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Frequently asked questions

How long does it take to become a pilot?


Timeline, one of those common questions we get is how long does it take? Becoming a pilot does have minimum hours requirements, but is based on proficiency and coming in an average of three times a week, for an hour and a half lesson, you can expect to finish in less than 90 days.




Should I start flight training right now?


In the piloting world, we use many checklists, this is to make sure that we don’t skip any steps and make sure we are safe. The most important list is the checklist on yourself to determine if you can fly, we recommend that you have your life totally in order and you’re able to focus 100% on flight training. If you are opening up a business, working 12 hours a day, studying at school, or have any significant life changes we recommend you hold off on flight training until you can dedicate at least three days a week to fly and time to study as well.




How much does it cost for a Private Pilot Certificate?


The honest answer is it depends. You need a minimum of 40 hours, and that is possible, but the average is about 65. It would be best if you planned to take you 65 hours and be pleasantly surprised when you finish at 40.




What are the requirements to get a Private Pilot Certificate?


Private Pilot License Requirements: FAR 61.102
1.) Be at least 17 years old.
2.) Read, speak, and understand English.
3.) Pass an FAA Class three flight physical exam.
4.) Pass the FAA Private Pilot written test.
5.) Take and pass the FAA final Practical Test.
Minimum Flight Experience Requirements:
The FAA regulations require that students complete a minimum of 40 hours of flight training, with a minimum of 20 hours with an instructor and 10 hours solo flight time. Most students require additional hours of training to be proficient and be ready to pass the final Practical Test.




What can I do with a Private Pilot Certificate?


With a private pilot certificate, your limits are few, and your possibilities are endless. You can fly nationally or internationally with your family and friends as passengers. You’re only limits being allowed to operate the aircraft in clear weather, and you were not allowed to fly for compensation.




Why would I want to get an Instrument Rating?


To fully appreciate and get the full mobility of flying there should be no restrictions; even clouds. An instrument rating gives you the ability to fly every day not just only when it’s sunny out.





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