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post #1 of 22 Old 11-30-2009, 11:59 AM Thread Starter
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private pilots license

Any of you have one?
I would like to get one and be able to fly something like a cessna.
What is involved in getting a license?

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post #2 of 22 Old 11-30-2009, 12:49 PM
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A lot.
But if you just want to get up in the air there is a new license called a Sport Pilot License.
You're limited to lower-power aircraft and limited in several other things but it'd be a great starter license. And the aircraft are normally MUCH easier to fly. Plus all of the stuff you learn in the Sport Pilot License goes towards a "real" license later on if you wish to do so.


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Actually, the only real diff between Sport and Private is 10 hours of Solo training. But the cash is key.

If you wanted to fly, say a Cessna 172, you'd need a private and instrument rating. That's because the Cessna is rated for Visual Flight Restrictions and Instrument Flight Restrictions.

Each category requires training and endorsements. Sport pilot limits you to a certain category of aircraft and VFR flight only. Cessna 150s fall into LSA (light sport) category aircraft, which are flown by Sport Pilots.

Word to the wise: Get a private. Then Instrument. Afterward you can fly pretty much anything with one engine. If you wanted to fly say a cessna 310 or Piper Seneca, then you're looking at a Multi Engine rating. It all depends on what you want to fly. In my line of work it's in my best interest to get all of the above and go Commercial.

Now as for what's involved (abridged ver.):

Sport: 40 Hours w/ CFI and 10 Hrs Solo. NO EXAM (about 5-7K otd)

Private: 40 hours w/ CFI and 20-25hrs Solo. FAA Exam. (about 10-15K otd depending on who you hire the plane from and which CFI you go with)

Instrument: More time w/ complex trainers (retract gear)/Solo time and another FAA Exam (Expensive)

Multi: Introduction to Multi Engine flight characteristics/More time/Solo time/ exam. (mortage the 'maro)

Commercial: Bend over.

In the end, it comes down to flight hours and exams. Gotta pay to rent the plane, pay the CFI, pay for fuel and also learn ground handling/traffic rules and the like. Also, get those study guides they advertise. They work if you want to bypass classroom type ground schools.

Also, if you want to be a pilot remember this above all else: AP Mechanics and Line crews are your friends. Don't screw with them. (I am one. )

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http://www.iconaircraft.com/learn-to-fly.html
They show 5 hours solo and a FAA written test for sports pilot.



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Invest some time and money. Study and be prepared to make and learn from mistakes.

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They show 5 hours solo and a FAA written test for sports pilot.
Huh, changed it from last I heard. Then again I was going off memory. Pretty much it's broken down like that site anyway, just more hours and different aircraft as you move on up in ratings.

FAA.gov is pretty much the place to go when it comes to finding out how to get ratings and whatnot and even how to prepare for the exams.

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Good info.

I think the sport might be what I want and I could move up if I like flying enough.

So of the Cessnas is it just the 150 that is a LSA? 2 pass plane right?
162?

What class is the Cessna 172 in? 4 pass plane right?

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Good info.

I think the sport might be what I want and I could move up if I like flying enough.

So of the Cessnas is it just the 150 that is a LSA? 2 pass plane right?
162?

What class is the Cessna 172 in? 4 pass plane right?
Cessna 150 was borderline LSA cat to begin with. Meaning it's on the tippytop of allowed gross takeoff weight. I believe the may have amended it off the list since then. A Cessna 172 is well into non LSA territory. The FAA also has standards on their website if you wanted to know more.

http://www.faa.gov/aircraft/gen_av/light_sport/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Light-sport_aircraft

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The page I linked to is a pretty cool LSA..though it's not in production yet.



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Oh, and I forgot to add. The C172 is a Utility Cat. Aircraft. I believe if you look into 14CFR23 they spell it out.

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