Pinnacle Aviation Academy started operations in 1997. Prior to our opening, many years of preparation and planning occurred. We found the general aviation flight training industry to be in a tail slide. Cessna Aircraft Company made the decision to stop producing single and multi engine piston aircraft in 1985 and concentrate on their Citation Jet programs. Most of the other general aviation manufacturers had either stopped piston aircraft production or had reduced their manufacturing lines to only a few aircraft per year.