Learn to Fly
Taking flying lessons and earning your pilot’s license is not as challenging as it may seem. Obtaining your private pilot license is one the most rewarding accomplishments a person can obtain. It opens up a world of new possiblilites as simple as flying to the beach in a few hours or starting a track to an exciting career in aviation.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a Private Pilot License?
A Private Pilot License is the frist license a person must get in order to start the journey of flying. This license allows you to fly during the day and night, with firends and family, in Visual Flight Rules; basically good weather.
Who can get their Private Pilot Pilot License?
You must be 16 years old to solo, and 17 to get your license! Otherwise, you must be in relatively good health.
What does it take to be a pilot?
Generally speaking the steps to becoming a pilot are divided into two parts: ground training and flight training. Ground training will involve a wide spectrum of subjects including principles of aerodynamics, aircraft systems, weather, and aerial navigation. Ground instruction will also include preparation for a required multiple-choice knowledge test.
During flight training you will learn how to operate an aircraft safely and efficiently. Flight and Ground instruction is accomplished with your instructor on a one-on-one basis. As your instructor guides you through the syllabus, you will be preparing to demonstrate your flight and ground knowledge to an examiner who will administer a Practical Test or “Check Ride” to obtain your license. In order to be eligible for the Practical Test you will have recorded the minimum flight time, taken the multiple choice knowledge test, and completed the necessary ground instruction. Please look at the courses page to see the specific hourly requirements.
What does it cost?
Cost is dependent on a couple of variables. The primary element is the amount of hours it takes to complete the flight training. While 40 hours is the minimum required for a private pilot license, the national average varies between 50-70 hours. Completion at closer to 40 hours is very possible with dedication in studying between lessons and minimizing the time between lessons in an effort to aid in retention. The aircraft used is another variable to consider. Current rental rates for initial training aircraft are $143 an hour. The instruction rate for primary training is generally constant at $45 an hour.
How long does training take?
Training times are usually controlled by two factors, scheduling and weather. Weather patterns are something you will learn about during training. While some training can be completed on rainy and cloudy days, the majority of your flights will require good weather. Scheduled lessons are sometimes not able to be kept and this will extend training. Scheduling is a factor controlled by you. Our instructors work around your availability to make sure training is accomplished in a timely manner. If flying every day were possible then one could finish a license in as short month. But in the real world with family and work, the training will typically take four to six months. Shorter time between lessons shortens the training time and of course the opposite is true as well. Someone flying only once a week will take much longer.
How do I get started?
The best place to start is to come in and talk to an instructor. You will get all of the information you need and, depending on availability, the instructor can take you on your first flight in any BFC aircraft at 30% off! During this 30-45 minute flight with one of our qualified instructors you’ll get to see just how much fun flight training can be as we let you take the controls of the aircraft and fly the plane. After your first flight, we’ll sit down with you and plot your course to becoming a licensed pilot. If you have any additional questions please feel free to give us a call or submit a message on the contact page.