Tradewind Aviation International

Tradewind Aviation International with its home base in New Bern NC is a flight school with a long tradition.
Operation in New Bern

Coastal Carolina Regional Airport (KEWN) is served by US Airways Express and Delta Airlines with services to Charlotte and Atlanta.
In New Bern jet service (with Canadair CRJ) was launched in June 2005. Charlotte is the biggest city in North Carolina and a major airline hub with convenient international connections. Since May 2007 Delta Airlines is providing another jet service to Atlanta Hartsfield.
New Bern airport has two runways and a control tower (Class D airspace). Located in a relatively low traffic area the airport creates a safe and encouraging flight training environment. The students become comfortable with radio communications and airport operations of a controlled field from the very beginning of their training. As for navigational aids New Bern airport provides VOR, ILS, and GPS approaches.
Tradewind Aviation International operates as an FAA-certified flight school under Part 61. VA-Benefits under the GI-Bill for eligible persons and supported training for members of the NC National Guard are available for specific Tradewind training. Our fleet consists of nine airplanes, and we have six instructors on staff iin New Bern.

Tradewind Aviation Maintenance LLC performs first class maintenance to the flight school fleet and also provides services on regular customer airplanes.

Stop Dreaming – Start Flying

Welcome to the exciting world of aviation! Whether you are interested in just enjoying the fantastic freedom of a casual local flight, use the private airplane to reach destinations for business or excursions, or aspire for a position as a professional pilot, we at Tradewind Aviation can quickly and safely help you begin your journey. We specialize in providing flight training that achieves lasting results through the use of innovative training methods, professional training tools, well trained FAA-Certified Flight Instructors, and solid experience. We are proud to have modern avionics installed in our aircraft: most of our planes have identical state-of-the-art GPS systems (color moving map) installed. Today’s General Aviation pilots have access to better equipped aircraft with modern, computer-based navigational systems. When combined with professional training, these aircraft provide fast and safe transportation to thousands of airports.

Flight training and the joy of flying can begin at any time. Don’t let your age or health be a major concern. If you can drive a car there is a good chance you meet the medical requirements to become a pilot.

Tradewind Aviation offers Introductory Flights to explore the feeling of controlling a small airplane. We also provide Scenic Rides where the passengers can even determine themselves what they want to see from the air. Intro flights and scenic rides are popular surprises for family and friends receiving a special gift certificate.

Private Pilot Certificate

The Private Pilot training provides the student with all required skills and knowledge necessary to meet FAA standards to obtain the Private Pilot Certificate. Successful completion of this course along with FAA written and practical tests will enable the new pilot to operate a single engine aircraft in both controlled and uncontrolled airspace. The pilot is also able to use all navigational systems to fly cross-country, day or night, in visual meteorological conditions (VMC). With additional training, a private pilot can add ratings to fly more complex aircraft (to include multi engine), and perform flights in instrument meteorological conditions (IMC).

Without prior preparation and zero hours of flight experience the private pilot course can be successfully completed within a period of about 6-7 weeks with full time study and dedicated training. Our instructors and the set-up of the Jeppesen training course will easily support this goal in a productive and safe way.

Instrument Pilot Rating

The Instrument Pilot course is also based on the highly effective Jeppesen Instrument Pilot syllabus. Students undergo extensive training from experienced instructors using the latest training procedures. An FAA approved simulator enhances the training process and allows the student to obtain more effective instrument procedure practice. The use of simulators will also expose students to emergency situations in a safe and controlled environment. Furthermore, the simulators reduce the cost of flight training.
Recurrent and Additional Flight Training

Successful pilots understand the importance of continuous training to maintain and raise the value of flying and increase safety. Tradewind Aviation offers additional pilot training up to ATP and provides efficient Flight Reviews according to FAA regulations.

Additional pilot training may include training in complex aircraft with a variable pitch propeller and retractable gear, a multi engine rating, a commercial certificate or a High Performance Checkout. This is often followed by training to become a Certified Flight Instructor, first for VFR (called CFI), and then for IFR (called CFII), to become a Multi Engine Instructor (MEI) or an Airline Transport Pilot (ATP). Tradewind Aviation is experienced to train pilots for all those certificates and ratings professionally.

We also offer training for military pilots to fly a civilian multi engine airplane. The program involves”single thrust removal” and eliminates restrictions related to single thrust multi engine aircraft.

For all training needs or for flight time building we offer great discounted rates. Package prices or Block Time rates help to save money. Ask our front desk or one of our instructors for details.

Learning Environment

Tradewind’s flight training facilities at New Bern provide an excellent learning environment for the student to work and study efficiently. The facilities include instructor offices, the classroom with projector, the simulator rooms, study areas, the video learning station, the flight preparation room, the PSI LaserGrade®testing center, our pilot shop, and the lounge area with vending machines. Our flight preparation room is equipped with comprehensive online weather information including weather maps, satellite and radar images, and all other available aviation weather for flight planning purposes. Tradewind is contracted by PSI LaserGrade® to operate a testing center for all FAA written tests and other online examinations.

For all training courses Tradewind Aviation uses the Jeppesen Syllabi that include professional lesson and study guides for students to achieve their aviation goals. A syllabus places the training in a logical sequence to aid in student’s understanding. Our instructors work “one on one” with a student, i.e. the student is assigned to one instructor who teaches both ground school and flying. This close attention and care ensures that the student’s individual needs are met. Supported by the training syllabus our instructors provide the highest level of flight training. Tradewind, in collaboration with Craven Community College in New Bern, offers also Private and Instrument ground school classes on a regular basis. These evening classes prepare for the FAA Written Exam and are affordable ($60 for the entire 60 hours course).

As an alternative we offer online ground school courses designed by GLEIM. These online courses, available for all training levels, offer great individual flexibility in learning, guaranteed course completion, required testing sign-off included, and are cost effective (only $100 per course).
Simulators available at Tradewind Aviation International

Tradewind Aviation International utilizes leading edge computer-based, FAA-approved, single and multi engine flight simulators throughout the advanced training programs for effective development of pilot knowledge and skills. New instrument students begin their flight training on flight simulators. Students can quickly develop basic knowledge of flight instruments, scanning techniques and visual eye-hand coordination in the comfort and safety of our training area. Students utilizing simulators in conjunction with actual flight training are more comfortable in the aircraft, develop early confidence, advance faster, and significantly increase the rate of success.

For both basic and advanced training we use the ELITE Instrument Training System, the industry’s leading computer aviation training device. With the ELITE system the student is capable of doubling the efficiency of the training. IFR simulators have proven the value in faster development of initial IFR knowledge, procedures and habits. IFR simulators are also the most effective recurrent training tool for maintaining competent instrument flying skills.

Besides our computerized ELITE flight simulator systems we have two conventional, fully enclosed cockpit simulators in operation (ATC-610 and ATC-810). The simulators are located in a special simulator room to provide an ideal environment for training that requires concentration and personal efforts.
Supplemental Interactive Learning

Designated computer stations are set-up for interactive learning and training using ASA Test Prepware for all airmen tests.

The video library offers VCR aviation related training tapes of various topics to supplement the training.

A Brief History of New Bern, North Carolina

In 2000 New Bern had a population of some 23,000 inhabitants, located at the convergence of the Neuse and the Trent River. New Bern is the second oldest town in North Carolina and was once its capital. New Bern is the county seat of Craven County. In the past decade New Bern’s population has considerably grown by developing large residential areas. At the same time large industrial companies have expanded and new ones moved to New Bern.

New Bern is the second oldest city in North Carolina, and was settled in 1710 by German and Swiss colonists led by Baron Christoph von Graffenried from Bern, Switzerland.


Baron Christoph von Graffenried 1661-1743


The emblems of New Bern and Bern are very similar, showing a bears, a female and a male bear.

Here is the emblem of Bern.


NewBern_grafffpVon Graffenried purchased the land from the Tuscarora Native American who had a small settlement in the area known as Chattawka, a Native American word for “where the fish is taken out”.

Named for the city of Bern, the town is located on the triangle of land where the Neuse River and the Trent River meet. This is called the confluence of the Neuse and Trent Rivers. The Neuse River, the larger one, was named for the Neusiok Indians in 1584 by Arthur Barlow, one of Sir Walter Raleigh’s scouts. The Native Tuscarora , who occupied the peninsula, where New Bern is located, called the place “Gow-ta-no”, which means “pine in water”.

Plan of the City of New Bern, drafed by Baron Christoph von Graffenried

The original settlers suffered with the climate, a lack of provision and supplies, diseases and Native American problems. De Graffenried and his surveyer, John Lawson, were taken prisoners by Native Americans. Lawson was burnt at stake, but De Graffenried was spared because he was nicly dressed and the Native Americans believed that he is a high ranked individual.

Once the war with the Tuscarora tribe was over, New Bernians looked to the natural resources for their support. Tar, pitch, and turpentine, along with other native products, loaded downs ships bound to England, New England and the West Indies. The ships would return with rum, molasses, sugar, and manufactured goods.

When King Charles II had been restored to the English throne in 1660, he issued a “Carolina Charter” granting eight of his loyal supporters, called the Lords Proprietor), wide areas of land in the New World. This area spread from Virginia to the Spanish border of Florida, and from the Atlantic Ocean to the “South Seas” or the Pacific Ocean. It was called Carolina derived from the word “Carolus”, the Latin word for Charles – in honour of the king. Wiliam, Earl of Craven, ws one of the original Lords Proprietor, and its from his family that Craven County got its name. New Bern became the seat of the Craven Precinct (now Craven County) in 1722.

By the middle of the 18th century the river port at New Bern had grown in size and importance. Because New Bern is centrally located between the Albemarle Sound and Cape Fear, the colonial assembly often met here. The colony’s first printing press was established in New Bern in 1749, and two years later, the printer, James Davis, published the colony’s first newspaper, pamphlet and book.

The royal governor, William Tryon, saw the need for a permanent capital in the growing colony, and selected New Bern as the site. Tryon Palace, first colonial and state capitol building of North Carolina, was designed by the English architect John Hawks. The palace, completed in 1770, made New Bern the political center of North Carolina, and that was important in the growth of the town. New Bern became the center of events leading to the revolution. The first publicly organized assembly was called here in 1774, against the wishes of the Royal Governor, Josiah Martin, who fled the capital for safety in May of the following year. Throughout the Revolutionary War the port sheltered many privateers.

Early in 1777, the first state government under the new constitution was begun under Richard Caswell. In the 1790’s the growing population of the western countries caused the General Assembly to move the state capital to a more central location. Jowl Lane’s farm was purchased and there they established the present capital of Raleigh. The Federal Era saw New Bern develop fully into a city. There was much culture and wealth here after the revolution. The first school to be chartered in North Carolina, the New Bern Academy, along with the Masonic Temple and Theatre, the Episcopal Church and other churches built by the Presbyterian, Baptist, Methodist and Roman Catholic congregations illustrate educational, civic and religious sophistication in New Bern. At the present time New Bern has some 125 churches.

Union Forces captured the important port city of New Bern early in the Civil War (March 14, 1862). The northern officers established headquarters in Neuse River mansions while other soldiers moved into other houses throughout the city. The Union Forces occupied the city for the rest of the war. For this reason, New Bern survived with less physical damage than many other small southern towns.
After the difficult period of reconstruction, New Bern entered its third era of development. Before and well after 1900, the fine quality of pine, cypress, oak, and other hardwoods kept the lumber mills busy. By 1916, there were 16 lumber mills here. New Bern became a source of seafood, and what was not shipped out was processed in fertilizer plants.

With the coming World War II, the Marine Corps Air Station at Cherry Point began August 16, 1941 on the Neuse River close to New Bern on the way Morehead City. Now it ranks as the largest United States Marine Corps Air Station in the world. The many personnel and marines coming to the area helped to boost the local economy and continue today.
New Bern is known for some successful inventions and progressive events. In New Bern the Pepsi Cola was invented in 1898. It was originally called “Brad’s Drink” after the inventor, Caleb Bradham, a farmacist. The first postal service in he colony began here in town, and the first motion picture theatre to be built in the state from the ground up was built in New Bern. The first modern Naval mine sweeper was lauched here in 1942, and the first torpedo put to practical use was invented in town. New Bern was the first city in the United States to celebrate George Washington’s birthday.
New Bern remains a progressive city with some 40,000 inhabitants, but much relating to her history can still be seen. Tryon Palace Historic Sites and Gardens can take a visitor back two hundred years. The John Wright Stanly and Dixon-Stevenson exhibition houses further illuminate the early history of the city. The New Bern Academy Museum, New Bern Fireman’s Museum, Attmore-Oliver House and the Birthplace of Pepsi Cola all help to illustrate the life style of times past. The historic sites and old homes, large and small, along the waterfront, make it easy to understand New Bern’s motto: “Our charm is historic”.

Living in New Bern
Pilots from Europe come to New Bern with excitement. What do they have to expect here? Mostly it is the first time for them to be in the United States, or at least at the East coast. Shortly after the arrival all of them became easily established with the assistance and guidance of the Tradewind team and the Swiss management. Typically the initial worry about the new environment, the new people to meet, and the new life is replaced by a positive and encouraging feeling. This has been always very rewarding for Tradewind, and we enjoy a friendship even after the departure. We use to say: customers and pilots are coming, and friends are leaving!

Audrey Mellevold

When, in an attempt to preserve the history of Coastal Carolina Regional Airport (formerly – until mid August 2008 – known as Craven Regional Airport), a plaque was dedicated to the memory of two men whose names are now forever immortalized, Dr. Joseph Patterson finally realized a dream come true—the result of his and his family’s efforts to save for posterity a fascinating bit of New Bern memorabilia.
The year was 1931; the day, Saturday, November 21. New Bern had a new municipal airport, and it was to be dedicated that day to Senator Furnifold M. Simmons. Senator Simmons was Dr. Patterson’s grandfather.
Furnifold Simmons was born in 1854 in Jones County where, according to some residents, he could, in the inmost recesses of his memory, recall the sounds of the Battle of New Bern. He was graduated from Trinity College, now Duke University, and moved to New Bern seeking a more profitable law practice. As a politician he had entreated black voters, promising that he would “represent them better than either of his opponents”, if elected. He was, in fact, the first white Democrat to campaign in James City. At that time the Democratic Party was near death. Simmons was responsible for its “rise from the ashes of reconstruction”. Known as the “boss” of the “Simmons Machine”, he was said to “pick governors, congressmen and even sheriffs”, according to “Tar Heels”, a book by Jonathan Daniels. Because he guided the Democratic Party so successfully to victory during the brutal politics of the late 1890’s, he received the endorsement of Governor Aycock in seeking the office of U.S. Senator. The governor described the politician as “a strong, able, aggressive, upright and sincere man, who has done and is capable of doing the state great and valuable service”. Thus began a Senate career that would become the longest in North Carolina history, spanning five terms (1901-1931).
Senator Simmons was a true statesman, admired and respected on the national level. He was of fairly small stature and was known by his Senate colleagues as “the little giant”. During World War I he was Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, and among other things, he coauthored the Underwood-Simons Tariff Act, 1913-1921. He also was instrumental in establishing the Intercoastal Waterway.
Simmons loved the land and farming, and he never forgot his Jones County heritage. His grandchildren remember his as a gentle, thoughtful, and caring person. And so it was only fitting that New Bern’s airport be dedicated that November day to Senator Furnifold McLendell Simmons.
It was to be such a festive day. Five Marine aerobatic pilots from Quantico, Virginia, were invited to perform for the crowd attending the dedication ceremony. Those flyers were the forerunners of today’s Blue Angels. The evening before all five Marines were dinner guests at the Patterson home on New Street. Doubtless it was the last public appearance in uniform for one of the members of that Marine fighter squadron.
Lt. Joel Benedict Nott was just 26 years old. A native of New York City, he was the son of Judge Charles C. Nott. Lt. Nott had graduated from Williams College, Williamstown, Massachusetts, in 1927, where he was an outstanding student. “Ben”, as he was affectionately known, was Kappa Alpha, captain of the football team his senior year, and a member of the Student Council. He was about to embark on a wonderful new life—two months earlier his engagement to Miss Elizabeth Cornell Blair had been announced.
Today, November 21, 1931, was a day of thrilling excitement: the Marines were going to perform aerobatic flying for the crowd assembled for the occasion. According to a NEW YORK TIMES account the following day, “The planes had been stunting over the field for half an hour, going through many spectacular feasts. After a series of loops they had come down to 300 feet and were circling the field”.
J. Alex Meadows, another of the Simmons grandchildren, was watching the flyers. Suddenly in horror he watched as one of the planes, out of control, zoomed straight down while the others completed a big loop over the airport. That Curtiss Hawk buried its nose in the ground. The pilot was dead.
Some observers thought the slipstream of the plane ahead of him might have caused Lt. Nott’s crash. Others felt he was a hero. Lt. Nott could have saved himself, but in so doing he would have endangered the crowd gathered for the event. The plane hit the center of the field away from the area where cars were parked or people were standing. Newspaper accounts of the day stated that the plane did not catch fire even though the switch was on. Nothing could be found wrong with the controls, so the precise cause of the tragedy would never be known.
It was Senator Simmons who requested that the airport name be “Simmons-Nott”. And so it was formally dedicated as Simmons-Nott Airport and remained as such until 1988 with the exception of five years during World War II when it was taken over by the Marine Corps and known as Camp Mitchell in honor of Col. R. J. Mitchell, the Director of Aviation in 1941.
The phenomenal growth of Simmons-Nott has surpassed most airports in the nation. In one month today more people board flights than boarded annually just some years ago. In addition there has been growth in private aviation as well. An FBO, a flight school and a maintenance facility exist, and another phase for lengthening the main runway is planned, enabling commuter jets as well as corporate jet planes to use the airport.
In 1988 Simmons-Nott, as it had been known for 57 years, became Craven Regional Airport. A poignant story would soon be forgotten by New Bern natives and would never be known by newcomers flocking to the area.
The story of Simmons-Nott should be recalled for New Bern’s posterity reasoned Dr. Patterson. The bronze plaque honoring the two men is mounted on the new terminal building grounds.
The Simmons descendants and their families continue to be active in the New Bern community. Lt. Nott is survived by three nieces and one nephew in the New York City area. They are most appreciative of what has been done in memory of their uncle. None of them knew that the airport had been named for him. Evidently no contact was made with the family in 1931.

Selected Busenesses Weblinks

Coastal Carolina Regional Airport

City of New Bern

Federal Express

UPS (United Postal Service)

Martinaire Aviation, LLC

United States Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point

MUM Festival, New Bern

Craven County Community College

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