What Is the Process of Learning to Fly and How Long Does It Take?

Depending on the type of certificate you aim for, the process of learning how to fly can vary in length and difficulty. Although some beginning pilots might need almost a year before they can earn their license, in some cases, based on performance and the frequency of your flights, you can get through the entire training process in just a few weeks.

Before getting to fly advanced private jets, you’ll normally need to cover basic flight on small aircraft designed for beginners. The minimum of hours required for training is 20 hours, if you choose the most basic, Sport Pilot Certificate. If you’re interested in the Recreational or Private Pilot Certificate, the total amount of time you have to train will be about 30 hours.

Based on how spread out your flight hours are, you might need additional training sessions to grasp all the concepts and develop the dexterity level necessary for seamless flight control. Some aviation programs will offer instructive flight simulator training as well to enhance cor­rect air­craft tech­niques and procedures. Most pilots will get their certificates in about 30-40 hours of flight.

The problem here is that, if you only fly once per week, you will likely need a few training sessions just to learn and relearn some of the basic principles of flight. As a result, pilots who schedule frequent training sessions will be much more likely to get through the process faster, and schedule their first solo flight in record time.

Originally Posted over here: What Is the Process of Learning to Fly and How Long Does It Take?

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