Flight Training

Our L-39 Flight Training is geared toward the owner/operator who wants to learn to fly the L-39 to the highest, safest level. We don't believe in "weekend type-rating" courses, or courses that guarantee a rating in a certain number of hours. We train to an FAA-approved standard that ensures you'll be confident and happy while flying your L-39. And that's really what flying is all about, isn't it?

We offer a type-rating course that includes training in contact (visual) maneuvers, instrument proficiency, and emergencies. We have self-examining authority, so we can issue the L-39 type rating upon completion of our training course. 

We also offer advanced flight instruction in formation, aerobatics, jet upsets, tactical maneuvering, ejection-seat operation, and more.

Code 1 Aviation's L-39 flight training syllabus includes training in the following areas:

  • Preflight Planning, Performance Calculations, Weight and Balance Determination, Required Paperwork, etc.

  • FAA Regulations Pertaining to L-39 Operations

  • Checklist Discipline and Usage

  • Preflight Inspection

  • Ground Operations

  • Flight Procedures - Normal

  • Flight Procedures - Irregular/Emergency

  • Takeoffs - Normal, Crosswind and Short-Field

  • Climb and Descent Profiles

  • Missed Approaches (IFR)

  • Short-Field Landings

  • Go-Arounds (VFR)

  • Simulated Flameout (SFO) Patterns and Landings

  • Pattern Entry Procedures (VFR, Initial/Overhead)

  • Normal and No-Flap Traffic Patterns and Landings

  • Basic, Intermediate and Advanced Flight Maneuvers (Examples: Steep turns, slow flight, stalls, unusual attitude recoveries, basic aerobatics)

  • Aircraft Handling Exercises

  • Precision and Non-Precision Approaches

  • Missed Approaches (IFR)

  • Instrument Techniques and Procedures, Cockpit Organization/Optimization

  • High-Altitude Operation (if not previously qualified)

Requirements for Flight Training

The minimum pilot requirements for a recommendation for an L-39 Experimental Aircraft Authorization are as follows:

  • FAA Private Pilot with Single-Engine Land rating; current biennial flight review (or equivalent)

  • FAA Instrument Rating, and current & proficient with instrument flying

  • 1,000 hours total time, with 500 hours PIC in category (airplane)

  • Third-Class FAA Medical

  • Logbook endorsements for High-Performance and Complex aircraft

  • Logbook endorsement for High-Altitude training


Please contact us if you have any questions about our training requirements.
We would be happy to discuss them in more detail.

Meet the Flight Instructor Staff:

Flight Instructor Buck "Winchester" Wyndham has over 22,000 hours of flight time. He has been instructing in the L-39 since 2000. Most of his 2000-plus L-39 hours have been as a flight instructor and test pilot. Buck began flying gliders at age 15, and he has flown more than 110 aircraft types. A former USAF fighter/attack pilot, he flew combat missions in the A-10 Warthog during Operation Desert Storm. He then instructed in the T-38 Talon for many years. Buck is a Captain for a major airline, and is type-rated in the Boeing 737, 747, 757, 767, 777 and Airbus A320. He has instructed in several other warbird types, including the Stearman, Yak-52, Hawker Hunter, and others. He is an ATP, CFII/MEI, and FAST Formation Instructor, as well as an aircraft homebuilder, writer, and photographer. He is a member of the Society of Experimental Test Pilots.

Flight Instructor/Examiner Steve "Puck" Kirik has been flying, instructing and examining in L-39s since the late 1990s, nearly as long as they have been flying in the USA, logging more than 2000 hours in the Albatros. A former U.S. Air Force F-15 Eagle fighter pilot, Steve flew combat missions in Operation Desert Storm and later instructed in the T-38 Talon for five years. In addition to being a Captain on the Boeing 737 for a major airline, he is also type-rated in the 747, 757, and 767. Steve also flies and serves as a flight examiner in numerous warbird types, including the L-39, F-86, T-2, A-4, F-5/T-38, SU-27, T-6, Yak-52, and others. He is an ATP, CFII, MEI and FAST Formation Examiner. He is married and has three daughters.

Flight Instructor Bruce “Bull” Shipp is a second-generation pilot from Quincy, Illinois. Since soloing a J-3 Cub at 16, he has accumulated over 13,000 hours in Cubs, Pitts's, warbirds and commercial airliners. A 20-year USAF veteran with over 3000 hours in the T-37, AT-38, F-106 and F-15C Eagle, Bruce flew combat missions in the F-15 in Operation Desert Storm. Bruce is a Captain on the B-737 for a major airline, is type-rated in the L-39 and T-37, holds an ATP, CFII, MEI and float plane ratings, and is a FAST Formation Instructor. He is a graduate of Parks College of Aviation Technology. He is married and has two sons.

Flight Instructor Pete "Pig" Fleischmann is a former USAF F-16 combat vet and T-37 Instructor Pilot and Flight Examiner. He has been instructing in the L-39 for over seven years, with nearly 500 instructor hours in the Albatros. Pete is Captain for a major airline, and holds type ratings in the Boeing 757, 767, 777 and Airbus A320, as well as Turbojet Flight Engineer and CFI certificates. Pete lives in Connecticut with his wife Kristi (also a former USAF pilot) and their three kids and three big dogs.

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