Norm Rathje, CFI/CFII/AGI

awarded distinguished flight instructor by AOPA

Code 1 Flight Training CEO Norm Rathje

Norm grew up on a farm in Northern Virginia and attended the United States Air Force Academy, graduating in 1966. He entered USAF pilot training and has been involved in aviation ever since. His Air Force experience included a combat tour in Vietnam as a Forward Air Controller flying and instructing in the OV-10 Bronco as well as tours as an instructor in Air Training Command and the Strategic Air Command as a KC-135 instructor pilot and KC-10 pilot. Since retiring from the Air Force in 1996, he has flown extensively as a general aviation instructor pilot.  He has also been heavily involved in the experimental aircraft movement to include successfully completing an RV-7A, RV-9A and RV-10.


  • Multi Engine ATP
  • CFI/CFII/AGI (Gold Seal)
  • CV-240/CV-340/CV-440 type rating
  • DC-10 type rating

Total Flight Hours


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AOPA Awarded Norm Rathje "Distinguished Flight Instructor" for 2018
“They Work Around Your Schedule”
My work schedule wouldn't allow me to fly by appointment like the rest of the schools want, but Norm was very accommodating to my needs—when I could find time he would make time for me. I finally earned my ticket thanks to his patience. I can't thank him enough. You won't be disappointed with Code 1 Flight Training!
Outstanding Instructor, Highly Recommend
“A huge thank you to Code 1 Flight Training at the Van Zandt County Regional Airport in Wills Point! The owner Norm Rathje and Instructor Steve Fairbanks have made it possible for me fulfill a lifelong goal of getting my private pilot certificate. It’s been great to attend a structured program that taught me to be a proficient and safe pilot. I have a lot to learn and this was a great foundation to build upon, but I will be continuing to train with Code 1 Flight Training for my instrument rating on through my commercial. I just can’t say enough good about them. If you’re interested I would highly recommend them. Steve has been an outstanding Instructor and has become a trusted friend to me and my family.”
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