Well first you need decide what you want to fly. The FAA's rules for obtaining a pilot's license (certificate) differ depending on the type of aircraft you want to become a pilot. You can choose among airplanes, gyroplanes, helicopters, gliders, balloons, or airships. If you are interested in flying ultralight vehicles, you don't need a pilot's license.
You should also decide what type of flying you want to do. Several different types of pilot's licenses, offer differing advantages from student pilot all the way up to airline transport pilot. The information below describes what is required to be eligible the training, experience, and the testing requirements for Student Pilots, Recreational Pilots and Private Pilots.
Is it hard to learn to fly?
No. Any one of our flight training centers here at the Orlando Apopka Airport can get you flying fast! It's fun, and from the beginning of your training, you get to do most of the flying, from the pilots seat! Best of all at the Orlando Apopka Airport you have uncontrolled airspace, so you won't have long and I might add, costly delays on the ground. Long delays on the ground do nothing to help teach you about flying, they just waste your money. Come on out to the Orlando Apopka Airport, learn to fly, have fun and save some money.
When can I start?
You can learn to fly right away. All you have to do is contact one of our flight training centers here at the Orlando Apopka Airport Apopka Aviation or First Landings and sign up for an introductory lesson. You don't have to have a student pilot's certificate or a medical certificate to take flying lessons. Of course, you won't be able to fly solo until you do.
How many lessons do I have to take before I solo?
It depends on you, the type of aircraft you chose and the frequency of your your training lesson's. Your instructor must make sure you have learned to perform certain maneuvers before allowing you to solo. These maneuvers include safe takeoffs and landings.
Also, you'll have to get a medical certificate and a student pilot's certificate to fly solo.
Is flying safe?
Yes. A well-built and well-maintained aircraft flown by a competent and prudent pilot is as safe or safer than many other forms of transportation.
If engine failure occurs, what will happen?
Today aircraft engines are reliable and failure rarely occurs. However, you will learn what to do in this situation, including selecting a good landing area and landing safe.