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Cessna 172 - 120.00/hour

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Ground Instruction - 20.00/hour
Flight Instruction -30.00/hour

We also offer block rate discounts!

What is a Discovery Flight?

A Discovery Flight is a flight of approximately 30 minutes, intended to familiarize you with the airplane, the airport, and with the flying environment. You will fly for the majority of the time during which time you will get to take the controls of the aircraft and get a good idea of what to expect from your training. The instructor will show you the aircraft's basic controls and how they work as well as showing you some basic flight maneuvers. If you feel that flying is something you would like to do then we can schedule you right then for another lesson. If you feel we are not right for you, then we highly encourage you to follow your goals and dreams. Call or email us for a Discovery Flight to get started!! (806) 324-7220 or sean@route66aviation.com

How hard is it to get my pilots license?

Getting your pilots license is easier than you think, especially with today's advancements in instruction techniques, ground school educational aids and aircraft design and development. With some exceptions, if you can ride a bike or drive a car you can fly a plane. But the simple fact is, it's true.

What are the basic requirements to become a pilot?

The answer to this question has specific parts:
• You must be able to read, speak, write, and understand the English Language.
• You must submit to a physical and hold at least a Third class FAA medical certificate.
• You must be 16 years old to obtain your student pilot license and to fly solo.
• You must to be 17 years old to obtain your private pilot license
•Your total flying time must be at least 40 hours.
• Of the 40 hours at least 10 hours must be solo flight time
• Of the 10 hours solo at least 5 hours must be cross-country (flying from one airport to another at least 50 nautical miles away)
• You must pass the FAA Private Pilot written exam.
• You must pass the Private Pilot Oral and Practical (Flying) Exam.

What is a medical certificate / student license?

Every pilot must obtain a medical certificate in order to exercise the privileges of their pilot's license---there are three classes of medical certificates, 1st class medical (most stringent), good for six months (required for use with an Airline Transport rating), 2nd class medical (good for one year and required for use with a Commercial rating), and 3rd class medical (good for three years if you are under 40, two years if 40 or older). Your medical certificate also acts as a student license while you are learning to fly.

How and where can I get a student pilot certificate?

An aviation medical examiner (AME) typically gives you a student pilot certificate to fill out as part of the third class medical exam. A student pilot certificate is valid for 24 calendar months and a third class medical could be valid for up to 36 months, depending on your age at the time of your AME visit. If your student pilot certificate expires first, you can get a new one from a designated pilot examiner (DPE) or your local Flight Standards District Office (FSDO).

For how long is a student pilot certificate valid?

A student pilot certificate is issued as a combination student pilot certificate and third-class medical and is valid for the duration of your third-class medical certificate.

What are the vision, hearing, and general medical health requirements?

Your vision must be at least 20/40 for near and distant vision with or without corrective lenses, and you must be able to perceive those colors necessary for the safe pilot performance. For general health and medical related questions, call AOPA’s medical branch and research any medical concerns prior to visiting your AME. They can clearly answer specific questions as some medical issues can seem complicated.

Do I need a medical certificate to become a sport pilot?

A sport pilot license is not the same as a private pilot license and the aircraft are different as well. For a sport pilot, a medical is not required, but you will need to have a valid U.S. driver’s license. You must comply with each restriction and limitation imposed by that U.S. driver's license and any judicial or administrative order applying to the operation of a motor vehicle. You must also meet the requirements of Federal Aviation Regulation 61.23(c)(2): You must have been found eligible for the issuance of at least a third class airman medical certificate at the time of your most recent application (if you have applied for a medical certificate); you must not have had your most recently issued medical certificate (if you have held a medical certificate) suspended or revoked or most recent Authorization for a Special Issuance of a Medical Certificate withdrawn; and you must not have any medical condition that would make you unable to operate a light-sport aircraft in a safe manner.

How much does it cost to learn to fly and get a pilot certificate?

There are a lot of variables that affect the cost of learning to fly, including the frequency of flight lessons, weather conditions, the kind of aircraft in which you are training and its availability for scheduling, and individual aptitude. A rough estimate would range between $5,000 and $9,000, depending on the certificate being sought.

How long does it take to learn to fly and get a pilot certificate?

The same variables that affect the cost of learning to fly will affect the time it takes to earn your certificate. The FAA has established the minimum number of flight hours needed to obtain a certificate. Under Part 61 of the federal aviation regulations, the minimums are 20 hours for a sport pilot certificate, 30 hours for a recreational certificate, and 40 hours for a private pilot certificate. Some schools operate under an alternate regulation, Part 141, which provides more FAA oversight, more rigid schedules, and more paperwork. The added requirements allow them to reduce the minimum hours of private pilot training to 35 hours. However, many schools believe that a true average flight training time for a private pilot is between 50 hours and 60 hours, whether the school operates under Part 61 or Part 141 schools. Others believe that 68 to 70 hours is the more likely average. These flight hours can be spread over a time span of several months to a year or more. To become a pilot you must complete 20 hours of training in the aircraft with an FAA approved flight Instructor (minimum). This is known as 'dual' instruction. You must also fly 10 hours on your own performing various tasks (minimum). This is known as 'solo' flight. Typically, depending on the time frame you want to become qualified, you can expect at least 30 hours of dual flight and 10 hours of solo flight. Also you will complete about 15-20 hours of ground school during your course.

How long will it take me to get my license? How often should I fly?

When you decide that you do want to learn to fly, you will have to decide how long you will want your training to take. We will work with you based on your desires and schedule. We can get you through as quickly as possible, although because of family and work most people take several months. If this is the case, you still need to fly as often as possible so that a lesson is not spent reviewing what you did last time, this will happen if, for example, you only schedule a lesson once a month. You should normally try and fly at least once or twice a week. You will need a minimum of 40 hours flying time, so one could earn a pilot’s license in a month if they fly every day.

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. However, you do have to be at least 16 years old before you can solo an airplane (14 years old for operation of a balloon or glider), and 17 before you can be issued a pilot certificate. Therefore, it may not be particularly efficient from the standpoint of cost and flight hours to begin lessons too early. The Federal Aviation Regulations require an individual to be at least 16 years of age to operate an aircraft solo, and 17 years of age to obtain a Private Pilot certificate. There is not an age limitation on beginning flight lessons with a certified flight instructor. There is no maximum age for acquiring a private pilot certificate. Once someone gets this certificate, they may exercise the privileges of that certificate as long as they continue to get a medical certificate and a biannual flight review.

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 student pilot 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 soon until I actually fly the plane?

Immediately! You will be in the left seat from the first moment on. Your first lesson will include takeoff, controlling the airplane, discovering how much fun flying is and landing. These are all done with your instructor’s assistance, but make no mistake about it, we want you to enjoy learning to fly from the start!!

How many hours do I have to fly before I fly solo?

There is no requirement for hours before solo. This is based on the judgment of your instructor. However; the time is dependent upon you. If you fly every day you will become proficient quicker. Some students solo between eight and fifteen hours. If you fly two to three times a week you can conceivably solo in that range. Others take more time and we ensure that you are ready.

Can I bring a friend or significant other on some lessons?

Yes, on some lessons but always with your instructor. It is nice to bring someone especially cross countries. You can never fly Solo with a passenger until you earn your certificate.

What is the cost to become a pilot?

Flight time and professional instruction are cheaper than you think. We try to make it affordable for most people. We recommend financing that is tailored to earning pilot certificates, so there may even be an opportunity to finance your training time. We can help you work out a budget and training schedule to fit your needs.

Where can I find information on career opportunities for pilots?

Aviation-related websites, such as www.beapilot.com, or www.aopa.org. Aviation related magazines are also a good source.

What is the difference between a Part 141 School and a Part 61?

The "Part 141 and Part 61" refer to different sections of the Federal Aviation Regulations (FAR’s), and the different sections dictate different requirements for flight schools. Generally, Part 61 flight schools have different requirements – A Chief Flight Instructor is not required-and the schools have the flexibility to progress through their training syllabi as needed. Part 61 schools are generally less expensive to attend. Part 141 schools must have a Chief Flight Instructor; they must have their syllabus, or Training Course Outline (TCO) approved by the local Flight Standards District Office (FSDO).

What if I have difficulty in understanding the course material and subjects?

All our instruction is strictly one to one. We don't have huge classrooms where you feel intimidated to ask questions. Everyone is different so you are treated differently, you may have different academic weaknesses than the next person in which case it is addressed on a more detailed and personal level. If you have questions or queries about a topic in your training we will solve it, together. The course only requires basic high school understanding so it is not as difficult as it would appear.

What do I have to take in the way of exams or tests during the course?

To be a pilot you will have to pass a written test, consisting of 60 multiple choice questions covering various subject matter from weight and balance to weather related topics. The 60 questions are taken from a possible database questions that the FAA maintain. There is a certain amount of self-study required but if problems are encountered your flight instructor will review the problem areas with you. Also you will have to pass a fairly basic medical exam which is by no means out of reach from those who are handicapped or medically impaired in some way. Finally, you will take a practical test with an FAA designated examiner which will consist of an oral test and an actual flight test to show the examiner you are proficient at flying.

Is it best to learn to fly at a controlled or uncontrolled airport?

If you decide to learn at a controlled airport you may want to take the following into consideration. While learning to fly in a controlled field will get you speaking to a control tower early on, you will find a lot of time wasted on the ground talking to a controller and waiting for clearances and may find that the actual lesson will not start until you are airborne, even then, you will have to find areas of uncontrolled airspace to practice your maneuvers this may take 20-30 minutes wasting your time and money. As Tradewind airport is uncontrolled, our instructors can give their total attention to you right from aircraft start up, and as soon as you get airborne you will start your lesson. You will learn more and in a quicker time frame, and the controlled field practice that you will be required to do as part of your course will be accomplished at an airport just minutes away when you are ready for that phase of your training. This makes training less daunting during your initial phase.

GIVE THE GIFT OF FLIGHT

Introductory Flight Lessons make great gifts. Surprise your future pilot with a gift certificate for a One or Two Hour Introductory Flight that they can use to experience the adventure of a lifetime. Call us for more information.