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Where can I get flying lessons?

You can find the top flight schools in the United States here.  All you have to do is click here.  Give a couple flight schools a call and talk to the instructors, then decide what school you want to do your flight training at.

Is it hard to learn to fly? 

No. People of all shapes and sizes, ages and abilities have learned to fly. It's fun, and from the beginning of your training, you get to do most of the actual flying! On the practical side—While flying isn't a difficult skill to learn, you'll have to be willing to stick with it until you meet all the requirements. Also, you should consider the cost of becoming a pilot—you'll have to pay for your physical exam and your lessons.  Make sure you have saved up some money so you don't have to stop your flight training.  Remember the longer you wait to take your next flight lesson the more you forget.

When can I start? 

Right away. All you have to do is click here to find a flight school. Once you locate a flight school, give them a call.  If its not to late, and if they are not busy, you might be able to go on your introductory flight the same day.  Most flight schools offer introductory flight lessons at around $99. You don't have to have a student pilot's certificate or a medical certificate to take flying lessons.

Is flying safe? 

Yes. A well-built and well-maintained aircraft flown by a competent and prudent pilot is as safe or safer than many other forms of transportation.  Flight schools aircraft are also highly maintained.

What is the difference between a recreational pilot's certificate and a private pilot's certificate? 

As a recreational pilot, you have to fly within 50 nautical miles of the airport where you learned to fly, you have to fly during the day, and you can't fly in airspace where communications with air traffic control are required.  You are better off just getting your private pilots license.  It will only taky you a couple more hours.   A private pilot doesn't have these limitations. It usually takes fewer lessons to get a recreational pilot's certificate than a private pilot's certificate.  Some flight schools do not offer the recreational pilots certificate

How many lessons do I have to take before I solo?

It depends on you. There is no set number of lessons or hours of flight training. Your instructor must make sure you have learned to perform certain maneuvers before allowing you to solo. These maneuvers include safe takeoffs and landings. You must use good judgment when flying and be able to keep control of the aircraft.  Also, you'll have to get a medical certificate and a student pilot's certificate to fly solo.

If I get my pilot certificate for an airplane can I fly a helicopter too?

No, flying a helicopter is very different from flying an airplane. If you want to get your helicopter pilots license you should go here and find a helicopter school near you.

I wear glasses, can I still become a pilot?

Sure you can. Just about everyone these days wears glasses.
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