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The Flying Panthers Flight School (FPFS) will be conducting a 40+hour Private Pilot ground school class from Nov 1st 2021 to Jan 26, 2022.  Class sessions are scheduled for Monday and Wednesday most weeks from 7pm-9pm at our classroom at the McClellan airfield.

This private pilot ground school class will prepare you for the FAA written knowledge test, provide you with in depth explanations and discussions all about flying and being a pilot, and give you a foundation of knowledge for your future check-ride oral exam.

The instructor for this class is Gene Campbell (AGI/IGI).    The cost is $399 for FPFS members, and $499 for non-members.   And includes all the Gleim Private Pilot materials required for the class.

We will observe the required Covid rules for a classroom environment, which at this moment will require masks.

To reserve a seat or for more information please contact Jennifer West at or Gene Campbell at

And Matt Angelo passed his private pilot checkride today Sept 29th 2021 - CFI David

Nik Passed his instrument check-ride yesterday Sept 28th 2021 - CFI David

Sep 12, 2021

Congratulations to Miro for completing her first solo! - Caleb Davis, CFI

Flying Panthers Flight School delivered 10 pizzas to the aircrews at KMCC including the tower to say "Thank You" for all you do on ths Labor Day

Annalise Baird did a great job on her first solo. She did it while talking to the tower and dealing with the departing fire bombers! - CFI Phil

He is the newest PPL in town!

“I can't take any credit. Isai is amazing student. DPE Bob Larkin said wonderful things about him including his composure and knowledge. Isai will be a special Aviator for the future.” Randdi - CFI

Aug 18, 2021

Matt Angelo Soloed 62L. Congratulations Matt - FPFS

Congratulations. Enjoy the freedom!!

Jun 22, 2021

Tom soled today on 66th birthday! - CFI Phil

Jacob can now be paid to fly a fixed wing, but not the helicopter yet…?” CFI Justin

Jun 22, 2021

“Clayton managed to get a pilots license before most people his age get a drivers license! Great job Clayton” - CFI Justin

May 29, 2021

Congratulations to Simon Anuszczyk. He joined Flying Panthers determined to complete Private Pilot training in a short period of time...and that’s exactly what he did. He worked hard and studied hard and it paid off. - CFI Robert

Larkin was a determined student, he studied hard and obtained his PPL in 40 hours. CFI - Grant

Congratulations Stephanie! The instrument rating can be tough but you earned it! It’s been a joy to work with you and see your skills sharpen! -CFI Dave

Nik is an A+ student! Right from the get go he was studying hard and learned a ton on his own. Proud of you Nik! -CFI Dave!

Deanna took her checkride in her Grumman Tiger with Richard Conte. Looking forward to taking non-pilots up for a flight. CFI - Phil

Congratulations on your commercial certificate Pavel! You’ve been an awesome student and best wishes on the road ahead! - CFI Dave

Invalid Congratulations Adriel! You can finally get paid to fly! Best wishes on moving forward and getting your CFI.

  • CFI Dave

"Andrew was born to fly, he soloed with approximately 15 hours and was signed off for his checkride at 40! Congrats to a new master of the sky." Grant - CFI

Yacob, It was great to work with you! Your hard work, dedication, and attention to detail have finally paid off. Congratulations and keep the blue side up! - CFI, Dave!

It was definitely a mental and physical workout. Thank you to everyone who helped me along the way. Lynn for keeping 62Lima in shape, Phil, David C, Scott B, Jenn, for all you support, Karen and the rest of the flying panthers community. You guys are awesome.

"Carson persevered and completed his PPL" - Grant (CFI)

Use of COVID-19 Vaccines by Pilots and Air Traffic Controllers

Notice Number: NOTC1739

The COVID-19 public health emergency has driven extraordinary global efforts to develop an effective and safe vaccine. Some of the vaccines in clinical testing are using novel technology, such as messenger ribonucleic acid (mRNA). The vaccines produced by Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson have been made available to the American public under an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

After careful review of available data regarding safety profiles, the FAA Office of Aerospace Medicine (AAM) adopts the following policy as both safe and operationally responsive to this unique situation:

Holders of FAA-issued Airman Medical Certificates or Medical Clearances may receive the Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines; however, a 48-hour no fly/no safety related duty interval must be observed after each dose.

Individuals holding an FAA-issued Airman Medical Certificate or Medical Clearance should be reminded that they are prohibited from performing flight crewmember duties or air traffic control duties if they do not meet medical certification requirements, including those related to adverse events from medications that render them unable to perform such duties.

AAM will monitor the patient response to Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson vaccines and may adjust this policy as necessary to ensure aviation safety. Additional vaccines will each be evaluated as EUAs are issued.

Read FAQs on the use of COVID-19 vaccines by pilots and air traffic controllers here:

Read more on the FAA’s Coronavirus Guidance and Resource page here:

Phil, her instructor, announced today that Kalea has soloed today in N11746! She did a great job.

By popular demand Flying Panthers Flight School (FPFS) is putting on an Instrument Pilot 40 hour in person ground class starting Monday April 5th. The class will be taught by Robert Long, CFII and meet 2x per week in the evenings Mondays and Tuesdays 5-8pm. The class will be held at Sacramento Executive Airport (KSAC) in the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) classroom. CAP wants to keep the number of people attending at 10 or under, we must practice social distancing 6 feet apart and mask are required. Gleim Aviation books will be required for the class. The cost of the class is $300.00 per person for FPFS students and $400.00 per person for non FPFS students. If you want to attend the Instrument Ground Class, please reply to this email or text me at 916-337-4937 (no later than March 14, 2021 11:59pm).

Mar 12, 2021

Send a text to 358-782 (the Dash is required) in the subject of the text type M followed by the airport identifier. For a TAF type T followed by the airport identifier. If you want the report in pain text type PT after the identifier. now

Mar 09, 2021

737GL will be joining the flightline soon. We had to have the ADS-B module serviced and the communication electronics needed some work. We are anticipating she’ll be up in a few weeks. Check back here for an update!