Our staff of experienced, professional, flight instructors are available to get you from start to finish in an efficient time frame while observing the utmost safety standards.
We use modern, well equipped and impeccably maintained aircraft.

Bartow Flying Service

High Quality

Bartow Flying Service is a municipally owned and operated FBO/Flight school.

We have been serving our clients for over 45 years.

Our Flight School is Part 61 and we are not authorized to issue F1 or M1 VISA.

Bartow Flying Service offers a full-service fixed base operation. Our services include:

  • Fuel (Jet A, 100LL) oil
  • Flight Training
  • Rental Aircraft
  • Service and maintenance shops available
  • Tower Controlled Airfield
  • Flight Planning Room
  • Pilot Lounge
  • Restaurant
  • After Hour Line Service
  • Car Rental 863-294-8090
  • Free Wireless Internet in Terminal Building
  • LAV CART Services
  • Ground Power Unit
Bartow Flying Service

Hours of Operation: 6am - 6pm 7 days a week Closed Easter, Thanks giving and Christmas

Bartow Flying Service offers full lineman service (on call after hours).  Service and honest value is what sets Bartow Municipal Airport apart from the rest.  We now offer self-service fuel for your convenience.  We are proud to offer these World Fuel products for your aircraft:

  • 100LL Full & Self Service
  • Charge / Credit Card
  • Jet A
  • Charge / Credit Card
  • Lubricants
  • Aero Shell Regular 100w
  • Aero Shell 100W Plus
  • Aero Shell 15-50
  • Phillips 66 SAE 20W-50
  • BP 23-80

Flight Training

Bartow Flying Service offers the best flight training in Central Florida. Your training will take place in Class D tower controlled airspace. Our instructors are professional, friendly and very personable. Attention is paid to every detail of your flying experience. For more information E-mail us.

Private Pilot Course
40 Hours (minimum) $7,500 - $9,500

Instrument Rating Course
40 Hours $8,200 - $9,500



  • N739RT Cessna 172 - $125 / Hour
  • N5328Z Cessna 172SP - $135 / Hour
  • N2272C Cessna 172SP G1000 - $145 / Hour
  • N2134T Arrow - $150.00 / Hour

Private Instruction $50.00 / Hour
Advanced Instruction $50.00 / Hour
Owner's Aircraft $60.00 / Hour
Pilot Services $60.00 / Hour


Howard E. Nock

Like most aviation enthusiasts, Howard spent most of his youth dreaming about flying. As a young adult he achieved his childhood dream by getting his Private license. This wasn't enough, so he went on to get his Instrument rating and Commercial license. Still not enough. Somewhere along the ride Howard developed a new dream - to become an instructor so he could be part of training other pilots. Before he knew it, he and his wife were operating a part 141 flight school with one hundred students and twelve airplanes.

Through the flight school Howard made new connections and went on to a career as a corporate pilot where flying jets became a reality. Over the next several years came many jet type ratings and travel to a lot of exotic places and even opportunities to continue to instruct young first officers.

So now, finally, after accumulating 12,000 hours of flight time in everything from a C152 to a Challenger jet, it is time to go back to where the fun began - with small planes and simpler times.

Words from former students:
"I am forever grateful for the opportunities you have given me throughout my teenage and early adult years. Without your leadership, trust, and encouragement, I may not have had the opportunity to learn to fly and ultimately enjoy a rewarding career in aviation."

"What a great start Howard and Laurie gave me and so many others in aviation. They were always more than just a flight school and a FBO."

Howard E. Nock - ATP, CFI, CFII, MEI

Jeff Saly

A pilot since 1977, who followed his dreams to become an Airline Pilot while working as an Electrical Engineer, Jeff is no stranger to the field of aviation!

He became a flight instructor in 1985 and has flown in 18 different aircraft and with an array of students along the way.

Jeff flew for the regional airlines, but fortunately for us he is sharing his knowledge with our students as our newest CFI.

Jeff Saly – ATP, CFI, CFII, MEI, IGI

Andy Solomon

As a young child, Andy was always attracted to aviation and flying. Starting with model plane kits and reading every book he could, he decided to pursue his passion.

He started flying on a small grass strip in upstate New York, primarily with Cessna and Piper.

If he looks familiar, you might have previously seen him at the Lakeland Airport where he was the FBO manager or flying with the EAA Young Eagles.

Andy Solomon – AGI, CFI, Commercial

Jim Porterfield

Jim Porterfield

AGI, CFI, Commercial

Scott Larson​

Scott Larson


Bill Meehan

Bill Meehan

CFI, CFII, Commercial, MEI