getting started in
Taking the first step toward a fun and
rewarding aviation experience.
What you need to know from the start.
There are many things that you must commit to starting out
in aviation. The most important commitment is the time
commitment. Typically, it is suggested that Student Pilots
schedule flight lessons three days a week for one hour time
slots. Consistently coming to all of your lessons is
important: Excessive time in between lessons leads to
forgetting material, which leads to more dollars spent on
lessons in the long run. It is also expected that a student
will take ground school on the side (or spend their own time
studying material at home).
Typical costs to receive a Private Pilot License.
The cost to attain a Pilot License can vary greatly from
person to person. A minimum of 40 to 45 hours is required
depending on the country of training, but some people need up to 70
hours before they are ready for their proficiency
examination. Depending on the area you are in,
prices can vary. Typically, cities tend to have
higher prices and suburbs have much lower prices for
The purchase of a headset is required by some flight
schools. Many will lend you one. Seeing as your mouth gets
very close, if not touching the mike, you may worry about
what you might catch from the club headsets! Headsets can be purchased for as little as
but you may want to spend a little more. A high quality
headset is a good investment because you will use it
for years. Cheaper headsets are likely not to stand the test of time.
Text books are required by most ground schools.
Flight bags can range wildly is price. If you
are on a limited budget you can easily find a flight bag in
your range, you just have to shop around. Frankly, some
equally good bags can be found in the supermarket for less
than a round of drinks.