For everyone who dreams of becoming a licensed pilot, there comes the moment to finally choose. Will we act on that desire and learn to fly, or will a pilot’s license forever remain just another unrealized dream? That’s the choice you may be wrestling with right now.
Lesson #1: You Can Do It
Below, you’ll find helpful information about becoming a licensed pilot, and even what you can do with your pilot’s license once you’ve earned it. However, for many people the barrier to beginning flight training isn’t a lack of information, but a few nagging questions. Do you have the time, money, or natural ability needed to become a pilot? And here’s the simple answer: you can and you do. Some may have more natural ability than others, but anyone can learn to become a safe and competent airplane pilot. As for time and money, we invest in the things that are important to us. If you really want to become a pilot, we can find a way to make it work within your budget and your schedule.
Your journey as a student pilot begins with meeting your flight instructor, someone who will become a trusted mentor and friend. The priority we place upon the quality of instruction and the importance of the student-instructor relationship is one of the things that sets Cirrus Aviation apart from other flight schools. We make every effort to keep you with the same instructor through the entirety of your flight training.
You’ll actually begin flying with your instructor right away. Using one of our clean and well-maintained training aircraft, you’ll begin by learning the fundamentals of aircraft control. As you quickly gain proficiency in the basics, you’ll learn ground reference maneuvers, master takeoffs and landings, and come to understand airport flight operations. Then you’ll fly “solo” as your instructor allows you to practice these maneuvers on your own. You’ll complete your training by going on “cross-country” flights, where you plan and execute flights to airports dozens or even hundreds of miles from your home base. Before you know it, the day will arrive when you meet with the flight examiner and take your test. Upon successful completion, you’ll be awarded your pilot’s license that same day.
Concurrent to your training in the air, you’ll also be going through the Cessna King Ground School program, where you’ll learn aviation regulations, aircraft systems, basic aerodynamics, weather, flight planning, and much more. You’ll also spend time in our Flight Simulation Lab learning and practicing maneuvers in a training environment that will help you progress much more quickly, and also instill habits and patterns that will make you an excellent pilot.
What Can You Do with Your Pilot’s License?
If your end goal is to become a professional pilot, then the Private Pilot License is “Flying 101”, the place where everyone begins their aviation journey. If your aspirations are more personal than professional, the Private Pilot License will open up a whole new world to you. Imagine renting a plane and taking your spouse, family members, and friends on a flight down the coast for dinner, to Key West for a weekend getaway, or even just tooling around for a few hours in the brilliant blue sky and exploring the world below.
Your Private Pilot License has practical benefits as well. Ever need to travel for business or pleasure? Avoid the crowded roads and soar high above the traffic, getting to your destination much faster and more safely than by car! You may also want to consider aircraft ownership, which is more cost effective than many people realize, especially if you share ownership with a few other pilots. Whatever your goals may be, you can accomplish them here at Cirrus Aviation.
What’s the Next Step?
Let’s set up a time to talk about your desire for a career in aviation, or how you can become a licensed pilot in less time than you think. We also have accelerated programs available if you can devote full time to training. Call us at 941.360.9074, or email us.
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