Student Pilot Information from Middle River Aviation

If you would like to learn to fly just for fun, or for a career, earning a Private Pilot Certificate is the first step. Even airline pilots first started with a private pilot’s certificate. A private pilot certificate allows you to fly with your friends and family. You can be a private pilot in as little as 40 hours of flight training. With each flight lesson being an average of 60-90 minutes of flight time, it will take you between 4 and 6 months to complete the course, depending on how often you fly. The more often you fly will not only make it easier to learn, but cheaper as you spend less time reviewing previous lessons. Because everyone learns at a different rate it is hard to put an exact price on the cost of a private pilot certificate, but the training can be completed for as little as $10,000. An average cost is between $10,000 and $12,000 for airplanes, and $21,000 - $23,000 to learn how to fly helicopters. If you are a military veteran, an active duty veteran, or just walk-in student, we have financial aid to help you! Just give us a call and our financial team would be happy to assist you.

Instrument Rating

Flight School

Flying on sunny days is nice but having an Instrument Rating will prepare you to fly when the weather gets bad, the cloud ceiling drop, and the visibility decreases. An Instrument Rating will help you to get the most out of your private pilot certificate by allowing you to fly in different kinds of weather. An Instrument Rating is also the second step in becoming a career pilot. The average cost of training for an instrument rating is around $10,000 and the time to complete is 4-6 months. The cost for an Instrument Rating does not vary as widely as a private pilot certificate because you are already a pilot. We are just teach you additional skills and fulfill the required items for an FAA instrument check ride with an examiner.

Commercial Pilot Certificate

If you would like to become a professional pilot, you’ll need a Commercial Pilot Certificate in addition to your Private Pilot Certificate. Having a Commercial Pilot Certificate allows you to be paid for your services as a pilot. Training for a Commercial Pilot Certificate will take a bit longer than your prior training because there are many more requirements, or tasks, to be completed while you are honing your skills as a pilot. The hour requirement is greater because there is no better teacher than experience. You will be tasked to fly several hundred miles from home base and land at many different airports under different conditions. Training as a commercial pilot is actually very fun an dour Baltimore flight lessons will show you that. You’ll experience what it’s like to be a professional pilot and have the opportunity to visit new and exciting places. 

Helicopter Flight School Students

 CFI (Certified Flight Instructor Certificate)  

Now that you are well on your way to a career, you will need to get a CFI (Certified Flight Instructor Certificate) so you can be the one teaching people to fly. In order to apply to the airlines, you will need to have between 1100 to 1500 hours, depending on how and where you did your flight training. If you do your flying lessons through our partnership with the Community College of Baltimore County and received an aviation degree, then you have spent the last 2 years and 250 hours flight training. Now you can work for Middle River Aviation as a flight instructor and get paid to teach people to fly while you are logging hours to get to the required amount for the airlines. After a year to eighteen months as an instructor you will be ready to take that next step and fly for the airlines.