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Sport Pilot

AVERAGE COST

$5,975

SO YOU WANT TO BE A SPORT PILOT?

If you are an aviation enthusiast seeking your first pilot certificate, the sport pilot certificate provides one of the easiest and most inexpensive ways to fly for fun and recreation. You can think of it as a sort of middle-ground between becoming an ultralight pilot and a full-fledged private pilot. Unlike ultralight pilots, sport pilots can carry a passenger and operate in certain types of controlled airspace, for example, but they may not fly at night and are limited to lighter and lower powered aircraft than those available to private pilots. While a private pilot certificate requires a minimum of 35 or 40 hours of training time (depending on the curriculum), those requirements are much less for sport pilots. The minimum required training time for the light sport aircraft category is 20 hours. 

To earn a sport pilot certificate, you’ll need to: 

1. Meet the minimum age requirement: 

     • Be at least 16 to become a student pilot and fly solo (14 for gliders). 

     • Be at least 17 to test for a sport pilot certificate (16 for gliders). 

2. Be able to read, write, and understand English. 

3. Hold a current and valid U.S. driver’s license as evidence of medical eligibility (provided the FAA didn’t deny, revoke, or suspend your last medical certificate application). Alternatively, you can also use a third class airman’s medical to establish medical fitness. 

4. Pass an FAA sport pilot knowledge test, also known as the written test. 5. Complete a minimum of 20 hours of training for an airplane; times vary for other aircraft types. 6. Pass an FAA sport pilot practical test, also known as the flight test or checkride.

Private Pilot

AVERAGE COST

$10,165

Eligibility Requirements
  • 17 years of age (16 years of age to solo)

  • Valid FAA third class medical prior to solo

  • Pass the FAA Private Pilot Knowledge Test (written exam)

  • Pass the FAA Private Pilot Practical Flight Test (the oral exam and checkride)

People are often surprised at just how easy it is to start flying. In fact, so easy that you could schedule today and fly tomorrow. To get started just give us a call or stop by-- its that easy.

 

The private pilot course can be broken down into three phases of training. The first phase of training involves preparing you to eventually take the controls of the airplane as the sole occupant. "Your first solo." This takes approximately 12-18 hours, consists of learning basic maneuvers you need to know to fly by yourself. Before this phase is completed you must visit one of the local medical flight examiners and obtain a medical/student pilot certificate.

After your first solo, you move on to phase two which consists of learning to fly from point "A" to point "B", or otherwise known as cross country flight. You will spend some time with an instructor learning the cross-country skills you will need to make your first solo cross-country. At this point during your training you will have received all the ground instruction needed to take the FAA written examination.

The last phase is the final preparation to take an oral and flight exam with a FAA designated examiner. This is also known as the "practical" and when successfully completed, you will be issued your Private Pilot License.

Here at United Flight Systems we pride ourselves on having a greater than 90% first time pass rate which is exceptional when compared to national averages of 60% to 70%. Once the test is successfully completed, you are now a newly licensed private pilot able to exercise the privileges of that certificate. This means you can fly with passengers for pleasure wherever and whenever you choose to go.

Our experience has shown that the required minimum flight time of 40 hours does not project a realistic time frame of preparation for the Private Pilot Certificate. Over the years the average completion time of our students has been approximately 50 hours of flight experience. Beware of schools that quote prices based on minimum times only. These schools will most likely only be interested in training you to meet the minimum requirements and are going to cut corners in their approach towards those minimums. You should be looking for the best flight training available, not the minimum.

Instrument Rating

AVERAGE COST

$13,365

Eligibility Requirements
  • 17 years of age

  • Hold at least a current Private Pilot Certificate

  • Valid FAA third class medical

  • Pass the FAA Instrument Rating written exam

  • Pass the FAA Instrument Rating practical flight test

An Instrument Rating added on to your private pilot certificate will allow you to fly in weather conditions that would otherwise keep you on the ground. You will find that an Instrument Rating is not only convenient, but can also be quite fun and challenging.

The Instrument Rating course can be broken down into three phases of training. Phase one is learning how to control the aircraft with reference only to the flight instruments. This includes orientation and navigation with the aircraft's navigation systems. You will also learn how Air Traffic Control works in the instrument environment, how to use instrument charts for planning and flight, and physiological aspects related to instrument flight.

Once basic instrument skills have been learned, you will begin phase two. Phase two consists of holding patterns and instrument approaches, including circling and missed approach procedures. Holding patterns and instrument approaches will be performed with both full and partial panel techniques. Instrument departure, enroute, and arrival procedures will also be learned.

The third phase involves learning cross-country procedures for the instrument environment. During this phase, you will take the knowledge that you attained in phase one and two, and apply it. At the end of this phase, you will be able to depart an airport, fly from point A to point B, execute an instrument approach and land safely all while solely by reference to the flight instruments.

Here at United Flight Systems we pride ourselves on having a greater than 90% first time pass rate which is exceptional when compared to national averages of 60% to 70%.

The average cost of the instrument rating does not include the 50 hours of pilot-in-command cross-country time that is required by Part 61.65 of the Federal Aviation Regulations to have been completed prior to the Instrument Practical Test.

Commercial Rating

AVERAGE COST

$13,825

Eligibility Requirements
  • 18 years of age

  • Valid FAA second class medical

  • Pass the FAA Commercial Pilot written exam

  • Pass the FAA Commercial Pilot practical flight test

Upgrading your certificate to a Commercial Pilot certificate is the next logical step toward a career as a professional pilot. A Commercial Certificate will allow you to fly passengers and cargo for hire. In other words, you can now earn money as a pilot instead of having to pay to be a pilot.

The Commercial Certification course can be broken down into three phases of training. Phase one consists of expanding your knowledge of VFR cross-countries and night operations. Aviation physiology, aeronautical decision making, and regulations pertaining to the commercial pilot will also be learned. This phase ends with a solo cross-country with three points and a straight line distance of 250 nautical miles from the point of departure.

In phase two, you will be introduced to a complex airplane. This plane will have a much more powerful engine and articulating propeller and landing gear system. You will learn performance and aerodynamics that are appropriate to this type of aircraft. Also, the skill necessary to safely fly a complex aircraft will be attained. Commercial flight maneuvers will be introduced and practiced during this phase of training.

The objective of the third phase is to provide the instruction and practice necessary to become proficient as a commercial pilot with or without an instrument rating. During this phase, you will practice the procedures learned previously until you are at commercial pilot standards.

Here at United Flight Systems we pride ourselves on having a greater than 90% first time pass rate which is exceptional when compared to national averages of 60% to 70%.

The average cost of the Commercial Certificate includes the 100 hours pilot-in-command and 50 hours cross-country training that is required by Part 61.129 of the Federal Aviation Regulations.

Multi-Engine Rating

AVERAGE COST

$5,780*

Eligibility Requirements
  • 17 years of age

  • Valid FAA third class medical

  • Hold at least a Private Pilot Certificate

  • Pass the appropriate FAA practical test

A Multi-engine class rating can be added on to either a private or commercial certificate; with or without an instrument rating.

The multi-engine course can be broken down into two phases of training. The first phase will teach you multi-engine aerodynamics, operating procedures, systems, and performance considerations. In addition, principles which apply to flying a multi-engine aircraft with one engine inoperative will also be learned.

Phase two consists of learning to fly a multi-engine aircraft during normal two engine operations as well as engine-out situations. If you are instrument rated, this phase also includes instrument approaches in a multi-engine aircraft in both normal and engine-out situations.

Here at United Flight Systems we pride ourselves on having a greater than 90% first time pass rate which is exceptional when compared to national averages of 60% to 70%.

*This price is an average. A multi- without instrument privileges will be less than one with instrument privileges. Here at United Flight Systems, we train our pilots to "maximum proficiency, not minimum standards." Individual costs may vary.