Frequently Asked Questions

We have put together a list of frequently asked questions to help users of our web site answer questions that are usually asked of us during the course of a sales call conversation. We have divided the FAQ listing into categories to help make navigation easier.

If you still have a question and it's not answered in these FAQs, please contact us and we'll be happy to answer your question.

0 - COVID-19 Information

WE ARE OPEN!

As of Monday April 20th 2020, Leighnor Aircraft is modifying it COVID-19 response from no dual flight instruction back to a state of “instructor discretion”. After discussions with several of our flight instructors and reviewing the numbers of COVID-19 cases in our service area, we have relaxed our “no dual instruction” direction. We are also providing guidance for safe interaction with instructors and air crew.

Anyone getting in a small aircraft should take this self-assessment and if any questions are answered with a “YES” answer, you should not get into a small aircraft with another person.

  1. Have you traveled outside the state or country in the past 14 days?
  2. Have you had contact with any person who has tested positive for COVID-19?
  3. Have you experienced a cough, fever, difficulty breathing or other flu-like symptoms within the last 14 days?
  4. Do you live with a person who has experienced a cough, fever, difficulty breathing or other flu-like symptoms within the last 14 days?
  5. Are you running any kind of temperature above normal?

We are also advising all aircraft passengers and crew to check temperatures before flight.

Leighnor Aircraft continues to disinfect the hangars and aircraft daily based on use. We were also able to procure a supply of hand sanitizer and each aircraft is being equipped with a bottle of hand sanitizer.

Lastly, if more than one person is in the hangars, please practice reasonable social distancing.

Leighnor Aircraft is not doing Groupon flights until the COVID-19 pandemic has passed. Holders of a Groupon offer need to contact Groupon regarding any refunds. It is likely your certificate will expire before the all-clear is given.

As of 4/20/2020, Leighnor Aircraft will do Discovery Flights with additional screening. Please see our general COVID-19 response on those requirements. There is no expiration date on Discovery Flight purchases. If you want a refund, contact Leighnor Aircraft and we will issue a refund.

Aircraft usage is monitored and any aircraft used is disinfected daily. We are also inspecting, cleaning and disinfecting the hangar facility daily. Due to the panic buying and hoarding, we are not keeping excess supplies such as toilet paper at the hangar.

1 - Learning to Fly

Federal minimums under FAA regulations for a Private Pilot certificate are 40 hours total flight time and 20 hours dual instruction flight time.

With prepayment credits and flying club membership at Leighnor Aircraft, the hourly cost of a training aircraft is going to be just less than $100/hour.

For easy math, my examples will use $100/hour as the aircraft cost.
Total time – 40 x $100 = $4,000, Instructor – 20 x $40 = $800
Books, materials, examiner fee and headset (assume reasonable) $800 – $1,500

So, at a minimum, you will probably spend about $6,000 for a Private Pilot certificate based on Federal minimums.

National averages for Private Pilot certificates are in the 60-70-hour range and probably closer to 30 hours of instruction.

Total time – 65 x $100 = $6,500, Instructor – 30 x $40 = $1,200, Books et al – $800 – $1,500

Based on these estimates, you’ll be around $8,000 total cost if you fall more into the national average.

Most flight instructors in an ideal situation would recommend two to three lessons in a week’s period. Any more lessons and you risk saturating a new pilot with too much information too soon. On the other side of the question, a new flight student would want to try and fly at least once a week. Stretching the time out further than a week will risk having to relearn material from the prior lesson.

Weather will also sometimes impact the timeline. A stretch of bad weather or high winds could introduce additional time into learning to fly.

Student pilots also need to have time to study to pass a written test. There is also material that will have to be reviewed as part of your aviation training.

Typically a 2-4 month period of time will allow for a student to get through flight training and past the Private Pilot check ride.

2 - Rates and Financial

Your Flight Schedule Pro account is free and will never expire. Leighnor Aircraft pays for the full cost of operating this system.

Leighnor Aircraft has two different hourly rates, which are standard rental and flying club rate. When money on account is purchased, credits are applied to your Flight Schedule Pro account. The credit discounts the hourly rate depending on the amount purchased.

Invoiced flight time with a money on account purchase will still bill on your invoice at the standard hourly rate.

If you are a flying club member, your invoiced flight rate will be billed at the the flying club hourly rate.

The state of Arizona taxes our operations under the Transaction Privilege Tax or TPT. The cities of Cottonwood and Prescott also have sales tax that we must pay. Aircraft rental rates quoted do not include tax, which is added at the time of purchase.

Taxes are also collected on flying club memberships and are collected each month with the membership dues.

For airports subject to a use fee, aircraft rentals and flight instruction are subject to the fee.

When fueling locally at Prescott, Leighnor Aircraft has an account with Legend Aviation. Legend will just refuel the airplane and charge the fuel purchase to our account.

There are self-service cards for Legend Aviation in each aircraft’s note book which can be used at the Legend self-service pumps.

If you purchase fuel away from Prescott, you will need to pay the cost of the fuel yourself, then this amount is deducted from your rental charges. You should leave the receipt for fuel in the aircraft’s operations book. Send a copy or image of the receipt to flying@leighnoraircraft.com.

No, we only credit your account for airplane fuel charges.

Money on account refunded after 6 months of inactivity has a 50% penalty. After a year, there is no refund due to the rental agreement.

Account credits are not refundable under any circumstance.

However, you’ll love flying our aircraft so much that no refunds will be necessary.

We refund money on account by removing credits and paying the balance of the account to the pilot.

No, there is no credit limit. Because the pilots you referred flew, you get credits to spend on flying.

We do not refund account credits because these credits are non-cash awards.

Block time is now money on account. When Leighnor Aircraft had one type of aircraft and at the same rate, money on account was easy to translate to block time.

With two or more different rental rates now, block time couldn’t be maintained. The simple reason is Flight Schedule Pro can’t control where money put on account is used. So money that was called block time for the 162 can easily be used for the 182.

We also expanded the credits available both up ($5000) and down ($500) to provide more options for earning credits.

When a pilot puts money on account in certain increments, Leighnor Aircraft adds a credit to your Flight Schedule Pro account, thus making the flying money go further.

  • $500 ($20.83 credit)
  • $1,000 ($82.25 credit)
  • $1,500 ($166.67 credit)
  • $2,000 ($250.00 credit)
  • $2,500 ($449.85 credit)
  • $5,000 ($1,172.84 credit)

Absolutely yes! Using money on account and the flying club membership is the most cost-effective way to fly.

Here’s why – when you purchase money on account, the purchase adds credits to your Flight Schedule Pro account to reduce the hourly rental rate.

When you fly, you consume those dollars in your Flight Schedule Pro account at the standard hourly rate.

However, if you’re in the flying club, you are consuming those hours at the flying club rate and not the standard hourly rate. Thus your credits and purchase will last longer.

Money on account cannot be used to pay the monthly subscription or dues to the flying club.

You must have a credit card on file for flying club payments.

All flight time can be paid by money on account but not the flying club membership.

  1. Sign in to your Flight Schedule Pro account.
  2. Click on the blue “Add Funds” button.
  3. A dialog will open with multiple radio button choices for amounts that will result in credits (shown in parenthesis), the last button selection allows you to put funds on account in a denomination of your choice.

3 - Insurance Questions

We do not require renter’s insurance to rent our aircraft.

Absolutely yes, we strongly recommend renter’s insurance.

If the NTSB or FAA rules an accident “pilot error”, it’s likely the insurance companies will come after the pilot for some of the accident cost. A good aviation renter’s insurance policy will protect against this type of exposure and more.

Leighnor Aircraft does not require renter’s insurance to rent our aircraft. But we highly recommend having a renter’s insurance policy.

Insurance deductibles are the money paid first before any claim reimbursement is made. Our aircraft policy as of 5/1/2020 has a $2,500 in-motion accident deductible and a $500 not in-motion accident deductible. The renting pilot or their renter’s insurance is liable for this deductible, unless you’re a flying club member.

If the accident is ruled “pilot error”, then the insurance company may seek reimbursement from the pilot and these deductibles are not waived.

This exposure is why Leighnor Aircraft strongly recommends aviation renter’s insurance be carried by all pilots.

In the event of an aircraft failure away from home base, insurance and Leighnor Aircraft have no responsibility to the rental pilot. Lodging, food or transportation home in the event an aircraft cannot quickly be repaired are the responsibility of the renter pilot.

In addition, if the renter pilot has to return to Prescott, you may be responsible for the cost of bringing the aircraft back to Prescott when repaired.

In the event of an incident with one of our aircraft, the pilot is liable for the insurance deductible. For flying club members, Leighnor Aircraft will pay the deductible in the event of an accident.

We would still advise pilots to carry renter’s insurance regardless as that insurance protects more liability than just insurance deductibles.

4 - Flying Club

In the event of an incident with one of our aircraft, the pilot is liable for the insurance deductible. For flying club members, Leighnor Aircraft will pay the deductible in the event of an accident.

We would still advise pilots to carry renter’s insurance regardless as that insurance protects more liability than just insurance deductibles.

The flying club is not a club because we do not have meetings, super-secret decoder rings or a secret initiation.

The flying club is a monthly subscription that guarantees a pilot the lowest hourly rental rate on all of our aircraft.

Category: 4 - Flying Club
  1. The lowest hourly rental rate on all of our aircraft.
  2. Waiving of insurance deductibles payment in the event of an accident.
Category: 4 - Flying Club

Fill out the membership actions form to either begin or end a flying club membership. You must have a credit card on file in Flight Schedule Pro to begin a membership.

Your membership will bill immediately and every month thereafter until a membership is cancelled.

Please provide 5 business days notification of intent to cancel membership so we may remove the auto-pay billing. If a request is received late, the subscription will cancel at the end of the next billing period.

Category: 4 - Flying Club

Absolutely yes! Using money on account and the flying club membership is the most cost-effective way to fly.

Here’s why – when you purchase money on account, the purchase adds credits to your Flight Schedule Pro account to reduce the hourly rental rate.

When you fly, you consume those dollars in your Flight Schedule Pro account at the standard hourly rate.

However, if you’re in the flying club, you are consuming those hours at the flying club rate and not the standard hourly rate. Thus your credits and purchase will last longer.

Money on account cannot be used to pay the monthly subscription or dues to the flying club.

You must have a credit card on file for flying club payments.

All flight time can be paid by money on account but not the flying club membership.

5 - Flight Schedule Pro

  1. Sign in to your Flight Schedule Pro account.
  2. From your Dashboard page, click on the blue “My Profile” button.
  3. When the profile displays, click on the blue drop-down labeled “Account Settings”; select the “Payment Methods” menu selection.
  4. A dialog to add a credit card opens.
  5. Enter the credit card information and save the card.
  1. Sign in to your Flight Schedule Pro account.
  2. Click on the blue “Add Funds” button.
  3. A dialog will open with multiple radio button choices for amounts that will result in credits (shown in parenthesis), the last button selection allows you to put funds on account in a denomination of your choice.

Contact your flight instructor to schedule your flying lessons. Our flight instructors are independents and have activities going on outside of our schedule.

Flight Schedule Pro maintains a record of every transaction and every flight flown. To see your history:

  1. Log in to your Flight Schedule Pro account.
  2. Click the blue “My Profile” button on your dashboard page to the right of your name.
  3. The profile page will display. Further down that page will be a menu that has the following items:
    • Notes
    • Reservations
    • Transactions
    • Documents
    • Endorsements
    • Aircraft Checkouts
  4. Each of the above menus can be expanded to show the information under each menu.

For any given flight, there are three operations a pilot will need to do:

  • Schedule
  • Checkout
  • Checkin

Schedule

To schedule a flight, log in to your Flight Schedule Pro account. There is a dashboard item labeled “My Upcoming Reservations” with a gray “New” button right next to the label.

Click the “New” button and the dialog to schedule a reservation will open. Complete the reservation and the reservation will appear on the schedule.

Checkout

Sign in to your Flight Schedule Pro account and go to your reservation on the schedule. Click the “View” button to view the reservation details.

There will be a blue “Checkout” button. Click the “Checkout” button and the checkout dialog will open. Always verify that the start hours match the actual hours on the aircraft for Hobbs and Tach Time.

Checkin

Sign in to your Flight Schedule Pro account and go to your reservation on the schedule. Click the “View” button to view the reservation details.

There will be a blue “Checkin” button. Click the “Checkin” button and the checkin dialog will open.

There will be entry fields for the ending Hobbs and Tach Time. Enter these values and complete the dialog.

You can always enter fsp.LeighnorAircraft.com and this link will redirect to the log in page of Flight Schedule Pro.

6 - Flight Operations

All checked out pilots will be given the gate code to get into gate #70 and the door codes to the Leighnor Aircraft hangars

Hangar A2 has an electronic lock and hangar C14 has a lockbox. Both hangars have the same access codes.

There are two headsets in the hangar that may be borrowed if you need an extra headset for a passenger. Headsets are first-come first-serve and are stored in hangar A2.

Maintenance is tracked in Flight Schedule Pro and an aircraft cannot be dispatched without maintenance being current.

Maintenance being “current” means any grounding failure has been corrected and there are no outstanding maintenance items that are required by law.

We periodically clean and vacuum the aircraft to ensure a good experience for our renter pilots.

Our airplanes are not exposed to the elements and the harsh Arizona sun. In addition, when you get into the aircraft to fly, the cockpit is not extremely hot or very cold, depending on the time of year. You also do not have to worry about frost on the windshield or flying surfaces.

7 - Medical Info and BasicMed

BasicMed was adopted into medical certification standard for private pilots written into a new Part 68 of the Federal Aviation Regulations. The FAA in January 2017 adopted the rules after a long, and at times contentious, fight with aviation groups that had for years pressed for third-class medical reform.

BasicMed was able to be used for medical certification standards after May 1, 2017.

You can conduct any operation that you would otherwise be able to conduct using your pilot certificate and a third-class medical certificate, except you are limited to:

  1. Fly with no more than five passengers.
  2. Fly an aircraft under 6,000 lbs maximum certificated takeoff weight.
  3. Fly an aircraft that is authorized to carry no more than 6 occupants.
  4. Flights within the United States, at an indicated airspeed of 250 knots or less, and at an altitude at or below 18,000 feet mean sea level (MSL).
  5. You may not fly for compensation or hire.
  1. Be sure you have a CMEC that shows that your most recent physical examination was within the past 48 months.
  2. Be sure you are being treated by a physician for medical conditions that can affect the safety of flight.
  3. Be sure you have a course completion certificate that was issued by an approved medical training course provider within the past 24 calendar months.

If you’re a new student pilot, you must get at least a third-class medical certificate from an Aviation Medical Examiner (AME) as one of the requirements for BasicMed is that you have held a medical certificate in the recent past.

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