Finance your training through AOPA
Getting your license doesn’t have to break the bank anymore with AOPA’s Flex Aviation Loan. This new program allows prospective pilots to finance their private, instrument, or even multi-engine training with terms up to 84 months with low interest rates. Learn more and apply online with AOPA’s Flex Aviation Loan.
The First Step
Learning to fly is quicker and easier than you may think and comes with many benefits. If you have no prior training, or a few hours from the distant past, we can get your your Private Pilot’s Certificate (license) in as little as a few weeks or however long you need to take.
The minimum flying time required to be eligible for a Private Pilot Certificate is 40 hours. There are additional requirements that comprise the 40 hour total, such as, “cross-country” and night flying. Don’t worry, you won’t have to fly a plane across the country, cross-country simply means a flight of at least 50 miles from the departure airport.
Training starts off with the basics of flying; turning, climbing, descending, and slow-flying. Once you have mastered the basics the next step is take-offs and landings and learning the airport “traffic-pattern.” After a few hours of flying in the pattern it is time to solo. Yes, that means the instructor will step out of the airplane and let you fly the pattern a few times by yourself. Making your first solo flight around the airport will be something you’ll never forget and is one of the biggest milestones in your training, and also means it is time for cross-country flying!
The section of training dedicated to cross-country flying will reward you with the skills to actually fly from one airport to another. At this point in training you are nearing completion. A few of the flights will be with an instructor but you must accomplish a few cross-country flights solo. Once again don’t worry, our instructors will prepare you by teaching you valuable navigation skills to use for the normal, and potentially abnormal situations that come with flying.
After cross-country training is completed all you will need is a few night landings and a cross-country night flight with your instructor. Then it is time to prepare for the practical and written exams. Once exam prep is done it’s time for the test and receiving your Private Pilot Certificate!
Getting an instrument rating is a great addition to your Private Pilot Certificate. This rating gives you the ability to fly in weather that is less than marginal and legal under your private pilot priviliges.
An instrument rating grants you the freedom to fly nearly whenever you please. In addition, your knowledge of aviation will grow immensely and you will become an even safer pilot. You will learn more about navigation systems, weather and special techniques that will greatly improve your flying.
Dream of flying for an airline or a VIP? The commercial rating is the first step in becoming a professional pilot. Commercial ratings can be accomplished in either single-engine or multi-engine aircraft, or both!
A great addition to your commercial rating is a flight instructor certificate. Becoming a certified flight instructor (CFI) is key in moving up the commercial flying ladder to become an airline captain, for example.
A pilot can become a CFI in single-engine aircraft with a single-engine commercial rating. To become a multi-engine flight instructor (MEI) a pilot needs a commercial rating in multi-engine aircraft.
To be eligible for a commercial pilot rating, a pilot must have a minimum of 250 hours of total flying time in addition to other hour requirements. A pilot’s first commercial rating can be accomplished in either a single or multi-engine aircraft. Once either has been earned the other can be acquired with a simple checkride and no additional written test.
$8,808 for 43 hours of flying that includes:
- 48 hours of flight instruction
- Books/study materials and headset
- 6 months of Flight Training magazine
If your dream is to become a career pilot, Blue Ridge Aviation now offers a training program to make your dream a reality. Here are the specifics:
- $45,000 covers the entire program; Private Pilot License through Multi-Engine Commercial and CFI (Flight Instructor)
- All training materials and books are included
- Pilot headset included
- Average completion time is six months
*Enrollment requires flight school evaluation of student.