Frequently Asked Questions

Why Choose Cirrus and How Does Nassau Flyers Differ from Other Flight Schools?

Cirrus has established itself as a leader in safety, the progression of general aviation, and ensuring a luxurious and comfortable experience at every stage. These qualities resonate with our mission at Nassau Flyers, leading us to embrace the additional layer of training and safety scrutiny that Cirrus has integrated into their training standards. We believe that the Cirrus platform offers more than just an aircraft, enhancing our customers’ ability to become and remain the best and safest pilots just about anywhere.

As a Cirrus Training Center (CTC) at Republic Airport in Farmingdale, New York, Nassau Flyers is part of a nationwide network of training facilities recognized for their excellence in training and modern approach to customer service. We are proud to be a long-standing Platinum member of this network, one of only a few in the nation to hold this accreditation from Cirrus.  We are also a member-driven community which enables us to maintain the highest of safety standards.  Here are a few other differences between Nassau Flyers and other flight schools:

Features Nassau Flyers Others
Obtain a level of piloting proficiency and safety well beyond FAA minimum requirements
Obtain Private, Instrument, Commercial, CFI and CFI-I ratings
Fly in a Cirrus SR-20 and SR-22 where safety, technology & comfort come standard. The largest fleet in the area means greater availability and flexibility.
Online Scheduling System
Aircraft maintained by on-site Factory Authorized Cirrus Service Center to exceed FAA standards at all times.
Large Staff of Expert Cirrus specific Flight Instructors & Customer Experience Team for an always available, personal & unparalleled training experience
Access to FAA-Approved Flight Simulator – Never skip a lesson due to weather. Reduce overall training costs. Some
Ability to “skip around” based on learning style, real-world training needs and your schedule Some
Online Self-Study & Video-Based Learning
On-site line service staff to assist you with ground handling of aircraft 
Purchase of FAA reference books & other training tools required


Can I Rent a Cirrus Aircraft from Nassau Flyers?

Yes, we offer Cirrus aircraft rental as well as instruction. All students and pilots must meet Cirrus transition and Nassau Flyers membership and recency requirements.

Can Nassau Flyers Provide Instruction for Short or Long Trips?

Absolutely. Some of the most valuable experience is gained while flying on actual missions such as business or personal trips. The FAA also requires trips of 50 miles or more when working towards certain certificate ratings. Nassau Flyers can pair you with an instructor and handle the instructor’s lodging and travel needs in order to provide flight instruction on all or just some parts of the trip.

Can Nassau Flyers Fly Me to My Desired Destination (Charter)?

No. We do not offer charter services.  However, Nassau Flyers provides aircraft management services and pilot services to businesses and individuals who own airplanes. We have programs that help first-time aircraft owners navigate aircraft ownership in turn-key ways and assist tenured owners and business flight departments with their operations. If you own your own aircraft, Nassau Flyers is a critical partner in enhancing your business aviation operations or aviation lifestyle.

If you do not own your own aircraft and the flight is not for the purposes of flight instruction, we’d be happy to discuss other options.

Is Flying Expensive?

While flying is not cheap, the level of equipment, instructors, and infrastructure we provide is not a discount service.  We refuse to jeopardize pilot safety and proficiency.  Our mission is to provide a high-performing alternative to the typical flight school experience, and we invest heavily in top-notch aircraft, customer experience, and support.

What is a Discovery Flight and How Much Does It Cost?

A discovery flight is designed to introduce you to flight training or to give you a perspective on how Nassau Flyers and training in a Cirrus is a unique experience compared to typical flight school offerings. Our discovery flights start from $399.  Learn more here.

How Long Does It Take to Get My Private Pilot Certificate?

The FAA minimum flight time is 40 hours. However, at Nassau Flyers, we emphasize proficiency and producing the best and safest pilots on the field. Training in New York’s airspace is challenging but extremely rewarding. If you can learn to fly here, you will have an unparalleled level of comfort flying just about anywhere.

What are the safety features of Cirrus that sets it apart?

The parachute is just one component in a system of components that makes the Cirrus one of the safest general aviation airplanes around. Misconceptions about the parachute, such as the airplane being irrecoverable from a spin, are incorrect. Most fatal spins occur under 1,000 feet AGL, and accident data suggest no pilot, regardless of experience, and no other airplane has an option if a spin occurs at that altitude. Cirrus is the first airplane to provide an option for such a scenario and it has saved hundreds of lives.

Electronic stability protection, airbags, infrared camera, onboard weather and traffic are just a few other systems that are usually only found on Jets which make the Cirrus an extremely safe airplane to fly compared to legacy airplanes. Here are a few other reasons why learning to fly and flying a Cirrus is one of the best decisions you can make.

What Makes Nassau Flyers a Premier Cirrus Training Center?

We are continually audited and monitored by Cirrus Aircraft to ensure we maintain the highest standards in the nation.  Our Platinum status is an accreditation only a handful of Cirrus Training Centers and service centers across the nation have. It’s a testament to the premium experience one can expect flying with us.  As a Platinum Cirrus Training Center. we are committed to providing a high-quality training experience that prepares our students to become proficient and safe pilots.

We are happy to answer any other questions you might have.  Give us a call!

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