Guide to Private Pilot Training – Learn How to Fly the Easy Way – The Basics of Flight Training

March 8, 2010

When you look up to the sky and see that plane just gliding along amongst the clouds it looks easy doesn’t it? Well it is for a highly qualified trained pilot. It certainly something anyone can attain provided they are willing to put the time and effort into learning and qualifying at what it takes to become a pilot.
If you love to fly and really are thinking about becoming a pilot then put yourself to a mini test. Call around some of the local flight training school and see who offers an introductory flight. It will cost you about a ½ hour of your time and $50. Out of your budget but at least you will get a good idea if you want to pursue the idea of flying. It is like a try and see type test.
After your little test and you are even more adamant to become a Pilot then the next step is are you medically fit to do so? You may think you are but you need the confirmation of an aviation Doctor to put this in writing by way of a medical certificate. You will only come by this once you pass their medical examination successfully. This is a Class 1 if you are planning to become an airline pilot or a class 3 for recreational piloting. This is the medical certificate that the FAA insists on. Once this is completed, you are ready for the next step.
You also need to understand what privileges and restrictions apply to the various Pilot licenses. For example for the Private Pilot license, you will be allowed to fly for recreational purpose only. You can never accept money for the duties of a pilot with this license.
Obtaining your license as we said will require several commitments. First, you have to consider the time that will be involved. If you can allot time for at least one to two week consistently on a weekly basis for your lessons then you should be ok. Each lesson averages about 1 ½ hours each, so it is not demanding a horrendous amount of your time. You will also need to give serious thought to the cost as well, which could be anywhere between $4-$5000 depending on the economy. With price of fuel, escalating there will no doubt be a rise in flight tuitions. Its also help to count on a little extra for unforeseen expenses such as opting for extra flying time. This is in case you are having difficulty with some segments of your flying.
Sometimes individuals will enter a course with the bare minimum amount of money thinking that they will complete their course in half the time and safe some money. It does not work that way with flight training. It is mandatory that you spend a specified amount of hours on your training and there is no deviation or flexibility in this. If you have not completed the specified hours you will not even qualify to take the final test.
If you follow a consistent time schedule, you can complete your course somewhere between 3-6 months. Of course, this is dependant on how many lessons and flight time you complete in a week. Moving on from a Private Pilots license can take you into commercial flying and several other types of flying careers.

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