Ground School

The next class begins in 8 January 2018!

We will be offering a Private Pilot Ground School course, beginning 8 January 2018. The classes will be held 6-9pm on Monday and Wednesday nights, and continue for 12 weeks.

Even if you have not signed up for the course before the first day, are welcome to attend the first class for FREE. This first night will include an overview of the course, and what it takes to become a Private Pilot!

Learn all the required knowledge to pass the FAA Written Exam, a major step to earn your Private Pilot Certificate. This FAA Part 141 Approved ground training course follows the syllabus and training manual from Jeppesen, a leader in aviation training materials.

This class is a great way to get started with flight lessons. Ask your instructor for details.


We do ask that you contact us before the first class, so that we have enough extra chairs placed in the room.

The cost of the course is $275, and books will be $75 additional.

Purchase the Cessna Flight training kit with us, and get a $155 discount on the cost of the ground school. Ask on the first day of class about any scholarships that may be available.

Contact us to Get Started



Quizzes will utilize the actual FAA test questions to get your familiar with the questions to pass the FAA written test!

The first day is FREE, and we discuss what it takes to get your certificate, so come out and ask questions!

Topics Include:

  • Overview of what it takes to get your certificate. Costs / time / medical requirements etc.
  • Aircraft Structures / Engines / Electrical / Fuel Systems - how the plane operates
  • Aerodynamics - How a plane flies
  • Airport Operations (runways, taxiways, control towers)
  • Communications
  • Navigation / Flight Planning
  • FAA Regulations
  • Weather / Weather Hazards / Sources of Weather for your flight plan
  • Aeromedical / Human Physiology
  • Aircraft Takeoff, Landing, and Cruise Performance Calculations
  • E-6B Flight Computer


Drone Class

The Part 107 Drone Pilot Course is 17 March 2018!

Benton Air Center has partnered with well known Drone University USA, based in Sacramento, CA to offer a 1 day training course to prepare you for passing your FAR 107 Remote Pilot licensing exam.

Here at Benton, you will receive personal instruction from Drone University USA CEO, Barry Morris, who was awarded the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) Flight Instructor Excellence Award 3 years in a row.

Mr. Morris is a CFI/MEI and a licensed Remote Pilot with over 5,200 hours in over 35 different types of single and multi engine manned aircraft, has owned and operated his own flight school and was Chief Instructor for a Part 141 flight academy at Sacramento Executive Airport. He is a regular speaker at UAS events around the country and has graduated hundreds of 107 Remote Pilots through Drone University USA’s highly successful program. This exclusive training class will teach you much more than just the information you need to pass your 107 test, that’s just the beginning.

We do ask that you register with the link below so that we have enough chairs placed in the room.

The cost of the course is only $650.

Click here to Register



Cost: $650

Course begins at 9am on 17 March 2018, at Benton Air Center in Redding, CA.

Classes are limited to fifteen (15) students to maintain a low student to instructor ratio.


Click here to Register


With this training, you’ll learn how to apply Part 107 in the real world to become a profitable UAS Remote Pilot. Here’s what you’ll receive in a information packed full day of classroom instruction:


Applicable regulations relating to sUAS rating privileges, limitations, and flight operation
Airspace classification, operating requirements, and flight restrictions affecting small UAS operation
Aviation weather sources and effects of weather on small UAS performance
Small UAS loading and performance
Emergency procedures & protocols
Crew Resource Management (CRM)
Radio communication procedures
Determining the performance of small UAS’s
Physiological effects of drugs and alcohol
Aeronautical Decision-Making (ADM) and judgment
Airport operations
Maintenance and preflight inspection procedures of your UAS
Real life scenario training
Privacy & legal issues you need to know
Full access to our Chief Instructor for all questions after graduation
Drone University USA Certificate of Completion
Drone University USA Shirt
Unlimited classroom training at no additional charge for 1 year after graduation

Commercial UAS/Drone Pilot Certification


Dinner & Movie at Benton!

Saturday Night Dinner and a Movie in the Hangar

Relax in First Class Airline Seats (First 12 attendees) and watch classic movies on the big screen in our airplane hangar!

You can call in to reserve these seats!

Dinner is available upstairs in the Airpark Cafe 5:30pm to 7pm. Order off the menu! Beer and Wine available!

Movie is $5 per person and includes FREE POPCORN!

 December 2nd:    Redding Christmas Parade -- NO MOVIE

 December 9th:    Chevy Chase in CHRISTMAS VACATION!

  • It's Christmas time and the Griswolds are preparing for a family seasonal celebration, but things never run smoothly for Clark, his wife Ellen and their two kids. Clark's continual bad luck is worsened by his obnoxious family guests, but he manages to keep going knowing that his Christmas bonus is due soon.

 December 16th:    Will Farrel in ELF!   Special Kids Meal (Burger, Hot Dog N Chips in the Cafe)

  • Buddy was a baby in an orphanage who stowed away in Santa's sack and ended up at the North Pole. Later, as an adult human who happened to be raised by elves, Santa allows him to go to New York City to find his birth father, Walter Hobbs. Hobbs, on Santa's naughty list for being a heartless jerk, had no idea that Buddy was even born. Buddy, meanwhile, experiences the delights of New York City (and human culture) as only an elf can. When Walter's relationship with Buddy interferes with his job, he is forced to reevaluate his priorities.



Classes and Meetings

Part 107 Drone Pilot Course 17 March 2018

Benton Air Center has partnered with well known Drone University USA, based in Sacramento, CA to offer a 1 day training course to prepare you for passing your FAR 107 Remote Pilot licensing exam.

Course begins at 9am on 17 March 2018, at Benton Air Center in Redding, CA. Cost: $650

Click here to Register


Private Pilot Ground School Starts 8 January 2018

Class is Instructor Led. Two nights a week, 6-9pm!

13 week class – Every Monday and Wednesday nights; Tuition $275

Want to learn to fly? Obtain your FAA Private Pilot Certificate at Benton Air Center. This Class covers all the subject areas required to learn to fly and successfully pass the FAA Written Exam. Tuition is $275 plus books ($85) for the 13 week class. Class meets every Monday and Wednesday Class (6-9pm) for 13 weeks. Course is instructor led in our Training Room.

Come to the first night's class for FREE, which is an overview of the flight training process and review the approximate costs to obtain your Private Pilot Certificate.

Sign up by calling 241-4204


Garmin 430 User's Class

(good to know if you are flying YY or one of our complex aircraft):

Hands On Class covering all aspects of using the Garmin 430 for VFR and IFR flight. Fully functioning Garmin 430 Simulator to practice with, and follow the lessons with hands on use. Includes lunch at the cafe  $25 each.  Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

About Us

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Flying, Maintenance, and Fuel.