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Guaranteed Interviews With Sierra West Airlines

Del Sol Aviation Partners with Sierra West Airlines to Provide Guaranteed Interviews to Qualified Pilots

Del Sol Aviation is pleased to announce its new partnership with Sierra West Airlines. As one of the top flight schools in New Mexico we pride ourselves on generating quality training and therefore, quality pilots.

In an effort to provide maximum value to our customers and our amazing flight instructors we are constantly working to provide an easy path for advancing careers.

Sierra West Airlines, located in El Paso, TX, was started in the early 1990s and has over 25 years of experience with charter transportation. They fly you or your cargo anywhere in the United States with some international locations such as Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean.

SWA has opportunities to fly aircraft such as an Executive Lear 55 and a Falcon 20 to name a few. Their services range from On-Demand flights where they strive to be wheels up within an hour, Private passenger flights and medical and animal transportation.

Pilots who meet the following will be given a guaranteed phone interview.

  • Must be recommended by Del Sol Aviation management
  • FAA Commercial Pilot with multi-engine and instrument ratings
  • FAA First Class Medical (or ability to obtain prior to reporting)
  • FAA-regulated Drug and Alcohol program
  • 800 hours total flight time
  • 250 hours pilot-in-command time
  • 150 hours cross-country
  • 50 hours multi-engine
  • 50 hours night time
  • Applicants must meet all above criteria and complete online application with “Del Sol Aviation” referenced.

All applicants who interview with Sierra West Airlines from this agreement must meet the same standards for employment as other candidates of Sierra West Airlines.

We at Del Sol Aviation are proud of our instructors and their continuing dedication to providing the highest quality training available. We look forward to a long and successful relationship with Sierra West Airlines and can’t wait to watch our students move on to such an amazing career opportunity.

Benefits of Training At Higher Altitudes

Category : Education

Altitude is one of the most important aspects of any flight. The “height above” a given fixed point is one of many things pilots are required to know. Most of the Continental United States is between seal level, or 0 feet and 3,000 feet above sea level. Few single engine piston pilots will ever have a need to go above 5,000 feet above sea level.

However, there is an entire section of the country that sits at 5,000 feet or higher. What happens if you need to fly in the “mountain time zone” of the country? How does that area effect the performance of your plane? What about you as the pilot, are you affected?

Learning to fly, or training at higher altitudes has some very specific benefits to every pilot.

Greater Mastery of Your Aircraft

Flying your plane at sea level gives you full advantage of all the performance specs the manufacture designed. Flying your plane at altitude comes with a performance hit. Learning to operate your aircraft at the limits of its performance envelope helps to fine tune your abilities.

Understanding Aircraft Performance

Density altitude is not just a question you see on the private pilot exam. It’s a real factor that effects every aircraft flying. In the higher altitude states density altitude effects your climb performance, take off distance, and weight and balance considerations to name a few things. Try flying a Cessna 172 at a field elevation of 5,600 feet and a density altitude of 7,400 feet. What do you think your take off distance to clear a 50-foot obstacle would be?

Learning with a qualified instructor will help you to really understand your aircraft’s performance and how to read those performance charts in your manual.

Step One for Mountainous Flying

While mountainous flying is different from higher altitude flying, the first step is learning to fly at altitude. Leaning your mixture for best performance is a must before you even start taxiing your plane. Many airstrips in the mountains are shorter due to space concerns. You must understand your performance data before you take off for that flight.

Understanding Pilot Performance

Much like your aircraft, you as the pilot are affected by the higher altitude. There is less oxygen to begin with at 5,000 feet so your body will feel those effects. High Altitude sickness can occur in individuals who are not acclimatized to the altitude. The symptoms of high altitude sickness are headaches, nausea, dizziness, slower reaction time and nose bleeds to name a few. Add to that your need to take more breaths because there is less oxygen at 5,000 feet should paint a picture on what performance hits you can take as a pilot.

The Dangers of Hypoxia

Many different articles have been written about hypoxia and the different variations. Here is one from AOPA. With the very real threat of hypoxia at higher altitudes, learning to fly in this environment with a qualified instructor can significantly reduce your risk of becoming another statistic.

Bragging Rights

Almost every pilot we know likes to talk about flying. Where they have flown, what planes they have logged in their log books and special areas they have flown. Add a story or two to your hangar talk and impress your friends with your higher altitude flying experience.

Have you flown at higher altitudes? What was your experience? Let us know in the comments.

Learning to fly in New Mexico is a fun challenge that will make you a better, safer pilot. For more information or to schedule a flight call us at 505-337-3398. Our friendly experienced flight staff are ready to show you the joy of flying at higher altitudes.

How To Pay For Flight Training

Category : resources

There are several different methods to pay for flight training. Here is a quick resource on the most popular options we’ve seen and recommend for our students.

Pay as you go

This method is paying for each lesson as you have the funds. You should check out our blog post on 22 ways to keep flight training costs down. This will help ensure you get the most out of your flight training.

Block Payments

This method is paying for blocks of flight and instructor time in one shot. It allows for students to pre-pay their flight training in manageable chunks while not racking up finance fees from a banking institution.

Your flight and instructor time is then deducted from your pre-paid account as you take each lesson.

Pilot Financing

We work with xxxx company to provide affordable financing for your flight training. Visit their website here or call them xxx-xxx-xxxx.

There are also other avenues of financing. Check out AOPA’s financing page for additional information

The last method in financing is talking with your bank about a loan through them.


There are several scholarships available for pilots of all ages, aspirations and certifications. Here is a list of a handful that you can research and apply for.

Directions To Our School

Category : resources

Navigating your way around an airport can be difficult at times. So we tried to make it easy on you.

Our address is 2501 Clark Carr Loop SE, Albuquerque, NM 87104. Your GPS may not send you to the right location. We are located on the south side of the airport. Not the airport terminal side.

Here is how you can find us:

Or Follow The Map:

And lastly, written directions:

From Sunport Blvd.,

  1. Take the first exit on the right towards University Blvd and the Rental center.
  2. Turn Right on University Blvd.
  3. Take the second left on to “Access Rd B” or “Spirit Drive”.
  4. Turn Left onto Clark Carr Loop SE
  5. We are the second building on the left.

If you are still having problems finding us, don’t hesitate to call. (505) 242-2701