We know that considering flight instruction, rental, or maintenance with our company must bring a few questions to mind. We want to reassure you of our commitment a safe and quality experience.
Perhaps, we can start by answering a few of your questions below.
What Type of Rating?
If you’re new to the world of aviation, you should take a moment to consider what type of flying you’d like to pursue. For the beginning aviator, we offer two options, both of which are FAA licenses: Recreational and Private.
Recreational: If you only plan to fly in the local area for enjoyment, the Recreational Pilot Certificate may be your choice.
The FAA minimums for a Recreational Pilot are only 30 hours of flight time compared to 40 for a Private Pilot. Recreational Pilots do not undergo the night or instrument training that a Private Pilot does.
However, the Recreational Pilot Certificate comes with certain limitations: you must remain within 50 miles of home, you may not carry more than one passenger, go into an airport with a control tower, fly an airplane of more than 180hp, fly above 10,000 feet, nor fly after dark.
Although it may seem restrictive, the Recreational Certificate can be a good choice if you have limited income. Should you decide to further your training later, the time you spent can be credited to your Private Pilot Certificate training.
Private: The Private Pilot Certificate is the most commonly sought license. Although it requires more training than a Recreational Certificate, it also opens more opportunities.
Private pilots can fly to any destination of any distance they choose (weather permitting). They can carry friends and family members along on those trips. They can fly for business or for pleasure, day or night.
Additionally, the Private Certificate is the first step if one is considering a career in aviation.
- Aircraft and Environment
You’ll find us well-equipped to meet your training needs. Our aircraft are painstakingly maintained in our own on-site maintenance facility by experienced technicians and equipped with modern communication and navigational equipment to get you where you’re going with ease and precision.
We train at a tower-controlled airport that offers the experience and additional safety of dealing with FAA air traffic control.
- How Long Will It Take?
The Federal Aviation Administration sets flight time training requirements for pilots. For a Private Pilot Certificate, the minimum is 40 hours. Of that, the time is split fairly evenly between flight with an instructor (dual) and flight alone (solo). During those hours, you’ll learn aircraft control, communications, navigation, and regulations. You’ll spend several hours flying cross-country enjoying the adventure of heading off on your own. Frankly, most students will exceed those minimum hours in the desire to perfect their skills.
Everyone is different. Although some students have the spare time and finances to complete training within a few months, others may take a more leisurely approach based on their resources. We understand that and are happy to work with both.
- Am I Qualified?
Chances are, you’re already fully qualified to be a student pilot. If you’re able to read, write, speak, and understand English and can pass a simple medical exam from an FAA Medical Examiner, you can take the controls. Although you can start your training earlier, you must be 17 years old to take your flight test.
- Back to School
Along with your flying, you’ll also need to bone up on the books. The FAA requires 20 hours of ground schooling. However, most students take the option of computerized instruction to prepare for the written test. It’s convenient, frankly, cheaper, and allows you to review material at your convenience. We’ll gladly help you choose a course.
Yes, there are tests. If you’re going to be flying above your friends and neighbors, the FAA wants to ensure that you can do so safely for their sake and yours. But when the tests come, we’re going to ensure you’re ready
The first test is the Airman Knowledge Exam. That is a test of your ability to understand performance, weather, planning, navigation, and regulations. You’ll pass that test knowing you’re ready for the challenges you’ll face.
The second test is the Practical Test. During that test, you’ll fly with an FAA Designated Examiner who’ll ensure you’re safe, competent, and ready to handle the situation should the unforeseen occur.
- How Much Will It Cost?
Anything worth doing or being in life come with cost: time, commitment, sacrifice, and, of course, usually, money. The ability to fly is no different, but we’re sure that you’ll quietly understand the day you take off on your own.
Keep in mind that costs changed depending on your needs and how often you fly.
Below, we’ve outined an example:
Aircraft Rental (Cessna 172P)
40 hours 7200
30 hours 1350
NY & Detroit 20
E6B & Plotter 19
Total (minimum) $9459
Please keep in mind that these are minimum amounts. A typical student will want to add additional books, headsets, flight bags, kneeboards, and other study aids.
A more realistic assessment based on 52 hours (40 dual and 12 solo) and additional equipment items would be in excess of $11,700.
* This is the cost of Sporty’s Learn to Fly Course (a computer-assisted course)
**FAR/AIM, Pilot’s Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge, Airplane Flying Handbook
- How Do I Pay for It?
First, let us assure you that, no, you do not have to come up with the entire amount at the outset. Most students pay as they go and pay for the hour or hours after each lesson. Our rental rate for our Cessna 172 is $180/hr. Our instruction rate is $45/hr.
Lessons typically run about an hour and one half.
However if you can only afford to pay for one hour at a time, we’ll tailor your instruction for that session.
Additionally, there is no time limit for completion. So if you find it necessary to spread your lessons two weeks apart, that’s no problem. However, we do suggest you fly at least every two weeks to maintain your skills while training.
Should you decide to deposit money into your account to cover your training, we do offer a bonus of 5% for amounts over $1000.
- Is Financing Available?
There are some financing options available.
The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) offers flight training financing for private, instrument, and commercial training.
Pilot Finance, Inc. also offers options for part-time private and instrument training.
- Can I rent your airplanes?
If you’re a licensed pilot, we will be happy to rent to you. Of course, we want to ensure you’ll fly safely. So, we do ask you to take a ride with one of our instructors who will point out the best practices for our aircraft.
- Is It Worth It?
Only you can decide whether the adventure, freedom, and enjoyment are worth your money and time. But if you’re still wondering, ask a pilot.