We Answer 7 Frequently Asked Questions About Flight School
Thinking of taking flying lessons? Here are some of the most frequent questions asked by students, from our flight school in NJ.
- What is a discovery flight? This is another term used for an introductory flight where an instructor takes you up in an aircraft, familiarizes you with the equipment and even lets you fly for yourself.
- How do I qualify for flight school? To enter flight school, you need to be 16 or older, able to speak/read/write in English, and pass a physical exam. There is no maximum age restriction.
- When do I get to fly an airplane? Flight school is very hands-on, so you’ll be in the pilot’s seat practically from day one. A Certified Flight Instructor with plenty of experience will be with you all the way.
- How long does it take to get a pilot’s license? This depends entirely on you. You’ll need to acquire a minimum of 40 hours flight time and your instructor will have the final say as to when you are sufficiently qualified – for many pilots, this takes 60-70 hours of flight time. In addition to flight time, you are required to learn about aircraft systems, navigation, weather, regulations and aircraft operations.
- Should I choose a Part 141 or Part 61 flight school? These terms refer to the parts of the FAA regulations under which the flight school operates, and each type operates slightly differently. Part 61 schools don’t require a CFI and specify 40 flight hours for private pilot certification and 250 hours for commercial pilot certification. Part 141 schools require a CFI, a training syllabus approved by the Flight Standards District Office and specify 35 hours and 190 hours for each respective certification.
- What aircraft will I fly? This depends on what is available at your flight school but whatever the model, it will be a training aircraft with controls for both the CFI and student. You’ll likely learn to fly on several different aircraft as you progress. Aircrafts come with different type ratings and you’re required to do a certain number of hours on a type before you are qualified to fly it.
- Should I become a commercial or private pilot? Both of these options are a fantastic career choice but are very different. Commercial pilots often have an easier time scheduling their flights, while private pilots have less flexibility. The types of aircraft you’ll fly are also very different, so it’s a good idea to start with your ordinary pilot’s license and then investigate your options further.
Learn to Fly with Flight Lessons in NJ from Monmouth Executive Airport
If your dream is to learn to fly and become a CFI, amateur pilot, private or commercial airliner pilot, Monmouth Airport’s flight school in NJ is the place to be.
We have our own FAA certified A&P/IA on premises and our location outside of the crowded New York area airspace designations means that you get to experience clear, uncrowded skies as you learn to fly. Our classes and lessons are led by experienced and fully certified flight instructor dedicated to helping you achieve your dream.