You're wondering what it would be like to fly an
Whether it's for a career change, business travel, a fun and rewarding
challenge, or to fulfil a dream, why not try it out?
Could I Really Learn to Fly an
I would be happy to take you up for an introductory
lesson, with no obligation. The lesson can be booked any time in
hours., and is subject to suitable weather. After a few minutes in the
discussing the controls of the airplane and what to look for in the
we would get into a Cessna 152 airplane and go for a half hour
The airplane is equipped with dual controls, so that you would fly
airplane yourself for most of the flight, with me explaining what
do, and helping you out as required.
Flying an airplane does not require extrordinary skill,
or bravery, but it is a LOT of fun. I am a Transport Canada licensed
instructor, working out of Pacific
Flying Club at Boundary Bay Airport in Delta, BC. My students
from teenagers to retirees and come from all over the Lower Mainland
If you are thinking that there is some reason you could
learn to fly an airplane, let me debunk it on my Frequent Excuses List.
Does it Cost?
A half-hour introductory flight costs $40, and
be given as a gift. Contact a school near you for more information on
training costs. Realize that most schools quote based on the minimum
legal time to complete a licence and it is not unusual for your
training to cost 50 per cent more than that. Student
are available to those pursuing aviation as a career.
How Much Time Does it Take?
Each lesson takes about two hours start to
That includes a classroom briefing on the exercises to be flown,
of the weather and other conditions for the flight, preflight
of the airplane, refueling if required, about an hour flight in the
and a postflight review of the lesson. You will also often be
to do about twenty minutes of homework: reading, memorization,
other preparation for your next flight. The groundschool trainingwill
be another forty hours, usually two evenings a week, for three hours
but alternatives can be arranged.
The whole course of training for a private licence will
about 50 or 60 lessons. That means that flying every day, twice
day, you could complete the licence in a month. Weather
intereferes with such ambitious intentions, but more often it is
cash, time or motivation that limits the frequency of lessons. You can
learn to fly
lessons once a week or even less, but it will take more lessons as well
more total time, because of the tendency to forget things over the
Twice a week is usually effective, and should get you the licence within
Who Shouldn't Learn to Fly?
If you have serious medical or mental problems, you probably will not
able to hold an aviation medical, but I
students who have completed the dual instruction part of the training
for the knowledge and the experience.
Students who don't want to learn to
but are taking lessons merely to fulfil their parents' wishes rarely do
It sounds silly to say that you shouldn't take flying lessons
you want to learn to fly, but I'm saying it anyway. The desire to fly
a prerequisite for taking lessons.
What Exactly is Involved?
These are the current requirements of the
private pilot licence
Valid aviation medical
class 3 or higher
See my Flight Training Process
to find out more about what to expect while learning to fly.
45 hours flight training from a licenced instructor, covering all the
40 hours groundschool
Score of at least 90% on the written PSTAR test of air regulations
Score of at least 70% on the written test to obtain your Aeronautical
Score of at least 60% in each of the four sections of the PPAER private
Recommendation from your flight instructor
Passing mark (50%) on a flight test with a Transport Canada examiner
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Last revised 2 February 2005.
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