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13601 Pioneer Trail

Eden Prairie, MN 55347

Fixed Wing Flight Instruction

Why Choose Hummingbird Aviation?

When choosing a flight school, we certainly agree that price is important; but equally important is: location, quality of training, reputation, instructor commitment, and overall value. At Hummingbird Aviation we are dedicated and passionate about aviation and our commitment to helping you achieve your aviation goals. We have full-time instructors available 7 days a week, and we value each and every one of our students. Our goal is to turn out superior, proficient, and safe pilots who will ultimately become customers for life.


Our location at Flying Cloud Municipal Airport (FCM), just minutes from downtown Minneapolis, is ideal for both new and experienced pilots for several reasons. First, FCM is a Class D towered airport located within the lateral boundaries of Minneapolis International's Class B airspace. This enables students to immediately become comfortable with the communication and procedures necessary to operate in a controlled environment. This type of learning and understanding from day one will make you a more professional and competent pilot who is able to navigate to and from a variety of airports with confidence. Second, FCM airport has three separate hard surfaced runways. This means less chance of having to postpone scheduled flights because of unfavorable crosswinds. Finally, there are many other airports (both controlled and uncontrolled) nearby which provide an excellent opportunity to practice and train in a variety of airport environments, adding to your aviator proficiency.

Quality and Types of Training

Our flight instructors at Hummingbird Aviation come from a variety of backgrounds and experiences. This allows us to provide students with a wide range of training methods and materials to suit every individual's needs. We are qualified to help you receive most FAA certificates, ratings, and endorsements including:

  • Light Sport Pilot (LSA) License
  • Private Pilot's License
  • Commercial Pilot's License
  • Airline Transport Pilot's License
  • Instrument Rating
  • Certificated Flight Instructor (CFI) Rating
  • Instrument Flight Instructor (CFII) Rating
  • Helicopter Training

  • Ground School

    Hummingbird Aviation offers ground schools for both airplanes and helicopters. Each ground school class is 48-hours of quality ground instruction. Class meets Monday and Wednesday nights for airplanes and Tuesday and Thursday nights for helicopters from 7 to 10 pm at Hummingbird Aviation facilities at the Flying Cloud Airport. Ground school concludes with an endorsement to take your Private Pilot FAA Knowledge Test. The Knowledge Test completion certificate is valid for 24 months and is a prerequisite for your private pilot flight test with an FAA designated pilot examiner. You can take the FAA knowledge test right at the Hummingbird Aviation facility. We have three testing rooms with new computers for your convenience.

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