1805 South Forge Road • Palmyra, PA 17078 • Telephone: 717.838.5519



Reigle's Aircraft Available
For Instruction:

A pilot is certified to fly aircraft at one or more named privilege levels and, at each privilege level, rated to fly aircraft of specific categories. Privilege levels of pilot certificates are, in order of increasing privilege:[1] Student Pilot: an individual who is learning to fly under the tutelage of a flight instructor and who is permitted to fly alone under specific, limited circumstances Sport Pilot: an individual who is authorized to fly only Light-sport Aircraft Recreational Pilot: an individual who may fly aircraft of up to 180 horsepower (130 kW) and 4 seats in the daytime for pleasure only Private Pilot: an individual who may fly for pleasure or personal business, generally without accepting compensation Commercial Pilot: an individual who may, with some restrictions, fly for compensation or hire Airline Transport Pilot (often called ATP): an individual authorized to act as pilot for a scheduled airline. (First Officers that fly under 14CFR 121 are required to hold an Airline Transport Pilot Certificate as of August 1, 2013.)
  • Instructor Rate ($60 per hour)
  • Cessna C-172 (4 place / $155 per hour rental & $215 w/instructor)
  • Fairchild 1943 PT-23 War Bird ($375 per hour) ($190 per 1/2 hour)
  • Pitts Special ($375 per hour) ($190 per 1/2 hour) for upset/spin and aerobatic instruction.
  • 1946 Classic J3 Piper Cub Tailwheel ($145 per hour) ($80 per 1/2 hour)

Private Pilot Rating

The private pilot certificate is the certificate held by the majority of active pilots. It allows command of any aircraft (subject to appropriate ratings) for any non-commercial purpose, and gives almost unlimited authority to fly under visual flight rules (VFR). Passengers may be carried and flight in furtherance of a business is permitted; however, a private pilot may not be compensated in any way for services as a pilot, although passengers can pay a pro rata share of flight expenses, such as fuel or rental costs. Private pilots may also operate charity flights, subject to certain restrictions, and may participate in similar activities, such as Angel Flight, Civil Air Patrol and many others.

Instrument Rating

Instrument rating refers to the qualifications that a pilot must have in order to fly under IFR (Instrument Flight Rules). It requires additional training and instruction beyond what is required for a Private Pilot certificate or Commercial Pilot certificate, including rules and procedures specific to instrument flying, additional instruction in meteorology, and more intensive training in flight solely by reference to instruments.[1] Testing consists of a written exam and a practical test (known more commonly as the check ride). The check ride is divided into an oral component to verify that the applicant understands the theory of instrument flying and an actual flight to ensure the pilot possesses the practical skills required for safe IFR flight.

Tail Wheel / Hy-performance

To fly a plane with a tailwheel (conventional gear) rather than a plane with a nosewheel (tricycle gear), you are required to have an endorsement. Landing on back-country grass strips can be a great adventure, allowing access to camping, fishing, hiking, etc. Tailwheel aircraft tolerate unpaved landing strips much better than aircraft with relatively fragile nose wheels. Plus, they are a great deal of fun!