Multi-engine plane at High Tide Aviation in Southport, NC

Welcome to High Tide Aviation

The Southeast Shores' Leading Pilot Training Center

Southport, NC | St Simons Island, GA

Why High Tide?

Welcome to High Tide Aviation!

High Tide Aviation offers flight schools and training facilities at both Cape Fear Regional Jetport in Southport, NC, and McKinnon St Simons Island Airport on St Simons Island, Georgia. Specializing in both airplane and helicopter training, we provide professional pilot training for commercial licenses, instrument ratings, helicopters, flight instruction, and more. Pursue your aviation dreams through our zero-to-hero flight training programs.

Book an intro flight over North Carolina or Georgia’s scenic coastlines, or call to tour our premier flight schools at either location today!

Student getting ready to fly

Student Support Specialist

Personalized Guidance at High Tide

As such a specialized skill, flight training can be confusing on even its best day. We understand that each student comes to us with different learning preferences and a diverse range of experiences. To better support our students, we have an in-house Student Support Department and assign a specific support specialist to every High Tide student in Southport and St Simons Island.

Contact us today and receive tailored flight instruction at High Tide Aviation.

New to Flying

Become a Pilot with High Tide

We pride ourselves at High Tide Aviation for our dedication to guiding students confidently through every step of their training journey. Our Training Support Specialist will introduce you to our various training programs including PPL through CFII, Multi-Engine, and Helicopter, tailored to your learning speed and location.

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Become a Pilot

Are You Ready to Become a Pilot?

Do you ever wonder what it takes to be a pilot? Sometimes, the thought of flight training is exhilarating but comes with nerves toward getting started. We understand that flight training may be daunting to some, so we have put together a readiness quiz for you to see what becoming a pilot is like at High Tide Aviation. Whether in Southport, North Carolina, or St Simons Island, Georgia, we hope this quiz helps assuage any doubts about starting your path toward becoming a pilot!

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Student Feedback

High Marks for High Tide

I earned my private pilot license through High Tide out of St Simons Island, GA. They are an excellent program with a great cadre of instructors. I am very thankful to have had such a great team to help me start this journey into aviation!

Jake B.

High Tide Private Pilot

Great flight school. Keith Blackmon MEI really knows what he is doing and will train you to be a very skilled and confident multi-engine pilot. Excellent time with High Tide Aviation!

Towns S.

High Tide Multi-Engine Pilot

The pilot was so patient and made me feel at ease at all times. Was very attentive to give the experience that was important to me! Thank you!

Kathi G.

High Tide Instrument Pilot

Life is too short to fly commercial and be treated like dirt. Fly High Tide Aviation and set your own schedule. Be treated like an appreciated customer flown by folks who love what they do. When it works, it works.

George B.

High Tide Private Pilot

I took my daughter on a helicopter Discovery Flight. We both loved it. She flew the helicopter using all 3 controls. If we lived nearby, she would definitely take helicopter flight training from High Tide Aviation. Willis was a great instructor and encouragement to her! Now, I want to do it!

David R.

High Tide Commercial Pilot

Interested in flying?

Come try it out with an Intro Flight at High Tide Aviation

Flying can be daunting task; manning the controls even more so. If you want to see what it’s like to be in the pilot’s seat, come visit us for an introductory flight where we’ll show you the ropes and see if flying is the right choice for you.

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Book Your Flight Today

Ready to start your journey with High Tide Aviation?

Schedule a call with us today!