Not a low-commitment hobby
How long does it take to get your private pilot’s license? According to Logan that “depends on how proficient the person is and how smart they are; but I’ll tell you what matters more than anything is how hard they try.”
The average student spends between 65 and 80 hours to get a private pilot’s license, Logan said. And the typical cost is about $15,000.
“But it’s a little bit like buying a horse, that’s just the start,” he said. “If you’re going to stay safe, you need to be current, you need to be proficient so you have to fly on a regular basis.”
Safety is the No. 1 priority, and Logan has never had a close call because of that standard, he said.
“All the fun, all the utility, all of that stuff goes away if you don’t keep safety as the No. 1 priority,” he added. “The airplane is not useful if it’s bent and the fun is gone if somebody is hurt.”
Jim Spahmer, a local plumbing and heating contractor, has worked exclusively with Due West and Logan to obtain his private pilot’s license.
“(John) has been absolutely outstanding – once you get in an airplane with him, it’s really easy to feel comfortable; he’s so skilled it puts the students at ease,” he said.
“I’m just really enjoying the learning process and the excitement of flying, there’s nothing else like it.”
– One can begin training at any age, but you must be 16 years old to fly solo and 17 years old to hold a private pilot certificate.
– The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requires a minimum of 40 hours flying time, including at least 20 hours with an instructor and a minimum of 10 hours solo practice flying.
– Before flying solo, students must take a medical exam administered by an FAA-approved local physician.
– Prospective pilot must take a computerized FAA knowledge test and a two-part “checkered” in the aircraft, administered by an FAA-approved examiner. The ride includes an oral quiz on knowledge and flight planning skills, and a one-and-a-half hour flight test.
Source: Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA).
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