Q: What should I know before going on my Intro Flight?
A: It’s best to make sure that you have something in your stomach before your flight. Much like a boat on the waves, the differing thermal pockets rising off the earth may cause the plane to shift, and could upset an empty stomach. You should also have a comfortable pair of sunglasses and the appropriate clothing depending on the weather.
Q: How long does it take to get your license?
A: The minimum hourly requirement is 40hrs of flight experience. However, the national average is between 60-70hrs, so no rush. Everyone learns at their own pace, and depending on how often you are able to train, will play a large factor as to how soon you will be to get your license.
Q: How much does it cost?
A: The cost of obtaining your license will largely depend on how quickly you are looking to get licensed. Training is broken into, and charged by hour increments. Both for the aircraft and the instructor. This way you are not paying fuel costs for time spent on the ground, or for an instructor when you are flying solo.
Q: What are the age requirements?
A: If you can reach the petals, you can learn to fly. However, you must be at least 16yrs old to fly solo, and 17yrs old to obtain your Private Pilot certificate. If you’ve ever dreamed of it, or thought it would be fun to try, you’re never too old to learn!
Q: Is it hard to learn?
A: Of course everyone learns differently, but no, it’s not hard to learn. People of all ages, shapes, and sizes have learned to fly. The most important part is dedication to learning. If you’d like more insight on what it’s like to learn, head over to Ashley’s Blog and see how her flight training is coming along!
Q: Is flying safe?
A: 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.