Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What services do you offer?
A. Snohomish Flying Service is a full-service flight school. In addition to offering flight training courses we provide US and Canadian Air charter service, aircraft rental service and a fully equipped FBO. We offer airport tours, scenic rides and photo flights in both airplanes and helicopters.

Q. Where are you located?
A. Snohomish Flying Service is located at Harvey Airfield (S43) in Snohomish, WA, just 25 miles north of Seattle on the edge of Sea Tac’s Class B Airspace. The field has no operating control tower so there are no long delays waiting for clearances or traffic. Paine Field in Everett, WA is located just 8 miles west of Harvey Airfield and is an airport that we use often within our training program. Paine Field has an operating control tower and instrument approaches.

Q. What are your hours of operation?
A. Our school hours are 7:30am to Dusk, or no later than 8:00pm. Flying and training hours can be arranged outside of these hours, to accommodate night flights. The training facility is open year round, seven days a week with the exception of Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.

Q. How many years have you been in operation?
A. Snohomish Flying Service is an FAA Approved Pilot Training Facility and has been training pilots to receive their Private Pilot through Professional Pilot ratings since 1945.

Q. What kind of Aircraft do you have in your fleet and how many do you have?
A. We have an Evektor Sportstar, an Aeronca 7AC Champ, a Cessna 150J, four Cessna 152’s, four Cessna 172’s (some equipped with the Garmin 750 moving map displays), a Cessna 182 Skylane, Cessna 185 Skywagon, Cessna 182P, a Beechcraft Duchess, a Cessna 182RG with the Garmin 750, and two Schweizer 300C Helicopters for a total of 18 aircraft.

Q. Who performs the maintenance on your aircraft?
A. Snohomish Flying Service owns and operates a major and minor aircraft maintenance facility staffed by licensed A & P Mechanics with Inspection Authorization. School airplanes receive priority in the Maintenance Facility.

Q. What courses do you offer?
A. We offer FAR Part 141/61 courses in both Helicopter and Fixed wing (airplane).
Fixed Wing training courses offered are; Sport Pilot, Private Pilot, Instrument, Commercial, Certified Flight Instructor, Multi-Engine, Multi-Engine Instrument and Multi-Engine Flight Instructor. Helicopter courses include Private Pilot, Instrument, Commercial Pilot and Certified Flight Instructor.

Q. Are you approved by the FAA?
A. Yes. Snohomish Flying Service is approved by the FAA to teach FAR (Federal Aviation Regulation) Part 141 and Part 61 courses. The school is also approved to train Veterans and is authorized by the US Department of Homeland Security to issue I-20 forms to students wishing to obtain an M-1 VISA and enter the country for the purpose of attending flight training school.

Q. Who teaches the flight and ground school?
A. Professional licensed pilot instructors teach our programs. Each instructor must be the holder of at least a Commercial Pilot Certificate with Instrument and Airplane Category and Single Engine Land Class Ratings and must also hold a Flight Instructor Certificate. Each instructor is standardized regularly by our Chief Flight Instructor and the FAA to ensure that students receive consistent training that is in compliance with the school’s approved Training Course Outlines.

Q. What is the goal of your curriculum?
A. Our goal is to provide the student with the aeronautical knowledge, skill and experience to meet all FAR Part 141 requirements applicable to the course enrolled. We expect to graduate our students on time and at a reasonable cost.

Q. Do you train by syllabus?
A. Our curriculum is taught from an FAA approved Part 141 training syllabus, which is included in your enrollment package. Each ground and flight lesson in the syllabus contains a lesson number with the objective, content and completion standard in written form.

Q. Where do I go to take the required FAA Pilot Examinations?
A. For your convenience, designated Examiners for Medical, Flight, and Written Examinations are located on site. Scheduling is done through the Flight Office.

Q. Where do I go for Ground School?
A. Ground School is conducted online and at the training facility using the Cessna Training System. Each Cessna course of training comes with a program that allows you to prepare for your flight lesson in the comfort of your own home, office or at the training facility. After each Ground Lesson Lab there will be a set of questions for you to answer either by computer or at the Cessna Pilot Center school computer. Two classrooms are located in the Flight School where ground school and flight planning is conducted. Weather briefing computers and flight service phones are available in the training area.

Q. What about weather delays?
A. Living in the Pacific Northwest, weather can be an issue. However, every effort is made to accommodate flexibility in the training to include a transfer from the aircraft to the flight simulator to complete a flight lesson, as well as a focus shift to ground training during adverse weather conditions.

Q. Is housing available?
A. Student housing is located on the airfield for the convenience of our non-resident and international students. Dorms are equipped with laundry facilities. WI-FI Internet access is provided free of charge to all students enrolled in training.

Q. Is there a restaurant nearby?
A. Yes, the Buzz Inn Restaurant is located on the Airport, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week.

Q. What student loans are available?
A. The following is a list of sources for student loans and financial aid:
Snohomish Flying Service has made arrangements with two financial institutions to provide funding for students who qualify and are enrolled in our program. For more information, please contact Christi Otness, Flight School Manager at 360-568-1541 or:

Pilot Finance Inc.
2101 Waukegan Rd. Suite 101
Bannockburn, IL 60015-1836
800-667-0201
www.pilotfinance.com

AOPA
P.O. Box 9170
Wichita, KS 67277-9870
888-628-7700code:FAAQAP
http://www.aopa.org/info/certified/funds.html

* Alaska Native Americans may be eligible for funding through their local tribal councils.
Alaskan Students may be eligible for funding through Alaska Loan Programs. For information concerning this program, contact:

Department of Education
Post-Secondary Education Program Support
Pouch FP
Juneau, AK 99811
907-465-2854
http://www.akadvantage.alaska.gov/

Veterans of US Military Forces may be eligible for funding through the Department of Veteran Affairs. For eligibility information, contact Christi Otness at 360-568-1541 or the VA Toll Free at 1-800-827-1000 or TDD at 1-800-829-4833.

Boeing Employees may be eligible for assistance through the Quality Training Program. For information concerning this program, contact:

IAM/Boeing
Quality Through Training Program
6840 Fort Dent Way, Suite 140
Tukwila, WA 98188
(800) 235-3453

IAM/Boeing
Quality Through Training Program
9330 E. Central
Wichita, KS 67206
(316) 526-9924