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Frequently Asked Questions

Where is FTX based?

As of April, 2017,  FTX Aviation, LLC.  operates one aircraft (PA38 – Piper Tomahawk) out of Addison Airport (KADS), Addison, Texas.

We currently do not house a “brick and mortar” building, but conduct ground school and base our operations at Millionair Dallas.

Which license is right for me?

There are numerous ways to answer this question, but in short, the answer depends upon your aviation goals and aspirations. However, for new students, the first step is usually obtain their Private Pilot certificate (license).

Private rating:

Upon becoming a licensed private pilot, you are then able to fly for pleasure, in good weather, and split costs with your passengers. Private pilots can fly during the day or at night, and may fly and single-engine, propeller driven aircraft.

Instrument rating:

After obtaining a Private Pilot certificate, many people choose to continue their education and becoming instrument rated. This allows a person to fly under Instrument Flight Rules, or “IFR,” for short. On top of being able to fly through, takeoff, and land during foggy or cloudy weather, many people enjoy the insurance benefits and added level of security that an instrument rating affords.

Commercial rating:

This rating allows a person to fly for a profit in a limited manner. Upon becoming a licensed commercial pilot, you can, for example, conduct aerial photography, sightseeing tours, pipeline surveying, and aerial banner towing operations for hire.

Certified Flight Instructor:

This allows a person to teach and provide training for others wishing to obtain their sport, recreational, private, commercial, or airline transport pilot certificates.

Certified Flight Instructor-Instrument:

This allows a person to teach and provide training for others who wish to obtain their instrument rating.

* Please note that at this time, FTX Aviation staff can only conduct flight training for the Private, Instrument, or Flight Instructor-Instrument ratings due to aircraft limitations.

**Some individuals have inquired about the “sport” or “recreational” certificates. Further information on these certificates can be obtained by inquiring with the FAA or AOPA. FTX Aviation cannot conduct training for these ratings at this time.

There are many flight schools in the area. Why FTX?

FTX is your flight school. We offer one-on-one instruction that provides the perfect environment for aspiring pilots. Unlike other schools, our instructors care about the student and not personal hour building. You’re not a number on a spreadsheet at FTX, you are a student poised for the skies.

Wet Rate vs. Dry Rate?

A “Wet Rate” is when the gas used by the plane is supplied by FTX and the cost thereof included in the rental rate. A “Dry Rate” is when the gas is supplied by the client and excluded from the rental rate.

What does "Category and Class" of airplane mean?


A category is an overarching classification of aircraft. For example, airplane, helicopter, and glider, etc.


Each category is further broken down into a “class.” Airplanes and helicopters are classified as “single-engine” or “multi-engine.” Airplanes are further classified as “land” or “sea.” You can also combine the classifications to complicate things. They can be “single-engine land,” “single engine sea,” or “multi-engine land.”

So, let’s put it all together with four examples:

  1. A King Air is in the category of “airplane,” and the class of “multi-engine, land.”
  2. A UH-60 Blackhawk is in the category of “helicopter,” and the class of “multi-engine.” (the land is implied)
  3. A Cessna 182 is in the category of “airplane,” and the class of “single-engine, land.”
  4. A Cessna Caravan on floats is in the category of “airplane,” and the class of “single-engine, sea.”