Flight Training2021-10-27T17:59:37-05:00

Flight Training Program


Track Your Progress

At JB Aviation, our flight training syllabus was designed as a result of thousands of hours of flight and ground instruction. Our curriculum will teach you not only how to fly, but how to fly well. We utilize an online syllabus that allows you to track your progress, prepare for your next lesson and be ready for each flight.


Learning from the ground up

JB Aviation owns and manages the flight school and aircraft maintenance shop at Galt Airport. This allows us to provide a unique learning experience by incorporating ground lessons in our shop dedicated to understanding what lives under the cowling of an aircraft and how it operates. Seeing the airplane up close and fully understanding the components makes you a safer, more competent pilot.


Foreflight & Flight Simulator

The future of aviation flight planning is electronic, which is why we fully integrated both our syllabus and airplanes to utilize the latest technology in general aviation. By incorporating the Foreflight app into our training and utilizing a simulator for advanced learning, our students are equipped with the resources necessary for success in the industry, separating our program from any other in the area.


We are here for you.

We have learned over the years that helping you become the safest, best pilot is not only about having a good instructor and syllabus. It is also about having a community of people who will support and encourage you throughout the process. Whether you are planning to pursue a career in aviation, looking for a recreational hobby or a new business endeavor, we look forward to helping you accomplish your goals at JB Aviation.

Flight Training FAQ’s

How long will it take to get my license?2021-03-16T12:09:35-05:00

The FAA requires a minimum of 40 hours of flight time to earn your Private Pilot License. It is absolutely possible to earn your license in the minimum time, but there are a variety of factors that affect the amount of time it will take.

Increased training time very rarely has to do with flying ability or aptitude. Certainly, natural ability plays a role, but extended training times are usually related to scheduling and studying habits. So much of learning to fly, especially at the beginning of training, is “muscle memory”. Because of this, it is highly recommended that you fly at a minimum of once a week, but 2-3 flights a week is ideal. The more often you fly, the more forward progress you’ll make each lesson. Extended periods of time away from the cockpit may require that a lesson or concept be re-introduced and practiced again.

If flying that often isn’t possible, don’t worry! We’ve had plenty of people over the years that were only able to fly once or twice a month. They all got their licenses too, but in those cases it took a little extra time to complete the training.

Getting your pilot’s license also requires some home studying on your part. None of the material is overly difficult or time-consuming, provided you keep at it a little every day. A few pages of reading each night goes a long way in saving you time and money! JB Aviation has a full Private Pilot syllabus with everything you’ll need to read and know throughout your flight training. The syllabus is available online so you can track your progress, prepare for your next lesson, and be ready for each flight. If you take the time to keep up, you’ll stay right on pace.

How are flight lessons structured?2021-03-16T12:12:11-05:00

Generally, you will schedule a 2-hour lesson with your instructor. This provides adequate time for a pre-flight briefing, a one-hour flight, and a post-flight review. In most cases, you will be done with your lesson in a little less than 2 hours, but we like to schedule a little more time in case you have any questions, or there is the need to talk a little longer before/after your flight. Airplanes are rented by “Hobbs” time, meaning you are only paying for the airplane when the engine is running. Your instructor is only billing you for his/her time when they are teaching.

What about Ground School?2021-03-16T12:19:16-05:00

All ground school needed to earn your pilot’s license is integrated within JB Aviation’s flight training syllabus. Our syllabus is accessible online through an account you will receive once enrolled.

If you’re looking for additional structure, we offer a group ground school class designed specifically to help you pass your FAA written test. For additional details about our 11 week class and start dates click here or give us a call at 815-648-2433.


What can I do once I get my license?2021-03-16T12:27:38-05:00

Fly an airplane! As a licensed pilot, you can fly a single-engine airplane and passengers, day or night, to just about anywhere you want to go. There are some restrictions for weather (and you can’t offer your services for hire) but you’ll learn all about that during your training.

The freedom to head out of town for a weekend can truly be realized when you have access to an airplane. You can rent the airplane you learned to fly in, and just like your flight lessons, you’ll only pay when the engine is running.

Is there an age limit to take flying lessons?2021-03-16T12:29:05-05:00

No. You can take flying lessons at any age. The FAA does require that you be at least 16 years old to fly solo, and 17 to get a license. In our experience, full-time flight lessons aren’t usually productive until someone is about 15 years old, but we’re always happy to help keep a young aviator interested in their passion.

Can we fly in the winter?2021-03-16T12:30:14-05:00

Absolutely! Weather permitting, we fly every day of the week, all year round. Airplanes get warm inside just like a car. You’ll find the cabin to be plenty warm during a winter lesson.

What is a “Medical”?2021-03-16T12:33:59-05:00

If you’re interested in getting your Private Pilot License, you will need to have a routine examination performed by an Aviation Medical Examiner (AME). You don’t need a medical prior to starting training but you should get it shortly after starting lessons.

If you have any questions about your ability to pass a medical examination, please speak to an AME prior to scheduling your appointment.

Dr. Lesser
Crystal Lake, IL
Dr. Ostrom
Elgin, IL
Dr. Cassidy
Twin Lakes, WI

How much will flight training cost?2021-08-03T18:26:26-05:00

One of the most common questions asked is “What will it cost to get a Private Pilot’s License?” Here’s an estimate based on our rates:

Private Pilot Cost Breakdown (JB Flight Club Member)
Dual Flight (20 Hours FAA requirement) $3960
Solo Flight (10 Hours FAA Requirement) $1380
Flight (10 additional Hours) – Dual $1980
Ground Training $1000
Books (estimate) $200
iPad (NOT “wi-fi only” model) *varies
ForeFlight *varies
FAA Written Exam Testing Fee $165
FAA Medical (estimate) $100
FAA Practical Exam Fee (estimate) $600
First Year of Club Dues $730
Total (40-hour Private Pilot) Estimate $10,115

Our airplanes rent for $138/ hour (club rate) or $168/ hour (non-club).
Flight Instruction is $60/ hour
*Cost for iPad and ForeFlight will vary depending on model or version chosen
** Dual flight is with an instructor

How can I reduce the cost of flight training?2021-03-16T13:02:54-05:00

We offer a “Pre-Pay Bonus” for flight training and aircraft rental. Pre-pay $1000 on your account in cash or check, and we’ll credit your account an extra $100!

Joining JB Aviation’s Flight Club is another way to save money over the course of your flight training. There is an initial due of $180 which includes the first month, and then club dues of $50 a month thereafter. Club members save $30/hr on aircraft rental. Fly at least 2 hours hours per month and your membership will pay for itself.

Scholarships are also available through our local EAA Chapter 932. For more information visit EAA932.org

Flight Training Scholarships
How do I get started?2021-03-16T14:00:44-05:00

JB Aviation offers an introductory flight lesson called a Discovery Flight. It is the perfect opportunity to fly an airplane and get all your flight training questions answered. You can schedule by calling 815-648-2433. The cost is $95 and the lesson will be recorded in a logbook for you to keep and the time counts towards your license.

Contact Us

Have you ever wanted to fly an airplane?

Whether you are interested in a once-in-a-lifetime experience, or you are considering getting a pilot’s license, a Discovery Flight is the place to start.


A Discovery Flight gives you a no-obligation introduction to flight training.  At $95 your first flight lesson will be something you’ll never forget!

Begin by meeting your instructor, discussing the 30-minute flight, and conducting a pre-flight inspection of the aircraft. Then it’s time to take to the skies!

After your flight you’ll debrief with your instructor, ask any questions you might have, and learn about the process of becoming a licensed pilot. Your flight will also be recorded in a logbook for you to keep, and that time counts towards your future training.

Give the Gift of a Discovery Flight!

A Discovery Flight is one of the most unique gifts you’ll ever give. To purchase a Discovery Flight,

• stop by our office (8am-5pm seven days a week).
• give us a call (815) 648-2433 and we’ll mail you a certificate.
• purchase online (information below) and we’ll mail you a certificate.

We fly seven days a week, all year round and can accommodate almost any schedule.

Ground School

Learn everything you need to know to pass the FAA Private Pilot Written Exam during our 11-week ground school class.

Private Pilot Ground School

November 16, 2021 @ 6:30 pm - January 25, 2022 @ 8:30 pm

Private Pilot Ground School

February 1, 2022 @ 6:30 pm - April 12, 2022 @ 8:30 pm

Meet Our Flight Instructors

All of us at JB Aviation take great pride in your flight training. Your flight instructor will help shape your aviation future and inspire you for a lifetime of accomplishments. We are certain you will enjoy the training you’ll receive. If there is ever any way we can make your flight training experience better, please don’t hesitate to let us know. We’re here to make sure you become the best pilot you can be. Thank you for choosing JB Aviation, we look forward to seeing you around the airport soon!

Chief CFI Instructor
Dave earned his Private Pilot License, Instrument Rating, and Commercial License with JB Aviation Flight School. After earning his Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) and instrument instructor (CFII) rating, he began instructing for JB Aviation full time. Dave worked in the construction business for over 10 years before deciding to change careers in order to pursue his passion for aviation.

Josh graduated from the University of Dubuque with a Bachelor of Science in Flight Operations. He became interested in flying in 5th grade when he was able to sit in the cockpit of a charter jet and saw the world from a different perspective. Now, he is a Commercial Pilot Single and Multi-Engine Land with Instrument Rating as well as a Certified Flight Instructor.
Beth has had a passion for aviation since childhood and she has been flying for over 23 years. She learned to fly in Addison, TX, and earned her Commercial, Instrument and Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) ratings in Waterloo, IA. When she is not working she enjoys flying her Mooney M20J on cross country trips with husband Eric. Beth enjoys sharing her love of flying with everyone from new students to experienced pilots and she currently teaches JB Aviation’s Written Test Prep Ground School.
Adam started flying when he was a teenager after his grandfather convinced him to try it out. He loved it and decided to start training. He managed to solo on his 16th birthday and then got his driver’s license later that day. Adam graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Aviation Management and Flight from Southern Illinois University, and is a Commercial pilot single- engine land airplane and, Certified Flight Instructor with an Instrument rating.
Adam’s love for aviation began as a kid when his dad took him on a commercial flight from Denver to Chicago. He attended Illinois Aviation Academy at KDPA after earning a degree from Eastern Illinois University. He is a commercial pilot with instrument and multi-engine ratings and a Certified Flight Instructor (CFI). He took a 6 year hiatus to start a family and pursue a career in healthcare but his dream of becoming a professional pilot still persisted. Adam is passionate about developing safe and competent pilots and sharing his love of aviation. He has a wife and 3 children who love aviation (almost) as much as him.
Ron started flying lessons in August of 2015 with JB Aviation. That same month he leased a hangar at Galt Airport and purchased a 1979 Cessna SkyHawk 172N. He became a Private Pilot in 2016 and a Certified Ground Instructor in 2017. Over the years he has developed extensive knowledge with ForeFlight. He teaches multiple ground lessons in JB Aviation’s flight training syllabus and is also our resident ForeFlight guru. Ron is passionate about helping others reach their aviation goals.
Flight Training Dick Wydra
Dick is a retired Firefighter who has been flying airplanes for over 50 years. Dick has a wide range of aviation experience, but has a particular passion for flying (and instructing) in tailwheel aircraft. You may have seen him around Galt flying his Maule or Piper Cub. He is a Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) and instrument instructor (CFII).
Flight Training Marty Seitz
Marty is a Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) and instrument instructor (CFII). He has significant general aviation cross-country and instrument experience. He has an electrical engineering and technology background with extensive business success managing the development of wireless radio communications products.


5112 Greenwood Road
Wonder Lake, Illinois 60097

Phone: 815.648.2433

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