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Learn to fly: Go to Flight School & Get a Private Pilot's License
Learning how to fly a plane and getting a private pilot's license isn't as hard as many would think
Flying a plane is not only an exhilarating experience but can even make financial sense if you travel often. Getting a private pilot license takes work and dedication but is not as hard as one would think. Learning to fly and becoming a pilot offers rewards and bragging rights to those that obtain the certification. Even if you don't feel the need to get a license taking a plane out for a jaunt under supervision from a flight trainer can be the experience of a lifetime. Obtaining a private pilots license is obtainable for anyone who is dedicated and likes to have fun!
Would you like learn to fly a plane?
Would you like to fly a plane?
What does it take to get your pilot's license?
Getting a private pilot's license takes time and money though is not as difficult to achieve as one might think.
Private Pilot License Requirements
17 years of age or older
Be able to read, speak and understand English
Hold a medical certificate in either the first, second or third class (covered further on)
A score of 70% or higher on the private pilot knowledge test
Pass a practical flight test with an FAA-designated examiner
A minimum of 40 flight hours:
20 hours must be with an instructor including 3 hours flying to airports over 50 miles away, 3 hours of instrument training, 3 hours at night, and 3 hours with an instructor within 60 days of your test.
10 hours must be flown solo including 5 hours of cross-country with a 150 nautical mile trip, 3 takeoffs and landings at an airport with a control tower.
A recreational certificate has even fewer requirements however it has limitations that are not imposed with the private certificate. Some of the restrictions include only being able to fly within 50 nautical miles of your home base, only being allowed one passenger, and you can fly only in daylight during favorable weather. Due to the decreased requirements this can be a good option for someone who wants to fly as a hobby. If interested in taking the family for trips or really traveling far then the private certificate would be the appropriate choice.
How much does it cost to learn to fly?
The average cost to get a private pilot's license is $5,000-10,000. The range depends on the area you live, school you attend and how many hours it takes you to achieve your goal. If you do it all in a short time span you may require less hours than those who spread it out over years because everything will be more fresh. The required flight hours are only 40 to get a private pilot's license however the national average in the US is over 55 hours.
Pilot Logs to track your flight hours
You have to log your hours in an official flight log in order to obtain a pilot's license. The standard flight log is available in black or navy.
Classic navy pilot logbook
Private vs Recreational Pilot's Certification
Would it be worth the extra hours to you to get a private pilot's license instead of the recreational pilot's certifcate?
Medical Requirements for a Pilot's License
Ability to perceive color
Pass a hearing test
Exhibit no disease or condition that could inhibit speech
Blood pressure under 155/95
No personality, psychosis or bipolar disorder
No substance dependence within the past 2 years
All of the above plus:
Distance vision 20/20
Intermediate vision 20/40
All of the above plus:
Note: Vision requirements can be assisted by glasses or contacts
Learn to Fly with Flight Simulator Games - Learn how to fly a plane game
While these flight simulator games won't count towards flight miles or obtaining your pilot's license, they can actually teach you a lot about the principles of flying a plane. They could potentially save you money on flight hours because you may need less real flight miles to obtain a pilot's license after playing these learn how to fly a plane games.
Leonardo da Vinci-
"Once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return."
Benefits of a Private Pilot's License
There is of course pride and bragging rights that go along with a pilot's license. Most people think of this as a very impressive achievement. Flying a plane is also fun and exhilarating. Yet the convenience and potential cost savings are some of the greatest benefits of having a pilot's license.
Private planes are not subject to the security checks and long waits at a commercial airport. Travel time on a commercial airline is greatly increased due to the extra time needed to arrive at the airport, checking-in, getting through security and then boarding the plane. Flying private eliminates this extra time so it's much faster to get into the air.
There aren't restrictions on what you can bring on the plane so you can bring liquids etc without running into a problem.
When you rent a plane you only need to pay for your flight hours. For instance if you go for a long weekend in Florida you don't have to pay for several days, only the hours you are in the air. It's possible to rent planes for as little as $100/hour. So if you're flying your entire family it can be a very reasonable way to take vacations or go on weekend getaways. Owning a plane can get expensive unless you fly all the time. But there are ways to offset the cost of ownership by renting out your plane to others when you're not using it.
Books on learning to fly and obtaining a pilot's license
These books on learning to fly and become a pilot have some highly valuable information. It may be a good idea to read a couple before starting lessons to ensure you understand what you're getting into and to come packed with some knowledge in advance.
Aviation Fun Facts
In the 1920s a plane ticket cost $5.00
Black boxes are really bright orange
Airbus developers are currently working on plane designs where passengers have a 360 degree view
The US airline industry report about 170 billion dollars in revenue each year
The 747 has a tail height that is equivalent to a 6 story building
© 2012 Melissa Miotke