Wednesday, June 14, 2006

How to start?

There is so much to consider when you are interested in getting your pilot license. For many it is a dream you have had for a long time, here are just some of the things to think about...

Flight school and your instructor

shop around for both the person/school you may go to first may be the best person?school but maybe not.

FAA requirements

you must be 16yrs of age to solo and 17 for your license

you will need to get a 3rd class medical to find the Dr near you that is certified to give this exam

FAA regulations require 40 hours of flight (national average is 80-90 hrs)

Time and support

It is my opinion that this is just as important as the above mentioned items. Learning to fly is a big undertaking especially if you work and have a family there is often little time for studying and dedicating yourself to being the best pilot that youshould and have to be. There are so many ways to get this support first starting with friends and family get them involved maybe your spouse or a friend has always wanted to learn to fly or maybe just help you study. Almost every airport has a pilot's group you could join and befriend local pilots who love to share their experience with you. Even on a national level there are groups that provide support and information I belong to AOPA and highly recommend it. I also belong to the 99s which is a women's pilot organization. Obviously with the internet there is no limit to the information you can find. It can be overwhelming if you have any questions I will try to answer them