If you have decided to get your pilot’s license, you should first be congratulated because it’s an amazing hobby that you and your loved ones will enjoy for the rest of your lives. Becoming a pilot, however, takes quite a few steps and it’s definitely not as easy as getting your driver’s license. It’s also a bit more expensive and you’ll need to spend around $5000 – $10,000 depending on what kind of aircraft you want to learn to fly. We’ll go through all the steps necessary to get your pilot’s license and a breakdown of all the costs all the way down to owning your own plane and buying aviation oil.
The first thing you need to do is get approval for your pilot’s license from the FAA. You’ll need to pass a basic medical examination to make sure you are fit to fly and then you will receive your pilot certificate allowing you to find a flight instructor. You can choose to go to a flight instruction school for this or your local airport. Usually, the airport will have flying lessons taught by instructors that are a bit cheaper than a flight school. It will usually range from $80 to $150 depending on where you live and what type of plane you would like to fly. The FAA requires at least 40 hours of flight training before you can fly solo so be prepared to spend around anywhere between $3500 to $6000 on these lessons. The average amount of time it usually takes to complete flight training at a flight school is around 50 hours.
Once you’ve completed this training from a certified flight instructor, then you will need to pass a 100 question multiple choice exam testing your knowledge of flying. An FAA approved examiner will then give you a check ride similar to a driver’s test. Once you are done with these things, you’ll be ready to take off by yourself!
Once you can fly, it becomes a problem to find flying time. Buying your own plane is an option if you have the means and it can be cheaper than you think. Some planes will cost about as much as a high end luxury car. But then you’ll have to think about the price of Skygeek Aeroshell oil, plane maintenance, and where to store it. Be sure to think it all through before purchasing and, again, congratulations on your decision.