How much does it cost to learn to fly?
A lot of variables affect the cost of learning to fly, including the frequency of flight lessons, weather conditions, the kind of aircraft in which you are training and its availability for scheduling, and individual aptitude. A rough estimate would range between $8,000 and $10,000, depending on the certificate being sought.
What are the health requirements?
Unless you’re flying as a sport pilot, you’ll need to visit an aviation medical examiner (AME) and obtain a medical certificate in order to fly as pilot in command. Your vision must be at least 20/40 for near and distant vision with or without corrective lenses, and you must be able to perceive those colors necessary for the safe pilot performance.
How long does it take to get a license?
The same variables that affect the cost of learning to fly will affect the time it takes to earn your certificate. The FAA has established the minimum number of flight hours needed to obtain a certificate. Under Part 61 of the federal aviation regulations a minimum of 40 hours is required for a private pilot certificate. These flight hours can be spread over a time span of several months to a year or more.