About Our Flight Training Programs

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About our Flight Training Programs Instructor

Monte Belgarde

Monte has been a licensed flight instructor for over 30 years. His aviation experience includes air charter, air ambulance, freight, and contract work for the U.S. Forest Service. His FAR 135 background also includes employment as Chief Pilot and Director of Operations. Several of “Monte’s Pilots “ are now working for the Airlines. The flight training programs Monte has developed are certain to give you the experience and confidence to begin your flight career.

About our Flight Training Programs

All of our flight training programs feature high fidelity flight simulation and our TPK method of instruction. The letters TPK stand for Theory, Practice and Knowledge and form the core of our teaching system. Our course offerings also embrace the tenets of the FITS training concept and are an integral part of all of our programs. With these tools and our motion based AATD, we use a building block approach to introduce and practice key elements and maneuvers. We train to proficiency. These skill sets are then transferred into the aircraft where they are reinforced and your knowledge is enhanced. This method of training is very effective and cost efficient. You will retain more, increase competency, and ultimately be a better pilot.

About the Location

Nearby are the towns of Bozeman and Helena. Both of these cities have controlled airfields and instrument approaches which offer flight planning flexibility and safety. Our unique location provides advanced instrument flight rules or IFR training opportunities that cannot be offered by many of our competitors.

Currently, the services of Designated Pilot Examiners are in high demand. Practical Test scheduling delays are common. As part of our flight training program service, the DPE will be scheduled as part of the admission process.

As an added benefit, Montana does not have a sales tax. This results in significant savings and increases the value of your flight training dollar. With our course structure and use of our AATD, training to proficiency has never been more affordable.


Click to Read Our Frequently Asked Questions
Click to Read Our Frequently Asked Questions

Where are you located?

Our primary location is at 4602 Harrison Ave., Butte MT 59701. Our flight training program facility is located in the Butte Aviation building at the Bert Mooney Airport (KBTM).

How much time will it take to get my Multi-engine rating?

The course can be completed in 4 days. Prior to your training date, self-study materials will be provided. To reduce training time, you will need to devote 6-10 hours for learning the material. We will also be in contact with you to answer questions .

I am a pilot, but would like specialized training. What do you offer?

Monte is experienced in working with professional pilots and can tailor the training to meet your specific needs. Our AATD has a data base which contains 30 makes and models of aircraft, and over 100 types of emergencies can be programmed into the device. We train to proficiency.
Our Cessna 310R was specifically chosen for it’s complexity, speed, and weather capabilities. Our goal is safety and your development as a pilot. When possible, you will be exposed to the IFR environment.

Do you have a DPE available if I enroll in your “full feather” program?

Yes. Our DPE is based out of Helena, MT. The examiner is booked in advance. Scheduling the DPE will take place as part of the admission process.

I would like a career in aviation, can you take me as a new student through my commercial rating?

Yes. We offer primary through advanced flight instruction and have programs offerings that range from Student Pilot through the Airline Transport Rating*  For rated pilots, there are also other specialty courses available.

*Requires successful completion of Multi-Engine ATP written test.

I am not sure if I am interested in flying, but would like to try it out first, is that possible?

Yes. We have an introductory flight that will allow you the opportunity to experience being a pilot. You will receive a certificate with a picture to document your experience. If you choose to explore flying further, your time from this flight can be considered logged time.

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