Time and Cost?
The FAA's minimal requirements for your Private License are: 40 hours of flight time, and 20 hours of dual instructions. However, the reality is that it takes as long as it needs to take for you to be a safe pilot. An average in the Bay Area's busy airspace is anywhere from 60 to 80 hours. The total cost including airplane, instructor and training materials will be between $7-9k. I cannot stress enough how important it is to go through a learning process and pace that works for you.
You can get your Private Pilot license in 4 to 6 month if you fly 2-3 times a week. You "pay as you go", so you do not have to come up with a large chunk of cash just to get started.
How often should I fly?
I would recommend at least 2 times a week. Each lesson is 2.5 - 3 hours. You will make slower progress if you fly once a week or less.
What kind of airplane will I fly on?
Cessna 152 or 172 if you prefer a high wing. Piper Warrior or Archer if a low wing is more your style. They all fly about the same. I would suggest doing a couple of rides in both high and low wing airplanes and then deciding. Once you find the type that you like then stay with it throughout your training program.
What is required to get a private pilot's license?
You will need to accomplish 3 milestones:
What happens if I do not fly, does my license go away?
You just need to become current again with a new medical examination and a BFR (Biannual Flight Review). The problem is that the longer you don't renew the BFR, the longer it will take you to get ready to pass again.
How do I get started?
Contact me to schedule a demo flight. A demo flight is an inexpensive introduction to flying where you will try your hand at flying to see how well you like it. Depending on the airplane you choose to fly in, you can expect the demo to cost around $70-100
To get started or to schedule a demo flight send me e-mail or call 650-720-5027