Current students can access our flight schedule app here, via Flight Schedule Pro.

Costa's offers flight training for a number of licenses and endorsements.  The most common is the private pilot license.  A Discovery Flight is usually the first step a new student takes when embarking on their path to a private pilot license.  Checkout the following document for a summary step-by-step guide: How to get a private pilot license.pdf.  Costa's offers a Discovery Flight experience for $99 that includes a discussion regarding the student's flight aspirations with one of our CFI's, a pre-flight of our aircraft, and a flight where the new student pilot can take the flight controls.  A Discovery Flight usually lasts about one and a half hours.  For more information, please click here for a PDF document that offers a summary of the requirements and costs associated with obtaining a private pilot license.

Costa's has four certified flight instructors (CFIs): Jim Doane, Rob Weber, Todd Knapp and Kurtis Easton.  Jim, Rob, Todd, and Kurtis are available to students seven days a week, weather and schedule permitting.  We train student pilots to obtain their private pilot license, instrument rating, complex rating, and more.  Please contact us with any questions you may have--we are here to help guide and tutor all aviation enthusiasts.

Costa's also runs a traditional ground school to help students learn and better understand the information assessed on the private pilot written exam (which is a prerequisite to the practical test/check ride and the oral exam).  

Here are some additional resources that aspiring pilots may find helpful:

AOPO Private Pilot Path

AWC (Aviation Weather Center via NOAA's National Weather Service)

IACRA (Integrated Airman Certification and Rating Application via FAA)

WAI (Women in Aviation International)

Harris Hill Soaring Club (Elmira, NY)

EAA (Experimental Aircraft Association; Elmira, NY chapter)

Glenn H. Curtiss Museum (Hammondsport, NY)


Rentals are available year-round.  Pilots must provide ID and proof of insurance (renter's insurance covering a minimum of $50,000 hull is required).

Cessna-150 rental is available at $109/hr wet.  Cessna-172 rental is available at $160/hr wet.  Cessna-210 rental is available at $210/hr wet.  Instructor checkout may be necessary before rental.  Instructor fee is $50/hr. The POH for one of our Cessna 172's (N6621D) can be found here.

N6621D a Cessna 172-NN555WB a Cessna 172-G



Our Red Bird flight simulator.Landing at Wellsboro.

Landing at Penn Yann.

Take-off from the Corning-Painted Post Airport.