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Private Pilot License

. The private pilot license enables you to fly a plane in both a small airport and a larger airport controlled by an air tower. With a private pilot license, you can fly during the day and at night time.You can take passengers with you and travel on both business and leisure trips.

Your passengers can help out with operating costs but they cannot pay you for travel. To be paid for travel, you have to acquire a commercial license. Private pilot licenses are the most popular licenses available for the general public. You can fly small two-seater planes popular in the 1970s and 1980s as well as the faster, lighter four-seater planes such as the Cessna 152.

Glider Pilot License

Gliders, sailplanes, they are wonderful flying machines. It’s the closest you can come to being a bird. — Neil Armstrong

A glider is a plane that does not require an engine to sustain its flight. Some gliders, called motor gliders, have engines that help them take off. However, once the glider is in the air, the motor neatly tucks away into the plane and does not interfere with the air currents or flight pattern.

The air up there in the clouds is very pure and fine, bracing and delicious. And why shouldn’t it be? —it is the same the angels breathe.

Mark Twain, Roughing It, Chapter XXII, 1886

Getting a <a rel=”nofollow” onclick=”javascript:_gaq.push([‘_trackPageview’, ‘/outgoing/article_exit_link’]);” href=””> pilot’s license </a> opens up doors of opportunities you may never have envisioned before. In the United States, you can get a private pilot’s license which will allow you to fly single-engine aircraft and carry passengers. You can upgrade this license to further advanced certificates and licenses.

The basic steps for getting your private pilot license are:

1. Be at least sixteen years of age and be able to read, speak, and write English fluently.

2. Enroll in a licensed flight school. Costs range from $3,000 to $4,000 for both ground school and flight training.

3.  Obtain a medical certificate from a qualified doctor of aviation medicine before starting the course.

4. Complete the three-to-five week ground school course.

5. Take the written Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) test at the end of the course work. The test consists of one hundred multiple-choice

6. Complete thirty to forty hours of actual flight time with the instructor.The school provides the plane.

7. Complete your “solo” flight without an instructor on board.

8. Complete your final exam or “check ride” accompanied by an FAAcertified examiner who will ask you questions and assess your abilities.

9. Receive your private pilot’s license with a visual flight rating. This allows you to pilot a single-engine aircraft in good visibility during the day or at night.

Getting your private pilot’s license is not only a straightforward, clear process, but also a lot of fun. Flying is an acquired skill and truly, for a pilot, the sky is the limit. Flight training consists of a minimum of forty hours of flight time which can be broken down into the following parts:

20 hours flight training from the certified Instructor which includes:

3 hours of cross country flight

3 hours of night flight including:

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