Questions?

Non U.S. Citizens. 

I do not accept students that are not US citizens. 

You will be required to show proof of US Citizenship. 

How much does it cost?

I get asked all the time what is the cost to get a Private Pilot License; this is a hard question to answer for various reasons. First, everyone learns differently. Not everyone is able to devote three to four days each week to learning to fly. Believe me, the amount of time you are able to devote to lessons and self study of the material at home makes a huge difference on the time required as well as the financial investment required to get your license.

The choice of the aircraft you choose to fly makes a difference on the total time and cost of flight training. Yes a Cessna 150 is cheeper than a Piper 235 to fly however; it is a small plane with barley enough room for two people to sit. Yes you can learn to fly in a Cessna 150, just be prepared to be cramped and unfold yourself from the plane when the flight is over.

If you just want to take local flights the Cessna 150 may be a good choice, however if you need to go somewhere you most likely want more speed and room. The faster aircraft do take more time to learn to fly and you must be prepared for this. Yes you can learn in a fast plane, yes you can get where you need to go with it more economically than a slow plane in most cases do to the reduced time in the air. You are able to learn in a faster plane or a complex airplane. 

The average cost is about $6,000 to $7,000 for flight and ground training in a C-172 or Piper 180. I teach a pay as you go program. Books are available from various publishers and usually cost about $220 to $300 for all the study materials you will need depending on your choice of kits.

How long will it take to learn to fly?

You must have at least 40 hours of flight to qualify for your Private Pilot License. The time you will take to meet the requirements will vary according to many factors; your schedule, your abilities to retain the information, weather, etc. The national average is about 65 hours to obtain a Private Pilot License.

How old do I need to be to learn to fly?

You are able to begin your training at any age. I normally do not teach anyone younger than 14 years of age due to the maturity level required. You will not be able to fly the aircraft until you are 16 years old, and must be 17 years old to be able to test for your Private Pilot License.

How long does a lesson last?

Most lessons are about one hour of flight for the first few lessons. Most sessions will last from about 2 to 4 hours when you begin your Cross Country phase of training. You will also have pre and post flight discussions to discuss what will happen during the flight and how the flight was completed. 

How safe if flying?

General aviation is as safe as any other mode of travel, if not safer. You will learn how to fly safely as well as how to deal with the rare emergencies the occur during flight. 

Where am I able to fly?

Your Flight Instructor must endorse (approve) each flight as a student, therefore you are able to fly anywhere your instructor says you can. If you choose to get a Recreational Pilot License you will be limited to 50 miles from the airport at which you received training. Additionally a Recreational Pilot is not able to fly to or from any airport that requires talking to air traffic control. A Private Pilot may fly to the more than 12,000 airports in the United States, only about 800 have control towers. A Private Pilot also does not have any range limitations. A Private Pilot is also able to fly internationally. 

Medical Exam?

You will need to pass a Medical Exam performed by an Aviation Medical Examiner prior to being able to fly the aircraft solo. You will also obtain your Student Pilot License from the Aviation Medical Examiner. You may choose your examiner from the following website. http://www.faa.gov/pilots/amelocator

You will also need to visit the following site to fill out the Medical Exam Application. https://medxpress.faa.gov/medxpress/medcert.exe

When will I start flying?

You will be flying on your first flight lesson with the help of the CFI. Each lesson your CFI will be helping you master the required maneuvers. When you are able to complete a flight without the CFI assisting you with any of the required maneuvers you will be able to SOLO the aircraft. After your solo flight you will begin working on cross-country requirements. Once all cross-country training requirements are completed your will then be able to make your SOLO cross-country flights. After you have completed all the required training you will be ready for the Private Pilot Check Ride.

Ground School Subject Areas

Airplane and Aerodynamics

Airplane Instruments, Engines, and Systems

Airports, Air Traffic Control, and Airspace

Federal Aviation Regulations

Airplane Performance and Weight and Balance

Aero Medical Factors and Aeronautical Decision Making

Aviation Weather

Navigation Charts, Publications, and Flight Computers

Navigation Systems

Cross-Country Flight Planning

The Written Exam

The Private Pilot Knowledge Test consists of 60 multiple choice questions selected from the 738 airplane related questions in the FAA's test bank. You will need a score of at least 70% to pass the exam.

What is the FAA Check Ride?

The FAA Check Ride is broken into two parts, an oral review where your will discuss with the examiner what your have learned and a flight test where you will demonstrate in the aircraft all the required maneuvers you have learned.

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