Individually Tailored Training Programs

No two pilots are exactly the same, and no two training programs should be exactly the same either. Our mission is to develop the best learning program for YOU. Nonetheless, the examples below may give you some ideas about the sorts of training opportunities that you will find at Trident. By the same token, we know that scheduling is always a challenge, so for that reason, we do all our training by appointment so we can do our best to work around your schedule needs. Tailored curriculum; tailored scheduling.

​Primary Training

Primary Training generally means the learning you undertake to achieve your first license which may be a Private Pilot, Recreational Pilot, or Sport Pilot license. You can expect to begin with a ground training program, followed by basic simulator training, and finally your in-aircraft flight training.

Upgrade/Advanced Training

If you are planning a professional flying career, you will need to move beyond the Private License to the Commercial License, Instrument Rating, and other certifications. Even if you are not going to fly commercially, adding an instrument rating or other qualifications is a great way to improve your skills to become a better and safer pilot.

Rusty Pilot

Perhaps you already have a license but have not been flying regularly for a while, or maybe you are technically “current,” but feel like you have fallen behind on the latest technologies, resources, and regulations. We can design a course of learning to help you get back to that sharp, proficient, and confident feeling that makes flying safer and more fun.

Rusty Instrument Pilot

Especially if you do not fly regularly, staying instrument proficient and current is a big challenge. Trident can bring you back up to currency and proficiency and then help you stay current. Besides refresher ground training, the simulator plays a huge part in reestablishing and maintaining instrument proficiency. Recent changes to FAA regulations now make it possible to stay instrument current in our simulator at much lower cost.

Stay Sharp / Stay Safe

Whether you are a professional pilot, instrument rated, a sunny day fly-in breakfast aviator, or pretty much any other sort of flyer, keeping your knowledge and skills current and sharp will always be an essential part of your life. Like the airlines, Trident offers refresher and "LOFT” training to help you stay sharp. “LOFT” stands for “Line Oriented Flight Training” and consists of real-world challenges conducted in the simulator to help you hone your flying and decision-making skills.

New Technologies

With all the new technologies in aviation today, it is difficult to stay up to date. Glass panel, EFB, GPS, ADSB, and dozens of other acronyms need not be mysterious or intimidating. At Trident, you can learn to use these new technologies in the simulator where we can stop the flight, create challenges and failures, and yet do just about everything you can do in the airplane – without the noise, pressure, and expense.

Pinch Hitter

If you are not a pilot but you sometimes fly as a passenger with a friend, spouse, or other person, you may wonder how you might be a more helpful passenger, or what you would do if anything ever went wrong. Trident’s “Pinch Hitter” course (a term coined by the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association) is designed to help you learn what you need to be a better passenger and a more valuable crewmember, and also be someone who can step in and know what to do in a serious situation. While most of the course can be done in the classroom and simulator, you will be able to take your program into the real airplane as well.

Whatever sort of pilot you may be or may want to become, we look forward to meeting you to talk about ways Trident can help you meet your goals.

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Operations Office:

Owatonna Degner Regional Airport (KOWA)

Owatonna, MN 55060

Phone 507-721-1170

Email Dennis@TridentAT.com

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