I want to become a pilot. Where do I start?Comanche82
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: www.flightschoollist.com.) An introductory flight or discovery flight is basically your very first flight lesson. The flight instructor will explain the basics about flying and then you will actually get to fly the airplane with the flight instructor. This flight time will also count towards your 40 hours to get your Private Pilot’s License.
Depending on the type of airplane you will be flying, a typical introductory flight costs around $99 to $200. From my experience, 99% of people that fly a small airplane for the first time, fall in love with it. Go ahead and click here to find a flight school near you. Give the flight school a call and schedule your introductory flight. It’s that simple.
If you’d like to learn more about becoming a pilot, I would recommend that you read the “FAA Student Pilots Guide“, this is a free PDF available to you courtesy of the FAA. If you need help funding your flight training, head on over to our Flight Training Financing Ideas page for different ways to pay for your flight training.