Complex & High-Performance Endorsements

Complete Complex & High-Performance Training Package: $990

This price includes:

  • 3 hours of flight instruction in a Cessna 172RG
  • 2 hours of personalized ground instruction

 

Prerequisites:

  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Be able to read, write, and converse fluently in English
  • Must hold a Private Pilot License
  • Hold at least a current third-class FAA medical certificate

 

The package includes everything that is required to earn both your high-performance and complex endorsements – all in one package price. With US Sport Flight Academy’s complex & high-performance training program you can not only earn your endorsements, you can also do it for a fraction of the cost of other training programs.

All flights will be in our Cessna 172RG, single engine, all-metal fixed-wing aircraft. The retractable gear version of the popular 172 means an increase in cruise speed of about 30 knots. Great for complex aircraft training and cross-countries: fly luxury to your destination and take your family with you!

Regular Price: $1,020
Special Package Price: $990
Savings: $30

Customize Your Training!

For most students, the Complete Complex & High-Performance Training Package is the best, easiest, and most affordable way to get your endorsements. However, one size doesn’t fit all! We know everyone has distinctive needs and difficult schedules, so you can train at your own pace. Completion time varies based on how often you train, how quickly you learn, how well you study, etc. We recommend you schedule at least two sessions per week in order to make steady progress and complete the program in fewer hours.

While there are no specific hour requirements for earning your endorsements, typically most pilots will require about 10 hours of flight training to reach the proficiency required to be proficient in the operation of a complex high performance airplane.

With our talented flight instructors, both your complex and high-performance endorsements can be accomplished in a long weekend with an accelerated training schedule!

We will tailor your training program to your specific individual needs, no matter what your situation is… we guarantee it!

As always, US Sport Flight Academy will never trouble you with hidden fees or fuel surcharges. With flexible scheduling and experienced flight instructor staff and specialists, USSFA ensures you the best flight training experience possible for prices that won’t break the bank.

What are the Complex and High-Performance Endorsements?

High-Performance Endorsement

A high-performance endorsement allows you to fly an airplane with an engine of more than 200 HP. To earn this endorsement you will need to receive and log ground and flight training from an authorized instructor in a high-performance airplane. You will receive your high-performance endorsement when your instructor deems that you are proficient in the operation and systems of a high-performance airplane.

Complex Airplane Endorsement

Getting your complex airplane endorsement enables you to fly an airplane with retractable landing gear, flaps, and a controllable pitch propeller.

There are no minimum number of flight hours required to obtain a complex endorsement, although you will be required to receive and log ground and flight training from an authorized instructor in a complex airplane. You will receive the endorsement when you have been found proficient in the operation and systems of a complex airplane.

Combine your training at US Sport Flight Academy!

Although these two endorsements used to be one in the same, the FAA’s changes to Part 61 in August 1997 changed the definition of high performance and added a separate endorsement for complex aircraft. This ruled out numerous aircraft, including many Mooneys (200 HP), Piper Seminoles (180 HP each engine) and many Piper Senecas (200 HP per engine) whose engines did not exceed 200 HP.

Luckily, US Sport Flight Academy allows you to train in a 180 HP Cessna 172RG, complete with autopilot, four seats, and a nice leather interior for ultimate performance and comfort in the air. Get both your complex and high-performance endorsements simultaneously – in half the time as other flight schools!

What are the FAA Training Requirements for the Complex and High-Performance Endorsements?

14 CFR 61.31(e-f):

(e) Additional training required for operating complex airplanes.

(1) Except as provided in paragraph (e)(2) of this section, no person may act as pilot in command of a complex airplane, unless the person has—

(i) Received and logged ground and flight training from an authorized instructor in a complex airplane, or in a flight simulator or flight training device that is representative of a complex airplane, and has been found proficient in the operation and systems of the airplane; and

(ii) Received a one-time endorsement in the pilot’s logbook from an authorized instructor who certifies the person is proficient to operate a complex airplane.

(2) The training and endorsement required by paragraph (e)(1) of this section is not required if the person has logged flight time as pilot in command of a complex airplane, or in a flight simulator or flight training device that is representative of a complex airplane prior to August 4, 1997.

(f) Additional training required for operating high-performance airplanes.

(1) Except as provided in paragraph (f)(2) of this section, no person may act as pilot in command of a high-performance airplane (an airplane with an engine of more than 200 horsepower), unless the person has—

(i) Received and logged ground and flight training from an authorized instructor in a high-performance airplane, or in a flight simulator or flight training device that is representative of a high-performance airplane, and has been found proficient in the operation and systems of the airplane; and

(ii) Received a one-time endorsement in the pilot’s logbook from an authorized instructor who certifies the person is proficient to operate a high-performance airplane.

(2) The training and endorsement required by paragraph (f)(1) of this section is not required if the person has logged flight time as pilot in command of a high-performance airplane, or in a flight simulator or flight training device that is representative of a high-performance airplane prior to August 4, 1997.