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Instructional Method

Method matters in flight training. And while it is true “an airplane is an airplane” they can be flown differently—and difference matters. So when choosing a flight school it is very important to find out what method is being taught at the school and if the instructors are standardized in their teaching method. 

Presently there are 2 different methods being taught in U.S. flight schools. One is the old “Stick and Rudder” method which has been the go-to method in general aviation since the 1940’s. It can best be described as airspeed flying. The second method which is popular among professional pilots is attitude flying. 

At JB Aeronautics we teach attitude flying exclusively. The reasons are many. First, it is the natural way to fly an airplane in that you learn how to control the airplane’s flight path using the pitch attitude of the airplane like sighting down a gun barrel. And to land the airplane you learn how to aim and control the airplane with precision during the approach and landing. When you pull the nose up you go up, push the nose down you go down, and when you add power you go faster. Whereas in airspeed flying, you are taught how to control the airplane’s flight path (glide path) using the throttle and by memorizing power settings. So when you add power you go up, reduce the power you go down, and when you push the nose down you simply go faster—which is the complete opposite of attitude flying. So you see it is very important which method you choose to learn. 

Now before you try to decide on a flight school based simply on this limited information, know that every airline pilot and military pilot in the world uses the attitude flying method. The only airplanes still being flown today using the airspeed method are small general aviation airplanes. And while the airspeed flying method will work in these airplanes, it will not work in large or high performance airplanes. Only the attitude flying method can be used effectively in all airplanes. 

So which method is better? Attitude flying of course! But there must be a good reason why so many flight schools still teach airspeed flying rather than attitude flying; and that is because it’s easier to teach. But in this case easy is not better—especially in terms of safety, airplane control and pilot confidence.

An attitude pilot, like an aerobatic pilot, can make an airplane do what they want in almost every flight condition with precision and confidence. Conversely, an airspeed pilot often needs ideal conditions to fly with any degree of precision or confidence. As a result, they often become known as fair weather weekend pilots that prefer to fly at familiar airports only. In other words, they know their limitations and wisely choose to fly only in good conditions due to their lack of confidence and fear that under certain adverse conditions they might lose control of the airplane. 

An attitude pilot on the other hand, is equipped to land and takeoff on short runways at unfamiliar airports in wind and turbulence, in either day or night conditions, and with absolute confidence in their ability to control their airplane. And that is what it takes to be pilot-in-command. Any method that does not equip you to do this is not worthy of your time and effort.   


JB Aeronautics is FAA Approved under FAR Part 141, Air Agency Number 1J8S983L. This approval helps insure that you will receive the best flight training possible. Additionally, it reduces the training hour requirements which can save you thousands of dollars on the cost of your training.

Unlike FAR Part 61 training, Part 141 training requires use of an FAA approved training syllabus, instructor standardization, and an experienced chief Flight Instructor to supervise and maintain the quality of flight training.


JB Aeronautics is located at 4955 East Andersen Ave, Suite 117, in the Fly-In Office Center next to the FAA Flight Standards Office. Its current facility consists of a briefing, study and dispatch areas and a Frasca 142 (ATD) multiengine flight simulator. The airplane flight line is directly outside its office and easily accessible.


JB Aeronautics is located at the Fresno Yosemite International Airport which is an ideal airport for flight training. It is served by a number of major airlines and is home to the F-15 fighter wing of the California Air National Guard. It is located in Class C Airspace with 24 hour ATC tower and terminal radar approach control facilities. The airport has two parallel runways which allow for simultaneous takeoffs and landings as well as ILS, Localizer and GPS approaches. The level of airport activity and varied mix of aircraft and flight operations insure our students receive a wide range of flying experience.


JB Aeronautics uses Piper airplanes primarily for flight training and airplane rental. The Piper Tomahawk is used for basic training and the Warrior and Archer for basic and instrument training. The Piper Turbo Arrow is used for advanced and complex pilot training. The Piper Turbo Seneca II is used for multiengine pilot training.


In addition, our Frasca 142 (ATD) single and multiengine simulator is used for commercial/instrument training.


We use the Piper Tomahawk because it has proven itself to be a great flight trainer over the years. It was originally designed and built by Piper in the late 70s based on the input of hundreds of flight instructors throughout the industry. Every aspect of the airplane design took into account their specific wants and needs. Over the next 4 years Piper built 2500 airplanes many of which are still in service today. Designed with comfort, visibility and performance in mind, it’s become known as the little airplane with the big airplane heart. And by that I mean, it flies and handles like a much larger airplane. All an all, I believe it is one of the best attitude flying trainers available anywhere, and that is because of:

  • Its low wing configuration coupled with its one piece wrap around windshield and wrap around side and rear window afford the pilot spectacular 360 degree in-flight visibility.


  • Its advanced technology GAW-1 airfoil and T-tail provide good handling and flight characteristics and give the Tomahawk the feel of a high performance airplane—which is an important consideration when transitioning to larger airplanes. 

  • It’s an excellent attitude flying airplane and more challenging to fly than most 2 place trainers. It makes for a better pilot by requiring and developing more precise planning and timing and control and coordination as well as sharper reflexes. 

  • It’s roomy and comfortable. So whether you are tall or short, its seats will adjust for a comfortable fit and its cabin is wide enough to provide the pilot and instructor ample shoulder room and easy cockpit entry and exit.

  • It’s certified for spins and all commercial maneuvers; and in its 40 years since FAA certification it has consistently enjoyed a good reputation for reliability and structural integrity.


All airplane maintenance and repair is done in our own shop with our staff of experienced mechanics which are dedicated exclusively to the inspection and repair of our company airplanes.

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