Flight Training

Who can be a pilot?

Well, if someone can teach a dog how to fly then I’m pretty sure you can learn too lol.  https://youtu.be/M8gzhkSShf4 Video by: Sky 1 Just about anyone could be a pilot if they meet the requirements.   But remember, you can’t teach someone who doesn’t want to learn.  Flying is not that hard of a skill to learn....

What are my flight training options?

Just about any airport will have a flight school or a local flight instructor that can teach you how to fly.  I’m going to explain five different ways you can go about obtaining your pilot's license. FAA Part 61 or 141 Flight Schools The first and most common way of getting your pilots license is by...

How much does flight training cost?

The typical cost of obtaining your private pilot’s license in the Chicago-land area is anywhere from $8,000 to $12,000+.  The cost of flight training can vary depending on a number of factors.  Some of these factors include: Location: Bigger airports closer to a big city will typically charge more because of higher operating costs.  Smaller airports...

5 Emergency Procedures Every Pilot Should Be Prepared For

For a competent pilot and well maintenance airplane the probability of you having an in flight emergency is low.  This doesn't mean you shouldn't be prepared for an emergency.  You should practice your emergency procedures on a regular basic with a certified flight instructor.  This way you will always be prepared just in case....

Why learn to fly?

Learning to fly will be one of your most amazing and gratifying achievements in life; guaranteed.  Becoming a pilot will open your eyes to a whole new world.  I was just 14 years old when I started my flight training.  Fast forward 21 years and flying is on my mind just about every single...

I want to become a pilot. Where do I start?

First things first, you need to make sure you’re going to love flying.  If you have never flown in a small airplane (Cessna, Piper, Diamond Star or similar), I suggest that you schedule an introductory flight lesson with a flight school at your local airport.  (You can find a list of flight schools here:...

The Two Types of FAA Flight Schools

Most airports in the United States offer some type of flight training either by a flight school or a freelance flight instructor. A flight school will usually provide a wider variety of flight training aids, special facilities and a greater flexibility in scheduling. A number of colleges and universities also provide flight training as...

Cross Country Flight Planning

Cross-country flight planning is often the first big post-solo hurdle flight students will overcome in their flight training. Planning a cross-country flight requires tedious planning and calculations if done properly which can seem overwhelming at first, but taking everything one step at a time can greatly ease the process. The first step is to take...

Mastering The Crosswind Landing

Crosswind landings are one of the more challenging skills in the private pilot curriculum. To consistently land properly in a crosswind, a pilot must understand all of the forces acting on the aircraft, and how to counter them. When flying the aircraft on final approach with a prevailing crosswind, the first thing a pilot...