How to Learn to Fly

The decision to learn to fly is an easy one.  All it requires are two crucial realizations:  the first is “I can learn to fly,” and the second is “I should learn to fly.”  The first realization applies to anyone with a valid U.S. driver’s license, so most likely, you.  The second realization is common sense.  Once you’ve made your decision to learn to fly, you’ll discover that your two enemies are time and money.  Fortunately for you and me, the last decade has brought us the FAA’s creation of the Sport Pilot Category, and the Czech Republic’s creation of the SD-1 Minisport.  These are two huge victories in the fight for easier, more affordable flight, both of which I will be taking full advantage of.

I wish to provide for you on this page exactly what I would have wanted when I was first starting this process:  step-by-step instructions on how to learn to fly with real time and money values so that you can budget it all into your life accurately.

Goal:  Earn a Sport Pilot Certificate in under 3.5 months for under $3.5k


1.  Discovery Flight

2.  Student Pilot Certificate

3.  Sport Pilot Knowledge Test

4.  Flight Training

5.  Practical Test

Also, since I am by no means an exhaustive source of information on this, you should check out other resources such as the EAA and the AOPA.


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