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Flight School

Expand your horizons and enroll in our flight school. Big Sky Aviation works with students to build personalized programs that align with their needs and objectives. As a designated Cessna Pilot Center, our trainees learn to fly in newer Cessna aircraft, including a 2017 G1000 NXi equipped aircraft and a Redbird MX-2 full-motion flight simulator. Learn more about our training system, fleet, licensing requirements and enrollment below.

Discovery Flight

Take a discovery flight in one of Big Sky Aviation’s Cessna 172 Skyhawks! These high-wing aircraft are perfect for getting a birds-eye view and taking great photos.

Call +1 800.752.9207 to schedule your adventure!


Interested in enrolling in our flight school? Give us a call or stop by our location – we will schedule your discovery flight, in which your Certified Flight Instructor will meet with you to establish goals and set expectations for the exploration ahead.

Training Budget + Timeline

Learning to fly requires effective budgeting of a student’s resources. Those looking to obtain a Private Pilot’s license will spend about $12,000; this expense will differ slightly from person to person, as some cost variables are calculated on an individual basis. The time required to complete training is more difficult to estimate. Some trainees earn their Private Pilot License after six weeks, some span their flight school experience over the course of a few years; it all depends student schedule and availability.

Have questions about available financing and/or your timeline?
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Students at our Cessna Pilot Center learn through comprehensive curriculum offered by the Cessna Flight Training System. This powerful and interactive online-training tool, in combination with Big Sky Aviation instruction, prepares future pilots for achievement of their short and long-term aviation goals. Training is offered for the following specializations: Private Pilot, Instrument Pilot, Commercial Pilot, and Certified Flight Instructor.


As a Cessna Pilot Center, each of our FAA Certified Flight Instructors are held to a higher standard. Through continuing education and practical training, they stay current with aviation technology and information to equip soon-to-be pilots with relevant knowledge and skills. As educators, they put forth continuous effort to better serve their students through new teaching methods and individualized solutions. As aviation enthusiasts, they make sure you have a great time!

Meet our Flight Instructors


We believe that safe pilots are competent pilots. Prioritizing safety is paramount in aviation, which is why it is an emphasized focus throughout every lesson. Big Sky Aviation upholds an exceptional safety record, and we prepare students so they may do the same.

Flight School Fleet

Big Sky Aviation’s flight school utilizes a Redbird MX-2 full-motion flight simulator, and operates newer model Cessna 172 Skyhawks and a brand-new, 2017 Cessna 172 G1000 Nxi. In addition, we offer the opportunity to take advanced training in our Cessna 182 retractable gear aircraft (four-place, high-wing aircraft).

Licensing Requirements

To receive your Private Pilot License you must meet all requirements listed in the FAR/AIM manual. These requirements include being at least 17 years of age, passing an FAA medical examination, in addition to scoring within acceptable range on the FAA’s written and practical examinations.  FAA Practical Exam FAQs

Learn more »  FAA Online – Airmen Certification


To provide optimal convenience to students, Big Sky Aviation offers on-site FAA computerized testing at our PSI Testing Center.

Ready to schedule your test?
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Post-Training Support

As a licensed pilot, your possibilities are endless – especially when you stay in touch with Big Sky Aviation!  To support your ongoing proficiency and passion for aviation, we offer: free aviation seminars throughout the year (various topics), aircraft rental, assistance locating aircraft for sale, access to our Redbird simulator and resources to aid your pursuit of advanced ratings.

What’s Happening at Big Sky Aviation

Looking for the perfect gift for that hard to buy for someone in your life this holiday season? Give the gift of flight. Stop by Big Sky Aviation at Millville Airport to pick up a gift certificate today! ... See MoreSee Less

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We are pleased to introduce our newest Private Pilot Pilot Nick Morrone. Nick got his license today and worked with Big Sky CFII Dennis Renauro. Great job Nick! Let the fun begin. ... See MoreSee Less

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After being down due to an FAA backlog since our move late this summer, our testing center has been inspected and certified at our new location and we are up and running! Please just give us a call to schedule. Thanks so much for your patience during this long and frustrating process - we apologize for any inconvenience it may have caused.
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Many congratulations go out to Beez Johnston on his first solo flight today! Beez’s Big Sky CFII is Adam Enders. Great job Beez! ... See MoreSee Less

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It is with great excitement that we announce that Big Sky Aviation was recently awarded the Distinguished Flight School of the Northeast Region award for 2017 by Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association. Being recognized by this prestigious aviation organization is truly an honor. Also recognized by AOPA as a Distinguished Flight Instructor was Dave Burton. Congratulations to Dave and all of the other flight instructors at Big Sky that deliver professional and competent instruction every day to make our flight school one of the best! ... See MoreSee Less

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Our Instructors


Dennis’ long-run career in corporate aviation has allowed him to return to his roots –– flight training.  As a FAA certified CFII, he loves training new pilots at Big Sky Aviation. If he’s not in one of our Flight School’s lecture rooms or in the Redbird Flight Simulation Lab, you can bet that he’s teaching students in his winged classroom at 1,000 feet.


Kevin is an FAA certified CFII at Big Sky Aviation. His enthusiasm for aviation shows though his dedication to providing the best quality flight training to all students.  As he is always looking to advance his own training and bring fresh new ideas to our Flight School, Kevin spearheaded the recent addition of the Redbird MX-2 Flight Simulator lab and created the St. Augustine Academy Third Semester Flight Program.


As a full-time, FAA certified CFII, Dave brings a unique perspective from his well-rounded flight experience. In his time as a pilot, he has flown Cessna 172’s to Gulfstreams. Recently, Dave completed the Cessna G1000 Nxi factory training. As a result, he had the opportunity to implement a one-of-a kind program at Big Sky Aviation’s Flight School, integrating our new 2017 G1000 Nxi aircraft and our Redbird Simulator. Because of this commitment to continuing education, we are proud to offer pilot training that promotes proficiency in current technology.


Originally serving as a flight instructor in our early years, Tim has returned to our team as a part-time flight instructor.  As a CFI, he enjoys providing primary flight instruction and recurrent flight training.  At Big Sky Aviation, his airport operations experience and aviation expertise contribute to the diversity of our resources.




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2 Thunderbolt Drive, Millville, NJ 08332






Millville Airport is a world-class airport with a 5,000 and 6,000 foot runway. The airport offers precision approaches, and the ability to pick up IFR clearances on a clearance/delivery frequency. Ample ramp space and state-of-the-art heated hangar facilities will accommodate your aircraft, and makes Millville the perfect stop for your trip.