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.

1 - Learning to Fly

Affordable Flight TrainingAffordable flight training is a reality by training in a LSA aircraft for any certificate. Why? Because LSA aircraft are cheaper to buy and operate. Costs for a flight student for a Private Pilot certificate are in the $6,500 to $9,000 range in a LSA and that same certificate in a bigger plane, the costs start at $10,000 and can be over $15,000.

LSA aircraft do have limits, particularly around weight and height. Large people, either in height or weight will sometimes have to train in a larger aircraft, such as a Cessna 172.

Leighnor Aircraft successfully trains Commercial Pilots and Flight Instructors in our LSA aircraft in addition to Sport Pilot and Private Pilot certificates.

Affordable Flight Training – Cost of Acquisition

To understand why affordable flight training can be done in a LSA, let’s consider two new trainers. A brand new Cessna 172 which is a $450,000 airplane and a brand new Aeroprakt A22LS, which is a $125,000 airplane. So a school can buy over three LSA trainers for the price of a Cessna 172. The Cessna 172 is a 180-HP engine aircraft which burns 8-11 gallons of fuel per hour. By comparison the Aeroprakt has a 100-HP engine and it burns 4-5 gallons of fuel per hour.

New Aeroprakt prices may be verified at Aeroprakt USA.

Cost of Maintenance

Now consider the aircraft’s maintenance which is an extremely key part of affordable flight training. Aircraft used in the flight training business are required to have annual and 100-hour operation inspections. That new Cessna 172 has dozens of inspection plates and requires almost two days to complete either of those inspections. But the Aeroprakt? No inspection plates exist and an inspection is a morning’s work. This difference in times means labor charges to maintain the LSA aircraft is considerably less than the Cessna 172.

All of these factors combine to make affordable flight training a reality in one of Leighnor Aircraft’s LSAs. At Leighnor Aircraft, a flight student really can accomplish more by flying with Leighnor!

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 pass the Private Pilot or Sport 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 Wings Above Yavapai 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 Wings Above Yavapai member, your invoiced flight rate will be billed at the the Wings Above Yavapai hourly rate.

The state of Arizona taxes our operations under the Transaction Privilege Tax or TPT. The cities of Cottonwood, Buckeye 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 Regional Airport, 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. Submit a fuel reimbursement form located on our website at this link: https://www.leighnoraircraft.com/fuel-reimbursement-request/

If this form is submitted before daily billing occurs, the fuel purchase will be credited directly against the flight. If the reimbursement form is submitted after daily billing, the fuel purchase charge will appear as a credit in your Flight Schedule Pro account.

Other airport charges such as landing fees are not reimbursed.

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 ($7500) and down ($500) to provide more options for earning credits.

When a pilot puts money on account in specific 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)
  • $7,500 ($1,800.00 credit)

Absolutely yes! Using money on account and the Wings Above Yavapai 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 Wings Above Yavapai, you are consuming those hours at the Wings Above Yavapai rate and not the standard hourly rate. Thus your flying dollar will go further.

Money on account cannot be used to pay the monthly subscription or dues for the Wings Above Yavapai membership.

You must have a credit card on file for the Wings Above Yavapai membership.

All flight time can be paid by money on account but not the Wings Above Yavapai 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.

Note that you MUST select one of the pre-determined amounts to get the credit shown in parenthesis.

3 - Insurance Questions

We do not require renter’s insurance to rent our aircraft but we do highly recommend having such a policy to protect yourself.

Absolutely yes, we strongly recommend aircraft 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 the base of operations, the renter pilot may be responsible for the cost of bringing the aircraft back to the aircraft’s home base when repaired.

If there is an aircraft accident, the pilot will pay the insurance deductible. For W-A-Y members, you do not pay the deductible.

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

4 - Wings Above Yavapai

If there is an aircraft accident, the pilot will pay the insurance deductible. For W-A-Y members, you do not pay the deductible.

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

No, W-A-Y is a monthly membership that reduces the cost of flying for members because hourly rates are less.

You get the lowest aircraft rental rates by being a member in W-A-Y. Because you’re a member, we don’t collect insurance copays if you have an incident.

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

When joining W-A-Y, the membership bills immediately and renews each month.

When leaving W-A-Y, please provide at least 5 days notice before your renewal date.

Absolutely yes! Using money on account and the Wings Above Yavapai 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 Wings Above Yavapai, you are consuming those hours at the Wings Above Yavapai rate and not the standard hourly rate. Thus your flying dollar will go further.

Money on account cannot be used to pay the monthly subscription or dues for the Wings Above Yavapai membership.

You must have a credit card on file for the Wings Above Yavapai membership.

All flight time can be paid by money on account but not the Wings Above Yavapai 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.

Note that you MUST select one of the pre-determined amounts to get the credit shown in parenthesis.

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.

There is a link to the sign-on page of Flight Schedule Pro in the footer of every page on the website. You can also access the same link via the Aircraft menu on the website.

6 - Flight Operations

All Leighnor Aircraft locations have lockbox access for 24x7x365 access. At satellite locations, the aircraft keys are in the aircraft. At Prescott, keys are kept in the key lockbox behind the dispatch desk.

At satellite locations, there are spare headsets in the hangar. At Prescott, spare headsets are at the dispatch desk in our office.

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 wash and wax 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.