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Sport pilot FAQ

13 July 2021   Learn to Fly

Are you interested in becoming a sport pilot? For those who are just starting on their pilot journey, a sport pilot license is one of the easiest certifications to obtain. Mainly intended for those who wish to fly as a hobby, with a sport pilot certification you are licensed to fly light aircrafts only, during daytime hours, and you must stay within your local area. You’re also permitted to have only one passenger and must stay below an altitude of 10,000 feet. 

In this article, we’ll explore some of the most frequently asked questions about being a sport pilot, including qualifications and training.

Who is eligible to become a sport pilot?

  • You must be at least 17 years old to begin a sport pilot qualification course
  • You must be able to read, write and speak English
  • You must have a third class medical certificate, or a valid license for light-sport aircraft operation

What kind of training is needed to qualify as a sport pilot?

  • You must log at least 20 hours of flight time, 15 of which must be with a licensed flight instructor. Your remaining five hours must be solo flights.
  • Types of training you must log during your flying time include cross-country flight training, take-offs and landings, and a solo cross-country flight.

What are the limitations of a sport pilot license?

  • You cannot accept money for transporting people or cargo
  • You cannot have more than one passenger on board
  • You cannot fly at night
  • You cannot fly at an altitude of more than 10,000 feet 
  • You cannot fly in certain classes of airspace

How long will it take to obtain my sport pilot certification?

On average, it takes people between six weeks and three months, assuming they already have the necessary medical certificate or driver’s license required to begin studying and training. Everyone completes their sport pilot training at their own pace, so the time frame depends on how frequently you can study and log practice hours.

Learn to fly at Monmouth Airport in New Jersey

At Monmouth Executive Airport, we’ve helped many people achieve their dream of learning to fly. Whether you’re thinking about pursuing a career as a pilot or you’re only interested in flying as a hobby, our NJ flight school instructors will support you on your journey. We provide industry-leading education and training, so you’ll be up in the air in no time. 

For more information about earning your sport pilot certification, or if you’re interested in obtaining other pilot certifications, please contact our team at Monmouth Executive Airport today. Discover why so many people come to us for sport pilot training in NJ. 

The uncomplicated and complicated parts of flying

3 May 2021   Learn to Fly

Flying has long captured the interest of people around the world. If you’ve always wanted to learn how to fly, now is an excellent time to pursue a new hobby and maybe turn it into a future career. But do you know what learning to fly includes? Many people aren’t aware of the complicated and uncomplicated parts of flying, so in this article we’ll go through them in detail. 

The less complicated aspects of flying

  • Getting familiar with radio communications and terminology. Pilots use radios as their main form of communication and they also have their own lingo, including specialized terms and abbreviations for various things. If you’re unfamiliar with pilot lingo and you listen to pilots speaking via radio, it may sound like a different language, but you’ll quickly catch on with a little bit of practice.
  • Using the controls in the cockpit. At first glance, it looks confusing when you see all the buttons, switches, panels, and levers. However, mastering the controls will soon feel second nature after completing several flight simulations with a certified instructor. 
  • Confidence and a positive attitude. It sounds obvious, but having confidence and a positive attitude goes a long way for pilots, especially when they need to make quick decisions on their feet. 

The more complicated aspects of flying

  • Dealing with severe or unpredictable weather. From strong winds to heavy rains and whatever else mother nature throws their way, pilots are required to learn aviation meteorology. This is so they’re well-prepared to navigate as safely as possible through difficult weather conditions. 
  • Becoming accustomed to living in a three-dimensional environment. When you drive a car you look left, right, straight ahead, and behind you to check for traffic and obstacles, and to make sure your path is clear. When flying a plane you have to add two more dimensions: up and down. It definitely takes some getting used to checking all directions while flying.
  • Multitasking like a master. Many of us think we’re good at multitasking, but pilots frequently have to engage in five or six tasks at the same time – each one requiring precision. Of course, practice makes perfect, and experienced pilots are often multitasking masters. 

Start your aviation career in NJ today 

Whether you want to become an airline pilot or you’d simply like to take some recreational flying lessons, Monmouth Executive Airport’s flight school has everything you need to get started. Now that spring is here and we’re enjoying warmer weather and sunnier skies, it’s the ideal time to learn how to fly! 

For more information about our New Jersey flight school at Monmouth Executive Airport, or if you have any other questions, please contact our team today. Discover why so many people choose to start their aviation career with us. 


Choosing to become an airline pilot as a career

6 April 2021   Learn to Fly

Are you interested in pilot training? Many people find the idea of becoming an airline pilot an attractive career choice, but don’t know exactly what it involves or how to pursue it. Believe it or not, the technical process of learning to fly a plane and operate all of the controls is not the most difficult part of becoming a pilot. With dedication and commitment, you can learn how to operate an aircraft and master the controls. However, there’s much more involved when you’re put in charge of an aircraft, the passengers, and all of the cargo. 

You may have heard the cliché that “airplanes fly themselves,” and with technological advancements it’s easy to understand why people say that. But pilots must possess the ability to make quick decisions in adverse conditions, they need to be able to act in the best interest of everyone on board, and they must be able to keep a calm demeanour when tense situations arise. As the pilot, you’re responsible for everyone and everything on board, and you’re also responsible for maintaining an atmosphere that is as relaxed as possible.

Educational requirements differ depending on the airline. A Bachelor’s degree is required to fly for large commercial airlines, while smaller regional airlines often require a two-year degree. We recommend pursuing an aviation-related Bachelor’s degree, so you have the option to one day pilot a commercial jet, plus obtaining a Bachelor’s degree will give you more flexible career options.

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requirements

In order to become a licensed pilot you must meet the FAA requirements, and this includes getting an Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) certificate. To obtain this certificate, you must pass an applicable knowledge test, a practical test, and meet the following criteria:

  • Be at least 23 years old
  • Flown for at least 1,500 hours total 
  • Flown for at least 50 hours in a multi-engine aircraft 
  • Have a commercial pilot certificate with an instrument rating

Different options in learning how to fly in NJ

There are several routes to becoming a licensed pilot:

  • Aviation College. You’ll learn to fly while earning your four-year degree, and the training you’ll receive will be of the highest standard. You’ll also have access to the most advanced technology.
  • Part 141 or Part 61 Flight School. The numbers refer to FAA regulations, and each one has several differences
  • Aviation Academy. Similar to our flight school at Monmouth Executive Airport, you can gain the necessary experience while doing required coursework at an aviation academy.

If you’re ready to kickstart your aviation career and would like more information about Monmouth Executive Airport’s flight school, or if you have any questions, please contact our team today. Discover why so many people in New Jersey choose our pilot training program. 

How rewarding is it to learn to fly?

2 March 2021   Learn to Fly

Have you ever been curious about enrolling in a pilot training program? Many people dream about learning to fly, whether as a career choice or a hobby. At Monmouth Executive Airport, we run a premier flight school in NJ where you can pursue your passion, learn all about becoming a pilot, and experience the freedom of flying.

Taking flying lessons is incredibly rewarding, and we’re proud to say that we’ve worked with hundreds of people of all different ages and experience levels. Whether you’re brand new to the world of flying with no prior experience, or you’ve had some flying experience before, we welcome you to participate in our pilot training program. We also welcome you to take a Discovery flight with one of our certified instructors. 

What to expect during a Discovery flight 

Once you’re ready to learn to fly, your first point of call will be a Discovery flight. This is exactly what it sounds like – an introductory flight that allows you to discover what it’s like to operate an aircraft. 

Here’s what you can expect during a typical Discovery flight:

  • While still on the ground, a certified flight instructor will walk you around the aircraft and familiarize you with all the components, both inside and out. You’ll get a tour of the cockpit including all major controls, and the instructor will be sure that you understand all functionalities before getting up in the air.
  • You’ll then learn how to check all the flight systems to ensure the aircraft is ready for take-off. 
  • Now that the plane is ready for take-off, you’ll join the instructor in the aircraft for a short flight, usually around 45 minutes. While in the air, you’ll assist with monitoring fuel levels, engine oil, aircraft lights, and other essential components.
  • The flight instructor may also allow you to assist them with some gentle, easy maneuvers while you’re in the air.
  • Once you’re back on the ground, the pilot will show you how to examine the aircraft for any signs of damage. 

Discovery flights are great for people who want to get a taste of what it’s like to be a pilot, and we recommend taking one before you sign up for pilot training. 

For more information about Monmouth Executive Airport’s flight school, or if you’d like more information about Discovery flights, please contact our team today. Find out why so many people in New Jersey choose our pilot training program. We look forward to hearing from you. 

Life at a Flight School: What it’s Really Like

8 February 2021   Learn to Fly Monmouth Jet Center

If you’ve ever thought about attending flight school as a pathway to becoming a pilot, you are probably curious about what the average day at flight school is really like. Many people are curious about flying and dream of turning it into a career, and at Monmouth Executive Airport’s flight school we’re proud to help people of all ages and abilities to achieve this dream. Here’s a quick guide of what you can expect when attending our flight school.

What day one of flight school looks like in NJ:

  • You’ll arrive at Monmouth Airport, sign in for the day, and receive your instructions for the day’s assignments. Flight school assignments are designed to improve your abilities and will get more complex as the course progresses. Don’t worry, you’ll have a certified flight instructor with you the entire time.
  • After receiving your assignment for the day, you’ll attend a briefing with your flight instructor during which you’ll review the assignment, go over any questions, and confirm what you need to achieve on that particular day. 
  • It’s time to get up in the air! Alongside your instructor you’ll carry out your assignment and work on your flying skills.
  • Once you land, you’ll have a debrief with your instructor and go over things you did well, areas for improvement, and discuss any other issues. Your instructor’s feedback is very valuable and the debrief session is where you can really hone your skills as a future pilot.
  • Now that your daily flight is done, it’s time to study the materials from your flight school and learn even more about what it’s like to be a pilot.
  • Before you finish for the day, you’ll have an opportunity to chat with your flight instructor, your advisor, or other flight school students. And with that, your first day at flight school has come to an end.

Pursue your flight school dreams in New Jersey

As mentioned above, people of all ages and abilities can attend flight school. Whether you’ve been dreaming of training to be a pilot for years, or you think it may be a new hobby to enjoy, our instructors work with beginners and advanced flyers alike. Flight school will equip you with the skills and knowledge you need to get your pilot’s license and experience the freedom of flying. 

Don’t put off your dreams any longer! To learn more about taking flying lessons at Monmouth Executive Airport in New Jersey, or if you have any other questions, please contact our team today.