Each student is unique. One-size-fits-all approaches will never help you reach your full potential. We deliver custom solutions, tailored to you--your goals, your culture, your one-of-a-kind challenges.


Ellie Demarchi, Chase Browdie, Keith Eich, Bruce Baker, Naomi Watts, Everett Barnes, John Arneson, Christian Bael, and Andy Kahrs not pictured but key contributors to the team as flight instructors and proctors. 

We are enthusiasts, our culture is to create a general aviation community that welcomes all.


Ken Merrill- Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award Winner, South Dakota Aviation Hall of Famer. ATP-MEL, CSEL,  CFI, CFII, MEI Tailwheel, High-Perfomance, Complex. Ken has tens of thousands of hours of time,  thousands of dual instruction given, has flown commuter airline, air taxi, aerial application and much more in his career. Ken opinion on his flying career "It has been a wonderful career.  I tell people I have never have to go to work, I get to go fly".

Bijan Maleki- CMEL, CFI, CFII, MEI Tailwheel, High-Perfomance, Complex. Bijan is an Aerospace Engineer as well as certified gearhead and co-owner of Plane Training. He is looking forward to completing his A&P as well as competing in IAC competition. When he isn't teaching he is flying for a fortune 500 company all over north america. 

old school stick and rudder skills: modern philosophy

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Miranda Maleki- CMEL, CFI, CFII, Tailwheel, High Performance, Complex. Miranda Manages an FBO, flies a corporate turboprop in addition to co-owing Plane Flight Training. She follows in both her parents footsteps as a second generation pilot. Miranda is looking forward to completing her MEI and growing the general aviation community in Rapid City.

who we are

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