Recreational & Private Pilot Certification
Flight Instruction for the Recreational Pilot or Private Pilot Certificate
Those of us who fly think it’s just about the coolest thing a person can do. We see sights that people on the ground can only imagine. We feel the pride of accomplishment from navigating our way to distant places. Plus you'll join an exclusive fraternity; the total number of certificated pilots in the USA (from beginning student pilots all the way up to airline pilots with thousands of flight hours logged) is smaller than the number of licensed attorneys!
Getting your pilot certificate takes dedication and commitment to succeed, but it is so worth it! There are few up front costs. You pay for each lesson as it’s completed, and there are no time limits for completing your training. Your total training time and costs will be less if you can take at least two lessons a week, but you can take as long as you need.
There are two pilot certificates we offer training for, the Recreational Pilot and Private Pilot.
Recreational Pilot Certificate Instruction
Earning the Recreational Pilot Certificate requires less time and is more economical than earning the Private Pilot Certificate. It is a fast way to be able to have a “pilot license” and be able to take a friend up flying, though it does have some restrictions and limitations. Recreational Pilot Certificate is perfectly adequate for people who just want to have fun flying.
The Recreational Pilot Certificate limits the pilot to single engine aircraft, only one passenger (though the aircraft can have up to four seats), and only day time flights between sunrise and sunset within 50 nautical miles of the airport. Recreational Pilots are also limited to flying aircraft with an engine of 180 horsepower or less, and no higher than 10,000 feet.
The training time for the Recreational Pilot Certificate and flight experience you log after earning the certificate all apply toward a Private Pilot Certificate should you wish to upgrade in the future.
The aspiring Recreational Pilot can begin training at any age, but must be 16 years of age to solo and 17 to earn a certificate.
You pay as you go. There are few up front costs.
Private Pilot Certificate Instruction
By far the most common certificate earned by student pilots is the Private Pilot Certificate. Earning the Private Pilot Certificate means a pilot has no limitations on the number of seats in the aircraft or number of passengers aboard. There are no limits on distances that can be flown, flying at night, or engine size, giving the pilot much more freedom and flexibility. Private pilots can also share the costs of flights with passengers. Private Pilots can also use airplanes to fly themselves to business meetings.
Student Pilots can solo at age 16 but must be 17 to earn the Private Pilot Certificate.
Ideally the student will fly two to three times per week; longer intervals between lessons generally end up causing more total training time and expense before the student is ready to test. However, the student decides how often to fly and how soon s/he achieves the Certificate.
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