Learn How to Fly
To learn how to fly can be one of the most challenging things to do in your adult life. Unlike driving a car, flying involves all sorts of rules and regulations that can defy common sense and be very confusing. Obtaining your pilot’s license is an important step in learning how to fly, and helps you begin to navigate these sometimes confusing challenges.
People of all walks of life fly planes. In the Unites States pilots number in the millions and range from casual weekend pilot to someone who does this for their career. Get ready to begin your fanstic journey to the skies!
Just like cars, planes come in all shapes, sizes, and costs. Airplanes range from small single engine craft that are inexpensive to multi-engine jets that cost into the millions. You will initially fly the smaller craft and can work your way up to the more complex craft as you gain experience.
Navigation / Communication
Your GPS and radio serve as your lifeline when you are learning to fly and beyond. GPS units and even your in flight magnetic compass assist you in orienting your craft and getting you to where you need to go. And of course your radio allows you to communicate with both ground control and fellow crew and passengers.
It goes without saying that your plane will need a place to take off and land and eventually be parked. Each airport is unique and may have rules specific to the location. Some are government owned while others are joint military/civilian in nature.
The costs to learn to fly can run $10,000-$15,000, depending on your location and the amount of air time needed to gain proficiency. Finding the best flight school can cut costs down to $7,000 or so, but in the end you should think of this as a fantastic hobby. Just like golf, flying has both up front and ongoing expenses.
The Federal Aviation Administration controls every aspect of flying in the United States. This includes everything from the design of aircraft to the certifications necessary for training to the replacement parts used on a plane. It is their job to make sure the skies stay safe.