Rental - Instruction - Charter

DuPage Airport - KDPA

Flight Instruction

Flight training at TEA is conducted only by experienced and FAA Certified Flight Instructors, most of whom have logged thousands of hours. With the exception of group training classes, all instruction at TEA is individual and scheduled to meet your availability, any time of the day, evening and weekends. Most training is done using our extensive fleet of aircraft, however, we are happy to train with you in your plane as well!

At TEA, you can earn everything from a Private Pilot's License to an ATP! We are excited to also offer the following Special Sessions, Accelerated Training Classes, Special Endorsements and Simulator Training.

Cirrus Certified Training Center

The Cirrus is regarded as the 'Sportscar of the Fleet'. Let us teach you how to 'drive'!

Gain the confidence and knowledge required to successfully and safely fly the Cirrus, a technologically advanced aircraft with the latest in systems and avionics!

Travel Express Aviation is certified by Cirrus Corporation to train you according to their rigorous standardized training curriculum. Our instructors have been put through the paces and trained under the guidelines of Cirrus Aircraft Corporation.

We have several Cirrus aircraft on our fleet available to you with a variety of instrumentation and appointments from standardized instruments to the Garmin Perspective. And of course, if you own your own Cirrus.....we will train you in the familiarity and comfort of your own plane either here at KDPA or at your location! So whether you are looking for initial training in the Cirrus, or are interested in recurrent or transition training, TEA can help.

To learn more about the Cirrus Standardized Training Program, please call 630-584-6462 or email info@flytea.com.

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Introduction to Private Pilot Rating

This class is perfect for someone that is seriously considering learning to fly but not sure how much they really want to dive in. It will go into considerably more detail and training than in a basic introductory flight lesson without the commitment of having to join the club and purchase the Private Pilot Kit (Training Materials). This course will give you 2 hours of detailed Private Pilot Groundschool followed by a 45 minute Flight Lesson in a Piper Warrior or Archer scheduled for another day. You will receive a logbook in which your instructor will endorse the training time which can be applied toward the requirements of the Private Pilot Rating!

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Private Pilot Rating

The Private Pilot Rating is where it all begins! The Private Pilot Rating is the first step to fulfilling your dream of learning to fly!
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Instrument Rating

The Instrument Rating allows a pilot to fly in conditions that are not VFR, i.e. when visibility is poor. The Instrument Rating allows you to fly when conditions are IRF (Instrument Flight Rules). Most pilots should consider the Instrument Rating as it makes for a safer pilot and prepares you for changes in weather that may occur unexpectedly.
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Multi-Engine Rating - (Includes Comm and Inst add on to SEL Comm or Inst ratings)

The Multi Engine Rating is required to fly an aircraft with more than one engine. This rating allows the safety in knowing that there are two engines to rely on as well as the speed that most often cannot be obtained with a single engine aircraft. This rating requires an instructor's endorsement and a practical test. A knowledge test, i.e. written test, is not required.
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Commercial Pilot Rating

A commercial Rating allows a pilot to fly hire. It is the first step in launching your career as a corporate pilot or commercial airline pilot!
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Certified Flight Instructor Rating - CFI

As a certified flight instructor, you will become certified by the FAA to teach others to fly. With this rating, you will be able to enjoy your passion for flight with others and get paid for it along the way.
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Cerfified Flight Intructor Instrument - CFII

As a CFII, you may train others in the art of instrument flight!
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Multi Engine Certified Flight Instructor - CFI-MEI Rating

The average requirements for a CFI-MEI are 15 hours PIC logged mulit-engine time, 5 hours flight instruction, 10 hours ground instruction, 5 hours dual in the right seat of our Piper Aztec. If you put your nose to the gind stone, you can achieve this rating in 1 month. We estimate the cost to be $2,500 which includes flight time and materials.

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High Altitude Endorsement

The average requirements to achieve this endorsement are 1-2 hours dual in our Pilatus PC-12 (which is an experience on its own!), or in your aircraft if you prefer. 1-2 hours dual flight instruction and 4 hours of dual ground instruction. This endorsement can be earned in a day. We estimate the cost to be $1500 to $2500 inclcuding materials and flight time.

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Complex Endorsement

The average requirements for this rating are 2 hours in one of our Piper Arrows with an additional 2 hours of ground instruction. In total you will rececive 4 hours of instruction and can achieve this rating in 1 - 2 days. We expect that this rating will cost under $500 including materials.

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Pinch Hitter Course

The Pinch Hitter Course, designed by the AOPA, is intended to teach companion flyers (non-pilots) the basics of aviation so that they feel comfortable flying in the right seat and to give them the knowledge and experience to take control of the plane and land safely in the event of an emergency. You will receive 4 to 6 hours of ground school and 4 hours in-flight training in a Warrior or Archer.

This is a group training session which we offer from time to time - the cost varies depending on the number of participants. If interested in enrolling in a pinch hitter class, please contact us at info@flytea.com to find out when the next course will be held.

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