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Flight School

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Cessna 152, Cessna 172, Piper Cherokee

Solos & Checkrides

students from empire aviation’s flight school

Henderson-Oxford Airport

KHNZ in Oxford, NC is the ideal setting for flying lessons

KCXE Tower KCXE Tower

This tower at Chase City Municipal Airport (KCXE) is one of only two operational in the US from the VFR flying days in the ’20s.

From C152 to Beechcraft T-6 Texan II From C152 to Beechcraft T-6 Texan II

Some incredible news from Empire Aviation student Connor McClanahan who wrote to let us know he “soloed the Beechcraft T-6 Texan II last month!” Connor started his flight training at Empire Aviation while a high school student and paid for all his lessons from after school jobs.

1959 Piper Tri-Pacer 1959 Piper Tri-Pacer

Would you like to ride … in a 1959 Piper Tri-Pacer? N2975Z is a beautifully restored PIPER PA-22-150 Tri-Pacer.

Mike Kellogg, KHNZ Airport Manager Mike Kellogg, KHNZ Airport Manager

A memorial gathering of friends will be held at the Henderson-Oxford Airport from 2 – 4 pm on Saturday, February 17, 2018, to remember Mike.

When Dogs Fly When Dogs Fly

Empire Aviation student and Durham resident Rick Gutlon uses his Private Pilots license to help animal rescue groups transport dogs to safety. Since 2011 he’s flown over 320 dogs (and 22 cats!) to safety in his C172E.

Taking Flight Taking Flight

Empire Aviation’s Flight School is featured in this August 2017 article by Kathy Wolford of the Oxford Public Ledger.

Ground School Visits NCDOT & RDU Flight Services Ground School Visits NCDOT & RDU Flight Services

Our Winter 2017 Private Pilot Ground School visited the NCDOT Division of Aviation and the Raleigh FSS on February 28, 2017.