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General -

How long are each lessons?


Lessons will vary between 1.5 and 3.5 hours depending on your phase of flight training.




How many times per week should I fly?


Fly several times per week so the training and information stays fresh in your mind. If you cannot fly that often you should expect that your total time will end up a bit longer due to the necessity of spending a bit more time reviewing. Accelerated students should expect to train full time, several hours each day.




What steps do I take to start flight training?


Call or email us and answer the following questions: Do you want to fly professionally? How often do you want to fly per week? What is your availability? Then, plan to come in with your US Passport or Birth Certificate, and obtain at least a 3rd class medical by finding an FAA medical examiner near you.




What can I do with my private pilot license?


Your private pilot license is your ticket to flying recreationally, and is the very first step to flying professionally. Flying can be challenging, exciting, and stress-relieving; You'll be able to embark on adventures anytime you'd like. You can fly your friends and family anywhere in the United States. However, you cannot charge for transporting people or things. If you are interested in earning money by flying, you will need to gain a commercial pilot’s license. You'll want to look into our Professional Pilot Program that includes private, instrument rating, and commercial license.




How do I become a commercial pilot?


To gain an unrestricted commercial pilot’s license, you will need to first get your private pilots license, then your instrument rating. You will also need a total of 250 flight hours containing specific requirements before you can apply for a commercial license. You may want to look into our Professional Pilot Program that includes private, instrument rating, and commercial license.




To get paid for flying, do I have to become a commercial pilot?


Yes! As a commercial pilot you are allowed to take money for flying! You can be hired to fly a plane for a private owner, tow banners, fly skydivers, or pipeline patrol just to name a few. Earn enough hours and you can become a corporate or airline pilot! Private pilots cannot charge $ for transporting people or things. If you are interested in earning money by flying, you will need to gain a commercial pilot’s license. You'll want to look into our Professional Pilot Program that includes private, instrument rating, and commercial license.




I just want to fly as a hobby. What kind of training will I need?


To fly for business or pleasure, you'll just need to earn your Private Pilot's License. You'll be able to fly in clear skies with friends and family, and embark upon new adventures anytime you'd like. Pilots often earn their instrument rating too in order to become a safer, more experienced pilot with better overall understanding and capabilities. This is necessary to fly in clouds and IFR conditions.




I want to make this my career! What kind of training will I need?


First, you'll earn your private pilot's license to fly in clear skies, instrument rating to fly in IFR conditions, and then commercial license to get paid for flying. Earn each license/rating individually, or earn ALL of these by signing up for our Professional Pilot Program. Then, you can apply for low-hour pilot jobs or start building hours towards your corporate or airline career. You'll want to ask about our CFI and CFII add-on if you plan on teaching in order to timebuild.





Investment -

How much will each individual lesson cost?


Most lessons run between 1 – 1.5 hours long so depending on the aircraft that you are flying, it will be between $200-$300. If you deposit $5,000 cash or check in your account, you get 5% cash back to use for flight training! Click here to learn how you can save money during flight training, or click here to understand the cost breakdown.




Will I have to pay for everything up front?


No. For your convenience, you can pay-as-you-go. This means you'll pay after each flight for plane rental and flight instruction. However, if you are signing up for the Professional Program or plan on requesting another expedited course, there is a minimum deposit amount. If you deposit $5,000 cash or check in your account, you get 5% cash back to use for flight training!




What types of payment do you accept?


We accept cash, check, wire transfer, and all major credit cards. Click here to learn how you can save money during flight training, or click here to understand the cost breakdown.





Professional Pilot

How can I get PAID to fly?


First, you'll earn your private pilot's license to fly in clear skies, i nstrument rating to fly in IFR conditions, and then commercial license to get paid for flying. Earn each license/rating individually, or earn ALL of these by signing up for our Professional Pilot Program. Then, you can apply for low-hour pilot jobs or start building hours towards your corporate or airline career. You'll want to ask about our CFI and CFII add-on if you plan on teaching in order to timebuild.




How do I start my aviation career?


Call or email us and answer the following questions: Do you want to fly professionally? If this is your future career, say yes. How often do you want to fly per week and what is your availability? We recommend that you fly at least twice a week, or full time (everyday) if you want to expedite the training process. Together, we will schedule your first lesson. Plan to come in with your US Passport or Birth Certificate, and obtain a 1st or 2nd class medical by finding an FAA medical examiner near you.




How long will it take me to become a Professional Pilot?


That depends! If you only fly once or twice per week, it could take years. If you fly everyday, you can earn a new rating/license every 1-3 months. That means you can earn your private pilot license, instrument rating, and commercial license (and CFI add-on) in just 1 year!




How can I earn enough hours to qualify to become an airline pilot?


You can build hours after you get your commercial license by getting paid to fly some of the options listed above. Most people however go on to gain their certified flight instructor rating and build hours by teaching others how to fly! If your dream is to become an airline or corporate pilot, you will need to gain a commercial pilot’s license. You'll want to look into our Professional Pilot Program that includes private, instrument rating, and commercial license. You may consider our CFI and CFII add-on if you wish to teach in order to timebuild.




Can I become an airline or corporate pilot with just a Private Pilot License?


Nope; Private pilots cannot charge $ for transporting people or things. To be an airline or corporate pilot, you will need to gain your private license, instrument rating, and commercial license. You can earn each license individually or you can earn ALL of them through a Professional Pilot Program. Keep in mind, there is an hour requirement to become a corporate pilot (usually upwards of 500 hours) and airline pilot (1500 hours).




How long will it take me to become an airline or corporate pilot?


If you fly 4-7 times per week and study daily, you can earn your commercial pilot (and even CFI rating) within 1 year. You'll likely need 500+ hours to become a corporate pilot; You can earn these hours in 6 months to 1 year. You'll likely need 1,500 hours to become an airline pilot. You can earn these hours in approx. 2 years. Within 3 years of beginning your training, you can be well on your way to a successful career.




Do I have to become a Flight Instructor?


Not necessarily. Once you have your commercial pilot license, you are legally eligibile to earn money in exchange for flying. There are several low hour jobs that may hire you. However, many available jobs require pilots to have upwards of 500 hours and airlines require 1500 hours. Many pilots opt to teach as a flight instructor to earn these hours while earning money at the same time. To become an instructor, you'll earn your CFI and/or CFII after your commercial license.




How will being proactive save me time and money?


In flight training, you pay for an instructor's time as well as aircraft rental. If you study at home, take descriptive notes, and work ahead, you'll save a good chunk of change. Flying is performance-based. That means if you perform well, you'll earn your license in less hours (after meeting the minimum required). You can do this by mentally practicing at home, reading and studying, and taking dilligent notes. Hypothetically, during your instrument and commercial ratings, you can set yourself up to earn your CFI for less than half the usual cost.





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