment. During this time, you will be acquainted with the procedures, rules and protocols for the appropriate use of our Redbird FMX, you will be asked to sign the renter's agreement, and establish an acceptable method of payment.
After, you will be granted access to our on-line schedule, which will allow you to reserve sim and CFI time.