FAQ

1. How long does it take to become a pilot?

This depends on many things and will vary with each student. The FAA requires a minimum of 40 hours of flight time to take your FAA Practical Test (at least 20 of these hours must be with a certified flight instructor (CFI) of which you will need 3 hours of instrument training and 3 hours of night flying). On average, students take anywhere from 55 to 70 hours to complete their lessons and get ready for their flight test. Each student will set their own schedule and work at their own pace. For a typical student averaging one to two lessons per week, it will take about 12 – 18 months to complete the course. Following a more aggressive or lax lesson schedule will get it done in more or less time.

2. How much does it cost to get a pilot license?

Cost varies depending on many factors, but on average it will range anywhere from $9,500-$12,000.

3. How old do I need to be to get a license?

The FAA requires that you be 16 years old to fly solo and 17 years old to obtain your license. Keep in mind you may start training at a younger age, though.

4. How do I get started to become a pilot?

We suggest you first schedule a low-cost demonstration flight with one of our certified flight instructors (CFI) which consists of a hands-on, 30-minute dual instruction flight! The instructor will introduce you to preflight, takeoff, basic flight maneuvers and landing. And, under the guidance of your CFI, you will even get to take the controls for a bit yourself! After your flight, your instructor will give you a tour of our facilities, review our pricing sheets, available aircraft types, ground course options and also answer any questions you may still have.

5. I have my pilot license, what’s next?

Interstate offers a variety of aircraft rentals ranging from Pipers, to Cessnas to a brand-new Cirrus, SR20! Come in and get checked out in one of aircraft for rent or take our Cirrus Transition Course to become a renter in one of the smartest, safest and most innovative general aviation aircraft a pilot could desire!

Stay CURRENT and PROFICENT by scheduling some time with one of our CFI’s! In order to maintain your license, there are certain requirements by the FAA that need to be met, such as your 24-month Flight Review and keeping up with your relevant license Currency. You might like to schedule a dual instruction flight with one of our CFIs to stay Proficient and sharp as well as keeping up with your instrument flying requirements by scheduling an Instrument Proficiency Check (IPC) with one of our CFII’s!

You may also choose to pursue Advanced Courses such as Instrument Rating, Commercial Rating and Certified Flight Instructor Rating. We also offer Helicopter/R44 add-on ratings, as well.

If you’re interested in any of these Advanced Courses or Helicopter training call us to schedule your free consultation with one of our CFI’s!

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