FAQ

Below is a list of questions frequently questions. 

What are the requirements?

There are three basic requirements for learning to fly powered airplanes in the United States. First, you have to be at least 17 years old to beocme a pilot, however flight training can start earlier. Second, you have to be in good health. And third, you have to be able to read, speak, and understand the English language.

How do I start flight training?

You can schedule an introductory flight, it is a 45 minute flight that costs $139. Beverly Flight Center offers an introductory package, which includes the introductory flight, 2 hours of flight time, 1 hour of ground instruction, an Airplane Flying Handbook and a leather logbook. 

What do I need to start my flight training?

When you come to our office for your introductory flight, we will have you fill out basic information such as your address, phone number, and an emergency contact. For your second flight, you will need to bring in proof of citizenship, such as a birth certificate or U.S passport. Your instructor will have to give you a TSA endorsement in your logbook for your second flight stating you are a U.S citizen.

What if I am not a U.S citizen?

If you are not a U.S citizen, you will still be able to take your introductory flight. In order to continue after your first flight, you will have to go to www.flightschoolcandidates.gov and apply for flight training at the Beverly Flight Center. The process of getting approved could take a few weeks. 

How difficult is it?

As with any other skill you master, flying is learned step by step. It’s a fascinating experience, yet not particularly difficult. It can be learned by practically anyone who is willing to invest some time and effort. Pilot training has two aspects: ground training and flight training. Ground training takes place in a classroom, and covers such areas as rules and regulations, flight planning, navigation, radio procedures, and weather. In the flight training phase, you learn to fly by actually controlling an airplane yourself.

Do I need special skills to fly?

No. Perhaps the most important element in successfully learning to fly is sheer desire and passion. Once you’re ready to invest your time and effort in learning to fly, it’s time to go ahead and take the first steps!

How long will it take?

Unfortunately, there is no definite answer to this question, nor should anyone start their pilot training with this question constantly lurking in their mind. Everyone learns differently, and there is no way around that. The regulations only require a pilot applicant to complete 40 hours of flight before taking the practical test. However, a more realistic average is about 75 hours of flight time. It depends on how often you can fly, and how dedicated you are to the training.

How much will all of this cost?

The cost of flight training varies. Fuel prices, maintenance, and insurance costs are but a few of the variables. To receive adequate and safe pilot training, you can expect to spend around $12,000-$15,000 when all is said and done. No matter the cost, becoming a pilot is a solid investment in your future.

Is flying safe?

General Aviation airplanes are built to rigid federal specifications, and they are constantly checked and rechecked to make sure they are both mechanically and structurally safe. People who fly are safety conscious. Safety is the most important word in the aviation vocabulary, and is the basis for all of your training.

What happens after I get my pilot’s license?

Though it sounds cliché, this is where you will learn even more about flying. Now that you have your license, a whole new freedom has been opened up to you. Do you want to fly to Maine for breakfast? Go right ahead. Or how about commuting to your next business meeting above all the traffic? With a pilot’s license, the possibilities are nearly endless.