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Become a Private Pilot

You’ve had your Discovery Flight and fell in love. Take the next step and become a private pilot through Independence Aviation. 

Independence Aviation’s Private Pilot program is a fully immersive experience led by highly trained instructors to build your confidence behind the controls and prepare you for your first solo flight.

Balloon Fiesta Fly-out

Join Independence Aviation members and staff on our annual fly-out to Santa Fe for the Albuquerque Hot Air Balloon Fiesta Wednesday, October 11 – 13, 2023.

More Airplanes now Joining the Fleet !

More airplanes mean more availability and more fun! Our IA-Platinum Access allows our highly qualified members additional Cirrus SR22T G6 airplanes to rent for their adventures.

Plus, our Cirrus SR20 G6 fleet is now larger than ever and available to all of IA’s members for flight training, solo rental, and more.

Afternoon Flight Simulator Savings



Save $15/hour in our flight simulators every day after 2 p.m. through the end of June. Hone your technique even in poor flying weather.

SR20 Simulator

Discovery Flights

  • Did you receive a gift certificate for a Discovery Flight?
  • Perhaps you want to learn more about flying airplanes?
Experience flying for the first time behind the controls with a Discovery Flight at Independence Aviation!

Get your flight training in Colorado!

Located in Denver, Colorado, Independence Aviation proudly exhibits the title 2016 Cirrus Flight Training Center of the Year, and we are delighted to be a Platinum Partner with Cirrus Aircraft.

Our flight school is honored to have the FAA’s national 2017 Flight Instructor of the Year on our roster, and has produced the 2012 and 2018 Regional Nominee Flight Instructors of the Year, among others!


IA On Demand Remote Training

We make flight training easy by bringing the airplane and the instructor to an airport near where you live. Click above for details.


Get your private pilot license with us. Already have it? We can help you get your Instrument Rating, Commercial Rating, Multi-Engine Rating, or even teach you how to be an instructor!

Cirrus Transition Training

Cirrus Aircraft has a reputation of having airline-level standardization training in their SR series aircraft.


Regular flight training and mentor pilot support with an Independence Aviation flight instructor to keep you proficient 

Mountain Flight Training

The mountain flying course includes a ground discussion of topics specific to mountain flying, safety and survival techniques.


At Independence Aviation we take Pilot Safety to the next level. Our IA-UPRT curriculum teaches how best to avoid the most dangerous of flying situations, recognition when inadvertently encountered, and how best to recover.

Flight Student Testimonials

This is a great program as it is for serious users only, and you don’t have to compete with a renter scheduled to drill holes in the sky for two hours when you want to plan a multi-day business trip. IA hustles to make an airplane available. I’ve owned two aircraft in my life, and this program is better as availability is 100%, and the planes are always clean and well-maintained. It’s like owning three planes. Show up, they take your bags out, and you fly. If it’s cold, you preflight in a warm hangar. Can’t say enough about this program.

Neel Duncan

When I first started my transition training with Independence, I immediately wanted to get on the Platinum Access Program.  Although all of the planes at Independence Aviation are newer, low-hour aircraft, the Platinum Access planes take it to the next level. They are very low-hour Gen 6 machines that are equipped with everything Cirrus has to offer.  Although that is very attractive, the main benefit I have found is that the planes are much more available than with the standard fleet. The majority of the time I am flying, we are traveling for a couple of days, and I have had no issue scheduling a Platinum Access plane, even on the weekends. As I was gaining the required hours to join Platinum Access, I couldn’t wait to get into the program. Now that I am in, I love the planes and service. It is well worth the effort. 

Michael Stickel

I meant to do this sooner but even a few months after the fact I still reflect on the mountain flying course I took through IA as one of the most valuable experiences in my ten years of flying. Stephen Slade was an amazing professional to work with. The forecast VFR weather turned out to be IFR over the central Rockies that day but we completed a challenging day of mountain flying that involved actual instrument approaches into Telluride and Leadville (circle to land in actual conditions at Leadville!). I travelled all the way from Iowa to take this course and it was worth it and then some. Can’t say enough about Mr. Slade. A real class act and a consummate professional.  The experience increased my confidence by leaps and bounds. I’m pretty much counting the days until I can do it again. 

Jason Dierking

Jason Dierking


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12780 East Control Tower RoadEnglewood, CO 80112
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