Stick & Rudder Aviation is a Factory-Endorsed - Kitfox-Specific - Tailwheel-only - Mountain-Oriented flight school.
Offering (3) relatively new Kitfox “Super Sport” special light sport airplanes (S-LSA) – for your Type training (1st flight or insurance requirements), Tailwheel endorsement, Pilot license training (Sport, Private, Commercial, CFI), or Advanced Mountain Flying.
The success of this flight school is due largely in part to it's close working relationship and support of the aircraft manufacturer (Kitfox Aircraft LLC).
Our often mutual clients are not only offered the well-rounded guidance in the behind-the-scenes manufacturing process of their Kitfox, but the Kitfox-specific flight training once their Kitfox rolls out the factory doors. Both companies here share the motivation and vision to promote a historically safe; well-designed and tested; quality-built; beautiful-handling; and great-performing American-Made aircraft – the Kitfox “Super Sport”
Our Greenleaf Air Ranch location is easy to get to from anywhere in the world. Several airlines provide service to nearby Boise Airport and there are a vast array of accommodations and restaurants throughout the Treasure Valley area.
Stick & Rudder Aviation operates Year-Round – with the surrounding Treasure Valley being in the rain shadow of the most severe Pacific Northwest storms – our moderate equal seasons offers more blue-sky flying days than not. The 75 plus un-paved backcountry airstrips remain open from the winter snows – April through November
Flight training is scheduled on a first come-first served basis – and is conducted with a “this is not a test'” approach and should always remain fun, challenging, and rewarding.
The flight training programs are tailor-made to the individual's dreams and requirements. Flight training can be obtained for as simple as a bi-annual flight review, to a tail wheel endorsement, and on to a Sport Pilot, Recreational, or Private Pilot license.
Our Fleet: (3) Series 7 Super Sport Kitfox's - powered by either turbo-charged Rotax 914 (115 hp), or Fuel-Injected Rotax 912 isSport (100 hp) - panels with Advanced Flight Systems glass screens, Garmin Avionics, PS Engineering intercoms with Bose active noise-cancelling headsets, Alaska Bushwheel tires, 3-blade Whirlwind propellors
Stick & Rudder Aviation is unique to flight schools in general, in that our Kitfox's are insured to offer solo practice towards a license.
Paul Leadabrand is the founder, corporate managing member, and chief flight instructor.
Paul grew up with flying parents, in the mountains of the Pacific Northwest, and has made a career as a pilot.
Paul has background as a Mountaineer, Search & Rescue instructor, Paramedic, Fire-fighter, Forest Ranger, Para-professional Archaeologist, Law Enforcement officer, and White Water Raft guide...but he has always been a pilot.
The majority of Paul's 18,000 hour - 44 year flying career has been in the on-demand charter and corporate segment of general aviation – from Captaining light-jets around the world, to flying air ambulance on dark & stormy nights, to ferrying single-engine aircraft across the Atlantic, to flying llamas and ice-cream into the remote airstrips in the mountain canyons of Idaho.
Paul confidently brings the "barnstorming-like" joy of flying back into flight instruction with his safe, common-sense, practical approach.
Other instructors: all being trusted peers, who also have aviation-careers in the charter, low-level aerial mapping, and airline segments. They help out from time to time for the enjoyment of teaching in such beautiful surroundings and in such a fine aircraft. These instructors share the same enthusiasm, teaching style, and similar experience that Paul has – thereby maintaining the consistent, safe, quality flight training Stick & Rudder Aviation prides itself to offer.