About Richmor Aviation

Richmor Aviation is proud to operate the largest flight school in the Northeast, with three locations throughout New York’s Hudson Valley. Richmor’s Flight School is committed to creating a memorable and rewarding experience throughout all of our programs beginning with Private through Commercial Certification. Looking to become a Certified Flight instructor? We offer that , too!

Whether you want to fly for fun, or begin paving the path for a career in aviation- Richmor Aviation Flight School has a program for you.  

Our Philosophy

Our institution’s philosophy is to provide students with the best opportunities to gain the knowledge, skills, and experience, required of a quality, educated Aviator. Our goal is to provide the resources that will assist students in reaching their ultimate potential of becoming a professional pilot. 

Our History

Richmor Aviation, Inc. began as the intuitive idea of two young aviators, Mahlon W. Richards and Joseph Morando in 1968. A fixed based operation began at Columbia County Airport in Hudson, New York in January 1968 and has since multiplied into three full-fledged fixed base operator locations.

Columbia County Airport is still the official home for Richmor Aviation, Inc. and is presently the base operation for Richmor’s air taxi operation. A second operation began in August 1969 at the Saratoga County Airport in Ballston Spa, New York, and after 38 years, closed in December 2007. Saratoga was the base operation for the 141 Flight School and home to our former Chief Flight Instructor, Thomas E. Miller. The largest of the flight school operations is based at the Schenectady County Airport in Scotia, New York. The Schenectady facility began in April 1975 and now trains an average of 125 flight students annually and is supervised by the Director of the School, Lisa M. Litts, and chief Flight Instructor Kenneth J. Rogers. The third base of operations is located at the Kingston-Ulster Airport in Kingston, New York. 

Richmor Aviation first received their FAA approval as a Part 141 Flight School in 1967. At almost the same time, approval was granted by the New York State Education Department for the training of veterans and other eligible persons under Title 38 U.S. code. The State Education Department transferred the approval process for veterans and other eligible persons over to the New York State Department of Veterans Affairs, Bureau of Veterans Education under Title 38 U.S. Code, Section 3676. Please Note: SCCC students will be expected to receive their training at Richmor’s Schenectady location. If other arrangements are necessary, please contact the SCCC Coordinator’s Office.