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+ How do I get started with flight lessons?
Getting started is easy. All you need to do is call our office @ 410-574-3897 and we can get you on the schedule with one of our instructors for your first lesson. From that point on you and your instructor will schedule flight around your availability. There are no scheduled classes so whenever you have the time, we’ll be ready to fly.
+ Do you offer courses for commercial Pilots?
We offer courses for commercial flight training from Private Pilot to ATP. If you are looking for a career in aviation or just looking for an additional rating, we offer what you are looking for.
+ What does it take to get a Pilot’s license?
The FAA stipulates that you must receive a minimum of 40 hours of flight instruction. After the minimum number of hours is met, and the minimum requirements set forth by the FAA as to what those hours entail, you must then pass a written knowledge test and an oral and practical flight test with an FAA examiner.
+ How long will it take to get my Pilot’s License?
That will depend on how much time you have to devote to getting your license. If you fly several times a week then 4-6 months is a realistic timeframe. If you can only fly once a week then it may take up to a year to achieve a Pilot’s License.
+ How much will it cost to get a Pilot’s license?
For an airplane Private Pilot’s certificate you should budget between $9,000.00 and $10,000.00 For a Rotorcraft Helicopter) Private Pilot’s certificate you should budget between $12,000.00 and $15,000.00
+ How much does each lesson cost?
Most lessons are scheduled in 2-3 hour blocks, depending on your schedule and availability. Typically in the early stages of your training the lessons will be 2 hour blocks and later in your training you will have some longer lessons lasting up to 4 hours due to the time needed to make cross country flights. The average cost per lessons in a plane are $300 and in a helicopter $450.
+ What is a realistic estimate of how many hours it will take to get a Pilot’s license?
The national average for getting a Private Pilot’s license is between 70 and 80 hours. Even though the FAA only requires 40 hours minimum, or in some cases 35 hours in the case of a 141 school, it is extremely rare for someone to get their license in the minimum time required. What you put into your training is what you will get out of it. If you If you can only fly once a week or once every other week you will most certainly hit the national average. If you are able to make time several times a week and follow our program you can get very close to the minimum hours required. 45 – 50 hours is a very realistic goal to achieve and we can say this because we have on average 30 pilots a year go through our program and our track record speaks for itself. We train in two phases. The first is to teach you everything you need to know to fly solo in the aircraft. The second phase is to teach you to be a pilot. The average time it takes a student to solo is in the 15 – 20 hour range. After that there are about 25 more hours of requirement that must be met to satisfy the FAA requirements. If you are ready to solo in 20 hours then you can expect to get your license in about 45 hours.
+ What do you need from me prior to starting flight training?
After 9/11 the TSA stepped in to monitor flight school candidates. If you are a U.S. citizen then we only require proof of citizenship in the form of a U.S. Passport or Birth Certificate and a photo I.D. If you are a Foreign National living in the U.S. you must contact the TSA through their website, https://www.flightschoolcandidates.gov/afsp2/?acct_type=c§ion=WN and apply for flight training approval.
+ How long is each lesson?
Most lessons are scheduled in 2 – 3 hour blocks, depending on your availability. Usually they consist of 1-1.5 hours of flight time with an additional .5 – 1 hour of ground time for pre and post flight review and training.
+ How do you do your ground school classes?
All of our instruction is one on one with you and an instructor. We will teach you how to be a pilot and prepare you for the written test and exam with the FAA examiner while you are here for your flight lessons. Part of the pre and post flight time while you are here is devoted to those lessons. We also offer a wide variety of home study material so you can learn and prepare for lessons in your free time at your own pace. Those materials include books or an on-line video kit which we find is a great source for training.
+ Is there a better time of year to take lessons?
Welcome to Maryland, if you don’t like the weather, just wait, it will change. Every season has it’s own and unique challenges to flight training but there is no one season that is all around better than the others. All of the aircraft have heaters in them so you won’t have to worry about being cold in the winter.
+ Do you offer financing?
Yes we have financing available through Pilot Finance. http://www.pilotfinance.com/pages/539359/index.htm
+ How long is a Pilot’s license good for?
Once you have a Private Pilot’s license you’ll have it for life, just like a driver’s license. You may continue to exercise the privileges of that license as long as you maintain a current Medical Certificate and receive a flight review every two years.
+ What type of planes do you use for training?
We do the vast majority of our flight training in Cessna 172’s. The Cessna 172 is the most prolific aircraft made. It is a durable, well equipped and easy to learn aircraft. Most flight schools in the U.S. use these same aircraft for the same reasons. We also have a smaller 2 seat Cessna 152 available for training for those with a budget in mind. The 172 is a four seat aircraft which is well equipped and designed to be used like the family car.
+ Once I get my Pilot’s license, do I have to be retested every year?
As a pilot you are required to have a BFR (bi-annual flight review) every two years. This consists of sitting down with one of our flight instructors, or any Certified Flight Instructor for an hour to discuss such things as airspace, procedures and navigation as well as spend an hour in the aircraft with the CFI and demonstrate certain maneuvers to show you still know how to fly an aircraft.
+ What is involved with getting a Medical certificate?
A Medical Certificate can only be issued by an FAA certified AME. We have a list of AMEs in our office so that you can find one who can meet your schedule and location. There is also an AME with an office right next to ours. To get your Medical Certificate involves a simple physical. You’ll need to have 20/30 vision in each eye both near and far, with corrective lenses. They will check your blood pressure and blood sugar levels, as well as go over your medical history and any prescription medications you may take. If you are concerned about medical issues it is advised that you see your current physician for a physical and let them know your intent to see an Aviation Flight Surgeon. For more information you can contact AOPA (Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association) to discuss FAA approved medications and how to proceed if you have existing medical conditions. http://www.aopa.org/Pilot-Resources/Medical.aspx
+ How long is a medical Certificate good for?
There are three different classes of Medical Certificates but for a Private Pilot you are only required to have a Third Class Certificate. If you are under 40, that Certificate must be renewed every 5 years. If you are over 40 it must be renewed every 2 years.
+ Do you offer Sport Pilot’s license?
No we do not offer a Sport Pilot’s License. As a Sport Pilot you are only permitted to fly aircraft designated as “Light Sport Aircraft” and at that you are very limited to where you can fly with that license in those aircraft. Since we don’t have any Light Sport Aircraft nor do most flight schools, you will find it very hard to rent an aircraft to fly. With the training involved to get a Sport license you would be better off to spend a few hours more and get a Private Pilot’s license that has unlimited use and aircraft available to rent anywhere in the country.
+ Are your aircraft for rent after I get my Pilot’s license?
Yes, all of our aircraft are available for rent. In fact all flight schools have their aircraft for rent so if you go on vacation and want to fly you won’t have a problem finding a plane. After you have some time under your wings, you can step up to our larger, faster aircraft for those weekend getaways or to just get to the beach faster.
+ I already have a Pilot’s License but haven’t flown in years, how do I get current again?
Depending on how long it’s been since you’ve flown will dictate what you will need to do. In most cases, people who haven’t flown in up to 10 years can become proficient again with about 10 hours of flight time which would include a BFR
+ I already have a Pilot’s license and want to rent an aircraft, what do I need to do to get checked out?
For current Pilots to rent our aircraft we would need a copy of your Pilot’s Certificate, current BFR, current Medical certificate, Photo I.D., and sign a rental agreement. We also require that you do an hour check ride with one of our instructors.
+ I already have a fixed wing Pilot’s license and want to learn to fly helicopters, what is involved?
If you already have a Pilot’s Certificate then all you need is an add on for Rotorcraft. The FAA requires a minimum of 30 hours of flight training, a written knowledge test and a check ride with an FAA Examiner.
+ I already have a Rotorcraft Pilot’s license and want to learn to fly fixed wing aircraft, what is involved?
If you already have a Pilot’s Certificate then all you need is an add on for fixed wing aircraft. The FAA requires a minimum of 30 hours of flight training, a written knowledge test and a check ride with an FAA Examiner.

Frequently Asked Questions

There are a lot of variables that affect the cost of learning to fly. The frequency of your flight lessons, weather conditions, the type of aircraft in which you are training in and its availability for scheduling, as well as an individual’s aptitude will all play a role in the time it takes to gain a certificate.