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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!