SouthWestern Aviation

SouthWestern Aviation was started in 2002 and has been operating on Benson Municipal Airport ever since. SouthWestern Aviation was the first commercial operation on the new Benson airport and has played a major role in the operation and growth of the airport.

Today, SouthWestern Aviation continues to operate from Benson Municipal Airport (E95) and also provides rental aircraft and flight instruction from Sierra Vista Municipal Airport / Libby (FHU).

Multi-Engine Aircraft

Multi engine aircraft are designed to provide additional safety in the unlikely event of an engine failure, particularly when flying over water or hostile terrain or in any situation where a successful emergency landing would be more difficult.

Current regulations specify that all Public Transport flights may only be conducted in a multi engine aircraft, and therefore, any Pilot considering a career with an Airline will be required to hold a Multi Engine Class Rating, and have logged as many multi engine flight hours as possible.

Preparation and Planning

To commence the course you should hold a Private Pilots Licence and have achieved at least 70 hours as pilot in command of single engine aircraft.

You may elect to train for the multi engine rating as soon as you have the minimum flying experience or , as we would recommend, initially build your Pilot in Coomand experience on single engine aircraft, until you have logged 150 hours, and then incorporate the Multi Engine rating into your training for the Commercial Pilot Licence and Instrument rating.

Do your research well and take advice from industry professionals wherever possible. This will enable you to plan both the cost and time required for your training before you start and help to minimise difficulties and delays as you progress.

Flight Training Provided

  • Private Pilot Certificate
  • Commercial Pilot Certificate
  • Instrument Rating

Ground Schools/Seminars Offered



SouthWestern Aviation
 2200 W. Aviation Drive
 P.O. Box 1057
 Benson, AZ 85602