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High Flight Academy


High Flight Academy logoClient: High Flight Academy (Butler, PA)

Challenge: a new flight school needed to make their presence known and attract students.

Solution: a long-term marketing relationship consisting of...

  • Wordpress website development with Woocommerce integration
  • Content writing
  • Graphic design
  • Social media management
  • Google and Facebook PPC ads

High Flight Academy is a flight school based out of the Pittsburgh-Butler Regional Airport. After trying multiple different approaches to getting their website built, they contacted us to get their site airborne (if you'll pardon the pun).

The client's requests:

  • Elevate the design and content to a professional level.
  • Help funnel visitors to sign up for a $99 test flight.
  • Include an online store for lessons and merchandise.

After reviewing their technical needs, we concluded that Wordpress would be the best system. 

Website Design


Taking inspiration from the sky itself, we kept the site's design airy with lots of white space and rich blue accent colors. We used a mixture of stock photography and original photography to help users see the beauty of being in the pilot's seat.

Content Writing

After learning the aviation industry's lingo, we built out the content of the interior pages, which previously had been only one or two sentences each. We wrote thorough course descriptions, a mission statement, and ensured that every page includes at least one call to action button or form.


We incorporated a Woocommerce online store into the build. Once users fall in love with the idea of flying, they can close the transaction right on the website! We include goals in the online store for optimal tracking and measurement.


To encourage online interactions, we added a chat feature to help connect users with the enrollment team. The form can support live chat, or act as a contact form when no one is available online.

Screen shots of High Flight Academy website across devices

Digital Marketing

Following the site's launch, we turned our focus toward driving traffic and conversions. We helped plan and build out the school's social media presence with a content calendar for blogging, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.

Blogging and Content Calendar

A content strategy is key for helping a new website (or social media presence) grow. We provide quarterly editorial calendars complete with blog entries, social media posts, and graphic design. We also write news and updates on the fly to support the school's newsletter.

Social Media

First we ran a social media audit and created consistency among existing profiles (or created new ones) on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and Snapchat. We have been running Facebook ads to build awareness, hire flight instructors, and get attendees at recruiting events.

Google Ads

This has been the crux of High Flight's online marketing plan. We ensure that High Flight shows up when people are searching for terms related to "flight school near me." 

PR Strategy

To get the word out about the school, we have written press releases and coordinated with local influencers. Our efforts have resulted in a Pittsburgh Business Times feature and a shout-out from a local lifestyle blogger.

Digital Marketing Work Samples

Business Times Feature
High Flight Academy Business Times Feature article
Social Media Ad
High Flight social media ad
Google Ads
High Flight Academy Google ad

Using both organic and paid techniques, we've grown their online presence and have helped the school secure ten full-time career students (and growing).

Portrait of High Flight Academy CEO, Robert Ferree"These guys are doing a great job for us. Generating Lots of new new business. " - Robert Ferree, owner of High Flight Academy

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