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Gulf Coast Aero is a FAA part 61 flight school located at North Houston Airport (9X1) a small General Aviation airport in Porter, Texas. We are a non-towered airport, which means no long taxi times or waiting on ATC instructions, which gives you more time to fly and learn.
Our mission is to provide quality flight instruction to students of all ages and experience level. We can take you with little to no experience, to Private Pilot Certification, Instrument through Commercial, CFI & CFII. We also provide quality tail wheel instruction and endorsements.
Our school has some of the most experienced and highly trained CFI, CFII, MEI or ATP flight instructors in all of Houston, with in excess of 26,000 hours of general aviation and major airline flight time. We also provide 107 UAV (Drone) training, as well as ground instruction, flight reviews and for those that just want to see what its like, we have discovery flights. During your discovery flight, an instructor will take you up, and show you firsthand what it is like to fly and aircraft.
Our fleet contains Cessna 150’s & 172’s both aircraft models are used the world over for flight instruction, as well as an Aeronca Champ & a J5 Cub, for Tail wheel aircrafts training and endorsements. All our aircraft are maintained by on staff Certified mechanics and inspected to the highest FAA standards. Our fleet is available for lease, with or without instructors.
Conveniently located just off SH 99 / Grand Parkway, we are 15 - 20 minutes away from Kingwood, Humble, Conroe, The Woodlands, & Spring areas.
We have been flight instructing at 9X1 since 1978 and carry full aviation insurance, for your safety and peace of mind. Whether you need primary training, or a flight review, Gulf Coast Aero can cover all aspects of your training.
Gulf Coast Aero is also authorized to provide flight instruction to international students.
ABOUT GULF COAST AERO
Our Discovery Flight typically last 60 to 90 minutes, to include 30 minutes of ground instruction, preflight checks and 30/60 minutes of flight. You will be seated in the pilot seat with an instructor to your right. You get to experience the joys of flight in a single piston engine fixed wing aircraft, taking the controls where possible and learning the basics of flying, take-off, climbing to altitude, navigation, and then returning to the airfield.
*All flights are subject to weight & weather restrictions.
Private Pilot Training.
Whether you have decided to fly for fun or business, or are considering a career as Professional Pilot, the Private Pilot Certificate is the place to start!
14 CFR § 61.109 lists the requirements for obtaining a single-engine airplane rating. Read More.....
We lease our aircraft by the hour or block bookings at a discount.
ACCELERATED 8 WEEK PRIVATE PILOT GROUND SCHOOL
Accelerated 8 week, 48-hour class covers all portions of the FAA knowledge exam. One class will be spent in the hangar learning pertinent facts about how the airplanes operate, fly, and mechanicals.
The cost for the 8-week course is $400 which includes PHAK (Pilots Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge). Classes will be held on Tuesday & Thursday nights from 6:00 – 9:00 pm at our training center.
Since we are a Part 61 flight school, we have the flexibility for you to “pay as you go“, customizing your flight training to match your finances – paying by cash, check, or credit card. For those students who are transitioning to an aviation career, TCA works with Meritize to allow individuals to finance their private pilots’ license (‘PPL‘) all the way to their commercial pilots’ license (‘CPL‘).
PRIVATE PILOT LICENSE
TAIL WHEEL 101
If you're faced with an emergency, always remember to fly the airplane first, navigate to a point of landing second, and then communicate your emergency.
Gulf Coast Aero owns and operates single engine aircraft, older aircraft are fully refurbished.
1941 J5A Cub Cruiser
P28 Cherokee 140
1929 Brunner Winkle Bird
1946 Aeronca Champ
Angel Nealy First solo flight August 22nd 2020
Josh Charvez Private Pilot 30th October 2020
April Matherly Instrument Checkride 11th November 2020
Devin Kelly private check ride September 6th 2020
Dominique Coleman first solo Aug 8th 2020
Duncan Harrison solo July 17th 2020
Jayson Nesbitt, Solo 12/13/2019, PPL 4/11/2020 & Instrument Checkride 9/27/2020
Kaleb Franklin First solo October 14th 2019
Lisa Sanford first solo August 7th 2020.
Lisa Sanford Private Pilot Checkride November 12th 2020
Rick Reinholtz Private Pilot Checkride November 14th 2020
Bill Harrison first solo November 22nd 2020
Commercial Checkride December 1st 2020
Mike Fassler Private Pilot check ride Sept 29th 2019
JR Jenson first solo Sept 13th 2020
Michael Tager first solo August 8th 2020 after only 12 hours of flight instruction.
Mike Nugent tail wheel endorsement Aug 1st 2019
Mike Nugent Instrument check ride August 19th 2020
Rob Slaughter Instrument Checkride 10/5/2020
Sam Allison private check ride October 12th 2019
Kelly Daniels private check ride December 27th 2020
Sarah Schafer on her first solo August 23rd 2020. Private Pilot Checkride December 6th 2020.
Kenrik March first solo December 1oth 2020.
Vivianna solo June 11th 2020 after only 13 hours , PPL 8/13/2020
Taylor Morgan PPL Checkride 10/1/2020
Jayson Nesbitt Commercial Checkride 1/2/2021
Nathaniel Hales first solo 1/18/2021
Angel Nealy Private Pilot 2/22/2021
Emily Mace Private Pilot 2/22/2021
Follow the accomplishments of our students and staff.
“I have often said that the lure of flying is the lure of beauty.”
“A pilot who says he has never been frightened in an airplane is, I’m afraid, lying.”
“I think it is a pity to lose the romantic side of flying and simply to accept it as a common means of transport.”
"What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us."
Henry Stanley Haskins
"There are two primary choices in life: to accept conditions as they exist, or accept the responsibility for changing them."
"Great thoughts speak only to the thoughtful mind, but great actions speak to all mankind."
Emily P. Bissell
Incredible school, the aircraft are all refurbished and look like new, the instructors are very knowledgeable and eager to help. It's a none tower airfield so there is very little traffic for take offs and landings.
Jayson Nesbitt - Student Pilot
If you are looking for your first flying experience, you need look no further. Gulf Coast Aero were amazing, i couldn't be happier!!
Paul Jonson - Discovery flight
Competitive pricing, great customer service and the aircraft are clean and well maintained.
Simon Web - Aircraft Rental