Piedmont Flight Training


Training Environment

An environment most conducive to flight training. At PFT, students have the Forsyth County Fire Department and Emergency Crew on the airport property and available 24/7, no airline traffic and multiple runways mean less taxi time, plus a part-time control tower.

ATC Communications

ATC Communications

Unlike most smaller flight schools at non-towered airports, students training at Smith Reynolds Airport get the exposure of a large airport with tower and ground controllers without the airline volume.

Multiple Runways

Multiple Runways

Smith Reynolds airport has two runways, which makes adapting for wind changes easier and reduces cross wind.

Shorter Taxi Times

Students can be airborne in around 10 minutes with easy access to the runways without having to wait behind airliners or larger jet aircraft for extended taxi times.

Fire and Rescue

Fire and Rescue

Established in 1951 to provide operational and administrative assistance to the Fire Departments and Fire Chiefs of Forsyth County.

The Division provides a tactical and command support vehicle and crew that responds to assist on fire and rescue events throughout the County, provides mandated protection to Smith-Reynolds Airport and supervises staffing programs in various fire stations.


Aviation expertise and unparalleled experience.  The flight school is privileged to have ten certified flight instructors, with a combined +60,000 flight hours amongst the team.

PSI Test Center​

Students don’t need to travel to another location to take their exam.  Piedmont Flight Training is a PSI Testing Center.  Go to https://candidate.psiexams.com to sign-up and schedule your exam at our location.  We receive your information and scheduled date from PSI and facilitate the exam for you upon your arrival.


Part 141 Certification and Part 16 Curriculum


Aviation students can choose from two types of flight training schools — a Part 61 or  Part 141 flight school. One of the benefits at Piedmont Flight Training is that we are both.  Both programs are perfectly legitimate methods of pilot training.  Students choose primarily based on their availability, study habits and cost.


The differences that matter

Part 141 is an FAA approved curriculum and thus more structured than Part 61.  Part 61 still meets FAA regulations.


For Part 141, the student has to complete ground school with their instructor, whereas with Part 61, the student is expected to complete a self study course on their own.


A common misconception is that 141 is not self study.  Both 61 AND 141 are self study programs.


FAA reviews the student’s progress throughout the Part 141 curriculum on a regular basis – checking for consistency, continuity and acceptable flight training practices, a.k.a. Stage Checks.  For Part 61,  the student’s progress is determined by their instructor’s assessment. 


Under Part 141, there’s a 190 hour minimum to apply for your Commercial Certificate versus 250 flight hours under Part 61.



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Find out how your VA education benefits can help pay for flight training to advance your pilot qualifications.