Lake Charles | DeRidder | New Orleans | Beaumont

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Your Future Starts Now!

Whether you’re looking to advance your career or start a brand new one, you’ve come to the right place. Enjoy a variety of learning opportunities at Rock Solid Aviation.

Private Pilot

Certified Pilots can fly a variety of aircraft and travel almost anywhere in the United States.

Instrument Rating

Instrument Rating will make you an all-around safer pilot.

Commercial License

The commercial license allows a private pilot to become a professional pilot and receive compensation.

US Army Credentialing Assistance Provider

We are authorized to train US Army, Active, Reserves, and National Guard under the Credentialing assistance program.

Become a Flight Instructor

We can train you to become a CFI or CFII. We have instructors with thousands of time in the right seat giving instruction.

Accelerated Programs

Are you paying ridiculous prices for flight training? You can train here in an accelerated program for any of our ratings.

Don’t know where to start? Curious if you flight training is the next step for you?


You can take a discovery flight around Lake Charles, Sulphur, DeQuincy, Moss Bluff, Beaumont, New Orleans, or the Gulf of Mexico. You can fly the plane under the guidance of an experienced instructor and or just enjoy the view. The flight can be for sightseeing or to see if you want to become a pilot. The flight counts towards your license.

Guidance, Inspiration, and Support

Soar into the SWLA sky and begin your adventure.

Whether you’re looking to begin an aviation career, pursue that childhood dream of becoming a private pilot, or are just in the market for supplemental training, Rock Solid Aviation offers the instruction you need.

In any of our professional programs, students will receive instruction and learn techniques from highly qualified pilots. 

*Now offering 100% financing for training.

Plane rentals

Already a licensed pilot?

SWLA is a beautiful area to see from the skies, and you should be able to experience it! If you already have a license and just need to build time, Rock Solid Aviation has two newly updated 172’s and three new RV12s for rent. The planes are technologically advanced with the latest in Garmin avionics and auto pilot.

What Our Students Saying

Great flight school!! If you trying to find quality trainings and preparations to get your licenses- this place is great for you! Flight instructors are very competent and professional and planes are in great condition!”

– Alan A.

Rock Solid Aviation is by far the best company I’ve ever received training from. I’ve had experience with 2 other companies/ instructors before and after working with Rock Solid Aviation I will never go to anyone else. The company truly has your best interest at heart. The instructors have no problem with explaining the knowledge if you don’t quite understand and will work with you until you do. Because of Rock Solid Aviation, I feel very knowledgeable and have confidence in myself as a pilot.

– Chloe L.

We were looking for a flight school for my daughter Abby and Steve came highly recommended. We met with Steve and felt extremely comfortable with him and decided to let Abby train under him. Steve and his team have provided a solid foundation for Abby’s flight training and I am happy to report under their instruction she has passed her checkride with no issues. This is the beginning to a lifelong relationship with Rock Solid. Your dedication and experience truly shines.”

– Mike R.

Our Team

Wayne Steve Thompson Jr.

Lake Charles (KLCH) – Owner
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Strack Brown

Lake Charles (KLCH) – Flight Instructor
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Hunter Bernal

Lake Charles (KLCH) – Flight Instructor
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Abbigale Rougeau

Lake Charles (KLCH) – Lake Charles Branch Manager and Administrator
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Joseph Alpeter

Lake Charles (KLCH) – Flight Instructor
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Slate Fuller

Lake Charles (KLCH) – Flight Instructor
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John Davidson

Lake Charles (KLCH) and Deridder (KDRI) – Flight Instructor
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Alan Abduzhalilov

New Orleans (KNEW) – New Orleans Branch Manager and Flight Instructor
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Matthew Boudreaux

New Orleans (KNEW) – Flight Instructor
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Luke Schmidt

Deridder (KDRI) – Flight Instructor
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Joshua Ford

Beaumont (KBPT) – Flight Instructor
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Lane Cherry

Beaumont (KBPT) – Beaumont Branch Manager
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500 Airport Blvd, Lake Charles, LA

Flights/Lessons out of Lake Charles, DeRidder, New Orleans, and Beaumont.