The Orchard Photo photographer is a Certified Instrument Flight Instructor in single engine land and sea and multiengine land airplanes. The following services are offered in either the client’s airplane or in a rented one.
The question of how many hours is required to “solo” or for a certificate or rating is frequently asked. There are certain areas of knowledge and flight competence the client must demonstrate before soloing. Most persons need a minimum of 8 to 10 hours of flight training to adequately master the needed areas of competence.
- For clients with no prior flight training, an introductory flight is offered for the cost of aircraft rental only (i.e., no cost for the instruction). During the introductory flight, the client will be introduced to taxiing and the use of the aircraft controls in flight. A logbook with the flight time logged is given to the client at the conclusion of the flight.
- Instrument proficiency checks in single and multiengine airplanes are offered for $35 per hour.
- Binnenial flight reviews in single and multiengine airplanes are offered. During the review as per current FAA regulations, there is a minimum of 1 hour of maneuvers in the aircraft and 1 hour of review of the FARs. The object of the review is to demonstrate competence in flying an aircraft. Maneuvers demonstrated will be selected taking into consideration the pilot’s experience, currency and the type of flying usually done.
- The instructor can provide instruction leading to the acquisition of the recreational, private and commercial certificates and to the instrument rating in single and multiengine land airplanes. The charge for flight and ground training for a Sport Pilot, Recreational Pilot or Private Pilot certificate is $35 per hour. The charge advanced training such as for an instrument rating or a Commercial Pilot certificate is also $35 per hour. The client can minimize ground instruction charges by thorough preparation with books or with one of the video courses. If the client fails to keep an appointment for flight or ground instruction without notifying the instructor in a timely manner, there will be a charge for 1 hour of instruction.
- The instructor feels that for best knowledge transfer to take place, flying lessons should be scheduled at least twice weekly for those clients working on a pilot certificate or rating. If lessons aren’t at least this frequent, too much time must be spent on review in subsequent lessons adding to the cost of training.
- The cost of rental aircraft varies according to the size of the aircraft and where they are rented. Due to the instructor’s size, the smallest Cessna aircraft he instructs in is the Cessna 172. In the Piper line, the PA-28 series (Warrior, Cherokee, Archer, and Arrow) aircraft work well. Aircraft rental rates vary depending on the type of aircraft rented. Instructional fees are in addition to aircraft rental charges.
The recreational pilot certificate requires 30 hours of flight training time. After receiving this certificate, the pilot may operate aircraft and carry one passenger with certain restrictions. Most people would not get this rating in 30 hours. Thirty-five to 40 hours would be a more reasonable estimate. It is the instructor’s opinion that most persons who wish to fly should obtain the private pilot certificate since it doesn’t require much more work to get and the privileges that go with it are significantly greater.
The holder of a private pilot certificate is authorized to carry passengers, fly at night and operate in various types of controlled airspace. The private pilot is not authorized to pilot an aircraft for hire but can share certain flying expenses with passengers and use the aircraft for business trips. The FAA requires 40 hours of flight training to obtain this certificate but most persons have 60 to 70 hours. Of the 40 required hours, 20 to 30 hours are with an instructor. The private pilot can add an instrument rating or upgrade to a commercial certificate with additional training.
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© Martin J. Lohne 2005. Revised 9/27/08.