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arch Sky, despite having just left the Vegas 500 and SCA joint hangar. Monarch Sky is the flight school and flying club; once students become pilots, they often join the club. There are about 30 students. Sample rates for nonmembers are $124 an hour for a 150-horsepower and 160-horsepower Cessna 172, $135 for a 180-horsepower 172, $300 for a turbocharged Cirrus SR22 G3, $172 for a Diamond DA40, $114 for a Remos GX light sport aircraft, $240 for a Mooney 305 Rocket, and $300 for a Diamond DA42 Twin Star. Coe likes to diversify. His 260-horsepower Piper Cherokee Six rents for $184 an hour for nonmembers, while the 150-horsepower Citabria is $150 an hour. But wait, there’s more! You can learn to fly a helicopter at Monarch Sky. A Robinson R22 rents for $195 an hour (the public, pay-as-you-go rate), while an R44 rents for $425 an hour. Beyond the classroom is a suite of offices for flight instructors, a simulator
room, and a country-and-western singing receptionist—Lacy King. Just for good measure, the company is also a Remos distributor, and sells a variety of used aircraft. The sales are conducted under the maintenance company, Mojave Aviation. But the recession! Doesn’t Coe know there is a recession? In answering, Coe laughs at the scruffy, evil face of the economic downturn and sees opportunities in its bloodshot eyes. “The Las Vegas economy has been rocked, but if you provide a quality service, there are still people willing to participate,” Coe said. A recession means better prices on goods and services, and a higher quality workforce that is hungry for a job. “You can pick the cream of the crop,” he said. That’s why he chose his parents. What about all those company names? Isn’t the public going to be a little confused? A huge public relations campaign is helping the public—at least in the Las
Extra aerobatic aircraft (far left top) are used to simulate aerial combat. Monarch Sky flight school and flying club (far left bottom). The company Cessna Caravan passes over the Las Vegas strip (top) on its way to the Grand Canyon. The maintenance shop, Mojave Aviation (above). The Grand Canyon tours sometime pass above McCarran International Airport (above left).
Vegas area—to understand the differences between the four companies. It’s difficult to find one unifying name that describes flight training, rentals, sales, air combat, tours, and repairs. Prior to our visit, King, an assistant in the flight school and flying club, had jokingly asked Coe if he wanted her to answer the phone with, “Sky Combat Ace, Monarch Sky, Mojave Aviation, Vegas 500, this is Lacy, how can I help you?” Email the author at alton.marsh@aopa. org.
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