Since its inception as a Civilian Pilot Training Center in 1939,
Central has met the training needs of pilots in all aspects of the flight endeavor. Designated as a War Pilot Training (WPT) Center for military pilots who would go on to serve valiantly during World War II, Central Flying Service's expertise and credentials span over 75 years. We are proud of that legacy.
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At Central, a large fleet of single and twin engine aircraft allows students to maximize their flight time and quickly increase proficiency. Our students have the advantage of choosing from the wide variety of training aircraft stationed on our flight line. Central's aircraft are standardized and maintained by our own staff of highly trained maintenance technicians.
Central's Flight Training Department specializes in both private flying and building the careers of professional aviators. With over 460,000 logged hours of flight training, we emphasize decision-making skills, safety, and practical, hands-on experience. To that end, we've formed a partnership with Pulaski Technical College to offer our students a course of study granting them an Associates Degree from an accredited university. Students may work full time while earning their degrees - at their own paces and on their own schedules. This unique, accredited and fully VA approved degree program meets each reimbursement qualification for Tuition Assistance, Montgomery GI Bill, and Post 911 Bill.
Central's Flight Training Program has a distinguished history, with graduates representing Wartime Aviators, Corporate Flight Departments, Charter Departments and Airlines around the world. Central’s FAA Part 141 School enables all pilots to satisfy the complete requirements for an FAA license in less time than the standard route (part 61).
From private enthusiasts to seasoned professionals, each pilot who gets their wings at Central is part of a strong tradition—a tradition rich in excellence and reputation.
Central Flying Service Flight Training
2301 Crisp Drive, Little Rock, AR 72202
Flight Training office:
Phone: 501.975.9330 | FAX: 975.9520
CFS Flight Training offers a variety of pilot training programs for career-minded individuals. Whether aiming for commercial or corporate aviation, students enrolled can go from zero hours through commercial, multi-engine, and instrument rating certification in a short period of time. Additional ratings such as flight instructor certification, flight instructor instrument, flight instructor multi-engine and Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) are also available. Students will be prepared for careers as private, corporate or charter pilots, airline pilot, certified instructors, managers and supervisors in the aviation industry.
Central encourages you to come out and take an introductory lesson for just $99 per half-hour flight. This lesson will give you a chance to climb into the pilot seat (left seat) and actually take the controls of the plane. The best way to see if you like to fly is to try it. When you decide to continue, your introductory lesson will be logged in your logbook and you will be on your way to obtaining a private pilot’s license.
A private pilot’s license allows you to fly almost any single engine airplane under Visual Flight Rules (VFR versus IFR, Instrument Flight Rules), take passengers with you and go anywhere you want to fly. With a private pilot’s license, as opposed to a commercial license, you can share the cost of flying with your passengers, but you cannot accept pay for your services.
The FAA requires a minimum of 40 hours of flight experience to obtain a private pilot’s license. In today’s busy airport environment, considering the importance of mastering the “radio work”, you should realistically expect to obtain between 50 and 60 hours of flight time with Central Flying Service. The national average is currently 80hrs to complete the private pilot rating. Your individual capabilities are the strongest determining factor for how long it will take to earn a private pilot’s license. Furthermore, it is a fact that the cost of obtaining a pilot’s license can be greatly reduced by the frequency with which you attend lessons and the amount of self-study you are willing to do. Once you have completed your training, you will be comfortable in knowing, without reservations, you will be competent to safely fly in today’s modern airway system.
Central Flying trains under Federal Aviation Regulation (FAR) Part 61, which requires a minimum of 40 hours for a private license, and 250 hours for a commercial license. Central is also an FAR Part 141 FAA approved school. Under FAR Part 141, a person can obtain a private license in as little as 35 hours and a commercial license in as few as 190 hours if they are willing to follow a tightly regimented training program. There are very specific guidelines associated with the 141 programs, which should be discussed with Central’s chief flight instructor prior to starting flight training. Central Flying Service is the only 141 FAA certified program in the greater Little Rock metropolitan area.
Central Flying Service offers testing for many of the FAA written test exams; including the exams for pilots, military competency, designated examiners, A&P and AI. The testing center is open from 8am to 1:30pm Monday through Friday.
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This rating can usually be accomplished in 12 to 18 hours of flying. If obtained strictly as an add-on VFR rating, 12 hours of instruction is usually more than sufficient. If you want to be certified as an IFR Multi-Engine pilot, then 18 hours will be a more typical time frame. This will depend greatly on the currency of your instrument skills. Because this is an add-on rating there is no written exam required for the multi-engine rating.
Individuals who either want to teach flying or who want to build time toward a professional flying career pursue this certificate. Flight instruction hours given by a CFI are logged in the instructor's logbook as pilot in command, dual instruction given flight time. It is the most common way for pilots to earn and log flight time in their log book. This flight time is very important in obtaining a position as a pilot in the industry. Once you have your commercial rating, there is no specific flight time required for this certificate. Our experience has shown us that 10 to 15 hours of flight time is usually spent in the right seat (instructor’s side) of the aircraft in preparation for the CFI check ride.
If a student has flown some “right seat time” during their commercial preparation hours, the time preparing for the CFI check ride could even be as low as a few hours.
All training is conducted entirely by professionally trained CFII instructors. The Instrument rating allows you to fly under Instrument Flight Rules (IFR). This rating takes a minimum of 35 to 40 hours of instrument training. Having the ability to fly in the clouds opens up many more opportunities as a pilot.
The commercial pilot’s license allows you to fly for hire under certain conditions. The FAA requires 190 to 250 hours of accumulated flight time, including specific hours of experience in several areas such as night flying, cross country, etc. The flight hours earned to obtain the private license and instrument rating are included in the required 190 to 250 hours.
This course applies to pilots who come to Central Flying Service with certificates other than fixed wing (i.e. helicopter, gyroplanes etc.) This is a transitional course that consists of up to 55 hours of dual instruction and 10 hours of solo flight. The hours depend on the experience and proficiency of the student.
This certificate, if usually obtained shortly after obtaining your CFI, and should take no more than 5 to 10 hours of flight preparation. The CFII prepares you to instruct students on the techiques of flying solely by reference to the instruments in the airplane.
To obtain this certificate, you must have your multi-engine commercial license. Furthermore, you are required to have 15 hours of pilot in command time (PIC). While no preparation time is required by the FAA for the MEI check ride, most students spend the 15 flight hours flying in the right seat.
The FAA requires a total of 1500 hours of logged time with specific experiences along the way (i.e. night flying, instrument flights, cross country, etc.). While the FAA does not require specific flight preparation time for the check ride, once you have 1500 hours, you will need to spend about 10 hours in a light twin preparing for your check ride. Upon completion of the Multi-Engine ATP check ride, you will be qualified for a variety of positions in the aviation industry.
For students interested in pursuing a career in aviation, Central Flying Service and Pulaski Technical College have partnered to offer an Associates of Science Professional Aviation Degree.
The actual flight training portion of the degree program is given at Central Flying Service's Flight Training department located at the Little Rock National Airport (KLIT):
Central Flying Service
Flight Training Department
2301 Crisp Drive
Little Rock, Arkansas 72202
Email Dianne Best, Flight Training CSR for more info.
All general education classes (English, Math, Sciences, etc.) are held at Pulaski Tech's campuses throughout central Arkansas.
Enrollment is Easy!
1. Contact the Director of Flight Training at Central Flying Service (501-975-9330) to meet and discuss the details of your training
2. Enroll with Pulaski Technical College as a student.
3. If needed, apply on-line for financial aid. Visit www.pulaskitech.edu-financial aid.
4. If you are a veteran and want to use your GI Montgomery Bill or Post-911 benefits contact the Military Enrollment Coordinator,
Brandi Hutsell 501-812-2360
Financial aid options available through Pulaski Technical College are:
For more information on enrollment at Pulaski Technical College contact:
For those veterans wishing to use their Chapter 30, 1606 and rehabilitation benefits who do not wish to enroll in the degree program, Central provides this service directly. Veterans seeking to utilize their Chapter 33 (Post 911) benefits must enroll in the Professional Pilot Degree Program at Pulaski Technical College.
We have three options available with respect to your individual financial needs:
Regardless of the payment option you choose, Central is dedicated to offering flight training at the lowest cost possible.
- 3 Diamond DA20 Katanas -
- 3 Cessna 172Ns -
- 2 Cessna 172RGs -
- 1 Diamond DA40 Garmin G1000 Panel -
- 1 Beechcraft BE76 Duchess -
Our aircraft are available for flight training as well as rental for personal use. So, once you have completed your rating, take off on a trip to Memphis for dinner, Destin for the weekend, or to the Bahamas for an unforgetable weekend.
Toll Free: 1-800-888-JETS (5387) ext.330
Central provides convenient scheduling for students, instructors and renters. There is no need to call the office, just go to www.schedulepointe.com to reserve your plane and your instructor. When you enroll in classes at Central, the Flight Training Department will create your own personalized login with a username and password. Scheduling is easy!
Schedulepointe shows the schedule and availability of each aircraft and instructor at Central Flying Service allowing everyone to manage their training program around work, weather, aircraft maintenance, and whatever else life throws at you.
Feel free to contact us via email at any time:
Toll Free: 1-800-888-JETS (5387) ext.330