New business caters to those who want to fly

 Miranda Maleki,  owner of Plane Training
Miranda Maleki, owner of Plane Training (KOTA)
Published: Dec. 14, 2016 at 5:09 PM CST
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There's a new business in KOTA Territory that will appeal to any of you with an itch for flying.

Instead of having to travel to get a commercial pilot license, you can now do it more affordably and closer to home at Rapid City Regional Airport.

"I love it," says Miranda Maleki, owner of Plane Training. "I love what I do. It's fun to watch your students succeed."

"It's really fun to watch people who've thought about flying their entire lives, finally do it and succeed at it," says Maleki.

Miranda Maleki is a flight instructor with her fleet of four planes in her new business called Plane Training. She's the daughter of WestJet's Don and Lynda Rydstrom.

Student John Arneson started at a flying academy but it was too expensive. His dream is still to fly. He just passed his instrument check ride and highly recommends the flight school to others.

"I would encourage it absolutely," says Arneson. "Just to even get that private pilot rating, to understand what aviation is all about. It makes you more comfortable even when you fly an airline to have some sort of idea what's going on. I would say there's no reason not to go for it."

Plane Training is a big investment for Miranda, in the hundreds of thousands of dollars. Her biggest expense is insurance.

Arneson is one of about ten current students. It can be a pricey pastime. The training for a private pilot license alone can run between $7,000 and $10,000.