Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How much do I have to pay in advance?
A: Pay as you go!
We will never require you to pay for more than your very next flight in advance. In light of all the school closures and students losing tens of thousands of training money in the process, We recommend you never pay any flight training business more than you are prepared to lose! Does this sound extreme? Here are some schools that have failed in recent years, taking tens of thousands of student money with them: TAB Express; Regional Airline Academy; Silver State Helicopters; Jet University; Aussie Air. The list goes on...
Q: How much will it cost for my private pilot certificate?
A: You can obtain your private pilot certificate for less than $8,000.00. The best way to compare apples to apples when researching flight training is to figure out the hourly cost of the airplane, instructor, and any surcharges or fees and multiply first by the number of hours required. (See next question)
Q: How long will it take to obtain my private pilot certificate (license)?
A: Most of our full time students complete their private pilot certificate in less than 50 hours. The FAA minimum is 40 hours and the rate of your advancement depends on: how often you fly, your aptitude, and study habits. The less frequently you fly, the more hours it will take you to earn your certificate. Full time students can acheive their private pilot certificate in as few as 4 weeks!
Q: Do you teach sport pilots?
A: Yes! However, at this time we do not have an airplane that qualifies as a sport pilot aircraft. If you have one and would like training, we are happy to help you acheive your sport pilot certificate!
Q: What is the difference between the sport pilot certificate and the private pilot certificate?
A: Generally, the sport pilot requires half as much flight time and in most circumstances no medical examination. Sport pilots are only authorized to fly aircraft qualifying as light sport airplanes, may not fly at night, and may not fly into airports with towers or into controlled airspace without additional training from an authorized instructor.
Q: What is the difference between Part 61 and Part 141?
A: Part 61 and Part 141 have the same written, oral and practical test standards. The difference is that Part 61 allows greater flexibility in training wheras Part 141 must strictly adhere to the FAA approved training plan. Because of this inflexibility, Part 141 schools tend have the least experienced instructors. It is common for students to be instructing students. Part 61 allows greater flexibility to tailor the program to your needs, allowing your instructor to use their judgement regarding your training.
Q: Is Part 141 better than Part 61?
A: No! Part 61 and Part 141 training quality depend on who is training you, their skill and experience level. A good instructor training you under Part 61 can easily exceed Part 141 standards and quality while providing you with instruction individually tailored to meet your needs and schedule. Additionally, Part 61 students have more real life experience which is invaluable to proficiency and safety. As any airline or corporate flight department will tell you, there is no substitute for experience! It is not uncommon for Part 141 instructors to have less than 300 hours total time and only 10 hours solo time, and few hours actually training students!
Q: Why is part 141 so expensive?
A: Marketing! Part 141 training requires additional paper work, office space, and equipment inspections from the FAA in addition to the already stringent Part 61 requirements. (All of our aircraft are inspected and maintained by FAA certified mechanics.) These paperwork and inspections are not difficult to obtain and do not seem to improve safety statistically, but do require significant additional beauracracy and paper work and overhead. Part 141 operations invariably feel justification in charging a great deal more for training and equipment even though, as mentioned above, at the end of the day, the FAA written and flight tests are exactly the same! In fact, the FAA pilot certificates make no mention of the type of trianing received.
Q: I have been training at a part 141 school, but I don't feel like I am viewed as a customer. Why is that?
A: Because you are viewed as a revenue stream rather than a customer. Our philosophy is that if you treat customers the way you would like to be treated, you will have more customers in the long run. Some flight training providers are only interested in getting you in the door and taking your money.