Can I learn to fly?
How difficult is it?
As with many other skills you master, flying is learned one step at a time. It’s a fascinating experience, but it’s not particularly difficult and 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 outside the airplane, covering flight rules and regulations, flight planning, navigation, radio procedures, weather and more. Flight training will teach you how to fly by actually controlling the airplane yourself. Under the supervision of a certified flight instructor, you will learn to take off, land, fly and navigate between many different points.
Millions of people have learned to fly. By the time you’re ready for your private pilot certificate, you’ll be secure in the knowledge that you’re a safe and competent pilot, ready to learn more each time you fly!
Does flying require special skills?
What will my first flight be like?
To begin your first lesson, your instructor will introduce you to the airplane you’ll learn in. You’ll be briefed on the instruments, controls, and equipment in the plane and on what to watch for when you’re flying.
After this pre-flight briefing, the two of you will take off. Once aloft, under the expert supervision of your instructor, you’ll take control of the airplane. It will probably be unlike anything you’ve experienced before. Soon you’ll feel the exhilaration – and like many before you, you'll find yourself looking anxiously forward to your next flight!
What happens once I’ve earned my Pilot’s license?
In short, you’ll never be quite the same person you were before. You will have access to a whole new world of personal freedom - thinking of travel in terms of flight hours, not miles. You’ll know what it means to make your own schedules, go your own way, far above the crowds, the congestion, the hassle, and the annoyances of ordinary transportation.
You’ll likely find a new sense of personal fulfillment in your ever-growing flying skills. You’ll push the old boundaries of your life forward and have the opportunity to plan, seek, and find new experiences that will enrich your life in countless ways. You’ll gain greater self-reliance and confidence as well (after all, how many of your friends can claim to be pilots?).
Through your own initiative and effort, you’ll soon be a master of our 20th century’s most distinctive and rewarding art – flying.
Is flying safe?
It’s often been said that the most dangerous part of a flight is the drive to the airport, and statistics tend to support that folksy wisdom. General aviation airplanes are built to rigid federal specifications, and they are constantly checked and rechecked to make sure they are mechanically and structurally safe. People who fly tend to be especially safety conscious, and as the pilot-in-command of an airplane, you’re also in command of most variables that affect flying safely. Safety is the most important word in the general aviation vocabulary.
During training, your flight instructor will emphasize the skills and practices needed to operate the airplane safely. Flying as pilot-in-command of an airplane puts you in charge. A well-built and well-maintained airplane in the hands of a competent, prudent, and well-trained pilot makes flying safer than many other forms of transportation.
The aircraft that you will be flying here at Frederick Flight Center are maintained to the highest industry standards. All of our technicians are highly trained and FAA-certified. Frederick Flight Center has its own maintenance facility and staff dedicated to the maintenance of our aircraft.
What if the engine quits?
An aircraft engine is a piece of finely built machinery that is designed to keep running. If the improbable should happen, however, you won’t simply fall out of the sky, Without engine power, your airplane descends slowly and smoothly in a well controlled glide. If this ever happens, you’ll simply select the nearest safe landing site and land there without power - a skill you will practice with your instructor.
Do I need to buy an airplane?
How much will it cost?
Is financing available?
Yes! We coordinate with multiple programs to assist pilots in achieving their goals. The easiest and most direct is through Pilot Finance, Inc. who offers affordable flight training financing. With no maximum account size and an easy application process, Pilot Finance is a fast and no-hassle way to start your flight training. To apply, ask for the simple two page application at the front desk or from your instructor. Typical approval time is between 24-48 hours, so you could be only two days away from achieving your goal of flight.
Other methods involve being enrolled in a College program of study either through our affiliation with Utah Valley State College and their “distance-education” aviation program, or through our affiliation with the Community College of Baltimore County, or the University of Maryland, Eastern Shore. See the Chief or Assistant Chief Flight Instructor for information regarding the loan programs available through those organizations.