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What is a Private Pilot certificate?

How much does it cost to learn to fly and get a Private Pilot certificate?

How long does it take to learn to fly and get a Private Pilot certificate?

How old do I have to be before I can start flight training?

How old is too old to begin flight training?

Is the pilot training schedule flexible?

Will I fly with the same Instructor for most of my flight training?

What do I need to begin taking flying lessons?

How and where can I get a student pilot certificate and medical?

What are the vision, hearing, and general medical health requirements that must be met in order to obtain a third class medical for a Private Pilot certificate?

Why do I get a security warning on my Internet Explorer web browser when I access the web site?


What is a private pilot certificate? This is the entry-level certificate most new pilots receive. Obtaining this certificate allows you to fly and carry passengers in good weather conditions either in the day or at night. In addition, you can travel anywhere across the United States or any other country with certain limitations. You may not, however, fly for compensation or hire.

How much does it cost to learn to fly and get a Private Pilot certificate?
There are a lot of variables that affect the cost of learning to fly, among them are frequency of flight lessons, weather conditions, the kind of aircraft in which you are training and its availability for scheduling, and individual aptitude. A rough estimate would range between $7,000 and $10,000.

How long does it take to learn to fly and get a Private Pilot certificate?
The same variables that affect the cost of learning to fly (frequency of flight lessons, weather conditions, the kind of aircraft in which you are training and its availability for scheduling, and individual aptitude) affect the time it takes to earn your certificate. The FAA has a minimum number of flight hours needed to obtain a certificate. Under Part 61, the minimum is 40 hours for a private pilot certificate. A reasonable estimate that an average student might expect is between 50 hours and 60 hours. These flight hours can be spread over a time span of several months or a year or more (however the more often you fly the less time it will take)

How old do I have to be before I can start flight training?

You don't have to be a particular age before you can begin to take flying lessons. That said, however, you do have to be at least 16 years old before you can solo.

How old is too old to begin flight training?

Say "student pilot” and most people think of a youngster chasing a dream. In reality, today's fledgling is likely a middle-aged adult who's not only chasing, but actually fulfilling a lifelong ambition to be a pilot. The ages of today's student pilots average in their thirties and today's average active pilots are in their forties. In addition, more than 25 percent of all U.S. pilots with current medical certificates are in their fifties. And some pilots learn to fly when they retire.

Is the pilot training schedule flexible?   

We understand that many of our students have time constraints that vary from week to week. School, work, and family obligations take priority. Our scheduling system provides each student with the means to schedule their flight lessons at their convenience. Set times and days can be scheduled or flexible

Will I fly with the same Instructor for most of my flight training?

Normally it is best to train with the same instructor for continuity. At the end of a phase of training, before solo, or taking your checkride expect to fly with another instructor to get another prospective.

What do I need to begin taking flying lessons?

All you need is proof of U.S. citizenship (birth certificate and driver's license or U.S. issued passport). Prior to your first solo flight you will need a medical and student pilot certificate. If you are not a U.S. citizen certain documents must be prepared to find out the specifics for this procedure please contact us.

How and where can I get a student pilot certificate and medical?
An AME (aviation medical examiner) will give you a student pilot certificate to fill out as part of the 3rd class medical exam. There are several in the area to choose from and cost is between $50-$100. A student pilot certificate is valid for 24 months and a 3rd class medical is valid for either 24 or 36 calendar months depending on age.

What are the vision, hearing, and general medical health requirements that must be met in order to obtain a third class medical for Private Pilot certificate?
Your vision must be at least 20/40 corrected, and you must be able to tell the difference between red and green. You should not have a nose or throat condition that would be aggravated by flying; you must have proper balance, and you must be able to hear a voice at a normal conversational volume at 6 feet. You can't have any mental/neurological problems, such as psychosis, alcoholism, or epilepsy; any unexplained loss of consciousness; any serious medical condition such as heart attack or chronic heart disease, diabetes mellitus, or other debilitating illness. If you do have a medical problem, it is not necessarily the end of your flying career. Depending on the problem, your medical certificate will be deferred until further testing is done. If you and your AME can prove to the FAA that your condition will not make you unsafe to pilot an airplane, chances are good that you'll get your medical. If you have a condition that automatically disqualifies you, such as chronic alcoholism, history of heart disease, or loss of consciousness, you can still petition the FAA for special issuance of your medical.

Why do I get a security warning on my Internet Explorer web browser when I access the web site?

The warning occurs if you have service pack 2 installed on your explorer browser and you have left the default security settings set. The web site uses script only to allow the pull down menus on the site. The browser gives the warning because of the use of the script. If you allow the blocked content, the pull down menus will function normally; else you will not see the pull down menus.

 

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