The decision to begin flight training is actually the most difficult of all challenges when learning to fly. Often the financial uncertainty and unknown requirements are the major considerations when deciding to start.
A good understanding of those challenges can help you overcome all doubt and take those first steps towards flight. Meeting with an instructor is the best way to do that. Together, you formulate a personal strategy for achieving your goals as a future aviator.
Obtaining your private pilot license is one the most rewarding accomplishments a person can obtain. It opens up a world of new possibility—as simple as flying to the beach in a few hours or starting a track to an exciting career in aviation.
BFC students train under FAR Part 61 regulations.
FAR Part 61 is the standard set of rules that most flight training falls under. This set of rules allows a great deal of flexibility when it comes to scheduling, aircraft usage, and instructors. Under FAR 61 rules, students build time for each rating, and advance at their leisure to achieve their goals.
(Explore "Part 61" in the menu for specific details)
What is a Private Pilot License?
A Private Pilot License is the first license an aspiring pilot must obtain to start the journey of flying. This license allows you to fly during the day and night, with friends 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. As your instructor guides you through the syllabus, you will be preparing to demonstrate your flight and ground knowledge to an FAA examiner who will administer a Practical Test. In order to be eligible for the "Check Ride" you will have recorded the minimum flight time, taken the knowledge test, and completed the necessary ground instruction.
Cost is dependent on a couple of variables.
- 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 focused studying and most importantly, minimizing the time between lessons in an effort to aid in retention.
- Aircraft and instructor rates. Current rental rates for training aircraft are $150 an hour. The instruction rate for primary training is $45 an hour.
How long does training take?
Training times are usually controlled by two factors, scheduling and weather. While some training can be completed on rainy and cloudy days, the majority of your flights will require good weather. Our instructors work around your availability to make sure training is accomplished in a timely manner. In the real world with family and work, training will typically take four to six months. A shorter time between lessons shortens the training time and of course the opposite is true as well.
How do I get started?
The best place to start is to come in and talk to an instructor. Depending on availability, the instructor may take you on your first flight. During this 30-45 minute flight you'll get to see just how much fun flight training can be as you take the controls and fly the plane.
If you have any additional questions please feel free to give us a call, send an email or just drop by.