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Personalized Flight Instruction

Berkshire Aviation Enterprises has been training aviators for over 65 years at Great Barrington Airport. We believe that each student is unique--they bring their aspirations, skills and motivation to fly and we adapt to them. The instructors develop a personalized curriculum for every student, designed to achieve each individual's goals--whether they aspire to fly for recreation, business or as a professional pilot.

The one common element in each curriculum is a high standard of performance for both instructors and students. Each of our instructors is highly experienced, and working in the profession purely for the love of aviation and the opportunity to share with others their passion for aviation. They are required to undergo frequent recurrent training. Every student is instilled with, and is required to bring a disciplined attitude toward aviation. The end result is a safe and pleasant training experience and a well-prepared aviator.

We provide a variety of professional training:

  • Private Pilot
  • Light Sport Pilot
  • Instrument Rating
  • Commercial License
  • Certified Flight Instructor
  • Tail Wheel Endorsement
  • Wings Proficiency
  • Flight Reviews
  • Ground School
  • Instrument Proficiency Training

Always wanted to learn to fly?

What better place than the friendly, comfortable atmosphere of Great Barrington Airport? GBR is a non-towered airport, which means you will spend more time flying and less time waiting on the ground. Situated in the heart of the Berkshires, every flight will treat you to a scenic wonder. Your very first lesson will be in the air behind the controls of the airplane!

Instructors:

Richard Solan – CFII, MEI, ATP, MES, SES, Typed in: B-727, B-757, B-767, B-777, DC-10, BE-1900
Flying since: 1975 | (American Airlines Active)

Ken Krentsa – CFII, ATP, Typed in: B-737, B-757, B-767, DC-9, SD-3 
Flying since: 1970 | (Continental / United Airlines Retired)

Peggy Loeffler – CFII, AGI, Chief Flight Instructor
Flying since: 1996
FAA Flight Standard District Office “Flight Instructor of the Year”

Ian Hochstetter – CFII, ATP, Typed in: CL-65
Flying since: 1988

Kurt Syer – CFII, MEI, ATP, Typed in A-320, A-330, CV-A340, CV-A440, DC-9
Flying since: 1962 | (Northwest / Delta Airlines Retired)

Jason Archer – CFI, AGI, FAASTeam Rep.
Flying since: 1989

Alex Jameison – CFI
Flying since: 2010

To attain a Private Pilot License you can expect to spend between an average of 60 to 80 hours of instruction, including ground school and preparation for the required FAA Written Knowledge Exam. At the completion of their training, every student will be ready to take the Practical Flight Test with an FAA Designated Examiner.

Want to get back into flying?

Many pilots, for a variety of business or personal reasons, stop flying for a period of time. We specialize in helping pilots regain proficient flying skills again. Our experienced instructors consider the appropriate training program just for you.

Tailwheel Instruction

Return to the romance and allure of the early days of aviation while flying in one of our J3 Cubs. You'll enjoy the simple joy of flying over the hills and valleys of the Berkshires, and at the same time enhance your skills learning the basics of stick and rudder flying. Before you know it, you'll have your tailwheel endorsement! In the winter, we can't wait for snow and install skis on one of our Cubs. This is an experience you'll never forget!

Our Training Fleet of Aircraft

 We fly and maintain our own fleet of Piper aircraft for training and rental.