Why Attend SFS


Find your pathway to becoming a professional pilot. With our professional facility and well maintained fleet, you can take your dreams to new heights.

Why Train with Snohomish Flying Service

Top reasons to attend Snohomish Flying Service include:

●History of Service
Snohomish Flying Service has been training pilots from all over the world for 67 years, continuously under the same ownership. We believe our success comes from the personalized training each pilot trainee receives from our instructors. We are service oriented and professional.

●Credentialed, Experienced Flight Instructors
To ensure you receive the very best education possible, SFS flight instructors are carefully selected with the right certifications, credentials and experience. We expect the highest standards of excellence from each instructor and their success is ultimately measured by your success as a pilot.

●Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Approved and Cessna Certified
Snohomish Flying Service is approved by the United States FAA for both part 61 and part 141 training and operates as a Cessna certified facility. This means that our training facilities, curriculum, Chief Flight Instructors and aircraft are inspected and approved by the FAA. You can trust Snohomish Flying Service to provide you quality training.

●Diverse Flight Experience
Snohomish Flying Service offers various courses and ratings ranging from Private Pilot and Instrument to Commercial and Multi-Engine. All courses are designed to give you exposure to various types of aircraft, plus there are various aircraft upgrades available. Snohomish Flying Service also provides students with more than the FAA minimum number of dual and solo flight hours, in addition to simulation hours, ground instruction and interactive computer web-based instruction.

●Well-Maintained Airport & Facilities
The Snohomish Flying Service air strip is located at Harvey Field in Snohomish County. Harvey Field supports a well-maintained, controlled environment. It is also 6 minutes away from an FAA control tower. Unlike many other airports, Harvey Field is not hectic or overly-busy.

●Well Maintained Aircraft Fleet
We have a fleet of aircraft that are maintained above industry standards. Each is cared for by our on-site FAA-certified mechanics. We take pride in our aircraft, and the safety of our students and staff is our number one priority. To learn more about our fleet, please click here.

We invite you to start your pilot pathway at Snohomish Flying Service today by completing the Request Information Form above, or calling us directly at 360-568-1541 extension 222 or 227. Or explore our programs and ratings

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)

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 fully equipped FBO. We offer airport tours, scenic rides and photo flights in airplanes and helicopters. Every summer in August we offer an Aviation Youth Camp for kids between the ages of 11 and 15. This is a four-day camp with dual flight instruction for the kids along with informative field trips and flights in a helicopter and bi-plane.

Q. Where are you located?
A. Snohomish Flying Service is located at Harvey Airfield 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 operations?
A. The training facility is open year-round, seven days a week with the exception of Thanksgiving and Christmas.

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 Airline Transport Pilot ratings since 1945.

Q. What kind of Aircraft do you have in your fleet and how many do you have?
A.The fleet consists of an Evektor Sportstar, four Cessna 152’s, four Cessna 172’s, one Cessna Cardinal 177RG, one Cessna 182 Skylane, Aeronca 7AC Champ, Cessna 185 Skywagon, Beechcraft Duchess 76 Multi-Engine, and two Schweizer 300C Helicopters; total of 16 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 immigration to issue I-20’s 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. Will I have delays due to weather?
A. Days lost due to adverse weather conditions vary. Every effort is taken to accommodate flexibility in the training including transferring the lesson to our Flight Simulator, and gives the student the opportunity to concentrate and advance in ground training when lessons permit during unfavorable weather conditions.

Q. Is student housing available?
A. Student housing is located on the Airfield for the convenience of our non-resident and international students. Housing rents for $620.00 per month with a $150.00 refundable damage deposit. Telephone service may be ordered for the student housing at the student's expense. Dorms are equipped with laundry facilities for non-resident and international students. Specific laundry access times may be assigned. 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. 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


*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



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 Through Training Program. For information concerning this program, contact:

Quality Through Training Program

6840 Fort Dent Way, Suite 140

Tukwila, WA 98188

(800) 235-3453


Quality Through Training Program

9330 E. Central

Wichita, KS 67206

(316) 526-9924