We develop pilots and aviation industry team members who perform safely and professionally.

Piedmont Flight School is one of only a few professional flight training schools under FAA Part 141 and Part 61 rules from Private Pilot Certification through CFI Certification. We are the only flight school within our region with over three decades of experience. PFT offers advanced training for Instrument, Multi-Engine, and Commercial ratings. We also provide training for CFI, CFII, and MEI certificates.

Piedmont Flight Training is the only UNC system flight school partner. Through Elizabeth City State University, an NC Promise school, we act as the exclusive provider of flight training services for ECSU’s aviation science degree with a concentration on flight education for students from Cabarrus, Davidson, Davie, Forsyth, Guilford, Mecklenburg, Randolph, Rowan, Stanly, and Union counties. PFT is also a trusted partner for Liberty University, among others.

Our training is available seven days a week, and our equipment and instruction are available 24 hours a day.

Our students come from diverse backgrounds

I have been working for Piedmont Flight Training for a few years now and have absolutely fallen in love with this school. I enjoy coming in every day to see the students and watch them grow into experienced pilots. Here at PFT, we are a family and we support and cheer these students on as if they were our own children. The family feel is one of our biggest compliments. The growth we have seen over the past few years is phenomenal. We are busting out of the seams some days. I can’t imagine the size of this school in 3-5 years with the rate we are going. I see everyday how important this flight school is to our community and how we are the starting point for many students for a lifelong career in aviation


I really appreciate all the PFT has done for me. Coming from a 141 program with so many low hours, nobody wanted to take a chance on me. PFT has made my dream of becoming an airline pilot a reality. With a great maintenance team and a fantastic staff, PFT is happy where I call home


Piedmont flight training from day 1 welcomed me with open arms I felt right at home. Living in Charlotte was quite literally my home away from home. Piedmont flight training has been a great medium to get me to my ultimate goal of getting into the airlines. Everyone that I’ve worked with my whole time there, I’ve had nothing but great relationships with. These are lifetime relationships that I’ll keep with me throughout my career and people I will never forget. 

Piedmont flight training has had significant growth throughout my time there, and with that being said, I think a better location would suit this company to support that. This flight has a lot of room to grow and could be a top competitor in the state.


I am excited to be flying with PFT because it acts as a bridge to the next chapter of my career as a pilot, allowing me to become a professional airline pilot shortly. This a necessary step to gain my hours efficiently and quickly


Piedmont Flight School has helped me greatly to achieve my flying goals. Being able to have hands on demonstrations during the ground school portion was extremely helpful. The instructors make sure that everything is taught in an efficient and easy manner. Overall Piedmont Flight School has made me a better pilot and prepared me for my future not only in flying but in the Airforce.


High School Senior | Private Pilot Certificate

Thank you all at Piedmont Flight School for everything you did for helping me to prepare for my checkride in such a short time. You’re all amazing at what you do! I will be back for IFR training!


Contractor | Prafftown, NC | Private Pilot Certificate

Our Aircraft

State of the Art

With 13 aircraft in the fleet, our students have choices and flexibility. Unlike a lot of flight schools, we have our own maintenance facility and team of A&P’s and IA’s on site.

Train in multiple Cessna 172s, Piper Archers, Arrow, and Piper Seneca.

All equipment is IFR certified and includes Garmin GPS in the Pipers. Also available is our Alpha Trainers, a light aircraft. Perfect, robust, easy, and safe to fly, used all over the world, also resisting in the harshest conditions, and is used by civil and military Flight Academies*.

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