Our Aircraft and Aviation Training Device:

Simply stated, our aircraft are maintained to the highest levels of airworthiness standards as regulated by the FAA. Squawks or discrepancies, no matter how minor, are immediately corrected. Also, unlike some flight schools that skimp and save on cosmetics, we strive to keep our fleet in 'like new' condition. All aircraft are certified for both day night VFR and IFR and both of our Cessna 172s are equipped with angle of attack (AOA) indicators. AOAs add to the additional level of safety that Black Hound Aviation strives to achieve on a daily basis. You will appreciate the attention we put forward in providing you with an airworthy, safe, and cosmetically appealing airplane.

Black Hound also maintains an Aviation Training Device (ATD). Recent FAA rule changes have made the use of these ATDs a practical and cost effective solution for primary, instrument and proficiency training. Read here to see a summary of these important changes.

Below are some pictures and brief descriptions of our aircraft:

Cessna 172S - N810SA. This is a 2003 fuel injected Cessna. We use Cessna 172 aircraft for primary (Private Pilot) and instrument training because they have one of the best safety records of any single engine aircraft in the world. N810SA has been upgraded with an Aspen Evolution Primary Flight Display (PFD), a Garmin GNS430W, and a KAP-140 3 axis autopilot. ADS-B In/Out, inflight traffic and weather for enhanced flight safety, and Bluetooth connectivity to your iPad provide features only found in high end aircraft. Thus, by the FAA's definition it qualifies as a Technologically Advanced Aircraft (TAA). We expect more emphasis to be placed on TAAs in the future as training standards and requirements evolve within the general aviation industry.

Cessna 172M - N172JD. This meticulously maintained 1975 M model is a testament to the ageless beauty and durability of the Cessna Skyhawks. N172JD has been upgraded with an Aspen Evolution glass PFD, a Garmin 650W with touch-screen display, a 180 horsepower engine and a Horton short takeoff and landing (STOL) modification (notice the wingtips). The STOL modification provides slower landing speeds, and shorter takeoff and landing distances. Modifications to this aircraft have resulted in a gross takeoff weight of 2,550 lb. With an empty weight of 1537 lb it can easily carry four 180 lb persons with a full load of fuel. ADS-B In/Out, in flight weather and Bluetooth connectivity are also provided in N172JD. Perfect for that $300 hamburger flight with some friends or family.

Piper PA-32R-300 This extremely nice 1975 Piper Lance is available for rental to qualified pilots, as well as for high performance and complex endorsements. Its well equipped with autopilot, Aspen 1000 PFD and 500 MFD. It has a Garmin G530 WAAS GPS. Beautiful, comfortable IFR long haul passenger carrying aircraft. Great for that once in a lifetime trip to Alaska.

Redbird TD2 Basic Aviation Training Device. The TD2-BATD is an integral part of both our private and instrument training curriculum. Additionally, new regulations allow the TD2-BATD to be used without an instructor so instrument rated pilots can maintain their flight currency, or with an instructor to practice realistic instrument failures. Highlights of this important rule making can be found at this AOPA web page. With a short 30-45 minute checkout, you can easily be on your way to flying solo instrument approaches that are just as legal as those in the airplane, at a fraction of the cost. With both a Garmin G1000 and a conventional '6-pack' panel, the TD2-BATD is an ideal means to finally get that G1000 transition training knocked out.