FAQ’s

At Cornerstone Aviation, one of our many priorities is to keep you informed. We continuously strive to answer any and all questions you may have regarding our flight training. Please take a moment to review some of our most Frequently Asked Questions below. If you are not able to find the answer you were looking for, please feel free to contact us so that we can assist you.

Q: “Can CSA help me get a job with an airline or a job as a corporate pilot?

A:  Yes, CSA mentors their students all the way during the training process so they can make the right choice for themselves.

Q:  “I am interested in using my VA Benefits directly with Cornerstone Aviation. Can I do that?”

A:   Yes CSA accepts the GI Bill.  You can go directly thru CSA.

Q:  “Does CSA offer a variety of speeds to go through the licenses and ratings?”

A:  Yes, you can go at an accelerated pace from zero experience to commercial in 8 months or you can go at your own pace and take whatever time you need.  The choice is yours.  It is a WIN-WIN program.

Q:  “Does CSA require a down payment and for students to sign contracts for training?”

A:  No, you pay as you go.  CSA wants students to stay with us because they want to be here, not because students are stuck in a contract.

Q:  “Other schools say they are less expensive than CSA, is that true”

A:  Not necessarily.  Their hourly rental rates for their planes might be cheaper but you need to look at the entire picture.  To get a commercial license at a Part 61 school you must have 250 flight hours; At CSA, as we are a Part 141 school, the FAA allows us to train students and obtain their commercial license in as little as 180 flight hours.  That’s 70 hours less flying—now their lower priced airplanes don’t make their programs less expensive and it makes Part 141 the fastest way to go!

Q:  “Will CSA hire me as a flight instructor once I complete all my my training there?”

A: CSA trains their students to become their flight instructors.  Additionally, what you need to know is CSA protects their instructor with two million dollars of insurance.  Other companies might pay a few dollars more but what are they doing to protect their instructors from lawsuits or accidents?

Q: “I don’t know how to get started.  What do I do to enroll at CSA?”

A:  Enrollment is very easy.  Come into the office with the proper identification (drivers license or other photo ID and either your passport or birth certificate to prove citizenship.  Then when you arrive at the office the front desk customer service representative will have you fill out some paperwork in order to put you into our online system.

Then it is just a matter of getting your books and supplies, signing up for a formal ground school, a private one on one program or a software (at home) program.   Once you complete your availability sheet we can set you up with an instructor who will then guide you through the rest of the program.

Q: “When is the business office open?”

A:  The Salt Lake Office is open 7 days/week.  Mondays-Fridays 9:00 am – 5:00 pm; Saturdays 8:30 am – 4:30 pm and Sundays 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

The Ogden office is also open 7 days/week   Mondays – Fridays 8:30 am – 4:30 pm; Saturdays 8:30 am – 4:00 pm and Sundays 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Q: “Can I only fly during business hours?”

A:  No…..flight instructors and rental pilots can fly anytime.  Flying is done 24 hours around the clock.   You find the schedule that suits your desires and needs.

Q: “After I learn to fly and get my license, can I rent planes at CSA?”

A: Yes

Q: ” How will I know the rules about using planes at CSA?”

A:  You will get a rental guide from CSA with all the information you will need.

Q: “Can I choose to fly out of SLC or Ogden?  Can I fly out of both airports?”

A:  Yes, the choice is yours.

Q: ” What is a discovery or Intro Flight?”

A: It is a short flight to see if you like the flying experience.  An instructor takes you up and actually lets you fly the plane.  He/She explains what to do and what will happen.   It is meant to be a fun experience. To schedule an Intro flight,  simply call either office to book your date and time.  If you want to take someone else with you that is possible depending upon the weight limitations of the plane.  Just tell us what you want to do and we can help you figure out the best option.

Q. “How do I know if I am suitable to learn to fly?”

Now-a-days airlines all have a very comprehensive screening system to disqualify pilots not suitable to become an airline pilot. CSA also utilizes COMPASS system to assist individuals to access his or her abilities and qualifications.