Benefit From Our Years of Experience

Harborside Aviation is a professional flight school that offers unparalleled service. Our training facilities have a friendly, comfortable atmosphere and are state-of-the-art. Flight training is done in new Skyhawk aircrafts with professional FAA Certified Instructors.

Minimum Requirements

You must be at least 16 years of age to solo and 17 years old to receive your Private Pilot Rating. You must be able to speak, read and understand English. .There is a minimum of 40 hours flight time (combined dual and solo) including at least: 20 hours of dual flight instruction, including at least 3 hours cross country flight (more than 50 miles away) 3 hours night instruction 3 hours in preparing for the flight test 10 hours solo flight time, including at least 5 hours of solo cross country 3 solo takeoffs and landings at an airport with an operating control tower Some required and appropriate ground instruction A “Knowledge Test” must be taken before you can take the flight test. We also have a FAA designated flight examiner right here in our building.

Not a US citizen?

Apply online at There help line number is 571-227-1004. They will tell you what you need to do before your start your training.

Pleasure or Business?

What if you could take after work for a bite of the world’s best Mexican food? You could be at that quaint little diner two states away or explore the wild blue yonder. Get in touch with your inner pilot now. Call us and schedule your Discovery Flight today. (anytime it says Call us—put a hyperlink to the phone)
Meet your friendly, expert flight instructor and fly in a fun, reliable Cessna aircraft. You will learn in a comfortable setting on your own terms with a schedule that fits you. It is simple, just call us and schedule your Discovery Flight today.

What Aircraft will I fly?

We have two Cessna 172’s, one with standard gauges and another with all the latest technology including the G1000, WAAS and “Synthetic Vision”.

Training Overview

Your training comprises two parts – flight training and ground school.
During your ground school, you’ll learn bits of “book knowledge” you’ll need to be a
proficient pilot. You have several options for ground training, but the goal is to
successfully complete your aviation Knowledge Test and have a basic understanding of your
aircraft and the airspace. etc. Flight training takes place in the airplane. You’ll learn
the skills and gain experience to safely operate an airplane on your own – and pass your
check ride.

How to Start

Getting started on your flying adventure is easy. Contact us, schedule your Discovery Flight today. We understand pilots, and what it takes to be a pilot, like no one else. Rest assured. We’ll walk you through the program step-by-step, from your Discovery Flight to your License. At our school you will know exactly what you are spending and why.

Start you adventure – here’s a sample of what awaits you:

A safe, friendly, comfortable, dynamic atmosphere in which to learn.
A knowledgeable flight instructor to mentor you and accommodate your requirements.

Get in touch with us
  • Harborside Aviation, Inc.
  • PGD Air Center 27450 Challenger Blvd
  • Punta Gorda, FL 33982 Suite 123/124