Piedmont Flight Training


There is a lot to learn and get familiar with when choosing to be a pilot.  The Student Hub is meant to be a central location that provides our students guidance, helpful information and resources they will  need to successfully accomplish their flight training goals.


Managing expectations from the beginning provides a strong foundation for what’s to come.

Be Committed

A committed student works hard and is loyal to their aviation goal. Consistently and positively give your time, focus and energy to your flight training.


Value Time

Be on time for your lessons.  Show up prepared.  Be consistent.  Maintain your schedule as timely and accurately as possible.  Everyone’s time is valuable.



Flight Training is not just about going up.  Ground knowledge is as important to your success.

Pay Attention and Ask Questions as Much as Possible

Everyone brings a different perspective, knowledge, experience and wisdom to the school.  


Don’t Be Shy

Engage with other students and instructors.  Everyone now has a lot in common.


Have Manners

Treat everyone with courtesy, respect and dignity.



With your CFI.  With our Chief Flight Instructor.  With our Front Desk Manager.  With our General Manager.  Ideas, questions, concerns.  We want to hear it.


Piedmont Flight Training has instituted an orientation for incoming students to ease the transition into flight training.

Every student is expected to complete the Orientation prior to beginning their flight training.  The time is meant to educate, familiarize and help the student to feel comfortable and confident about their training at PFT.  Each student can expect to cover the following:

  • Student Expectations
  • Safety Standards  and Operating Procedures
  • Airport Layout
  • Aircraft Cleanliness
  • Scheduling 
  • CDC Protocols


The flight school uses Flight Circle as its Scheduling system.  You can create your user profile and have the flexibility to schedule your lessons according to you and your instructors availability.


There’s plenty of information that’s helpful for the student to know from the beginning.

The Student Solo

A student’s first solo is a pivotal time in their flight training.

One of the most common questions students ask is “WHEN CAN I SOLO?”

In order to solo, a student must be able to…


  1. Make competent go/no-go decisions for every flight.
  2. Determine the location of all other traffic while in the pattern.
  3. Establish and maintain a stabilized approach.
  4. Determine wind direction and make proper rudder/aileron inputs.
  5. Manage the aircraft’s energy so landings occur at the touchdown points.
  6. Land with and then maintain the proper pitch altitude.
  7. Keep the longitudinal axis parallel to and over the runway centerline.
  8. Keep the centerline between the main wheels throughout all take offs and landings.
  9. Respond correctly and positively to any abnormality or emergency.
  10. Communicate properly and effectively with other traffic or ATC.

Ground Training
Requires Home Study

Flight training is not just about flying.  Ground training is an integral part of pilot certification courses.  Reading, studying and reviewing the student materials, in addition to classroom ground lessons is essential to your success.  

Your Private Pilot Textbook is your primary source for your initial study and review.   The textbook chapters are references for each ground lesson.  The text contains complete and concise explanations of the fundamental concepts and ideas that every pilot needs to know.

Part of your Private Pilot Certification requires passing an FAA written exam.  Think of ground training as a home study course as well.

Information on the Bachelor of Science in Aviation is available at Liberty.edu.

The following courses are offered within the Bachelor of Science in Aviation program;


  • Private Pilot Certificate – AVIA220 & 225 – Can be completed as a Free Elective or prior to enrollment
  • Instrument Rating – AVIA320*
  • Commercial Pilot Certificate – AVIA325, 326 & 327*
  • Commercial Single Engine Add-On Rating – AVIA331*
  • Flight Instructor Certification – AVIA420*
  • Flight Instructor Instrument Certification – AVIA422 (1 Credit)* or AVIA423 (3 Credits)*
  • Multi Engine Instructor Certification – AVIA441 (1 Credit)* or AVIA443 (3 Credits)*


* Courses noted with the asterisk (*) above are the only courses authorized by the Department of Veterans Affairs (“VA”) for application of GI Bill® and/or VA funding by Web Enabled Approved Management System (“WEAMS”) institutions.

Military and Veterans Benefits

Liberty University is proud to serve the men and women of the U.S. military and offers the following benefits:

  • College Credit for Military Training
  • GI Bill®/Veterans Affairs Benefits
  • Military Scholarships
  • Tuition Assistance – For more information, visit Liberty.edu/military.
  • YELLOW RIBBON PROGRAM: Liberty University is a partner in the Yellow Ribbon program, which allows eligible students to continue their studies once their annual GI Bill® funding has been exceeded.


Our School Will Remain Open With Enhanced Health Precautions and Procedures

Piedmont Flight Training takes concerns about COVID-19 very seriously. Our number one priority is the safety of all students and staff. We have been proactive in educating our students and staff in reference to healthy protective measures and will expend every effort to continue to do our part in the protection of public health and follow appropriate guidance as necessary from the CDC and NC government authorities.

Critical Infrastructure Sectors
There are 16 critical infrastructure sectors whose assets, systems, and networks, whether physical or virtual, are considered so vital to the United States that their incapacitation or destruction would have a debilitating effect on security, national economic security, national public health or safety, or any combination thereof. Presidential Policy Directive 21 (PPD-21): Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience advances a national policy to strengthen and maintain secure, functioning and resilient critical infrastructure. This directive supersedes Homeland Security Presidential Directive 7.
Aviation is Part of Our Critical Infrastructure Sectors
Aviation includes aircraft, air traffic control systems, and about 19,700 airports, heliports and landing strips. Approximately 500 provide commercial aviation services at civil and joint-use military airports, heliports, and sea plane bases.  In addition, the aviation mode includes commercial and recreational aircraft (manned and unmanned) and a wide-variety of support services, such as aircraft repair stations, fueling facilities, navigation aids, and flight schools. Source Link