Any pilots here? learning to fly

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  1. Jackman

    Jackman Member

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    Jan 12, 2008
    Might try flight school single engine Cessna for recreational pilots license, how hard can it be? Always wanted to learn to fly finally at 50 I'am going for it, it starts with a one hour intro just to get a feel and then unless I change my mind it a 65 hour course.
     
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  2. Marlin T

    Marlin T Well-Known Member

    Jul 8, 2005
    New Mexico
    Now this is some fantastic news, congrats.

    The only thing that I can afford to fly is my flight simulator. (FSX)
    Even that can be quite expensive.
     
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  3. jack404

    jack404 Former Guest

    Jan 11, 2010
    Australia
    i've done part of both fixed wing and rotary , but health stopped me going further ( costs too), but i did the ultra lights and nav courses so can fly ultralghts here

    fly my first one from just north of adelaide to emu plains west of sydney caught the train to town, partied some and caught the train back and fly home ( 6 stops each way for fuel )

    suss out affordaplane ... i'm about 1/3rd the way through building it now ..
     
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  4. Bobitis

    Bobitis Guest

    Very cool, and good luck.

    I did a couple years of college in pre-engineering. Heavy in math, science, physics, etc. I decided I needed a break, and took a course in aviation. It went right over my head (no pun intended).:eek:
     
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  5. bamajoey

    bamajoey Well-Known Member

    Aug 17, 2009
    Pensacola
    I got my licence in 1975 when you could rent a Cessna 150 or 152 for $14 an hour solo or $21 dual. I quit 15 years later when it got too expensive.

    Jackman, what does it cost now?
     
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  6. Jackman

    Jackman Member

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    Jan 12, 2008
    Getting ahead of myself the cost may screw the whole idea, but I am doing the one hour intro , its a 1/2 hour preflight and a 1/2 hour flight were I get a little control time, cost is 95 dollars. The 65 hour course with a C-152 is just under 10,000 :eek:, got to run the cost through my head a bit to decide if this is a go or no go...


    Aircraft Hourly Rental Rate
    C-152, $97/hr
    C-172, $112/hr
    C-172 IFR (G430 equip.), $125/hr
    Instructor / Pilot Rate: $47/hr
     
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  7. jack404

    jack404 Former Guest

    Jan 11, 2010
    Australia
    thats cheap compared to here
     
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  8. jack404

    jack404 Former Guest

    Jan 11, 2010
    Australia
    $28,000 for basic pilots, another $26,000 for commercial and that was almost 4 years ago

    thats here in Oz..
     
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  9. Jackman

    Jackman Member

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    Jan 12, 2008
    It gets even cheaper with the recreation pilots license that limits you to day time flights with in a fifty mile radius of the air strip.

    Probly go even cheaper than that with the ultra lights but I an't got the guts for those bad boyz:eek:
     
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  10. dons2346

    dons2346 Well-Known Member

    Got my license in '72 when I rented a C-150 for 7-13 bux an hour. Instructor was 7 bux. It took me 37 hours for the private ticket. Got my commercial in '75, instrument in '76, and commercial free balloon in '82.

    I flew commercial balloon rides until '86 until the insurance rates went out of sight as in from 900/yr to 5,000/yr

    At the prices you quoted, I wouldn't do it unless I could figure out a way to use the aircraft in business and then if I could fly a couple of hundred hours or more a year. Anything less just makes you dangerous.
     
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  11. Millwright

    Millwright Well-Known Member

    Jun 30, 2005
    I'd be extremly interested in how the program goes these days ! The 65 hours isn't IMO too far "off" for a private license ! A lot depends upon your air work, and later, navigational ability !

    Just a suggestion that served me in good stead. Fly everything you can get seat time in ! Learning to fly "aeroplanes" is far more important than learning to fly just one type/mfg ! Flying is a dynamic/analog experience involving pilot and environmental inputs to a machine governed by aerodydnamic laws ! Its in the interplay of these where "piloting" comes into play !

    IAC, let me know how you're progressing ! I might be able to offer a hint or two on the flying aspects ! >MW
     
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  12. flyingtiger85

    flyingtiger85 Well-Known Member

    Aug 24, 2010
    Nevada
    What airports are you going to fly out of.The L.A basin or something similar would be scary with a recreation pilot license.It's mostly IFR flying with the smog.You don't get safe or competent until you have 80 or 100 hours or so.The flying,landing and takeing off is not to hard.Most people have difficulties with radio communication and navigation.The math is just basic math,nothing hard.Have enough money ready to fly at least once or twice a week at first not once every two weeks until you start getting the hang of things.
     
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  13. bamajoey

    bamajoey Well-Known Member

    Aug 17, 2009
    Pensacola



    That is another reason I quit, along with the fact that I live in one of the most congested military flight training areas in the U.S. Navy youngsters learning to fly love to "buzz" civilian aircraft.:eek:
     
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  14. PlanoAttorney

    PlanoAttorney Well-Known Member

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    Aug 28, 2016
    Plano, Texas
    I have my license and own 1/4 of a Cirrus. I propose you first meet and talk to two or three instructors - it is a job interview of sorts but more a matter of finding the right fit for you - a 150/152 is pretty small place to be stuck with someone who rubs you the wrong way (no pun intended).

    Next, book the plane, insist the instructor give you an introductory flight - you can learn how to pre-flight in lesson 2, this one is about you handling the controls, feeling the yoke tension change as the wheels break ground, etc. Your instructor will - if you get a good one - make you feel as though you are doing everything while he/she talks you through it, all the while the CFI is gently nudging the yoke or rudder for you keeping the plane safely inside the flight envelope.

    If you get the bug - I hope you do - look for a flying club in your area (clubs are non-profit so flying cost less) or look for a shared ownership/partnership (why own 100 % of an asset that is used 5-10% of the year). Now if you really want to go all in - shop around for a "trainer" that is mechanically sound, buy it for $25K (+/-) earn your pilot's license and sell it to another student pilot to recoup most of your money. I know several pilots who have done this, one claims he sold the plane for more than he paid (good timing I guess) and if you own it - you will train more often and cut down on the training time it takes to finish.

    When you get your instrument rating, you can take photos like this while Otto-the-copilot manages the store.

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  15. dbcooper

    dbcooper Well-Known Member

    You may not have noticed but the last post on this thread was 5 years ago
     
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