Flight School in Des Moines, IA

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Airline Pilot Training Over Des Moines


From no experience to the airlines. Our Fast Track Airline Pilot Program at the Des Moines International Airport (KDSM) will have you career ready in as little as 9 months. We even have full deferred financing available to fund your training.

Unlike our competitors we will schedule you to fly 7 times per week. Some days may require you to fly twice per day so this is a full time commitment to focus on completing flight school as fast as possible so you can get started with your career. 

Don’t worry, we are not going to cut any corners here, our experienced instructors follow a detailed and structured training system to ensure you don’t miss a thing! 

Student Pilot and Instructor in Airplane During Flight Lesson


If you are looking to pick up your private pilot license, instrument rating, or other certificate but need to work around a busy schedule this is your best route.  This path is also great for students who live in the Des Moines Metro area and are only available to fly 2-3 times per week. Our self paced courses follow the same syllabus and instruction standards as our Fast Track Airline Pilot Program so you can be sure you will receive complete and professional training that will allow you to safely and confidently fly an aircraft.


Our Des Moines location offers several accelerated flight training options including Accelerated Private Pilot, Instrument Training, and Commercial Pilot Training. We have furnished housing available to make your stay comfortable and easy. Our Accelerated Private Pilot Course will get you your pilot certificate in as little as 14 days! See available Accelerated Programs Here.


First Class Training Environment

Our Des Moines, IA location is situated within Signature Flight Support's brand new high end facility at the Des Moines International Airport. While our newly built offices certainly won't disappoint, our favorite part of this location is being surrounded by incredible aircraft daily, including the newest Citation and Gulfstream business jets to the coolest military aircraft such as Chinooks, Ospreys, and F18s.

Valuable ATC Experience

Our flight school in Des Moines is located at a Class C Airspace which means you interact with ATC (Air Traffic Control) on every flight from day 1 just as you will as a professional pilot! Don't worry, your flight instructor will help you through it! One of the best things about flight training in Des Moines is you get this extremely valuable experience with minimal wasted time on the ground as Des Moines isn't nearly as busy as the larger airports.

Experienced Instructors

We have a consistently growing team of experienced flight instructors who know how to teach you the skills and knowledge you need to be a safe and competent pilot. Our flight instructors in Des Moines have expertise in a a variety of disciplines including meteorology, aerospace engineering, and flight operations. We also have several newer instructors who are hungry and wanting to fly every hour possible meaning they will fly when you want to even if it means evenings or weekends.

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The Pipistrel Alpha Trainer is the perfect modern training aircraft. Pipistrel has brought a truly fun to fly trainer back to flight schools. With a useful load that actually works for modern Americans, helicopter like visibility, and handling that is more closer to a Porshe rather than a truck like our competitors aircraft.

Combining the stunning visibility, exciting yet easy flying qualities,  unmatched safety features, and the latest and greatest avionics from Garmin and you get the perfect trainer. 

The Kevlar occupant shell, AOA (Angle of Attack Indicator) with haptic stall warning, emergency level button via the autopilot, relatively slow landing speeds, and BPRS Parachute Recovery System make this modern trainer easily the safest in its class.

These aircraft are categorized as Technically Advanced Aircraft and can be use for the required 10 Hours of TAA time for commercial pilot training. 

Pipistrel Alpha Trainer Aircraft
Looking Out the Window of a Training Aircraft
Cessna 172 Flight Training Aircraft


The Cessna 172 is dear to us, as it’s where it all started. Since acquiring our first trainer in 2019 they have been under our loving care and seen many upgrades from our in house maintenance and avionics team. With the absolute newest avionics from Garmin you will find your training safer and more efficient. 

Seeing other aircraft with ADS-B Traffic allows you to know where other aircraft are and what they are doing before you get eyes on them.

Being able to pull up FIS-B Weather while in flight allows you to make safe and proper decisions when you run into unforecasted weather.

Sending your flight plan to the IFR GPS from your iPad with just a couple touches saves a significant amount of time on the ground.

And of course having the upgrade on the PFD for Wind Speed & Direction makes instrument flying almost too easy!

Our 172s also just recently received fresh engine overhauls and are ready for another 2000 hours of training!


Piper makes the 2nd most popular trainer behind the Cessna 172. The Cherokee line has proven its way as an effective trainer.

This aircraft also has ADS-B In/Out allowing you to see where other aircraft are at and check weather in flight. 

This aircraft is equipped with a Garmin 430W IFR GPS/NAV/Com known as the staple of IFR training. 

Also equipped with an Aspen EFD 1000 PFD this aircraft elegantly combines both digital and analog instruments giving you the best of both worlds. This will prove to be a huge benefit where you go in your flying career as you will know how to read and interpret any cockpit configuration.

Many pilots love the “hershey bar” cheorkees and claim fly better than the later models in addition to having a less obstructed view.


Piper Cherokee Trainer Aircraft
View On Training Flight
Piper Training Aircraft Instrument Panel

Frequently Asked Questions

Most students will take between 2 or 3 months to get their private pilot license. With our accelerated programs you can get your private pilot license in as little as 14 days!

The FAA minimum is 40 hours, nationwide average is about 56 hours to get their license. With our accelerated full immersion style training most students are close to the 40 hour minimum.

Expect to pay between $12,000 - $13,000 for a Private Pilot License. Many school don't advertise the true cost which includes checkride and testing fees of up to $1200 plus medical certificate, books and supplies, ground instruction, and of course tax. 

With an instructor flight lessons are about $200/hour plus tax. 

Airlines typically cover training for type ratings and in some cases will cover the cost for pilots to get their Airline Transport Rating.
Meet up with one of our FAA Certified Instructors and they will lay out a path for you to achieve your dream of becoming a pilot using our proven curriculum.
All of our flight instructors are trained on navigating all the specific requirements to start flight training including TSA Approvals, Student Pilot Certificates, and Flight Medicals. Give us a call today to meet with an instructor and start the process.

Flight Instructors at Des Moines, IA

Michael Robertson

Certified Flight Instructor | CFII MEI
Michael is a second-generation pilot that has been around general aviation his whole life. In 2019 he started to pursue a career in aviation, over the next year he would acquire CFI, CFII, and MEI certificates. After earning his ratings he went on to instruct at Embry Riddle University for a year and a half before joining US Flight Co. He plans to further himself as an instructor while building hours towards his goal of flying for the airlines.

Blake Bakkum

Certified Flight Instructor | CFII MEI
Blake is an aerospace engineer-turned pilot from Batavia, Illinois. He graduated from Iowa State University with a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering and soon after completed his flight training at ATP Flight School at Dupage Airport (DPA) in West Chicago. He is passionate about giving students a well-rounded flight school experience focusing on aeronautics, physics and the essentials of flight.

Daniel Watkins

Certified Flight Instructor | CFI
Daniel is from Allensville, PA. He decided to become a pilot in college while pursuing his childhood dream of studying meteorology. After graduating from Penn State in 2019 with degrees in Meteorology and Energy Business & Finance, he continued his pilot training at Hagerstown Flight School in Hagerstown, MD. Daniel earned his instrument rating and commercial license from Frederick Flight Center in Frederick, MD. After that he came to Des Moines, IA, and completed the CFI course here at US Flight Co. "I am grateful to have the opportunity to be a part of this company and fly for a living. My hobbies include playing tennis, stargazing, and cheering for the St. Louis Cardinals." Daniel's aviation goal is to fly for one of the major airlines.
Flight Instructor in Des Moines, IA

Jayden Oshirak

Certified Flight Instructor | CFII
Jayden graduated from the University of Dubuque in winter of 2021 with a Major in Flight Operations and a Minor in Aviation Management. Becoming a CFI was actually his dream job so he can share his passion for flying with others. Jayden is also a Buffalo Bills enthusiast!
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