The Experience of Flight Training
More Than Just Learning to Fly
A survey of 300 pilots and student pilots found the following top 5 skills you can expect to receive while going through flight training.
Steps to becoming a pilot:
Becoming a Pilot – Frequently asked questions
That depends on you. At a minimum, you need 40 hours of flight time to become a private pilot, but most people finish closer to 50 or 60 hours.
It typically takes three or four months if you fly 3 – 4 times each week.
Most lessons are based on a one-hour flight; however, they may take two hours from start to finish.
There are pre and post-flight discussions in which you and your certificated flight instructor (CFI) talk about what you’re going to do during your flight, how you performed, what you did well, what needs work, and what you’ll do during your next lesson.
Just like training and lesson times, the cost of earning a pilot’s license falls into a wide range.
If you’re budget-conscious, there’s plenty you can do to make sure that you fall on the low-end of the range. By arriving prepared for each lesson, flying a minimum of two times each week, and studying at home you can reduce your costs by as much as 20 – 30%.
As a general rule, $9,000 to $12,000 is typically what it costs for someone with no flying experience to earn their private pilot certificate.
You are not required to pay the entire amount upfront, in fact you will simply pay following each lesson.
Flight training is divided into two parts: ground school and flight training. Ground school teaches you the principles, procedures, and regulations you will put into practice in an aircraft, such as navigating from one airport to another.
Before you can earn your pilot certificate, you must pass an FAA knowledge test on this information. You have several ground school options, including a scheduled FAA written test preparation class from Apollo Aviation and our FAA-approved home-study course.
Right away! Contact us or stop by and tour our facility and airplanes and schedule a discovery flight! You’ll get to take the controls during your very first flight, and every minute you fly counts towards the time required to earn your pilot certificate.
With each successive lesson, your CFI will be helping less and less until you won’t need any help at all. When you reach this point, you will make your first solo flight, an important milestone in every pilot’s training, in which you will fly as the sole occupant of the airplane. After you solo, you and your CFI will work on such things as flying cross-country trips to other airports.