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Q: Is it hard to learn to fly?
A: No. People of all shapes and sizes, ages and abilities have learned to fly. It’s fun, and from the beginning of your training, you get to do most of the actual flying! On the practical side — while flying isn’t a difficult skill to learn, you’ll have to be willing to stick with it until you meet all the requirements. Also, you should consider the cost of becoming a pilot — you’ll have to pay for your physical exam and your lessons.

Q: When can I start?
A: Right away. All you have to do is contact our flight center and sign up for an introductory lesson. You don’t have to have a student pilot’s certificate or a medical certificate to take flying lessons.

Q: How many lessons do I have to take before I solo?

A: It depends on you, however, the more time you can commit to lessons consistently, the quicker/cheaper you’ll get done.  There is no set number of lessons or hours of flight training. Your instructor must make sure you have learned to perform certain maneuvers before allowing you to solo. These maneuvers include safe takeoffs and landings. You must use good judgment when flying and be able to keep control of the aircraft.
Also, you’ll have to get a medical certificate and a student pilot’s certificate to fly solo.

Q: How long does it take to get a pilot’s license?
A: The FAA requires student pilots have a minimum of 40 hours of flight time, of which 20 must be flying with an instructor. These are minimums. Realistically you can expect between 55 and 75 flight hours.

Q: How old do you have to be to get a pilot’s license?
A: You must be at least 16 years old to get your student pilot certificate. You’ll need to be 17 in order to receive the regular pilot’s license. There’s no age limit for you to fly, as long as you qualify medically.

Q: How much does it cost to get a private pilot’s license?
A: Students who can commit to at least 3 lessons a week and who come prepared can expect to spend around $12,000-$14,000. That is very competitive to the nationwide average.

Q: Is flying safe?
A: Yes. A well-built and well-maintained aircraft flown by a competent and prudent pilot is as safe or safer than many other forms of transportation.

Q: If engine failure occurs, what will happen?
A: Modern aircraft engines are reliable and failure rarely occurs. However, your lessons will cover what to do in this situation, including selecting a good landing area and safely landing.

Q: Can I obtain a Commercial Pilot’s License at Premier Flight Center?

A: Yes! we offer Private pilot, Instrument, and Commercial training, and multi-engine training as well. Premier is the area experts in specialized training such as Certified Flight Instructor, Instrument Proficiency checks, Bi-annual flight reviews, and even glass cockpit transition training.

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