Private Airplane Pilot

Thanks to the variation in geography and meteorological characteristics of Patagonia, a pilot trained in our school will gain the versatility to fly in a range of environments.

This course is based on the programs of the National Civil Aviation Administration (ANAC) Argentina and ends with obtaining the Private Airplane Pilot license. This is the first step in the life of any pilot.

The course consists of a minimum of 40 flight hours.

- In the first hours of flight, the student will learn to fly the plane in double command mode, with his flight instructor. The first hours are for basic maneuvers, and they become more complex as the course progresses.

- As the student is prepared, he will execute some flights alone, where the instructor will make a previous check of the situation, and will ask the student to fly alone.

- Throughout the course different aerodromes will be known, and crossings will be made (flights between different aerodromes).

The theory will be given in a pre-flight and post-flight talk mode, and given by the same instructors with whom the student flies.

The aeronautical authority does not require any type of theoretical course, so we include theory as part of the course.

At the end of the flight hours, the student will take a practical exam and a multiple choice theoretical exam.

The requirements to start the course are:
- Class II Aeronautical Medical Certification.
- Minimum age of 16 years and 9 months.
- Parental authorization (only for children under 18).

The requirements to take the exam to obtain the license are:
- Class II Aeronautical Medical Certification.
- Have complied with the flight hours mentioned.
- Certificate of completion of primary studies.

Commercial Pilot License

This course is based on the programs of the National Civil Aviation Administration (ANAC) Argentina, and ends with obtaining the Commercial Aircraft Pilot license, it is the introduction to the working world of aviation.

The practical part consists of 200 flight hours:

- 120 hours as pilot in command, of which at least 80 hours will be cross-country (flight between different aerodromes), with at least one 300nm cross-country.
- 30 hours of instrument flight under the canopy (simulating instrument conditions), of which 15 hours can be performed in a synthetic flight training device.
- Ten hours of night flight, of which 5 hours will be double command and the remaining 5 hours of solo flight.

The theory is divided into 14 subjects:

1. Instrument flight theory.
2. Basic air navigation.
3. Basic aerodynamics.
4. Basic meteorology.
5. Aviation regulations and air traffic services.
6. Powertrain.
7. Flight and engine instruments.
8. Performance.
9. Communications and radio systems.
10. Legislation and aeronautical documentation.
11. Survival, search and rescue.
12. Accident prevention.
13. Human factors.
14. Transportation of hazardous materials.

The requirements to start both the theoretical and the practical are:
- Private Aircraft Pilot License (PPA).
- Class II Aeronautical Medical Certification.
- Certificate of completion of high school studies.

The requirements to take the exam to obtain the license are:
- Have reached 18 years of age.
- Class I Aeronautical Medical Certification.
- Flight book with the flight hours mentioned.
- Certificate of completion of the theoretical course mentioned.

Ratings & Endorsements

As a pilot advances in his aeronautical career, it will be necessary for them to obtain the different qualifications to continue building their path.

Course focused on those Pilots who received when the Private Pilot license did not have Controlled VFR rating.

This stage does not require a minimum of flight hours nor does it require a theoretical course. Its completion involves approximately 5 hours flying over the Esquel airport, this amount depending on the student's performance.
The completion of this course will consist of an exam before an ANAC inspector, and will result in obtaining a new Private Aircraft Pilot license, now with said rating, and will allow the pilot to fly in controlled airspace under visual conditions (VMC), and landing at controlled airports while in command of the aircraft.

Those pilots who are received today already have this rating included in their license. Therefore, for them, these learnings are part of the Private Airplane Pilot course.

Course focused on all private pilots who want to fly in instrument conditions (IMC), and/or want to fly under instrument flight rules (IFR).

To obtain this rating, you must complete 150 flight hours as pilot in command, of which:
- 50 hours, at least, of crossing (flight between different aerodromes).
- 30 hours of instrument flight under the canopy (simulating instrument conditions), of which 15 hours can be performed in a synthetic flight training device.
- Ten hours of night flight, of which 5 hours will be double command and the remaining 5 hours of solo flight.

Those pilots who wish to opt for the complete Commercial Airplane Pilot course will obtain their license with this rating already included.

Fly tail wheel aircraft.

Our Piper PA-18 Super Cub, one with a 150 HP engine and the other one with 180 HP, are great trainers for this type of landing gear, and a gateway to Backcountry Flying.

In other countries, for example in the United States, the Taildragger Endorsement is considered as a rating.

Advanced Courses

From PBP, we want to show you how from the heart of the Andes, we can help you take your piloting skills to the next level and become an expert in bush flying. With our experienced instructors and in the picturesque town of Trevelin, in the heart of Patagonia, named the capital of mountain flying in Argentina, we offer a challenging environment in terms of geography and meteorology, ideal for strengthening your skills as a pilot.

- Changing Weather: Meteorological conditions in the mountains can change rapidly and be extremely variable. Pilots must be prepared to face sudden storms, cloud formation, low visibility conditions, and, above all, ice formation. Getting accurate forecasts for mountainous areas can be tricky, emphasizing the importance of the pilot's experience and informed decision-making.

- Complicated Terrain: Mountains present irregular and steep terrain, limiting emergency landing options. In remote and challenging areas, an emergency landing can be extremely demanding to avoid damaging the aircraft.

- Unpredictable Winds: In the mountains, winds can change quickly and without warning. Winds on slopes can be especially problematic, generating severe turbulence and challenging aircraft control. Also, when landing, pilots must be vigilant for crosswinds, rotors, and use proper approach techniques to minimize risks.

- Air Challenges: In the mountains, the air doesn't flow like on plains. Due to orography, the air changes directions, creating conditions of updrafts, downdrafts, rotors, and wind shears that make the flight more challenging. Mountain pilots learn to see what is not visible, dodging complicated air conditions and using the air as a natural source of energy to enhance their aircraft's performance.

We offer courses for various levels, from beginners who have never flown in mountainous areas to pilots who need to refine their technique. We conduct a preliminary assessment in which an instructor evaluates the pilot's skill and safety level. Based on this, we design an exclusive training plan for each student, focusing on the areas that need improvement. The courses include theoretical workshops that are later applied in practice.
Courses can be taken with or without your own aircraft. While we recommend using your own plane to maximize learning time, we adapt training to focus on bush flying techniques and specific areas you find relevant to your needs and goals in mountain flying.
When you enroll in our courses, accommodation is included in the charming Cabañas Trevelin, built with railroad sleepers and fully equipped. Surrounded by the beautiful mountain scenery, they provide the perfect blend of nature and comfort, allowing you to recharge after an exciting day of learning and flying.
Transportation from the cabins to the aerodrome is also provided by our exclusive pilots' vehicles, or we can offer rental vehicles if you want to explore the beautiful Trevelin valley and its surroundings.
In addition to courses, we offer individual flight hours focused on bush flying practice for those with specific goals.

Why fly with us?
In our courses, pilots receive specialized training in mountain flying techniques, gaining the experience needed to face critical situations and make informed decisions. The presence of exclusively accessible runways in remote and challenging locations, along with our fleet of aircraft adapted for bush flying, makes Patagonia Bush Pilots the best place to take your skills to the next level and become an expert bush pilot.

Customized Courses Patagonia Bush Pilots
Courses typically last between 3 and 5 days. The first day is for arrival and theoretical study without flights. Days 2 to 5 are for both flight and theoretical study. Day 4 or 5 is the departure day, possibly the last day of the course in case of bad weather or technical issues. Therefore, you should plan for a total of 5 days if you're taking a Bush course or additional flights in remote areas or level 2 training outside the airport.
In winter, we fly throughout the day, but during the warm months (November to April), we start flying around 7 a.m. and finish around 10-11 a.m. before temperatures rise and winds pick up.

Prices include accommodation.

Advanced Flight Course - Level 1 MOUNTAING FLAYIN (4 days):
- With your own aircraft: USD 1000.00
- Cessna 172XP BUSHWAGON: USD 2500.00
- PIPER SUPER CUB: USD 3500.00 (This fee applies only if you're adapted to conventional landing gear and are reasonably confident and competent. Otherwise, you may need to take the course with the Cessna 172 BUSHWAGON).

Remote Area Flight Course - Level 2 BUSH FLYING (4-5 days):
- With your own aircraft: USD 1500.00
- PIPER SUPER CUB: USD 3500.00 (This fee applies only if you're already adapted to conventional landing gear and have at least 50 hours as pilot in command in an aircraft with conventional landing gear. Otherwise, you may be required to take the adaptation course to the conventional gear).

- 50 hours in a plane with conventional landing gear
- Basic experience in mountain flying

Conventional Gear Adaptation Course - Advanced Flight Course in Remote Areas, including a conventional landing gear endorsement (5 days):
- With your own aircraft: USD 1500.00

- Additional Flight Time (All our advanced courses include up to 5 hours of instruction. After that, the following rates apply): - With your own aircraft. Level 1: USD 100/hour.
- Cessna 150: USD 130/hour
- Cessna 172XP Bushwagon: USD 250/hour

Additional Training in Remote Areas and Airport-Free Flights (Value per day / flight hour) - Level 2:
- With your own aircraft: USD 1000/day.
- Cessna 172XP Bushwagon: USD 1000/day plus USD 250/hour.
- PIPER SUPER CUB: USD 1000/day plus USD 350/hour.

Accommodation options:
Our Trevelin base in Chubut are 100 m² cabins with a queen-size bed and private bathroom, full equiped!!!
Additional coast per person is 50 dollars per Night.
Capacity 8 people

Course payment should be made in cash, in US dollars or USDT digital currency. It must be paid in full before the course starts. A deposit may be required to confirm the reservation.

We look forward to welcoming you!