Norm Rathje, CFI/CFII/AGI

awarded 2017 distinguished flight instructor by AOPA

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

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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.
Awesome guys to work with!
Bill and Norm at Code 1 Flight Training were awesome guys to work with. Bill is a great instructor with a wealth of knowledge and experience. He was very patient with me during all my training, and I am glad that I got to work with him. He stuck with me throughout my entire training to get me where I needed to be to pass my check ride.  I was grateful for the flexibility of their schedules and their availability to work with me on the weekends. I couldn’t have asked for a better experience. If you are looking for flight training, I highly recommend the guys with Code 1!
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