Frequently Asked Questions about GATTS' Courses & Training

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Where in the world is Manhattan, KS?

Manhattan, the home of Kansas State University, is approximately 120 miles straight west of Kansas City.

How can I get there?

If you are not flying into Manhattan in your own aircraft, you can fly commercially into Kansas City International (KMCI).

There are several daily flights from Manhattan Regional to Dallas/Fort Worth and Chicago. Also, you can rent a car if you fly into Kansas City International (KMCI) and then drive over. It's a simple trip over on I-70.

Do I need to have my written passed before I take a course?

If you want to attend a 7-Day Instrument, 3-Day Commercial, or 5-Day CFII course, you need to have the written completed prior to arrival.

What if I don't pass my check-ride?

We will work with you, at no extra charge, on the areas of need, and then you will retest on those areas only.

What if the weather gets so bad that we can't fly?

There are plenty of items that need to be covered in the classroom! We'll then fly again as soon as Mother Nature allows. There are no extra charges due to weather delays!

What if I need to reschedule my training dates?

We understand that life happens! We just ask that you reschedule as soon as possible. Your deposit is always applicable to any training with GATTS. Deposits are non-refundable, however. Please see our Rescheduling Policies & Procedures.

Are there ever any extra charges?

No. We don't want to try to nickel and dime you. If you need extra time, you'll get extra time within reason. i.e., if you need an additional day or two, there is no charge. We aim to take care of you, the customer, but we also have to cover our end; i.e., if you need half of another course on top of your original course, there will be extra fees. E.g., if you come to our 7-day course and complete the seven days but still need an additional four days, there will be an extra charge.

Where will I be staying?

We have apartments attached to the front part of the main facility. They are single-bedroom studio apartments fully furnished with a full kitchen and a washer and dryer. If our apartments are unavailable, we will make hotel arrangements for you.

What will I be driving?

Sorry, but it won't be a Corvette, Ferrari, Lamborghini, or Porsche! It will be, however, a clean, later-model car that is dependable enough to transport you around town and to the airport every day. They won't win any car shows or drag races but will provide good transportation while you're with us.

Do you guarantee that I'll pass my checkride?

There is no guarantee that you'll pass your checkride on the first attempt. In fact, you should be leery of any school that promises that you will! We will work with you at no additional charge until you achieve the skills required and successfully complete the given ride.

What's an average day like?

Normally, we begin around 9 am and finish around 5 pm. You will have classroom sessions, flights, and simulator sessions (if required) each day. The days are full and well-structured but are by no means overwhelming. We want our pilots to get the most out of their time here, but it's not boot camp!

Do I have to study at night?

Only if you choose to. Your instructor may ask you to spend a few minutes reviewing certain aspects of the day; generally speaking, there are no large assignments to complete in the evenings. We would rather you go home, relax, have a good night's sleep, and be fresh for the next day. There is a fine line between getting the most out of your day as possible and hitting a point of diminishing returns.

Will I be in the classroom with other students?

No. All of your training will be one on one.

Do you accept international / non-US students?

Sorry, but we are currently only able to accept United States citizens.

I see that GATTS offers an Instrument Instructor course, but do you offer a CFI (Certified Flight Instructor) course?

Currently, we do not offer a CFI initial course. We can do a CFI add-on if you already possess your CFII. We are exploring the options of starting a CFI initial course, but at this moment, we do not offer a CFI initial course.