Aviation Flight Training for Pilots in El Monte, CA

Build Better Piloting Skills With the MB Thrill Squadron

Yearning for a return to simpler times and inspired by the “Air Minded” pioneers who shared the romance of flight with others during the Golden Age of aviation, the Thrill Squadron’s mission is to give primary flight training, tail wheel and spin endorsements, aerobatic instruction, and continuing education in the belief that safer pilots are made by knowing how their airplanes operate at all corners of the performance envelope.

Primary/Instrument/Commercial Training

The fundamentals of great flying lie in a solid understanding of the airplane and exceptional stick-and-rudder skills. Our instructional approach is based on mastery of these skills, and our primary trainer, the Cessna 172, is the most popular GA aircraft ever made.

Our training is flexible and designed around the way you learn best. Ground instruction in preparation for the FAA knowledge test can be done via self-study, or in one of our classroom-based ground courses. We use a variety of resources to enhance your learning, including one-on-one tutoring, flight simulators, and our maintenance lab, helping you be confident on the day of your FAA checkride. And if you already have some flying experience–even if that was long ago–we specialize in finish-ups and we’d love to help you accomplish your aviation goals.

If you’re already a pilot and you’d like to pursue advanced ratings, we offer instrument and commercial pilot training that emphasizes excellent fundamentals. Call us to learn how we help you develop the skills that are most in-demand among regional and part 135 carriers.

Private Pilot Certificate – Airplane Single-Engine Land
Minimum 40 hours total time (national average is about 70)
Minimum 30 hours dual instruction, 10 hours solo
Minimum age: 17

Instrument Rating – Airplane
Minimum 40 hours actual/simulated instrument training (with at least 15 hours dual instruction)
Minimum 50 hours cross-country time as PIC

Commercial Pilot Certificate – Airplane Single-Engine Land
Minimum 250 hours total flight time (100 hours of which must be in powered aircraft, and 50 must be in airplanes)
100 hours of pilot-in-command time, 50 of which must be in airplanes
Minimum 50 hours cross-country time as PIC (10 hours must be in airplanes)
Minimum 20 hours training, including 10 hours instrument training (which may be accomplished during the instrument rating), 10 hours training in complex or technically-advanced aircraft, 4 hours cross-country training, and 3 hours preparation for the practical test

Tailwheel Training

Many high-performance, aerobatic airplanes, and warbirds are taildraggers. To fly these airplanes, you need a special set of skills that will make ALL your landings better and more confident. Learn in our Super Decathlon OR your own tailwheel airplane. We also do Flight Reviews and insurance check-outs; contact us for more information.

Upset Recovery and Spin Endorsements

Spin Endorsements
Required of CFI candidates, spin awareness and recovery training is recommended for all pilots. Refresher training for endorsed pilots is also avialable; contact us for details.

Unit 1:
Rudder coordination exercises
Introduction to spins
Spin recovery

Unit 2:
Review of spins and spin recovery
The base-to-final spin
Aggravated spins

Unit 3:
Review of spin recovery
Recovery from extreme unusual

Expected time:
30-45 minutes each unit ground time; Approximately 1 hour each unit flight time

Basic Aerobatics

From mild to wild! The Super Decathlon has become the gold standard in aerobatic trainers. Come build confidence and precision in our
Super D, flying in the most unusual of attitudes. It’s the most fun you can have in an airplane.