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How to Pay for Flight School: Scholarships, Loans, & Grants

20 May 2024   Learn to Fly

Are you wondering how to pay for flight school? Do you or your child dream of being a pilot? Monmouth Jet Center at Monmouth Executive Airport in Wall Township, NJ, has a highly reputable flight school on the grounds. Eagles View Aviation Flight School began flight lessons in 1993 and provides flight instruction for students from 8 to 78 years of age. 

Has your child shown an interest in attending flight school, but you want to make sure it is truly what they want? Are they Wall Township residents between the ages of 8 to 17? Monmouth Executive Airport offers one complimentary introductory flight lesson in a Cessna aircraft with Eagles View Aviation. The future pilot will also receive a First Flight Certificate. 

Flight training is expensive, but there are ways to reach the dream. We share more information on ways you can pay for pilot school. 

Flight Training Scholarships and Application Strategies  

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) shares a list of more than fifteen industry and regional flight training scholarships you can apply for. The association itself offers scholarships to AOPA members who are U.S. citizens or permanent legal residents. These scholarships can be used for primary flight training, advanced ratings/certificates, aviation maintenance training, and more. If your child is still in high school and interested in an aviation or aerospace career, they could request that the free AOPA Foundation High School STEM Curriculum be offered in their school or district. 

What tips do AOPA offer to make your scholarship application stand out?

  • Read the application carefully and complete it in full.
  • Show how well-rounded you are outside of aviation.
  • Give your references enough time to write a great recommendation.
  • Share how else you are going to fund your flight training.
  • Describe your long-term aviation goals. 

Exploring Loans for Flight Training  

Taking out loans for flight training is an option once all other avenues have been exhausted. Loans, credit cards, and other formal financing options carry high-interest rates, but if you feel comfortable with the expense, it can get you on a plane and in the air as soon as possible. Don’t hesitate to talk to others about your passion. You might find a payment method you have not considered. 

Flight Training Grants 

Flight training grants are available, though limited. Consider grants such as the Pell Grant to pay for your education while you source other funds for flight school. The Federal Student Aid Pell Grant is free, and you can use it to help pay for the flight training you do in conjunction with a degree. Unfortunately, you cannot use it for pilot training alone. If your parent died while serving on active duty in the U.S. armed forces or as a public safety officer, you may be eligible for additional Pell Grant funds to help with your education.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Aviation Workforce Development Grant is designed to prepare students to become aircraft pilots, aerospace engineers, or unmanned aircraft systems operators and support the related professional development of teachers.

Sponsored Flight Training Opportunities  

Many established airlines offer sponsored flight training opportunities to aspiring pilots. United Airlines has Aviate, a pilot career development program offering future and established pilots the most direct path to ultimately flying United Airlines aircraft. The program matches pilots of different experience levels, making it easy to share knowledge. Participants can enter a coaching program and receive mentorship from United pilots.

Are you ready to start at the Monmouth Executive Airport, Eagles View Flight School in NJ? Don’t hesitate to contact Monmouth Jet Center once you determine how to pay for flight school. We look forward to seeing you succeed! 

Pilots of all Ages

14 March 2023   Learn to Fly

Many people discover new hobbies, interests, and passions later in life. The idea that trying new things is only for younger people is so beyond the truth. If you’re well into or entering your golden years, now is an excellent time to pursue your dreams! If you’ve always dreamed of becoming a pilot you’re probably wondering, can you become a pilot at any age? The answer is absolutely yes, however certain types of pilot licenses do have age restrictions. Our team at Monmouth Jet Center explains: 

What Age Can Someone Learn To Fly?

For young people interested in learning how to fly, there is no age requirement to take flying lessons with an instructor. However you can’t fly solo (without an instructor) until 16 years old. These solo flights usually consist of pattern work and must be approved by your instructor prior to your flight. Once you are 17 and have the required hours of flight time and ground work, you can apply to take your check ride to get your private pilot’s license. At our flight school in NJ, we welcome many teenagers who are ready to pursue their dream of becoming a pilot. We love to see young people chasing their passions!

For those who are at retirement age and looking to take up new hobbies, it’s not too late to become a pilot. It’s important to note that commercial airlines require pilots to retire when they are between 60 and 65 years old. Depending on your age you might not be able to ever work for an airline, but there is no age limit on a private pilot’s license. Don’t let your age deter you from following your dream. 

Never too Late to Learn to Fly 

Older adults who want to learn how to fly are advised to be fit and healthy before enrolling in flight school. You must pass a medical exam to get your pilot’s license and it’s not a one-time thing. Pilots under the age of 40 must pass the medical exam every 60 months, while pilots aged 40 and older must pass it every 24 months. The medical exam consists of:

  • A physical exam
  • An eyesight exam
  • A hearing test
  • A lung function test
  • Routine blood tests
  • A blood pressure check
  • A resting EKG

While it may seem daunting, the medical exam is necessary to ensure you’re fit to fly, and many older adults pass it every 24 months with flying colors (pun intended). 

Pilots Older In Age 

Harry Moyer served as a pilot in World War II, and in 2020 at the incredible age of 100 years old, he became a contender for oldest active pilot in the world. In an interview from October 2020, Harry said he still flies every week and he shows no signs of slowing down. 

In 2009, US Airways Flight 1549 lost all engine power after striking a flock of birds. One of the pilots, Sully Sullenberger, landed the plane in the Hudson River and miraculously there were no fatalities. Sully was 57 years old at the time, proving that older pilots are more than capable of acting in an emergency. 

If you’re ready to enroll in flight school and work towards your dream of becoming a pilot, or if you would like more information, please contact our team at Monmouth Jet Center today. It’s absolutely possible to become a pilot at any age, and we look forward to hearing from you.




What to Expect from Your Flight Training

7 March 2023   Learn to Fly

Enrolling in flight training is a big dream that many people have. Maybe you’re interested in pursuing a career as a pilot, or perhaps you want to take up flying as a hobby. Whatever the reason, flight training is an essential step for anyone who wants to learn how to fly, and it’s important to understand what you’re signing up for when you enroll in flight school. Our team at Monmouth Jet Center in NJ is here to let you know what you can expect. 

Ground School 

Ground school is one of the first steps you’ll take when you sign up for flight training. As the name indicates, you’ll remain on the ground for this phase of flight school, and you’ll study aviation-related topics including airport rules, FAA regulations, weather patterns, aircraft controls, aerodynamics, and more. Ground school prepares you for the written exams you’ll need to take to get your pilot’s license. 

How Long is Flight Training?

Flight training for a private pilot’s license requires 40 hours of flight time. This can take anywhere from six months to three years depending on how frequently you can fly and how much money you can put towards your flight lessons. While the average time is more likely between one to two years.

The stages of flight training include:

  • Ground work 
  • Student pilot training
  • Passing all medical exams 
  • Final check ride test and certification

The length of your flight training will depend on which type of pilot’s license you want to get: student, private, commercial, or airline transport. Each level has its own set of requirements, however most people can expect to spend one to three years in flight training regardless of which license you pursue. 

When Do You Get To Fly Solo?

Taking your first solo flight is a big deal and an important rite of passage for anyone enrolled in flight training. However, like anything that’s worth having, flying solo is something you have to earn. Before you can fly solo you must pass all of the written exams, log a specific number of in-flight hours with an instructor, prove you can deal with common malfunctions, and demonstrate that you can handle abnormal situations. Once your instructor gives you the go-ahead to fly solo, it’s an experience you’ll never forget. 

Approximate Cost 

Flying can be an expensive hobby, and the cost depends on which pilot’s license you want to earn. Here are some approximate costs:

  • Sport pilot: $5,000
  • Recreational pilot: $7,000
  • Private pilot: $10,000
  • Commercial pilot: $30,000

If you’re interested in taking a few flying lessons without commiting to an entire flight training program, there are many flight schools that allow you to take several lessons to see if it’s something you’d be interested in pursuing further. It’s a great way to discover if you’re ready to turn your dream of flying into a reality. 

Whether you’re ready to enroll in flight training or you’re still thinking it over, our team at Monmouth Jet Center is here to answer any questions and provide you with more information. Please feel free to contact us today, we look forward to teaching you how to fly.




How To Build Your Career As A Pilot

18 December 2017   Learn to Fly

The festive season is all about making dreams come true, so it’s the perfect time to start putting your career plans to become a pilot into action! There’s more demand for private and commercial pilots than ever before, so follow these essential steps from Monmouth Executive Airport in NJ, and take to the skies.

Complete pilot training at a reputable flight school 

The FAA (Federal Aviation Association) offers several types of pilot’s licenses which determine what kind of aircraft you will be qualified to fly. This includes private pilot, recreational pilot, commercial pilot and sports pilot certifications. Be sure to choose a flight school that is FAA-certified where you will learn from qualified, experienced instructors.

Earn your private pilot’s license 

This is the perfect starting point for your career, and by achieving a set amount of 40 flying hours, passing examinations and demonstrating your skills and knowledge to your flight instructor, you’ll meet the requirements for this license.

You’ll also have to be over the age of 17, and be medically cleared by an FAA medical exam.

Earn your commercial pilot’s license 

This is an additional license that qualifies you to fly commercial aircraft. You need to be over the age of 18, pass a physical exam that includes an eye test, and have logbook endorsements from an authorized instructor to support your level of flying experience. You’ll need to have 150 hours of flight time with 50 hours being as Pilot in Command, be able to demonstrate the required mathematical and aeronautical expertise, and have strong written and oral English language skills.

Get experience in the air 

While the abovementioned licenses qualify you to fly a commercial aircraft, it’s your experience in the air that will determine your career progress, as entry level jobs are very competitive. One way to do this is to qualify for a Certified Flight Instructor’s certificate and work for a few years gaining experience and training new pilots. Other popular options include flying as a banner-towing pilot, for skydivers or for sight-seeing experiences before moving into roles at regional airlines.

Take your exciting first step with Monmouth Airport’s flight school in NJ! 

When it comes to choosing from the best flight schools in New Jersey, experience is everything. Our flight school has over 20 years of pilot training experience in training professional and amateur pilots in a range of 10 different aircraft, as well as logging over 68,000 flight instruction and rental hours.

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 enjoy scenic open skies as you learn to fly.

For more information about our flight school and flying lessons in New Jersey, please contact us or visit our website at https://monmouthjetcenter.com/

Born to fly? Join the Monmouth Airport Young Aviator Club!

25 September 2017   Learn to Fly

Some children want to become police officers and fire fighters when they grow up, others want to become veterinarians or astronauts, but the most adventurous and ambitious kids want to become pilots!

If your child has a love of flying and all things airplane, you can give them one of the greatest opportunities in the world- a membership to the Monmouth Executive Airport’s Young Aviators Club. And this isn’t the kind of membership where you get a tour and a baseball cap and then sent home – with us, your child will get to experience the joy of flying first-hand.

As a member, all children who meet the eligibility criteria will get the chance to fly an aircraft through our fully-licensed New Jersey flight school, Eagles View Aviation. Managed by experienced, qualified flight instructors and using expertly maintained aircraft, your child will learn some of the skills, basics and thrills of being a pilot.

To participate, your child must:

  • Be a Wall Township resident
  • Be between 8 and 17 years old

As a member, they will receive:

  • An inspiring and exciting hands-on introductory flight lesson in one of the flight school’s fully-serviced Cessna airplanes
  • A First Flight Certificate upon completion of the flight lesson as a permanent memory of their accomplishment
  • Accommodation for up to 6 students per week
  • An additional single flight for every 3 years of membership

We are also in the process of adding scholarship opportunities for children aged 16 and above who want to obtain their pilot’s license.

Join the Young Aviators Club at our NJ flight school today

To find out more about our Young Aviators Club or to sign your child up for a truly unique experience and inspire them to find rewarding careers in the aviation industry, please contact us or visit our website today.