Sheble Aviation

Sheble Aviation
Sun Valley Airport
5050 Bison Ave
Fort Mohave, Arizona 86426
(800) 249-6482

   Sun Valley Airport (A20) - Primary

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Quality of Aircraft 3.5 Quality of Instruction 2.5
Availability of Aircraft 3 Availability of Instruction 4
Cleanliness of Aircraft 3.5 Facility Amenities 2.5
Community Atmosphere 3 Friendliness of Staff 4
Professionalism of Staff 3 Value of Training 3

Overall Score: 3.2/5

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Certificates and Ratings Offered:

These are the different certificates and ratings that be obtained at this flight school.
Certificates and Ratings Offered:

Part 141 Training

Does this school offer Part 141 training? Part 141 is a section of the Federal Aviation Regulations that provide additional oversight by the FAA. Typically Part 141 schools are more structured, more professional, and provide additional services that a Part 61 flight school may not. Because of this, the FAA allows pilots to obtain their certificates/ratings with lower hourly requirements. However, a part 141 program does require stage checks. This type of learning environment is better for some, but is not necessarily right for everyone.
Part 141 Training:

Private - Part 61

Does this school offer Private Pilot training under FAR Part 61. Part 61 training is the section of the Federal Aviation Regulations that details the training requirements to obtain a pilot certificate or rating. Part 61 schools may be large professional institutions, or they may be a single instructor operating on their own. It is important that a prospective student look into how a part 61 flight school operates.
Private - Part 61:

Instrument Rating

Does this school offer training for your Instrument Rating? If you want to legally fly in the clouds, certain airspace, and avoid travel delays, you'll need an Instrument Rating. An Instrument Rating allows a pilot to fly in Instrument Meteorological Conditions. IMC definitions vary based on airspace, but typically are defined as visibility less than 3 statue miles and a cloud ceiling of less than 1000ft.
Instrument Rating:

Commercial Pilot Certificate

Does this school offer training towards a Commercial Pilot Certificate? It is required to receive compensation for flying. Allows you to pursue a professional career as a pilot.
Commercial Pilot Certificate:

Multi-Engine Rating

Does this school offer Multi-Engine Rating training? It is required to fly any aircraft with more than one engine.
Multi-Engine Rating:

ATP Certificate

Does this school offer training for an ATP Certificate? An Airline Transport Pilot Certificate replaces your Commercial Certificate and allows you to act as Pilot in Command on a part 121 (scheduled air carrier) or part 135 (on-demand charter) operation. This certificate is available for both single and multi-engine aircraft. On January 1st 2013, all airline pilots will be required to possess this certificate.
ATP Certificate:

Rotorcraft Rating

Required to fly rotorcraft category aircraft (helicopters and gyrocopters).
Rotorcraft Rating:

Certified Flight Instructor

This certificate is required to act as an instructor and legally provide flight training, endorsements, and recommendations for pilots.
Certified Flight Instructor:

Certified Flight Instructor Instrument

Required to instruct individuals for their instrument rating or to conduct Instrument Proficiency Checks.
Certified Flight Instructor Instrument:

Certified Flight Instructor Multi-Engine

Required to provide flight training in Multi-Engine aircraft.
Certified Flight Instructor Multi-Engine:

Certified Flight Instructor Sport

This flight school offers the required training to become a flight instructor to conduct Sport Pilot training.
Certified Flight Instructor Sport:

Sport Pilot

Requires half the flight training hours of a private pilot certificate and you do not require a medical exam. However, you are limited to Light-Sport aircraft that can not exceed 120 knots, may not carry more than 1 passenger, must be single engine, and may not have a retractable landing gear. Other limitations apply. Please refer to the Federal Aviation Regulations.
Sport Pilot:

Recreational Pilot

The recreational pilot certificate requires less training and offers fewer privileges than the private certificate. It was originally created for flying small single-engine planes, and has since been largely supplanted by the Sport Pilot certificate. It is significantly more restrictive than a private pilot certificate. The holder is restricted to 50 nautical miles from his/her field of departure and from operating in the vicinity of airports with a control tower, though these restrictions can be lifted with additional training and endorsements.
Recreational Pilot :

Glider Rating

Required to operate glider category aircraft
Glider Rating:

Float Rating (ASES, AMES)

Required to operate an aircraft on floats.
Float Rating (ASES, AMES):

Lighter-Than-Air: Airship Class

Required training towards an Airship Class LTA rating.
Lighter-Than-Air: Airship Class:

Lighter-Than-Air: Balloon Class

Required Rating to operate Balloon Class LTA's
Lighter-Than-Air: Balloon Class:

Additional Endorsements and Programs:

These are additional training programs and endorsements that are offered at this flight school.
Additional Endorsements and Programs:

Biennial Flight Review (BFR)

Does this school offer Biennial Flight Reviews? A BFR is a required review of a pilot's abilities that must be conducted every 24 calendar months. This review must be conducted by a CFI or a Designated Pilot Examiner. It is required to consist of at least 1 hour of ground review and 1 hour of flight review.
Biennial Flight Review (BFR):

Instrument Proficiency Check (IPC)

Does this school offer Instrument Proficiency Checks? An IPC is required after a pilot has let his/her instrument currency expire for more than 6 months. An IPC can only be conducted by CFII's and DPE's or other approved FAA officials.
Instrument Proficiency Check (IPC):

Discovery Flights

Does this flight school offer flights to demonstrate what it is like to fly personal aircraft to experience flight?
Discovery Flights:

Glass Cockpit Transition Training

Glass cockpits are the 'way of the future' in aviation. What this refers to is an aircraft that is equipped with modern avionics that uses video screens 'glass' to display flight instruments along with other important flight information. Most new aircraft are built with glass cockpits, and more and more older aircraft are being updated to glass cockpits.
Glass Cockpit Transition Training:

Complex Endorsement

An endorsement from an authorized instructor is required to operate complex aircraft. A complex aircraft is any aircraft that has retractable landing gears, flaps, and a constant-speed or variable pitch propellor.
Complex Endorsement:

High Performance Endorsement

Does the school provide training in high performance aircraft? A high performance aircraft is any aircraft having an engine with more than 200hp.
High Performance Endorsement:

Tail Wheel Endorsement

An endorsement by an authorized instructor is required to operate tail wheel aircraft.
Tail Wheel Endorsement:

Spin Endorsement

A spin endorsement is required for all pilots seeking to be a flight instructor. Only certain aircraft can be legally put into a spin on purpose.
Spin Endorsement:

Unusual Attitudes

Does the school provide additional or specialized training in scenarios where a pilot may be disoriented and in a difficult to recover aircraft position. This training is designed to increase pilot awareness and safety.
Unusual Attitudes:


Training in aerobatics. Typically a specially designed aerobatic aircraft that is designed to withstand the heavy G-forces imposed during aerobatic maneuvering is used. Training typically involves specialized maneuvers that are often used in aerobatic competitions.

Pinch Hitter Course

Training for friends and family who are interested in flying. Program is typically designed to train an individual to take over control of the aircraft in the event of an in-flight emergency where the pilot is incapacitated.
Pinch Hitter Course:

Formal Mountain Training

Does the flight school offer a formal mountain training program. Mountain flying offers its own rewards, challenges, and dangers. It is strongly encouraged that a pilot receive formal training in mountainous operations prior to operating in the vicinity of large hills or mountains.
Formal Mountain Training:

Ski Training

Required to learn to operate an aircraft equipped with skis.
Ski Training:

Ultralight/ Hang Glider Training

Although no training or certification is required to operate an ultralight or hang glider vehicle, it is strongly recommended that all pilots looking to fly one receive some formal training.
Ultralight/ Hang Glider Training:

Pressurized High Altitude Endorsement

Endorsement required to act as pilot in command of a pressurized aircraft above 25,0000ft MSL
Pressurized High Altitude Endorsement:

Stage Checks

Stage checks or Progress Checks are a legal requirement under Part 141 training. A stage check is an evaluation of a pilot's ability and knowledge and is used to determine whether or not the individual is ready and safe to move onto the next stage of their training. They are typically conducted by more senior and experienced instructors to ensure that a pilot is receiving adequate and proper instruction from their primary instructor. They are additional flights during your training, but often provide valuable learning experiences that come from another instructor's insight.
Stage Checks:

Training In Owner's Aircraft

Does this flight school offer training in an owner's aircraft? Some flight schools have the policy of only instructing in aircraft they operate. This is likely due to insurance reasons.
Training In Owner's Aircraft:

Type Rating Training

A type rating is required for anyone operating an aircraft as Pilot In Command that is certificated with a maximum takeoff weight of more than 12,500lbs, has a turbo-jet engine, or any other aircraft specified by the FAA Administrator.
Type Rating Training:

Ground Training Programs

How students are taught their ground school lessons.
Ground Training Programs

1 on 1

One on one lessons with an instructor
1 on 1:

Classroom Training

One instructor to many students in ground school.
Classroom Training:

Additional Seminars

Additional seminars on various topics such as airplane maintanence, checkrides, glass cockpit training...etc.
Additional Seminars:

Home Study Ground School

Does this school offer a ground school option that allows the student to study at home? These courses typically will use a combination of books, CDs, and DVDs. They have the advantage of often being less expensive than a traditional classroom course and can be learned at a students own pace. The disadvantage is that even though an instructor may be able to review your progress online. They are not physically there to answer any questions that you may have.
Home Study Ground School:

Online Home Study Ground School

Similar to most home study courses, the online CBT (Computer Based Training) can be done from any device that is connected to the internet. This gives the student even more flexibility into when and where they study.
Online Home Study Ground School:

VFR Flying Days per Year

What is the average number of Visual Flight Rules flying days per year. This is an important factor in determining how much time you'll need to commit to your training. If there are only 200 VFR flying days a year, then expect 1 out of every 3 lessons to be cancelled due to weather. This is often seasonal in most parts of the United States. However, do not assume that any season is better or worse than any other. Each season has its advantages and disadvantages. Talk with your local flight school for their professional opinion on your region.
VFR Flying Days per Year:

Staff and Amenities

Information regarding staff and amenities at this flight school.
Staff and Amenities

Number of Instructors

How many instructors are employeed by the school.
Number of Instructors:

Avg # of Students per Instructor

How many students is the average instructor teaching on a regular basis.
Avg # of Students per Instructor:

Designated Pilot Examiner on Staff

Does the flight school have an examiner on staff. A DPE is an individual that is authorized by the FAA to provide practical exam check-rides (this is the flight test required at the end of your training to receive your certificate or rating). It is almost never a bad thing to have an "in house" examiner that you can ask questions and get to know prior to your exam.
Designated Pilot Examiner on Staff:


A dispatcher is an individual that provides scheduling, payment processing, oversight, and other miscellaneous administrative duties at a flight school.

Online Scheduling

Can you schedule instruction or aircraft online without having to contact the flight school or your instructor directly
Online Scheduling:

Simulator on Site

Is there an FAA approved simulator on site that can be used to log flight training or to maintain pilot currency requirements
Simulator on Site:

Computerized Testing On Site

Most pilot certificates require you to pass a knowledge exam (often referred to as a "written exam"). These tests are administered using a computer based system at FAA approved locations.
Computerized Testing On Site:

WiFi Access

Does this school offer WiFi access for its students and customers.
WiFi Access:

Pilot Shop

Does the flight school have a Pilot Shop to purchase things such as headsets, books, checklists, sectional charts...
Pilot Shop:

Pilot Lounge

Is there a place for pilots and students to lounge and relax in.
Pilot Lounge:

Lodging Available

Is local lodging available or nearby for displaced students.
Lodging Available:

Training At Your Home Airport

Does the flight school provide the service of sending an aircraft and/or an instructor to your local airport to train you?
Training At Your Home Airport:

Fleet Maintenance

Maintaining the fleet of airplanes.
Fleet Maintenance

Line Service Available

Line service is a term used to describe individuals who are responsible for looking after the fleet of aircraft between flights. They will typically provide fueling, cleaning, preventative maintenance, and other services that are often over-looked till you find yourself at a location that does not provide them. These individuals are almost always a luxury to have around!
Line Service Available:

Maintain their own fleet

Does the flight school maintain their own aircraft.
Maintain their own fleet:

Contracted Out

Does the flight school contract out their aircraft maintenance.
Contracted Out:

Aircraft Sales

Is the flight school also a dealer for any type of aircraft.
Aircraft Sales:

Hangar Space

Does this flight school offer space within their hangars to store your aircraft.
Hangar Space:

Students and Careers

Additional programs or offerings that a student may be interested in.
Students and Careers

Accept Foreign M-1 Visa Applicants

Does the school sponsor foreign students looking to train under an M-1 Visa.
Accept Foreign M-1 Visa Applicants:

Affiliation with a College/University

Is the flight school affiliated with a college or university? Can your flight training count for college credits?
Affiliation with a College/University:

Bridge Program

Is there a bridge program for career oriented student pilots. Bridge programs are in place with typically airlines or charter services that provide an easy and likely route into being a professional pilot.
Bridge Program:

Disabled Pilot Training

Training specifically designed for the physically disabled individual. With this training an individual who has a physical disability can receive a Statement of Demonstrated Ability (SoDA) from the Flight Standards District Office (FSDO) and are eligible to become a certificated pilot. Typically special flight controls are needed inside the cockpit.
Disabled Pilot Training:

Payment Info

Payment Info
Payment Info

Flying Club

Operates as a flying club where members usually are required to pay monthly or yearly dues to gain access and discounts on renting their aircraft.
Flying Club:

Renter's Insurance Required

Is the student required to carry their own insurance policy as a renter or student?
Renter's Insurance Required:

Pre-Pay Benefits

Does the flight school offer pre-pay benefits like credits when paying in advance. This is typically a % bonus added onto down payments that you make or a 'block rate' when you purchase a number of hours in advance.
Pre-Pay Benefits:

VA Benefits Accepted

Students who are active duty, reservist, national guard, veteran or veteran’s dependent (spouse, child) may receive up to 60% of their flight training paid for by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
VA Benefits Accepted:

Financial Aid

Does the flight school offer financial aid to students.
Financial Aid:


Do they accept Visa cards


Do they accept Mastercard

American Express

Do they accept American Express
American Express:


Do they accept Discover credit cards


Do they accept Checks


Do they accept Cash? It may seem incredible, but yes there are flight schools that do not accept cash. For example some university training programs will not take cash on the spot.

Flight School Reviews
moralesjosh wrote on 5/10/2014 3:47:56 AM:
Quality of Aircraft 3 Quality of Instruction 1
Availability of Aircraft 2 Availability of Instruction 3
Cleanliness of Aircraft 3 Facility Amenities 1
Community Atmosphere 1 Friendliness of Staff 3
Professionalism of Staff 1 Value of Training 1
Overall Score: 1.9/5

Employee(s) worked with: 2

Reason for visit: Flight Training

I recommend this flight school: No




May kill you

My Review of Sheble Aviation:
Review - Sheble Instrument Training Course (or 10 Days in a Crazy House)
My wife and I signed up for Sheble’s 10-11 day instrument training course in early March for the purpose of acquiring our ratings in mid-April 2014. Our work schedules kept us on a hard departure date so our initial communications with Sheble addressed the need to checkride by a certain day. We were assured on schedule completion would not be a problem.
What follows is a day by day breakdown of our appallingly negative experience at Sheble Aviation. If you’re into quick and dirty here it is:
• An instructor that falls asleep on cross-country flights as readily as on a traffic filled approach at the North Las Vegas Airport
• Another instructor that took my wife on a 4.9 hour night cross-country in a C-172 with a published fuel endurance of 4.75 hours
• A ‘school’ with 6 instrument students, 2 CFII, 1.5 airplanes (two planes with one lacking the requisite equipment for instrument training) and a complete absence of organization
• An owner whose rare presence was highlighted by drinking Coors Light while having his mechanic install an engine in his race car while one of the 1.5 airplanes was down.
If you’re interested in the whole experience please read on.
We arrived in Needles the night before the course began. The accommodations at America’s Best Value Inn were suitable and for the Sheble rate of $36/night, very tolerable.
The first day consisted of signing the requisite paperwork, paying for the course and ground school. Ground school was fairly well-organized and provided a great deal of information backed up by the training packet provided on the Sheble website. What we were not provided was a syllabus or overall plan for the course. I’ll come back to this fact repeatedly as the theme of our experience was absence of organization.
I should mention at this point if you’re expecting a typical classroom, don’t. The airport has been taken over by Sheble Aviation and most of the buildings (trailers) on site belong to the school. The main building is a pre-fab home with a front desk, a simulator (more on that later) room, kitchen and a couple empty bedrooms. The ground school was held in an aged trailer adjacent to the main building and required the students gather up a mish-mash of tables and chairs. Also littered about the airport are numerous cannibalized airplanes some of which, I was told, are in the boneyard from being landed gear up. Oops.
My day two was spent studying in the office studying followed by 1.5 hours of flight training. The initial instrument flight was challenging and I was spent after bouncing around in the desert heat chasing a needle and trying to read an approach plate.
Day three and four were spent on the simulator and studying the provided materials. I also grabbed an Oral Exam Prep guide off the shelf and began studying it as well. As there were two CFII for 5-6 students, I ended up teaching myself how to use the sim and flew on my own the first couple approaches. Day four I received more formal/supervised training. It should also be said that the “state of the art ATC-710 simulator” may have been state of the art in 1999 but certainly isn’t so in this millennia. It was awkwardly slow to get set up and froze up a few times. One instructor explained the software hadn’t been upgraded in quite a while.
At this point we were four days in and I had 1.5 flight hours and 4 sim hours (my wife was doing no better). We were both concerned about achieving the 40 hours stated the course would provide. Repeatedly throughout the course we had to ask what was planned for the following day. Several times through response came as “what do you want to do?” Not exactly a confidence inspiring reply. Increasing our concern was a disturbing scheduling event. A private student’s checkride had been planned for a nearby local airport and he’d been prepping for that location. A week before the checkride the examiner informed the scheduler the ride would be out of North Las Vegas instead of the planned airport. Rather than inform the student when she was told, the scheduler waited until the night before his checkride. Thankfully he passed but it was totally unnecessary for him to be unprepared.
The morning of the 5th day we had a serious conversation with our instructor about making hours and when and where our checkride would be scheduled. He insisted we’d make hours and that he would be transparent about our checkride scheduling situation. We came to find that our checkrides had been scheduled for two days after our planned departure.
The evening of the 5th day, to ensure she was caught up on hours, the other CFII offered to take my wife for an evening flight. He did the flight planning while we grabbed dinner. They took off at 1900 and returned from the planned 3.15 hour flight at midnight. That’s five hours (4.9 on the Hobbs). They did not get fuel along the way. The Sheble provided C-172 data has a flight endurance of 4.75 hours. The instructor exceeded the legal flight time of the plane by 0.65 hours, the actual amount of usable fuel by 0.15 hours and far more importantly jeopardized my wife’s life. The kicker was that he had no idea how long they were gone. After review of the flight plan my wife determined the instructor planned the flight at 110kts. Never once during my time there did I see either 172 go above 105mph in level flight.
Then the weird things started to happen. As you may know Sheble Aviation is a family business. There was certainly no division between family and business. The ‘accountant’ (owner’s father-in-law) quit and hauled off his trailer only to show back up a couple days later. The scheduler (owner’s wife) also quit and showed up a couple days later. The scheduler then texted our instructor asking him if he thought my wife and I were swingers. As if we weren’t flattered enough the other CFII texted our instructor asking if we had an open relationship. I’ll be clear in stating that in no way were these advances invited.
By the 6th day we thought we were in an insane asylum but decided to soldier on. Admittedly, we should have ran screaming after the night flight incident but our motivation to complete the rating over powered our common sense. The next day or two passed uneventfully with long flights and conclusion of sim time. During this time our checkrides went from Bullhead City, to McCarren in the wee hours of the morning and finally to North Las Vegas. Unfortunately they could not get us completed on the same day which required I make changes to our departing flights. Something we communicated in the beginning we were nearly inflexible on.
Day 9, with the checkride finally fixed we opted to move from Needles to Vegas saving commute time and this point we’re both feeling woefully unprepared for the pending checkride. That day my wife flew approaches with the instructor at the busy North Las Vegas airport. He could not stay awake. Physically could not stay awake. I needn’t explain that in simulated instrument conditions the instructor is a safety pilot tasked with providing visual traffic input to the under-hood student. I needn’t describe the unnecessary risk this put my wife in. I needn’t expound on the added stress this put on our already bizarre experience. That evening our instructor informed us that he would be returning in the morning with a third instrument student and flying all three of us on my checkride day. At this point I am still 2.5 hours short of being legally able to fly a checkride and 5.2 hours short of the 40 hours Sheble Aviation states they will provide on the course. My cross country is somewhat planned but I’ve not gone over it with the instructor and now I’ve in essence been told there won’t be time to thoroughly review the plan with the instructor.
Finally better judgment got the best of us and we decided there was no way we were prepared for the checkride and were not willing to put another thousand dollars on the line. We informed the instructor of our decision when he arrived in the morning and departed the airport wondering what on earth happened during the preceding 10 days.
As we reflected on the experience it became very clear that Sheble Aviation, at least in its current incarnation, should not be in the business of training pilots, it should not be in the aviation business, it should not even be allowed to look at an airplane.
We have since communicated our experience with the scheduler and asked for a reasonable portion of our tuition to be refunded. She expressed concern about the illegally long flight and the sleepy instructor (a fact that was known by the Sheble scheduler) and the 10.2 hours my wife and I were missing from the stated 40. I was promised a return call that never materialized. In calling back several times I actually reached the elusive ‘Jo-Jo’ Sheble who told me, and I quote, “…I’m not up to speed on this, and nor do I need to be up to speed.” That very clearly says he doesn’t care about his poorly/dangerously/illegally/unethically run business. Up to now, I have not received a follow up call from the outfit.
If you’re considering Sheble Aviation for any kind of flight training consider very seriously your other options.

rbhecker wrote on 3/25/2013 10:38:14 AM:
Quality of Aircraft 4 Quality of Instruction 4
Availability of Aircraft 4 Availability of Instruction 5
Cleanliness of Aircraft 4 Facility Amenities 4
Community Atmosphere 5 Friendliness of Staff 5
Professionalism of Staff 5 Value of Training 5
Overall Score: 4.5/5

Employee(s) worked with: Jo Jo Sheble, Joe "Senior" Sheble

Reason for visit: Flight Training

I recommend this flight school: Yes


Ability to quickly complete ratings if you have adequately prepared with previous flight training, completion of basic FAR requirements (flight time, exams, etc.), and have documented logbook entries. Training and testing is IAW PTS publications. Classroom instruction fast paced. Oral examinations are extensive. Flight examinations straightforward.


Not for the weak and timid unless you have time and money to spend. This is a finish up school that expects that you have the requisite written and oral knowledge basics completed prior to arrival...they emphasize your completing the PTS flight maneuvers to prep for check rides.

My Review of Sheble Aviation:
This was my 3rd time at Sheble over the past 9 years. I originally came to them with a Private single-engine/instrument rating with a tailwheel endorsement. I have received fromt them a private single-engine seaplane rating, a commercial single engine rating, a commercial multi-engine/instrument add-on rating, and a commercial single-engine seaplane rating. I returned for the commercial multi-engine seaplane rating mainly for the P&W 980 450 HP radial engine time as I want to transition to large warbirds as a SIC. The Beechcraft Model 18D-S (Twin Beech) was a fascinating and surprisingly easy aircraft to fly. Instruction is friendly and helpful. Oral and flying examinations are by the book and straightforward. If I can manage a couple of weeks off in the future, I will consider the Instructor package. I have always had a great time and my times with Sheble have been the best working vacations I have ever had.

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