Cape Fear Regional Jetport (KSUT)

4345 Airport Rd. SE,

Southport, NC 28461

 (888) 538-0273

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High Tide Aviation for Professional Flight Training

High Tide Aviation is the premier choice for professional flight training in Southeastern NC. Whether you are interested in flying for business, recreation or professional purposes, HTA can meet your needs. We specialize in personalized training and service. Offering both fixed wing and rotor wing flight instruction, HTA can fully prepare for you for your career in aviation. No experience is necessary to begin training for your career as a professional pilot. You can start today!


HTA offers airplane flight training for private pilot, commercial pilot, instrument rating, and certified flight instructor certificates. We fly seven days a week and are committed to your success. See the Training Programs page for pricing information. For more details on helicopter training, visit

We have an IFR certified Cessna 172K with ADS-B out available for $129/hr wet, $180/hr wet w/ instructor. We offer training for private, commercial, instrument, and flight instructor ratings.

Why choose High Tide Aviation for your flight training?​


We are based at the Cape Fear Regional Jetport, just 30 minutes from Downtown Wilmington and 1 mile from the Atlantic Ocean. Enjoy breathtaking views of the Carolina coastline while you learn to fly.


We have chosen the Cessna 172 due to its dependability and proven track record as the ideal training aircraft. Our Cessna 172 is IFR certified for instrument flight and features ADS-B in/out for enhanced safety of flight.


Jessica Ward, our chief flight instructor, specializes in customized training programs for pilots from all backgrounds, including extensive experience transitioning fixed wing pilots into helicopters and vice versa.


We understand that life is hectic and flight training is time consuming. We fly 7 days a week and are committed to accommodating your personal scheduling needs.

Instructional Rates

Flight instruction prices:                     

$180/hr wet with instructor (Block rates available on request)       

Instruction in owner’s aircraft: $75/hr