This is usually your first license you will earn. The Private Pilot License will allow you to fly and carry passengers in airplanes you have been checked out. In most cases the Private Pilot License is all most pilots receive. Minimum FAA requirements for this License are 40 hours of Flight Training and the required ground training, most students take longer than the minimum hours to meet the requirements for Private Pilot. The Private Pilot will be able to fly in good weather only, meaning mostly clear skies and good visibility. If you are interested in traveling on days when the weather is less than perfect, you will want to add the Instrument Rating to your Private Pilot License.
As a Private Pilot you are able to use your aircraft for travel for business or pleasure. You are able to travel in furtherance of your business. You may want to take friends and family to a meal on the other side of town or across to the other side of a state for a meal at an airport café or a nice restaurant, the choice is yours when you are a Private Pilot.
You will be able to use most of the about 15,000 airports in the United States. You will be able to take off and land at privately owned and operated airfields if you own them or have permission to use the airfield. You will be able to use the thousands of airports worldwide if you are in compliance with that country’s regulations and laws.
With the Private Pilot License you are able to fly a wide variety of aircraft with additional training from your instructor, some examples are:
Conventional: Most commonly referred to tail wheel or tail draggers.
Complex: Aircraft with landing gear that may be retracted or extended, have flaps, and a propeller that is adjustable.
High Performance: An aircraft that has more than 200 horsepower.
Sea Plane (Amphibian): An aircraft that is able to operate on water as well as land, flight training and an additional check ride will be required.
Multi Engine: An aircraft with more than one engine, flight training and an additional check ride will required
An Instrument Rating will permit you to fly in reduced visibility as well as no visibility except for takeoffs and landings. You will learn more about the requirements for flight during your lessons.
The FAA requires a minimum of 40 hours of flight training under simulated or actual instrument condition before you are able to take you Check Ride for the Instrument Rating. Most students require closer to 50 hours of flight training to master the required skills for the Instrument Rating. You will also receive about 20 – 30 hours of ground training in addition to the home study.
If you wish to earn a living (or teach on the weekend) as a pilot you will need a Commercial Pilot License. You will also need an Instrument Rating unless you fly local sight seeing during daylight hours in good weather only. You will be very limited on what you permitted to do without an Instrument Rating on your Commercial License.
If you want to fly for pay this license is necessary. With the Commercial Pilot License, you will be able to take payment for Airplane Rides, Photography, Flight Instruction, Carrying Passengers for Hire, and many more activities. The minimum FAA requirement for this License is 250 Flight Hours as well as the required ground instruction. Most Commercial Pilot Applicants will have completed the required Instrument Flight Training to help accumulate the required 250 hours for this License.
You will have received the required cross country navigation skills and maneuver training upon completion of the Commercial Pilot License Course. You will understand the FAA Regulations that are required to operate by as a Commercial Pilot.
Plan on about 30 hours of Flight Training and about 30 hours of Ground Instruction for completion of you Commercial Pilot License. You will also have home study you are responsible for completing.
If you want to teach, this is the route for you. You must first complete your Commercial Pilot training and Check Ride. I strongly recommend that you begin your CFI training as soon as possible after your Commercial training as the skills and information will be fresh and used for this training. As a CFI you will be able to teach Private Pilot as well as Commercial Pilot applicants. You will also be permitted to conduct Flight Reviews for Certificated Pilots as other CFI’s. After you have completed 200 hours of Flight Instruction given or 2 years as a Flight Instructor you will then be able to Instruct CFI applicants as well.
You will learn to fly the aircraft from the right seat during your CFI training. You will spend more time in the classroom learning how to make lesson plans and your training syllabus. Plan on about 20 - 30 hours in the aircraft learning to teach and recognize the common errors the students will make. You can also plan on abut 20 - 30 hours in the classroom environment learning how to present lessons. You may even present lessons to a student if schedules permit under the guidance of your Instructor.
As an Instrument Instructor you will be able to teach the Instrument Rating Course in any aircraft for which you are endorsed as well as Instrument Ground School to the standards set forth by the FAA. Normally this Instructor Rating is acquired after you have become a Certified Flight Instructor. During training for this rating you will conduct Ground School sessions as well as teaching in the aircraft.
I will fly your Single Engine or Multi Engine Airplane for you at a daily rate plus expenses.
I can assist you in maintaining your aircraft as set by the current FAA regulations and manufacturers requirements.
15 March 2008
Jimmy’s Pilot Service
Policies include but are not limited to the following:
Daily Pilot Service (Single Engine Piston Rate): $350.00 — $450.00 depending on type of service provided. A duty day is 8 hours of flying time, total of 14 hours in each day to include all pre and post flight actions for the flight. Pre flight actions usually start 1 ½ to 2 hours prior to the flight departure time. Usually post flight activities will be completed within ½ hour of the termination of the flight activities. Any time waiting is counted in the time for the day. Flights canceled within 24 hours of dispatched date will incur daily service rate charge, however some exceptions may apply.
Payment: All flights will be paid upon return to based airport. In some cases payment will be due prior to departure from based airport.
Aircraft are to be properly maintained IAW current FAR’s and equipment is to be working properly. All publications are to be up to date for departure as well as return. If the aircraft is operated out of country, the aircraft must also have a current customs sticker or proof of purchase as well as proper insurance.
Fuel/ other operating expenses: All flights that require fueling away from based airport will be paid for by aircraft owner/operator with credit card or cash prior to departure from based airport.
Meals: $20.00. Meals will be compensated prior to departure of flight. Breakfast: 0700 Hrs., lunch: 1200 Hrs., or dinner: 1800 Hrs. at $25.00, whether eaten or not. If meals are in such a location as to require a higher amount, receipts will be presented for prompt reimbursement of the excess.
Cleaning services are not included with pilot service; however cleaning service can be arranged.
The pilot will depart with the aircraft from based airport and return with aircraft to based airport unless weather or mechanical conditions require other actions.
Lodging arrangements will be made in event of an overnight stay whether planned or mechanical.
Return to based airport: In the event that the aircraft is unable to be returned to the based airport the owner/ operator shall make prompt arrangements for pilot to return to based airport via airline or rental car if local.
The client, owner/ operator of the aircraft shall provide a contact person or persons that is /are able to make decisions about the operation of the aircraft or provide further information if required.
If aircraft is operated outside of the Domestic United States a phone will be provided for use on each flight so that calls to customs or other contact person/persons may be made when required.