N171SF is available for rental through Illinois Aviation Academy
located at the northeast corner of Dupage Airport (KPDA) in West Chicago,
IL. Flight time can be purchased for $185/hour (including fuel).
Rental pilots must hold at least a private pilot
certificate. Though insurance restrictions do not allow N171SF to be used
for initial pilot training, it is perfect for use in attaining additional
ratings such as instrument and commercial certificates, or just for the fun of
Because N171SF has such advanced avionics unfamiliar to most pilots, before
soloing in N171SF all pilots are required to complete the following training:
Pre-solo written exam
for DA40-180 completed and corrected to 100%, with copy kept on file and
original returned to pilot for reference.
Complete the viewing of the G1000 Training video.
completed and corrected to 100%, with copy kept on file and original returned
to pilot for reference.
For private pilots, at least 10 hours of total combined ground and in-flight
checkout with an approved instructor.
For instrument rated pilots, at least 10 hours of total combined ground and
in-flight checkout with an approved instructor including at least 3 hours of
instrument training on the G1000.
For commercially rated pilots, same as instrument rated pilot except total
checkout time must only be at least 5 hours.
The checkout training should include special emphasis on:
Preflight inspection and moving the aircraft on the ground (with
and without the tow bar).
Checking the fuel level with external fuel gauge Parking brake
Taxiing and steering with castering nose wheel. Basic operation
of G1000 flight instruments.
Power settings for takeoff, climb-out, cruise, and descent.
Crosswind takeoffs, landings, and taxiing.
Leaning the mixture and the Lean Assist function of the G1000.
Flight planning functions of the G1000.
Fuel tank timers in the G1000.
G1000 failure modes and recovery.
Autopilot use and operation.
Topping fuel tanks after use and resetting G1000 fuel computer.
Securing aircraft with gust locks and various covers (pitot
tube, stall indicator, etc.).
Securing aircraft at airports other than KDPA.
Cleaning aircraft after use.
In addition, for pilots intending to use plane under IFR:
Please contact Illinois Aviation Academy
to purchase flight time.
Additional links to Illinois Aviation Academy:
Aviation Academy Website
Flight Scheduling Website