Give the Gift of Flight

flight training gift certificate

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!

Discovery Flights Gift Certificates

There are several options to choose from, including how long your flight will last and the type of aircraft you will experience.

  • Standard Discovery Flight in a Cessna 172 Skyhawk – $125.00
    A brief familiarization of this modern four-seat high wing aircraft, then you are ready for takeoff. Experience the joy of flying. Roughly 30 minutes flight time.
  • Extended Discovery Flight in a Cessna 172 Skyhawk – $250.00
    This flight is essentially a first training lesson. Experience the excitement of trying your hands at a few basic flight maneuvers with an instructor. Roughly one hour flight.
  • Standard Discovery Flight in a Cirrus SR20 – $180.00
    A brief familiarization of this modern four-seat low wing aircraft, then you are ready for takeoff. Experience the joy of flying. Roughly 30 minutes flight time.
  • Extended Discovery Flight in a Cirrus SR20 – $360.00
    This flight is essentially a first training lesson. Experience the excitement of trying your hands at a few basic flight maneuvers. Roughly one hour flight.
  •  Premium Package – 2 Flights, 2 Airplanes – $600.00
    Can’t decide? You don’t have to! This package includes an extended discovery flight in both the Cessna 172 Skyhawk AND the Cirrus SR20.
  • Any Other Amount At Your Discretion
    If you do not wish to purchase a package, you may enter an amount of your choosing.

Flight Training Gift Certificates

We 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.

Call us at 402-475-8400 or email to purchase your gift certificate today!


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What satisfied customers are saying...

  • I did not expect that the sale would go quickly, in fact, I anticipated that I would have a couple of extra months to fly the plane as we waited for a purchaser to come along. The marketing that was done on my behalf created an immediate interest in the plane. This transaction was easy on me, as the Performance team produced amazing results in record time with very little input on my part. In my opinion, there is no better team to represent you when you buy or sell an aircraft.
    – Thomas M. Belford, Nebraska
  • My first sale with Performance Aircraft was inked in four business days, for more than the listing price! The second, a Beechcraft King Air 300LW, was an impossible task—after five brokerage firms unsuccessfully tried, Performance Aircraft delivered! They understand the market, the people involved, and have so much integrity with both sides of the transaction. Theirs is a world wide reach, with an unbelievable staff. 
    – Tony Spears, Texas
  • I trusted the team at Performance Aircraft to help me identify an airplane that fit my mission, budget, and goals.  I'm happy to say that they exceeded all my expectations by keeping me informed throughout every step of the process.  You can trust that this team is not out to sell you an airplane but to be a lifelong aviation partner.  I would definitely use them again for selling or buying an aircraft.  Thank you!
    – Eric Leatherman, Nebraska
  • As a first time buyer, I was nervous about the entire process–plane selection, negotiations, paperwork, and closing. After my first contact with Stacey at Performance Aircraft, I knew they were the right fit to help me. She quickly made me feel at ease with everything. Their website is positively the best and most comprehensive in its class.  The process was smooth and the plane was exactly as it was represented. I couldn't be happier!
    – Dennis Cooley, Florida
  • Your team did exactly what you said you would do, which is a very rare trait in today's business world. I would recommend you guys have integrity.
    – Tony Wagner, Florida
  • I purchased an airplane from Performance Aircraft a few years ago and have also utilized some of their Flight Training Services since that time. I have developed a respect for their professional expertise in both their Training and Sales side of their business.
    – Mike Kelly, Nebraska
  • Because of your professional team and alliances with other top companies, you will be my first call when looking to purchase another airplane. Thank you again.
    – Tom Saxon, Florida
  • I would tell my friends they can trust Performance Aircraft to provide honest, ethical, and enthusiastic service. Bill found an aircraft that best suits our needs while staying well within our budget. The whole process was practically stress-free. And, the post-purchase training and follow-ups have been phenomenal.
    – Matt Young, Wyoming
  • Your communication here is very good and I really appreciated your honesty. Your follow up is awesome. Bill knew the value of airplanes as well as anyone I have met in the industry and I have been flying for over 30 years. You guys did a great job communicating with me throughout the process and kept the plane moving to closing. I was very pleased with everything.
    – Randy Christo, Nebraska
  • Their knowledge of the market allowed us to feel confident that they understood aircraft values. Additionally, the personality of the marketing team made this an easy decision that we would be treated well and communicated with frequently on their progress.
    – Skyhawk Flying Club, Nebraska
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Be Prepared for Night Flying

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.


Here are some of the things to remember so you’re prepared for your next night flight:

Your night vision can play tricks on you.

It goes without saying that our ability to see well deteriorates in the dark. Even so, it’s easy to underestimate the impact that night vision can have when navigating in the air. The FAA recommends several practices as safegaurds to help increase night vision effectiveness.

  • Take 30 minutes or so to adapt your eyes to the low level of light before beginning your flight
  • Use oxygen if it is available during a night flight because additional deterioration in night vision happens at altitudes as low as 5,000 feet.
  • If you encounter an unusually bright light, close one eye to help avoid the blinding effect that can occur.
  • Don’t wear sunglasses after sunset.
  • Move your eyes more slowly than you do in daylight.
  • Focus on seeing objects
  • Maintain good physical condition and avoid smoking, drinking, and using harmful substances.

Always allow additional preflight planning time for night flights.

If there’s any chance your flight could last until after sunset, you should plan for the possibility. Here are some of the additional things you’ll want to do during your preflight planning.

  • Make sure to have at least one flashlight in good working condition (plus a spare set of batteries) on board for all night flights. Ideally, your flashlight should be able to produce white light for preflight aircraft inspections and red light for performing cockpit operations. Keep your flashlight in a spot where you can easily find it during your flight.
  • Check to ensure your lighting systems are all working properly and are compliant with night flying regulations.
  • Brush up on airport navigation at night.
  • Make sure you’re familiar with the availability and status of any lighting systems at your destination airport.

Ongoing practice and recurrent training is critical for safe flying.

The FAA recently released an advisory circular that discussed how important regular recurrent training is for all general aviation pilots. Since only three hours of night flying experience are required for achieving a private pilot’s certificate, many private pilots have far less training after sunset, even if they meet the requirements for night flying currency. Night flying necessitates some very specific knowledge and different habits than day flying, so it is wise to schedule recurrent training an hour or so after sunset to refresh your skills and make sure your prepared. Having plenty of training and experience allows you to know your personal limitations and create the necessary habits that will empower you to enjoy night flying with confidence.


To schedule recurrent training and/or update your night flying currency,
you can contact us anytime at 402-475-8400!


Performance Aircraft Announces Construction of New Facility at KLNK

new constructionNew facility will house growing Flight Training Center and Aircraft Sales Team.


September 19, 2018 – Lincoln, Nebr. – 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.”

The company recently purchased a brand new Cirrus SR20, as well as a fleet of matching Cessna 172 Skyhawks and a Piper Seminole. The newly-acquired aircraft will dramatically increase scheduling availability and flexibility for flight training customers. Overall, the company’s flight training center expects to more than triple its number of active flight training students over the next few years, while expanding its aircraft sales team and launching additional ancillary services.

“The current need for pilots is unprecedented, and we expect to serve many more career-oriented flight training students over the next few years,” Heckathorn said. “Additionally, our commitment to top-notch service is appealing for people who see aviation as a way to achieve more freedom and flexibility in their business and personal lives. We are seeing a lot of customers who learn to fly with us then buy their own aircraft.”

Construction of the new facility is being overseen by Constructive Enterprises and is currently scheduled to be completed in the spring of 2019.


About Performance Aircraft

Performance Aircraft has one of the largest and most successful Flight Training Centers in the Midwest. An authorized Cirrus Training Center, Performance Aircraft has an impressive fleet of modern Cirrus, Cessna and Piper aircraft and a dedicated team of full time flight instructors. The experienced aircraft sales team at Performance Aircraft sells quality, owner-flown piston and turbine aircraft nationwide, and has delivered aircraft to more than 18 countries

Visit Performance Aircraft’s website at or contact their team at 402.475.6000 to learn more.


We want you to have an awesome experience working with us.
Contact us anytime at 402-475-6000!


Performance Aircraft Adding Matching Skyhawk Fleet and Multi-Engine Aircraft

multi-engine training aircraftMatching, interchangeable Cessna Skyhawks and multi-engine Piper aircraft will drastically increase availability and flexibility for students.

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.

Two of the newly-acquired Skyhawks, N137VU and N136VU, have already been integrated into our training schedule, and two additional Skyhawks will soon join them on our flight line. With matching avionics, equipment, interiors, and paint, the Skyhawks will provide our customers with a highly available fleet of completely interchangeable aircraft that are ideal for their flight training needs.

Adding the Piper Seminole to our fleet will allow Performance Aircraft to provide customers with valuable multi-engine experience and offer training programs for any desired multi-engine rating or certificate, including the multi-engine commercial and multi-engine instructor ratings. With Garmin G500 PFD/MFD, Garmin 650, a newly-upgraded Garmin audio panel, and much more, the Piper Seminole features the nicest multi-engine panel of any flight training provider in the region.


Learn more about training and rental opportunities available at Performance Aircraft here.


We want you to have an awesome experience flying with us.
Contact us anytime at 402-475-6000!


Full-Time Certified Flight Instructors Joining our Team

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!


Contact us now for scheduling availability

If you’ve been wanting to get on the schedule more often or you have been thinking about starting Flight Training, contact us today at 402-475-8400 or to reserve your scheduling availability.

Interested in joining our team?

As the demand for flight training continues to rise, Performance Aircraft is still looking for Certified Flight Instructors other key positions to help us serve customers and achieve our mission. Visit our Careers Page for more information and to apply now.

Performance Aircraft Announces Cirrus Training Center

Cirrus Training Center

Brand new 2018 Cirrus SR20 G6 to join rental fleet at Newly Authorized Cirrus Training Center in Lincoln, NE 

March 26, 2018 – Lincoln, Nebr.– 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 customers with the best experience and flight training in the industry.

“These aircraft are game-changing,” said company Founder/President Bill Heckathorn. “Cirrus is bringing a whole new customer to aviation, and the new Cirrus SR20 G6 we have coming is the pinnacle of aviation technology. It’s an incredibly safe and easy-to-fly aircraft, and the advancements in comfort, technology, and safety are unsurpassed. We’re excited about serving the aviation community with this new SR20 and our partnership with Cirrus Aircraft.”

The 2018 Cirrus SR20 G6 will be added to the Performance Aircraft fleet in early May and will include Garmin® Perspective+™ avionics and the Cirrus Airframe Parachute System® (CAPS). Suitable for pilots with varying experience and skill levels, the aircraft can cruise up to 155 KTAS and also includes factory air conditioning, along with many additional upgrades. Learn more about training and rental opportunities available at Performance Aircraft here.

About Performance Aircraft

Performance Aircraft is one of the most successful flight training centers in the Midwest, with an exemplary safety record and pilot license completion rates that are more than twice the national average. With a fleet of modern Cirrus and Cessna aircraft and a team of full time flight instructors, customers can earn their Private Pilot, Instrument Rating, Commercial Pilot, and Certified Flight Instructor ratings. Performance Aircraft also offers the Performance Pilot Club, which is open to both current pilots and those working on a pilot certificate. Additionally, the company has great expertise in piston and turbine aircraft sales and acquisitions, completing 50 to 60 aircraft transactions annually. Visit Performance Aircraft’s website at or contact their team at 402.475.8400 to learn more.

About Cirrus Aircraft

Cirrus Aircraft is a recognized leader in general aviation. Its all-composite line of personal aircraft – the SR20, SR22 and the turbocharged SR22T – incorporate innovative and advanced performance, electronic and safety technologies, including Cirrus Perspective™ by Garmin® avionics and the unique Cirrus Airframe Parachute System® (CAPS®). To date, total time on the worldwide Cirrus Aircraft SR-series fleet surpassed seven million flight hours with 156 people returned to their families as a direct result of CAPS being a standard safety feature on all Cirrus aircraft. The Cirrus Vision Jet, with over 600 production positions reserved, provides a new personal and regional business transportation solution: The Personal Jet. The Vision Center campus in Knoxville, TN is the flagship location for all Cirrus Aircraft Customer Experience activities including sales, delivery, training, maintenance, support, personalization, fixed base operations and more. All Cirrus aircraft are made in the U.S. with a direct sales force in North America and authorized sales agents covering export markets in 60 countries around the world.

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