It’s finally official, OpenAir has two Cirrus Training Centers Online!

Sometimes bureaucracy and politics gets in the way (Yes, that’s stating the obvious these days). Well finally, after a long delay, we are very proud to announce that OpenAir Flight Training is properly listed on Cirrus’s website–showing both our Cirrus Training Centers in Leesburg, VA and Gaithersburg, MD.

OpenAir has been a proud, longtime partner with Cirrus. This designation and commitment to excellence in training is something we are very proud of.

Our fleet continues to grow, our students and renters continue to build, and our locations continue to expand. We thank all of you for supporting us and working with us to have such an amazing organization.

Fly Safe, and please do not hesitate to contact us with any comments, inquiries or suggestions.


Did you know OpenAir offers cost effective Sport Pilot Training?

It’s true! N6043N is a Cessna 162 Skycatcher, a light sport aircraft and we have it available at $140/hour cash or credit.

The Sport Pilot Rule was adopted primarily to give the FAA some control over the ultralight aviation community, but it has also created even more opportunities for people to realize their dream of learning to fly.  

Sport Pilot training requires a minimum of 20 hours of flight training, compared to 40 hours for a Private Pilot certificate. This can dramatically reduces the cost of earning a pilot license.

No medical examination or medical certificate is required for a Sport Pilot license, provided that the candidate possesses a valid drivers’ license. (There’s a bit more to it than that, but you get the idea.)

The Sport Pilot certificate is a real, honest-to-goodness, FAA pilot certificate. Therefore, all flight hours accumulated by Sport Pilots count toward meeting applicable requirements for more advanced pilot certificates and ratings.

Please pass on to friends and family that OpenAir now offers Sport Pilot Training with the same emphasis on safety and competency as we do for all of our training.

To all of our pilot users who just want to fly something new and different, this is an extremely cost effective add on.

Give us a call or schedule online to begin your Skycatcher flight training or sign off.


OpenAir Flight Training Feedback

OpenAir has seen tremendous growth over the last year, and we are looking forward to continued growth in the coming years. Our goal is to continue to provide a high level of training, service and exceptional aircraft to our customers.


To that end, we need your help. Please take a moment to complete the AOPA flight training survey. This will help us improve our level of service and provide valuable feedback to our instructors and operations team that will enable us to serve you better. By participating you will be eligible to win some prizes provided by Sporty’s. The survey ends on August 14th so please enter today! 

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BONUS! Enter the 2017 Flight Training Experience Survey Sweepstakes!    

By participating in the Flight Training Experience Survey, you will be eligible to enter to win on of the sweepstakes prizes provided by Sporty’s, Aircraft Spruce, and Pilot Workshops*.

  • Your choice of a Sporty’s Learn to Fly or Instrument Rating online course, valued at $200 each (two of these will be awarded) 
  • An Aircraft Spruce $150 Gift Card 
  • A Pilot Workshops Real World Coast to Coast online course, valued at $149 

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N204RM has moved to Hangar 5.

It is a snug fit with the aircraft in the hangar so we ask that you please be extra cautious when pulling in and out the aircraft. The yellow electric tow in the hangar can only be used by those who have used the tow for the Turbo or for those who have been checked out by an instructor on how to use the tow properly. Renters can use the red tow bar in the back of the aircraft if they have not been checked out on how to use the electric tow.

Please make sure that the static wicks do not bend up against the hangar. Once you have the aircraft in the hangar, place chocks down so that the plane doesn’t rock backwards. Over the next week or so we will be placing yellow lines down with taped chocks so that renters have an easier time lining up the aircraft and so that the plane doesn’t rock back. 

If you have any questions or concerns please give us a call at 1-800-940-2359.


Brand new Generation 6 SR20: Available for training at Montgomery County Airpark

OpenAir purchased a brand new Generation 6 SR20 last month.  Our plan is to have it full time at the Montgomery County Airpark for flight training during the summer flight training season.  Before the aircraft gets booked up at GAI, we thought we would bring it to JYO for a few months in the event that anyone wanted to check it out and learn about the new Perspective+ avionics and new Lycoming engine. So we now have a tie down at JYO, and intend to have this beautiful bird available through June for anyone who wants to do avionics transition training and rental during this period.


Flight Training Now Available at KGAI

We just wanted to let you know that OpenAir Flight Training is now open and available at the Montgomery County Airpark (KGAI). Justin Longosky is our full time CFI based out of GAI and we have a brand new, 2017 Cirrus SR20 G6 aircraft for training and rental.  

This new bird features a Lycoming 215hp engine and the new Cirrus Perspective + avionics package.  Transition training is required to fly the new plane, but that will only be a few hours.

If your interested in flying N20PN, give us a call at 800.940.2FLY and we will get you scheduled for your transition training. We truly appreciate you flying with us, and please let us know if we can do anything more for you. Have a great day, and fly safe!


brand-new Cirrus 2017 SR20 aircraft: available for flight training soon!

April 6, OpenAir Flight Training picked up it’s brand-new Cirrus 2017 SR20 aircraft which will be available for flight training in a few weeks out of the Montgomery County Airpark. We are very excited to have this beautiful new addition to our fleet. Give us a call at 800.940.2359 to begin your flight training in this beautiful aircraft.

This aircraft is a brand new model (Generation 6) aircraft with the brand new Cirrus Perspective + Avionics – which features some really cool new functions and features that at first don’t seem like a big deal, but are really quite significant and totally justify this 2017 version being classified as the first in a new generation of SR20’s. It also features a new, more powerful Lycoming Engine.

N20PN, will rent for $285/hr wet, which by our research is competitive to the average cost of an older Perspective aircraft (what Cirrus is going to call Legacy Perspective), and still well under what other Cirrus Training Centers would charge for a days old aircraft.

Give us a call, or wait for N20PN to show up on our Flight Schedule Pro scheduling system.

For those of you who do not have a scheduling account with OpenAir Flight Training, please request access to our scheduling system at:


Cirrus flight training is coming to the Montgomery County Airpark

OpenAir is proud to be bringing Cirrus flight training back to the Montgomery County Airpark. Give us a call at 800.940.2359 for additional details.

Do you understand this?

Data at: 1834 UTC 13 Feb 2017
KJYO 131815Z AUTO 35015G31KT 10SM CLR 06/M05 A3005 RMK AO2

If you understand this, then make sure todays winds are within your personal limits.

If you don’t understand this, give us a call at 800.940.2FLY and one of our flight instructors can assist you in learning all about weather METARs, and how to use aviation to create memorable and fulfilling personal and professional experiences as a private pilot.