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Any pilots here?

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  1. blackma

    blackma Power Member

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    Hey hows it goin?

    I am an aeronautical engineer but I was wondering if there was any pilots here?

    Like how much did it cost and how long did it take?

    cheers,

    blackma
     
  2. thinkinghat

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    hii,,pilot :D here,,i use imacro's ,,so everything on autopilot now..
     
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  3. jaguarslug

    jaguarslug BANNED BANNED

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    i aint a professional pilot, don't have a pilot's license, but I have flown tiny propeller planes in the past. i've even cruised on a bombardier jet, but didn't really take off or land.
     
  4. theprofitpro

    theprofitpro Junior Member

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    Aeronatical engineer! Nice!
    What do you think of the Gravity Plane? Will it ever come to be?

    I dream of one day having my own Zeppelin or blimp. :D
     
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    To get a private pilot license ppl you need at least 40 hours logged with instructor. Deending on where you learn it ill cost you around 150-180$/hr for dual instruction in cessna 180. I learned to take off on my second lesson and lerned to land on 4th. I fly ultralights so no pilot license is needed .I LOVE IT!
     
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    MoreMoneyMoreProblem BANNED BANNED

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    I am my own pilot cause I am high as a kite on flight towards cloud 9.
     
  7. YoungGuns

    YoungGuns Regular Member Premium Member

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    I once flew copilot in a tiny 4 seater plane and loved it.

    I think I was told it was around $5000 in training to become a pilot a few years ago...don't remember if that was some kind of jr pilot or not, but it's probably about the same.

    Wouldn't mind becoming one one of these days

    I was also told by some vietnam pilot veterans that ultralights were deathtraps, but I suppose it's no more dangerous than motorcycles.
     
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  8. biomedengineer

    biomedengineer Newbie

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    Im a pilot.. Working on CFI. I will hopefully own a SR22 one day.
     
  9. Mr Pheer

    Mr Pheer Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    Most of the information above is incorrect.

    You need 20 hours logged with an instructor, and 20 hours logged solo, as a minimum, and pass the written FAA test before your instructor can sign you off to take your 'check ride' with a FAA examiner. It is up to your instructor to determine if you are ready at 40 hours, or he can decide that you need to work more on certain areas before signing you off.

    The FAA instructor will review your log books and give you an oral exam. That means he's going to ask you questions, not look in your mouth. Then he will watch you prepare a flight plan, do pre-flight checks on your plane, and then you will go fly. You will have to take off and land in controlled airspace and do at least one emergency procedure. He will most likely want you to do a soft or short field take off and landing, do turns around a point, and crosswind landing. My flight test was just about two hours total.

    I'm a private pilot, have owned 3 airplanes, and I'm a former Air Traffic Controller. So you can listen to those guys that posted above, or listen to me. But the best thing to do, if you are really considering being a pilot, is go to http://www.beapilot.com and check it out.
     
  10. rydextillxixdiex

    rydextillxixdiex Newbie

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    I have my private. I would recommend more than the 40 hours required flying dual with an instructor, and you can expect to pay around $200 an hour for private lessons. The location, company, and plane will also effect the per/hour rate. In addition to in-air training, you will have to go through extensive ground training and it is a lot of book work and studying. You can teach yourself all of this by reading textbooks and testbooks, but I recommend taking a ground course in which a professional teaches the class.

    I absolutely love my pilots licence, and it was worth every penny of it. That is one less thing on my to do list, next is to learn how to make some green online!
     
  11. greyhatdude

    greyhatdude Regular Member

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    I'm not a pilot but I've taken a few classes. It was fricking expensive and the Cherokee I was training in went down three weeks after I quit, along with my CFI and 2 friends. It has been 7 years since that crash and I'm just now starting to think about it again. To answer your question, it depends on what you're interested in piloting. For a Private Pilots license you're looking at $200ish USD per hour depending on what you rent and where you train, the hourly rate is divided between aircraft rental fees and the instructors hourly rate. There are a few schools that do it for a flat rate and some that guarantee your license within a certain number of days/hours. The cheapest option is a Sport Pilot license which is at least 20 hours, but that only allows you to fly VFR during the day, with one passenger, and restricts the kind of aircraft you can fly (which in turn restricts the speed and altitude you can fly at). The next step up is Private Pilot (40+ hours) which everyone else has been telling you about, then IFR (another 20 hours?) which is what you need to fly using instruments. Then you can go commercial and/or get your instructor (CFI) qualifications, and you can also get different checkouts on the way - taildragger, high performance, etc and you can take specialized classes, too - unusual attitude training = spin/stall training would be smart. I figure that if I make enough to buy a plane, then I'll start taking classes again. But not until then.