Do you want experience the wonder of flight? Have you always dreamed of seeing the world from a bird’s eye? Maybe you just want to get to your destinations hundreds of miles away in just a few hours.
A private pilot certificate is like a driver’s license. It allows you to fly almost anywhere in the United States and even outside the United States when you comply with regulations of the foreign country where the aircraft is operated. You might take the family on a trip to see relatives in a distant state or use an airplane to shorten the time it takes to make business trips to another city.
One restriction to a private pilot’s freedom of flight comes from Mother Nature—the weather. As a private pilot, you can’t fly in the clouds unless you earn an instrument rating: If it’s raining outside and you can’t see the neighbor’s house through the fog, you shouldn’t be wandering around in the sky.
With a private pilot certificate, you can fly at night as well. Without a doubt, a crystal-clear, moonlit night is one of the most spectacular and beautiful times to fly.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO LEARN TO FLY AND GET A PILOT CERTIFICATE?
A lot of variables affect the cost of learning to fly, including the frequency of flight lessons, weather conditions, the kind of aircraft in which you are training and its availability for scheduling, and individual aptitude. A rough estimate would range between $9,000 and $12,000.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO LEARN TO FLY AND GET A PILOT CERTIFICATE?
The same variables that affect the cost of learning to fly will affect the time it takes to earn your certificate. The FAA has established the minimum number of flight hours needed to obtain a certificate. Under Part 61 of the federal aviation regulations, the minimums are 40 hours for a private pilot certificate. However, in my experience the true average flight training time for a private pilot is between 50 hours and 60 hours. The flight hours can be spread over a time span of several months to a year or more.
HOW OLD DO I HAVE TO BE BEFORE I CAN START TAKING FLYING LESSONS?
You don’t have to be a particular age before you can begin to take flying lessons. However, you do have to be at least 16 years old before you can solo an airplane (14 years old for operation of a balloon or glider), and 17 before you can be issued a private pilot certificate (16 for balloon or glider).
WHAT AIRCRAFT WILL I LEARN TO FLY IN?
Ktronics Aero has an agreement to allow students fly a 2006 Cessna 172S that is in excellent condition with updated avionics and is meticulously well maintained. The aircraft is based at Rusty Allen Airport in Lago Vista (west of Cedar Park off of 1431).
HOW DO I GET STARTED?
Call or email Kevin at KTronics Aero today to schedule your $99 intro flight and experience the joy and wonder of flight.