Our Story

Hello!

I am Mike Thielen, President of Glacier Aviation, Inc.

I would like to tell you a little bit about the aviation industry and what my company is doing to make it better.

Glacier-Aviation1

Hello!

I am Mike Thielen, President of Glacier Aviation, Inc.

I would like to tell you a little bit about the aviation industry and what my company is doing to make it better.

Glacier-Aviation1

Ensuring your success

Our Family Philosophy

Our main goal as flight instructors is to give each student the personalized experience they need. We understand that everyone is unique so we work day in and day out to make sure our students get the tools and guidance they need to succeed.

Ensuring your success

Our Family Philosophy

Our main goal as flight instructors is to give each student the personalized experience they need. We understand that everyone is unique so we work day in and day out to make sure our students get the tools and guidance they need to succeed.

About Us

From private to commercial, Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) to instrument ratings

All pilots will get what they need from our top-notch instructors. Glacier also has an FAA examiner on staff to make check rides hassle free. We are an FAA Lasergrade written test center.

Since our instructors are experienced in all types of flying, it allows us to offer training for all types of flying. In addition to earning your licenses and ratings, you will learn how to perform some exciting real-life flying skills. At Glacier we give you practical flying experience. In order to provide such a wide range of training, a variety of aircraft are required. That is why the Glacier helicopter fleet includes the Robinson R22, R44, and MD 500. The Glacier airplane fleet includes the Cessna 152 and 172/172RG, and our new Piper Warrior II low wing aircraft.

What Sets Us Apart

About Us

From private to commercial, Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) to instrument ratings

All pilots will get what they need from our top-notch instructors. Glacier also has an FAA examiner on staff to make check rides hassle free. We are an FAA Lasergrade written test center.

Since our instructors are experienced in all types of flying, it allows us to offer training for all types of flying. In addition to earning your licenses and ratings, you will learn how to perform some exciting real-life flying skills. At Glacier we give you practical flying experience. In order to provide such a wide range of training, a variety of aircraft are required. That is why the Glacier helicopter fleet includes the Robinson R22, R44, and MD 500. The Glacier airplane fleet includes the Cessna 152 and 172/172RG, and our new Piper Warrior II low wing aircraft.

What Sets Us Apart

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Glacier offers a variety of terrain and weather conditions due to its location.

Western Washington is gifted with mountains, rivers, and forests. We don’t just simulate adverse conditions on the airport. Our instructors actually take their students to the local snow areas, river beds, and logging roads, which are within minutes of the flight school. This allows our students to get the practical experience they need to be the most marketable in the industry.

TESTIMONIALS

What Our Students Are Saying

Family, Tradition and Legacy

There is no doubt the quality training I received from Glacier aviation prepared me for the challenging environments I have operated in all over the world. Glacier has the quality instructors and training locations that will help any student build the skills necessary to succeed in this industry. I would recommend my own friends and family to attend Glacier before any other school in the country. When students sign up at Glacier one thing they don't realize is they become a part of something bigger than they expect. They become part of a family, a tradition and a legacy that all past students and instructors are proud to be a part of.

Mel Ceccanti - Central Point, WA

Excellent Instructors

Glacier was like a second home for me and my son Kai. Mike and Lori have made Glacier very inviting, comfortable and accepting. The Training is always top notch with excellent instructors. Everyone there is always willing to go out of their way to help others out and to make everyone feel welcome and part of their family

Theo Singelis - Seattle, WA

Paramount

Glacier Aviation built a training program around my needs and my schedule. The flexibility I was afforded was paramount to me completing my training and starting my career. Additionally, the Pacific Northwest provides unparalleled diversity for flight training.

Aaron Rauch - Olympia WA

The perfect start to a fabulous career

Christopher Westley - San Antonio, TX

Outstanding Training

Outstanding training and even better people! From the moment I walked in the door I was treated like family and those relationships last to this day. I couldn't have asked for a better experience than I got at Glacier Aviation.

Brian Abbott - Great Falls, MT

Maximize Your Potential

The location of Glacier Aviation provides a unique combination of weather, terrain, and airspace experience that will maximize your potential as a professional aviator capable of operating in any environment around the globe.

Russell Roddan - Olympia, WA

Professional and Efficient

Glacier is a great training environment. The atmosphere is friendly, family-oriented, all while being professional and efficient. While there I made professional networking relationships that exposed me to future jobs, and make personal friendships that I know will last a lifetime.

Chazmin Peters - Portland, OR

It’s like a family

Within my first week of flying at Glacier working on my instrument rating, I realized that I learned more in that first week at Glacier than I did during a full year at another flight school. Shortly after I completed my instrument rating I had the chance to join the Glacier team by working on the ramp and behind the front desk. I jumped at the opportunity and got to know so many wonderful people all striving toward the same goal. Glacier isn’t just a flight school, it’s like a family. Everyone works really hard as well as having a good time outside of training. If you are looking for a good flight school that will get you all the training you need to become a career pilot then Glacier is the right place, regardless if it’s airplane or helicopter.

Chris Brower - Denver, CO

Some of the Best Training Available

I was and still am very grateful to Mike Thielen and Glacier Aviation for the training I received. I have at various points in my career discussed with fellow pilots the manner in which they learned to fly and I have always come to the same conclusion that Glacier Aviation provides some of the best training available. There isn't a day that goes by where I feel I don't rely on something that I was taught or learned at Glacier.

Joel Prybylski - Des Moines, IA

A Great Fit for Me

Glacier was a great fit for me as I live in Montesano, WA. The training was stellar! Mike and Gary were like family to me. I couldn't speak higher of a school than this one. If you are looking at a flying career you can’t go wrong with this school.

Bryce Mode - Las Vegas, NV

Great Flight School

Glacier Aviation was an enjoyable place to train. Everything from the weather environment to the mountainous terrain to the experience of the instructors prepared me for what I was to face at one point or another in my aviation career. I am thankful that I was able to train at a great flight school and I highly recommend Glacier for anyone with the desire to begin their path into the incredible world of aviation!

Kris Stroop - Sierra Vista, AZ

Safety and Professionalism

I had a great time training and working at Glacier Aviation. Glacier had a positive atmosphere with hard working, fun-loving employees with a strong focus on safety and professionalism.

Kelly Heally - Skagway, AK

Tour Our Office and Air Field

Your Adventure Starts Here

Please feel free to visit our Contact Us page or call any time to talk to an instructor, or even a student, to get a different perspective about what Glacier Aviation can do for you. We hope to see you flying soon!

Call Us Today

(360) 705-3214

Skagit Airport (Satellite Office)

7645 Old HWY 99 SE
Olympia, WA 98501

(360) 705-3214

Fax: (360) 753-0083

Olympia Airport (Main Office)

15053 Crosswind Dr.
Burlington, WA 98233

(360) 428-2002

   Fax: (360) 428-2008

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