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HOW TO BEGIN FLIGHT TRAINING
1. Start by calling Wilgrove Airport at 704-545-1875 and ask to speak to a flight instructor or leave a message for a flight instructor to call you (Many times all of the flight instructors are out flying with students). You can also get the individual instructor names, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses on the Flight Instructor Page. Please be sure and tell them you got the information from the Website.
2. Schedule a time with the flight instructor for your first or next flight lesson. If you just want to see if flying is for you, then ask for a demonstration ride, $95.00, which will give you about 30 minutes in the air with a flight instructor to give you some hands on experience flying the plane and doing some basic maneuvers. We also honor Be A Pilot Certificates
3. The next step is to schedule your lessons for the next week or two with your flight instructor. 1 to 2 lessons per week is a good pace in the beginning, with each lesson about an hour or so. You will learn quicker if you fly more often. At three lessons per week, it will take approximately 8 to 12 months to complete your flight training. This has been a typical time frame for many student pilots to complete the training.
4. To go along with your flight training you will also need to start ground school training. At Wilgrove we offer a ground school at the airport on Tuesday evenings which will compliment your flight training and help you prepare for the FAA Private Pilot written exam. If you prefer, the ground school can be completed through self study courses offered by King Schools, Sporty's Catalog, ASA, or Gleim.
STEPS TO YOUR PRIVATE PILOT LICENSE
The process that you will follow to get your Private Pilot License is as follows:
a) Flight Training (40 hours minimum FAA requirement, 75 hours is the national average)
b) Ground Training ( FAA Private Pilot Knowledge Exam - pass FAA computerized exam )
c) Flight Physical (given by FAA certified physician prior to your first solo)
d) "Check Ride" (given by FAA designated examiner which will include an oral exam and flight test)
***The only age limitations are that you have to be at least 16 years of age to solo and 17 to get your Private Pilot License.
COSTS INVOLVED WITH LEARNING TO FLY
a) The total cost of training for the Private Pilot License will normally be between $10,000 and $12,000, spread over approximately a 12 month time period. This cost includes the aircraft rental, instructor time, pilot supplies and ground training. Flying at the recommended 1 to 2 times per week will cost approximately $800 to $1500 per month. Some students fly only once per week depending on their time available and/or budget constraints and take 12 to 18 months to complete the private pilot requirements. Your actual time required and cost can vary depending on frequency of lessons and your own individual abilities. Please note that we also partner with Pilot Finance, Inc. to assist you with financing your flight training and will be happy to discuss this option with you in detail if you feel that it might suit your needs.
b) At Wilgrove Airport you will need to join the Flight School which will get you a reduced rental rate on the aircraft. As you fly, you will note your flight time on record sheets in the aircraft and that information will be totaled at the end of the month at which time you will be billed for that month. You then have about a week (10th of the month) to pay the bill. If you prefer you can set up an account and prepay in whatever increments you would like. Of course, there's always the pay as you go method at the end of each lesson. For private pilot training at Wilgrove Airport we use Piper Cherokee 140's that, as a Flight School member, rent for $108.00 per hour (including fuel) and the instructor rate is $35.00 per hour for a total of $143.00 per hour for lessons. In the beginning your lessons will be from about an hour to an hour and a half each lesson. Also note that we have a more advanced Cherokee 140 that rents for $123.00 for flight school members, and is available for primary and instrument flight training.
c) Pilot supplies you will need soon after you begin your flight training are: aviation headset, pilot logbook, and fuel tester.
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