Here are some common questions that people ask about learning to fly.
Are there age requirements for becoming a pilot?
One may begin flight training at any age. However, one must be at least 16 years old to solo and 17 to be a sport or private pilot. There is no maximum age.
What medical certification requirements are there for becoming a pilot?
A medical exam, performed by an FAA designated physician, is required every 2 to 5 years for private pilots. You can find FAA designated Aviation Medical Examiners on the FAA AME Locater site. Sport pilots do not need a medical certificate.
What security requirements are there for becoming a pilot?
The T.S.A (Transportation Security Administration) requires flight schools to verify students' citizenship. U.S. citizens may present either a passport or a birth certificate plus government-issued photo ID (like driver's license). Non-U.S. citizens must go through the T.S.A. Alien Flight Student Program, which we'll guide you through.
How long will it take to become a pilot?
Flight training is a very individualized process, and times vary from person to person. Government regulations require a minimum of 40 hours of flight training to become a private pilot, however 60 - 70 hours is a more realistic estimate. Students should plan to complete pilot training within one year, because prolonging training usually results in excessive review and high costs. The sport pilot certificate should be achievable in fewer hours.
How much will it cost?
Since flight training is a very individualized process, the cost will vary based on the individual's training time. Therefore we can't guarantee a specific total price, though $15,000 is a reasonable estimate to become a private pilot. Flight training is "pay as you go" with no need to prepay any large sums. For specific costs, please check "Our Services" page.
Does the cost of renting a plane include fuel usage?
Our aircraft rentals are "wet", which means that the cost of fuel is included.
Can I train any time of the year?
Absolutely! Flying in the Central Pennsylvania area gives pilots experience with the conditions associated with each season. You'll also get to see how the view changes with different seasons. Our aircraft are equipped with heat for comfortable winter flying.