Third Coast Aviation


Flight training offered by experienced Third Coast Aviation LLC ("TCA") professionals at historic Ellington Field ("EFD") - a winning combination! We're excited for you to join the ranks of our student pilots training with us, and eventually our TCA Student Association. Third Coast Aviation LLC ('TCA') provides flight training financing for individuals transitioning to an aviation career in conjunction with Meritize. TCA's financing options include a smooth entry into regional airline partner programs and ways to build hours bridging the gap between your commercial pilot license and the 1,500 flight hours required for an Airline Transport Pilot ('ATP') license. Through a recently signed agreement, TCA offers funding through its programs with Meritize.

Mission: We create safe and competent pilots, while providing a safe environment in our aircraft for further training.

Jon Disler and one of our students did a fly by to see the flooding at Texas Gulf Coast Regional Airport (KLBX) - it’s flooded in with barricade up at the entrance but I think the FBO is open.

Hope everyone is having a great day .....

Congratulations Justin Wayne Hagel on receiving your commercial multi-engine land certification today. Fly high! We are so happy for you!


[05/04/19]   A stormy night turned into beautiful blue skies! We are flying out of both airports (Ellington Airport EFD and Texas Gulf Coast Regional Airport) today. Give us a call or better yet, come see us! Happy Saturday everyone!

At KLBX all day , 9 AM through 5 PM - come see us and see our new Sport Cruiser “Sexy Chick” N194SC with Jon Disler. We’re having lunch at 11:30 AM at Runway Cafe - let’s see how many pilots will fly in today (we’ll post).

Meanwhile, don’t forget to stop by our Ellington Airport EFD headquarters to see Wendy, as our Grumman Cheetah N26256 is flying all day as well.

And oh, by the way, don’t forget your twin engine training with our Twin Comanche flying all week. #thirdcoastaviation

Medical or no medical for Sport-pilot

Basic Med demystified for Light Sport pilots. The question posed, is if a student can attain a sport pilot license based on holding a valid driver’s license in good standing. The regulations within the FAR/AIM on this question are complex, but the understanding is fairly straight forward.

[04/21/19]   From all of us here at Third Coast, we wish all of you a happy and safe Easter. Thank you for flying with us and thank you for being a part of our Third Coast Family.


When you have to hold short for 2 military jets to land, scoot over runway 35L so that another two can land at Ellington Airport EFD on your way to Texas Gulf Coast Regional Airport for the day - you know your flight lessons are with Third Coast Aviation! Jon Disler here teaching today...

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Aviation services and training, have never been so profitable.

Demand is rising dramatically, and now is the time to get involved. Pilot shortages are estimated to be over 60,000 by the year 2020. Don’t wait!  Reap the benefits of becoming a part of one of the fastest growing industries in the country, Visit our page for more information.

Get into Third Coast Aviation now!

Aviation services and training, have never been so profitable.

Demand is rising dramatically, and now is the time to get involved. Pilot shortages are estimated to be over 60,000 by the year 2020. Don’t wait! Reap the benefits of becoming a part of one of the fastest growing industries in the country, Visit our page for more information.

Wonderful day spreading out for us at Third Coast Aviation. This morning our “Sexy Chick” has company, including the NASA's Johnson Space Center WB 57 Canberra high altitude aircraft and our big brother. Sexy chick is at Texas Gulf Coast Regional Airport for the day with training while the rest of our fleet is busy at Ellington Airport EFD.

Welcome to Ellington, Mr. President.

Never a dull day here at Ellington! Our “Sexy Chick” Sport Cruiser with an Air Force C-17 behind it. We love it here and you will too! Come fly with us! ✈️🛩

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Exciting times at Third Coast Aviation! We have started our new Start Engine Campaign. We would love for you to be a part of all the great things happening at Ellington and Brazoria County airports Professional Flight Training

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We would like to welcome our students and others to view our crowdfunding campaign on Start Engine. Professional Flight Training

A little rain and clouds do not stop “sexy chick” from flight training at Texas Gulf Coast Regional Airport (KLBX). If you haven’t yet seen our new plane, come on down and check her out prior to 3 PM (we return to KEFD then).

There are no boring days at TCA. You never know what to expect. This time... NASA Super Guppy 😁

Good morning from Ellington Airport EFD - the sun is shining, the planes are fueled and ready to go! Our neighbors here on the ramp PHI Air Medical nick named our newest aircraft N194SC “sexy chick”...

If you don’t see MiG 17’s taking off regularly outside your office window, I guess you don’t office here

With perfect weather, a wonderful airport at Texas Gulf Coast Regional Airport, awesome instructors with Jon Disler, we’re ready for the day.

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Yesterday Third Coast Aviation picked up its first new aircraft - N194SC, a Sport Cruiser. Currently, Robert Boulanger and Jon Disler are flying back from Florida as we speak.

Sport Cruiser, a Light Sport Aircraft delivery | Third Coast Aviation

Yesterday Third Coast Aviation picked up its first new aircraft - N194SC, a Sport Cruiser. Currently, Robert Boulanger and Jon Disler are flying back from Florida as we speak.

NASA’s Guppy flying in. Low IFR conditions today but we’re still here doing ground school and working with students on our Advanced Aviation Training Device - the ELITE PI-1000 Professional 5 screen.

It’s a beautiful day out today after two weeks of dreadful weather!

Training flights at Texas Gulf Coast Regional Airport today - student Marissa had a surprise for CFI Jon Disler. Come join us for classes today or Saturday here at KLBX or every day at KEFD Ellington Airport EFD.

Pilot Training In A Modern Airplane Vs Old Cessnas

Take a look at an aircraft that we are looking at adding to our flight line. What do you think of the Sport Cruiser?

More on The Sportcruiser More on Mojogrip As a student pilot, one of the biggest factor you will cons...

Multi-engine training in Houston | Third Coast Aviation LLC

Multi-engine training in Houston with Third Coast Aviation and Texas Time Builders. Third Coast Aviation teams up with Texas Time Builder to deliver multi-engine training in Houston, delivering a scarcely supplied training need.

A great day to train for windy conditions - 11 MPH with gusts up to 21. Marissa did a great job with Jon Disler on her second dual training flight.

The weather just turned awesome except a wicked crosswind (variable earlier). By noon it should be perfect!

Come out and join Marissa, a new student taking her first flight lesson. Runway Cafe is looking and smelling mighty fine right now as well...

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How To Finance Flight Training 2018

Good information and comments (lots of good comments)! Thanks Nancy for clear discussion.

HOW TO FINANCE FLIGHT TRAINING 2018. Flight training is not cheap as we discussed in a previous video. In this video I’ll be giving you 5 suggestions on how ...

New flight training financing options

AOPA is a great tool for some pilots, but for the majority of individuals looking to transition to a career in the aviation industry AOPA's financing products just don't work. Call us at Third Coast Aviation and let us help you finance your transition all the way to your CFII or MEI ( Through an innovative new program developed by the AOPA Aviation Finance Co., AOPA is offering flight training financing.

Career Transition Funding | Third Coast Aviation LLC

Career Transition Funding from Third Coast Aviation Third Coast Aviation announces a new career transition funding with Meritize through a new program offered by TCA and Meritize.

Another FBO is coming. Great to see The airport staff.

President George H.W. Bush flying into Ellington for the last time. R.I.P.

At abandoned Houston airport tower, artist finds the sky's the limit

Has anyone seen this installation? Or better yet, has anyone seen this while taking off or landing... Jo Ann Fleischhauer’s Sculpture Month Houston installation, which beckons viewers from the distance of a defunct control tower at George Bush Intercontinental Airport, draws attention to I.M. Pei’s architecture, the science of aviation and the history of navigation. It’s on view through Jan. 1...

One of our students, Curtis Wells and his CFI Jon Disler, were caught in mid air by Bill in his Bulldog ( Third Coast Aviation's Grumman Cheetah ( doesn't look bad in the air (thanks Bill for the beautiful picture).

A three hour flight with Justin Wayne Hagel, taking off from Ellington Airport EFD, heading to Scholes International Airport @ Galveston, and then up to Baytown Airport before catching this beautiful sight.

The history of our great state, concentrated in one place.

TCA flight operations at KLBX this Saturday - smooth as glass flight over from KEFD and beautiful here! Come out and get signed up for KLBX flight lessons today, every Thursday and Saturday.

Third Coast Aviation LLC on LinkedIn: "Howdy, I message you from our headquarters at historic Ellington Field in Houston, Texas - 100 years of aviation history right outside my window. Today aviation is in crisis - pilots desperately needed,...

We post this message from our headquarters at Ellington Airport EFD in Houston, Texas - 100 years of aviation history right outside our window. Today aviation is in crisis - pilots desperately needed, aircraft prices skyrocketing, and aviation is doing business as usual.

Third Coast Aviation is at the crossroads of THE CHANGE needed in aviation - transitioning rotocraft pilots
and others into a track towards an Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) license ready to start a job with regional airline carriers. To accomplish our mission, we employ professional operations management techniques from my book, "The Operational Tool Chest: The DNA to Successful Organizations".

As an investor, stay tuned for a peak at THE FUTURE of aviation...

#business #training #recruiting #texas #aviation #airlines #airforce #airports #investments

(LinkedIn version of this message: October 23, 2018: Third Coast Aviation LLC posted on LinkedIn

Pilot Shortage Hurts Airlines, But There’s a Winner

If you don't think that the world needs more pilots, think again. The best place to become a professional pilot in Houston is right here at historic Ellington Airport - home of the upcoming Wings Over Houston Airshow taking place this weekend. Airlines will struggle to find enough pilots to meet their expansion plans over the coming years. That’s a tailwind for companies that help train them.

So here’s our neighbor for awhile - a Grumman HU-16 Albatross. See the Wikipedia entry for more information, and check out the FAA registration:

A beautiful day down at our Texas Gulf Coast Regional Airport office today! Not a lot of activity other than our 3 students, but lunchtime at Mr. Ou’s Runway Cafe is just getting started - anyone for a $100 burger?

Come see us in the administration office today (just getting new furniture in our office)...

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