How old do I have to be before I can start taking flying lessons?
You don't have to be a particular age before you can begin to take flying lessons. That said, however, you do have to be at least 16 years old before you can solo an airplane, and 17 before you can be issued a pilot certificate.
How old is too old to begin flying lessons?
Say "student pilot," and most people think of a youngster chasing a dream. In reality, today's fledgling is likely a middle-aged adult who's not only chasing, but actually fulfilling a lifelong ambition to be a pilot. The average student pilot today is in his 30s, and the typical average active pilot is a decade older. In addition, more than 25 percent of all U.S. pilots with current medical certificates are in their 50s. And some pilots learn to fly after they retire.
How long will it take to get my private pilot license?
How long it takes is up to you and your schedule. Students can get there license in 60 days while others take a few years. We suggest scheduling lessons two or three times per week. This allows you to retain most of the previous lesson information, giving you more time to concentrate on the new lesson information. If you can’t schedule that often, that’s okay too, it may just take a little longer to progress. Remember, at Flight Ready Aviation, our instructors perform one on one instruction for you on your schedule. By scheduling two or three times a month you can expect to earn your license in about 12-18 months.
What does my Pilots license allow me to do?
Your first flying license is called a Private Pilot Certificate. You will be qualified to carry passengers in a single-engine airplane, during the day or night, in visual flight conditions. You will also be able to fly anywhere in the United States, Canada, and Mexico.
Why should I train with Flight Ready Aviation?
At Flight Ready we have the up most qualified FAA approved instructors. Every Instructor has been handpicked by our Chief pilot; no one is here to build time. Everyone that works at the company is there because we love what we do, and want to give back to the community what we can.
Is it hard to learn to fly?
No. People of all shapes and sizes, ages and abilities have learned to fly. It’s fun, and from the beginning of your training, you get to do most of the actual flying! On the practical side, while flying isn’t a difficult skill to learn, you’ll have to be willing to stick with it until you meet all the requirements. Also, you should consider the cost of becoming a pilot - you’ll have to pay for your medical examination and your lessons.
Is flying safe?
General aviation (GA) in the United States is one of the world's safest forms of public transportation. Part of that outstanding track record comes from the steady improvements in technology and certification standards that have made GA safe for those flying and those on the ground. In 2002 GA pilots set another all-time safety record, recording the fewest accidents ever, since government record-keeping of those accidents started. Preliminary figures for 2003 show that GA continues to have historic low accident rates. Since 1950, the accident rate per flying hour has been cut by more than 86 percent, even while the amount of GA flying has skyrocketed because of its critical role in our nation's economy and lifestyle. The steady improvement of the GA safety record is the result of dozens of programs within all areas of GA, from pilot education and training to better technology to improved operating methods and practices to a more complete body of knowledge learned throughout history.