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mike smock
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21/10/2019 9:19 pm  

I would like to try and get my private pilot license but have no idea where to start.  I live in the USA and would anyone have any ideas?


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Andy Kroger
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25/10/2019 3:00 pm  

Mike,

You can look at small airfields near your town and cities for small flight school that offer your PPL. The costs are higher now than before and will cost you about $3,000 for your private pilot liscense. You will basically do your training in a Cessna 182. If you go for a fast track can be down in 2 weeks. But there is no rush!


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ian folan
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20/11/2019 10:10 pm  

@amadeus

WOW !!! 3,000 dollars ? here in England it cost me just under ten thousand , and i did it in 46 hours 

 


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Andy Kroger
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20/11/2019 11:21 pm  

@ian1983

Sorry that is what it cost me back in 1996. It’s higher now I believe just here by me in Florida roughly $7,000-$12,000 depending on where you go. 


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Andy Kroger
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20/11/2019 11:23 pm  
Posted by: @amadeus

Mike,

You can look at small airfields near your town and cities for small flight school that offer your PPL. The costs are higher now than before and will cost you about $3,000 for your private pilot liscense. You will basically do your training in a Cessna 182. If you go for a fast track can be down in 2 weeks. But there is no rush!

sorry this was the cost based in the 1990’s now it’s roughly $7,000-$12,000 for your ppl 40 hours air and ground.


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ian folan
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21/11/2019 11:44 am  

@amadeus

Ah understood , I was wondering maybe that's why European Flight school's send trainee's over to the states . Must be just the good weather over there .


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Andy Kroger
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21/11/2019 1:34 pm  

@ian1983

Back in the early times before gas prices went up. I met my good friends from Stockholm as they came here for a year to get fully licensed at the local flight school down in south Florida. I believe the entire program for them was $80,000. They currently fly for condor and British airlines. Here we have roughly 6 flight schools and there current prices are very high now for full commercial program. It’s $110,000 to $120,000. The higher one is where a lot of the Asia airlines send there training pilots to. It’s a mad house there over 100 trainees and they charge so much for a Cessna 182 wet about $210 an hour wet. 


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ian folan
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21/11/2019 1:45 pm  

@amadeus

At our local ( EGNH ) Blackpool you can rent a C 152 or 150 Aerobat for about 120 an hour wet , but then you have your landing fee's and other thing's to pay for .


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Andy Kroger
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21/11/2019 1:55 pm  

@ian1983

Way cheaper than here, landing fee is roughly $15 but miss the old days of when it was cheaper. When I have to do my recertification I go to a small airport in a city called Ocoee that have truly care about pilots and don’t charge an arm and a leg. But the issue is they are 2 hours away. 


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Andy Kroger
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21/11/2019 1:58 pm  

I have my PPL with roughly 700 hours over the years. Always and still want to be a commercial pilot but the costs are astronomical. JetBlue airlines had a program last year where they hired 6 fresh pilots trainee but I was over qualified for due to having 3 college degrees. They want young 22 year olds for the program.  


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