About Us


Student Experience

PFT continues to be the school of choice after more than 30 years of aviation service and 60,000+ combined instructor flight hours in the Triad. We strive for excellence, where students enjoy their journey at the same time as navigating the complex aviation industry.

ATC Communication

Unlike most smaller flight schools at non-towered airports across the country, students and aspiring pilots training at Smith Reynolds Airport get the exposure of flying at a large airport with tower and ground Air Traffic Controllers without the airline volume.

Multiple Runways

Smith Reynolds airport has two runways, which makes adapting for wind changes easier and reduces cross wind. Students are airborne within 10 mins with easy access to runways without having to wait behind airliners or larger jet aircraft for extended taxi times.

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 provides mandated protection to the Airport.

Training Environment

Training at Smith Reynolds Airport in Winston Salem, NC, is the optimal environment to maximize your efficiency. Class D airspace, with a control tower and no scheduled commercial flights, allows students to perform pattern work at their home field, not waste time on the taxiways, and learn vital air traffic tower communications. Practice areas are close by and easily defined.

Paying for the course

We have a flexible approach for payments towards the programs. Students can opt for the following options based on their convenience:

Payment Options
  • Pay As You Go
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  • AOPA Finance
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Piedmont Flight Training

We develop pilots and aviation industry team members who perform with safety and professionalism.

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. In 2019, PFT was acquired by David Mounts, a successful executive and aviator. In the last decade, he has led and founded multiple philanthropic and entrepreneurial ventures to strengthen and diversify the aviation workforce in North Carolina.

PFT offers advanced training for Instrument, Multi-Engine and Commercial ratings.  We also offer training for CFI, CFII, and MEI certificates. We train at airports around Central North Carolina with Smith Reynolds Airport in Winston Salem, NC, as our base of operations.  KINT is the optimal environment to maximize your efficiency having Class D airspace, a control tower and no scheduled commercial flights.   Our students perform pattern work, don’t pay for wasted time on taxiways, and learn vital air traffic control communications. Our practice areas are nearby and easily defined. We train in both high wing and low wing aircraft. Our fleet contains Cessna 172s, Pipers’ Archer, Arrow, and a Multi-Engine Seneca.

All equipment is IFR certified. Also available is our Pipistrel Alpha Trainers, a modern aircraft design with a ballistic safety parachute.  The Alpha is a perfect, robust, easy, and safe plane with flight characteristics that advance a pilot’s skills rapidly.  It is used all over the world and used by civil and military Flight Academies.* Piedmont Flight Training is the only UNC system flight school partner.

Through Elizabeth City State University, an NC Promise school, we act as exclusive provider of flight training services for ECSU’s aviation science degree and with a concentration on flight education for students from Cabarrus, Davidson, Davie, Forsyth, Guilford, Mecklenburg, Randolph, Rowan, Stanly, and Union counties. ECSU is the only four-year collegiate aviation education program in North Carolina. ECSU offers a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Aviation Science and provides affordable tuition. PFT is also a trusted partner for Liberty University, among others. Take all FAA knowledge tests with CATS at our facility. Our training is available seven days a week, and our equipment and instruction are available 24 hours a day.