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Give the Gift of Flight

November 28, 2018

Looking for the perfect gift for that wannabe pilot? Or maybe you know someone who is actively working on their flight training at Performance Aircraft? Performance Aircraft’s Gift Certificates make excellent gifts!
There are several discovery flight options to choose from, including how long your flight will last and the type of aircraft you will experience. We also offer gift certificates in any dollar amount to help your loved one progress in their flight training. Gift certificates can be used towards flight instruction and aircraft rental as well as anything in our Pilot Shop.

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Be Prepared for Night Flying

November 02, 2018

As Daylight Savings Time begins and more flights occur after sunset, being prepared for flying at night is crucial. Spectacular views, cooler (calmer) air, and less traffic make flying at night a delightful experience for many pilots and their passengers. In fact, many pilots prefer flying at night because the experience is so enjoyable. Whether or not you plan to do a fair amount of night flying this year, it’s a smart move to make sure you’re ready. Not every flight plays out the way you originally intended, and even minor delays due to weather or a meeting that ran long can mean a return trip that unexpectedly involves flying at dusk or beyond.

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Welcome to the team, Tom and Kyle!

October 10, 2018

Our team continues to grow with the addition of two new flight-training-focused employees: one flight instructor and one support staff member. Adding another CFI brings Performance Aircraft’s total instructor count up to seven.

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Performance Aircraft Announces Construction of New Facility at KLNK

September 18, 2018

Performance Aircraft announced today that it will soon break ground on a new facility that will house its Flight Training Center and Aircraft Sales team. Conveniently located next to the General Aviation ramp on West Kearney Ave., the new facility will include roughly 6,000 square feet of office space and a large aircraft hangar. “We are so pleased to announce that we will be starting construction on this new facility,” stated company Founder/President Bill Heckathorn. “We have been growing significantly over the past few years, and we have plans for even more aggressive growth in the next few years. This new facility will be the perfect space for our company to expand and serve customers.”

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Performance Aircraft Adding Matching Skyhawk Fleet and Multi-Engine Aircraft

September 07, 2018

Just months after adding a brand new 2018 Cirrus SR20 G6 to our aircraft rental fleet, Performance Aircraft has acquired a fleet of multiple identical Cessna 172 Skyhawks and a Piper Seminole. The matching, interchangeable Skyhawks and multi-engine aircraft will drastically increase availability and flexibility for students. Adding the Piper Seminole to our fleet will allow Performance Aircraft to provide customers with valuable multi-engine experience and offer training programs for Multi Engine Commercial and Multi-Engine Intstructor ratings.

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Introducing our newest team members: Keaton, Sarah, Alix, Zach, Matt, and Steve

July 16, 2018

We announced this spring that we would be introducing a couple of new full-time Certified Flight Instructors. We now have three new CFIs as well as three additional new team members for you to meet!

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Full-Time Certified Flight Instructors Joining our Team

May 23, 2018

Get ready to welcome some new faces—Performance Aircraft has been searching diligently for the right individuals to join our team, and we can’t wait for you to meet them! We have recently hired two excellent Certified Flight Instructors, and we’re happy to share that they will both be joining our team in the next two weeks!

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Performance Aircraft Announces Cirrus Training Center

April 03, 2018

Performance Aircraft has officially teamed up with Cirrus Aircraft to become the Midwest’s premier Cirrus Training Center. The partnership aligns two innovative companies who both value safety and excellence in flight training. As an authorized Cirrus Training Center, Performance Aircraft is also adding a 2018 Cirrus SR20 G6 to provide trainees with the best experience and flight training in the industry.

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Welcome Flight Training Director Donn Stoner

February 14, 2018

Performance Aircraft is excited to announce the addition of Donn Stoner to our team as Flight Training Director. Donn joined Performance Aircraft as Director of Flight Training with a passion to impact the aviation industry by leading alongside a team dedicated to make a difference in the lives of people. Increasing the pilot ranks to address the growing deficit of pilots in the US and Internationally seems a worthy pursuit in the years to come. Serving to impact the people on our team, the communities where we live, the industry we are in, and the world we are a part of, gives a framework for living with purpose.

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Why YOU Should Learn to Fly

January 19, 2018

Thinking about learning to fly? We could go on for hours about all the great reasons to embark on flight training, but that might be a bit overwhelming. So we narrowed our list down—from hundreds of great ones—to the following Top 4 Reasons we think YOU should learn to learn to fly.

Reason #1: Learning to fly is a really BIG accomplishment.
Learning to fly takes more than just practicing how to safely pilot and land an aircraft. It demands a lot of hard work and dedication. When you finish flight training, you’ll have a confidence and sense of accomplishment that’s hard to describe. You may also look back and appreciate how the flight training process challenged and equipped you with a host of other life skills, including: responsibility, respect, focus, commitment, and patience.

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Your flight. REALIZED.

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