Sunshine Flyers diverse fleet of aircraft and instructors pave the way to whatever path in aviation you are trying to achieve. Instruction for the student, sport, private, and even commercial pilot is available. Instrument, complex, high performance, and CFI are among the ratings offered as well. Sunshine Flyers is here to assist you in your pursuit of success at your own pace and style.
Auburn Municipal Airport, dubbed as the "Gateway to the Sierras," is located at the base of the foothills. Its advantageous location allows us to easily access mountain airports like Truckee, Blue Canyon, and South Lake Tahoe. Our mountain flying training will help you become acquainted with mountain weather and rising thermals. Density altitude, non-simulated short-field and soft-field landings, and mountain emergency procedures, including survival equipment, will all be covered. This course will take you all the way to proficiency. There is no minimum number of hours required. Only for budgetary purposes, prepare $2000 for training.
Are you the proud new owner of a shiny new airplane but need it ferried to your home airport? We can help you with that and can even work out details to where you fly along and we give you instruction along the way. You receive the dual benefit of having your aircraft brought over and being checked out in it, ready to fly once you get her home.
If you haven't flown in over 5, 10, 20 years or more, that's alright. All you need is a current medical and a BFR. Our instructors will sit down with you and get you caught up on all of the new rules and regulations. They will fly with you until you again feel confident and in control of the aircraft. The FAA requires that all pilots must have a Flight Review conducted each 24 calendar months after their last Flight Review or license/certificate was received. A Flight Review consists of meeting with a Certified Flight Instructor and receiving, at minimum, one hour of ground instruction and one hour of flight instruction covering the relative current general operating and flight rules of part 91 and reviewing those maneuvers and procedures that, at the discretion of the CFI, are necessary for the pilot to demonstrate safely in order to exercise the privileges of the pilot certificate. A logbook endorsement is required as proof of the completion of the BFR. The cost of a Bi-annual Flight Review varies from pilot to pilot depending on time, proficiency and currency. Set aside a minimum of $330 if you are flying one of our 172's.
Tailwheel aircraft are designed to land on any strip. You, too, can access off-field locations once you have your tailwheel endorsement. Before airports became prevalent, the high wing, tailwheel arrangement was designed for landing on country roads with barbed wire fences on either side. The tailwheel is the original aircraft design, and understanding it will improve your rudder work and put you in touch with grass roots flying. Landing a tailwheel is more difficult than landing a nose wheel, and training can take anywhere from 10 to 15 hours. As a result, set aside $2,500 for proficiency training.