FAQ's

How much does it cost?

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For your private pilot's license, you can expect to spend around 8-10 thousand.  Of course, you can pay as you go by appointment, which usually ranges between $200-$250  

Is it hard to learn to fly?

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No. People of all shapes and sizes, ages and abilities have learned to fly. It's fun, and from the beginning of your training, you get to do most of the actual flying! On the practical side — while flying isn't a difficult skill to learn, you'll have to be willing to stick with it until you meet all the requirements. Also, you should consider the cost of becoming a pilot — you'll have to pay for your physical exam and your lessons.

When can I start?

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Right away.  All you have to do is sign up for an introductory lesson.  You don't have to have a student pilot's certificate or a medical certificate to take flying lessons.  Of course, you won't be able to fly solo right away.  That takes time and the paperwork described in this guide.

How long before I can solo the aircraft?

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It depends on you. There is no set number of lessons or hours of flight training. Your instructor must make sure you have learned to perform certain maneuvers before allowing you to solo. These maneuvers include safe takeoffs and landings. You must use good judgment when flying and be able to keep control of the aircraft.

Also, you'll have to get a medical certificate and a student pilot's certificate to fly solo.

Is flying safe?

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Absolutely Yes. A well-built and well-maintained aircraft flown by a competent and prudent pilot is as safe or safer than many other forms of transportation.

  In all honesty, the odds of being in a plane crash is one in 11 million!  Car passengers are at a higher risk of untimely death with the odds placed at one in 5,000!!

If engine failure occurs, what will happen?

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Aircraft engines are reliable and failure rarely occurs.  However, your lessons will cover what to do in this situation, including selecting a good landing area and safely landing.