Flying Lessons in R-MA's Flight Program

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(Video created by Michael Grieg, R-MA Falcon Scholar '15)

Optional flying lessons give R-MA students the chance to explore the world of aviation.  Young men and women have the opportunity to earn their solo wings through the flight lessons taught by on-staff flight instructors, and may also achieve other aviation credentials.  As students reach their goals in the flight program they gain self-confidence, self-esteem, and broaden their career options. The experience not only helps them to achieve excellence as students, but also prepares them for the challenges of life beyond Randolph-Macon Academy.


  • Students take flying lessons in R-MA-owned aircraft, two Cessna 172s.
  • The aircraft are housed year-round inside the William H. Garber Hangar.  (The school’s hangar is named for R-MA graduate and aviation enthusiast William H. Garber ’33.)
  • The hangar is located at Front Royal/Warren County Airport, only six miles from R-MA.
  • The aircraft are professionally maintained by FAA certified flight mechanics and are routinely inspected to meet Federal Aviation Regulations.

The flight training program at R-MA is the only one of its kind at the private secondary school level in the United States. Flying lessons are available to all Upper School students, with priority given to seniors and juniors.  Per FAA regulations, students must be 16 to solo and 17 to test for their private pilot certification.
All incoming students planning on taking flying lessons need to bring a copy of a United States birth certificate or United States passport and a US government issued photo ID to registration. If you do not have one, email the flight director, Ryan Koch.

Price reflects flight time received in the Cessna 172 aircraft and is billed at a rate of $160 per flight hour for the 2018-19 school year. Transportation is provided to and from the Front Royal-Warren County Airport.