Pilot Training FAQ
Here are some of the more commonly asked questions by those thinking about learning to fly.
If you have any unanswered questions please do not hesitate to contact us.
Do you offer full time courses?
Yes. Detailed courses can be found in our Courses section. These detailed courses will give full breakdowns of course duration and costs.
Are there different types of licences?
You can obtain a Private Pilot Licence (PPL), or a Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL). A CPL is required if you intend to obtain work as a pilot. Details of paths to each licence can be found in our Courses section.
How long does it take to obtain a licence?
A private pilot licence typically takes 40-50 hours of flight time. A commercial pilot licence will take 150-200 hours of flight time. The time to obtain the licence is dependent on how frequently you fly, and your commitment to study.
Will I get air sick?
This is completely dependant on the individual. Some people will have a tendency to feel air sick initially, but as time passes and you feel more confident in the aircraft the chance of feeling sick is significantly reduced.
Is there much home study involved?
For the private pilot licence a limited amount of study is required in your own time. A commercial pilot licence requires a serious commitment to complete the required exams.
How long does each lesson last?
You will normally spend around two hours per lesson at the academy- one hour in the air, the remaining hour split between classroom briefing, aircraft preparation, and a debriefing.
Where can I fly when I have my licence?
Having obtained a PPL or CPL through any of our Flight Training Institutions, your licence will be endorsed such that you can fly through any type of airspace within the country that issues the licence. Your licence is an ICAO licence, and will be recognised by other member states. To fly in other ICAO countries a simple validation/conversion and check flight is normally all that is required.
What are the medical requirements to obtain a licence?
You need to be of good health to obtain a pilot medical. The PPL requires a class 2 medical, and the CPL a class 1. The requirements for each medical are different, with the class 1 (CPL) being more strict. If you have any known medical conditions, or any reason to suspect you may have issues obtaining a medical, you should consult a Designated Aviation Medical Examiner (DAME) prior to commencing your training. Having trained so many people over the years we have a general idea of what conditions are acceptable, and which create problems – contact us and we will advice you before making an appointment with a DAME found listed on the website of your local civil aviation authority.
Can I take passengers on my lessons?
Once you have passed your Private Pilot Licence (PPL) you are able to take passengers on some lessons. Lessons where passengers cannot be carried are generally those where simulated emergencies are practiced.
What kind of aeroplane will I fly?
Most of our students choose to learn to fly in a current generation Cessna 172 or Diamond DA40 aircraft.
At what age should I start my flying lessons to pursue a career in aviation?
You will start right after you have completed your high school education. Typically, most of our students begin at the age of 18 but you may start as early as the age of 17.
Do I need to be studying maths or physics at school?
You do not need to study physics or maths at school to obtain a pilot licence. Having this knowledge certainly does help, but is in no way a requirement. If you wish to become an airline pilot you may need both physics and maths – both are often entry requirements into employment. Individual airline recruiting websites will list requirements.
Who will conduct my training?
All your training will be conducted by a fully qualified commercial pilot who holds a flight instructor rating.
Is flying safe?
Generally speaking flying is as safe as you make it, there are however inherent dangers with any activity. During your training you will be equipped with all the necessary flying and decision making skills to ensure any non-normal situation is handled effectively.
I wear glasses, or I am colour blind, can I be a pilot?
Typically you can obtain a Private or Commercial Pilot Licence if your wear glasses or when colour blind. You should seek specific guidance directly from your local civil aviation authority or a Designated Aviation Medical Examiner (DAME) listed on their website. Some airlines and the military may impose more strict medical requirements than those of the class 1 medical required for a CPL.
What are the minimum requirements for airline employment?
For direct entry to most airlines you will require a Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL), plus Multi-Engine Instrument Rating, and typically theory credits for the Airline Transport Pilot Licence (ATPL). Airlines will publish their minimum criteria for pilot applications on their website.
If the engine was to fail in a single-engine aircraft, what happens?
The aircraft will glide and is under control of the pilot. Such an event is a very rare occurrence and most pilots in their flying life will never experience it. Your training is conducted in areas where there are many large fields available for landing.
How do I get started?
Drop in to see us at our office or call, email us to book a personalised information session.