I think we all fantasize about having the chutzpah to jump out of an airplane, go bungee jumping, or driving a race car. Most of us never think about piloting a plane. We’re so sure that the requirements are both too expensive and that we need to be in much better physical shape. According to the Universal Flight Training website, to begin this journey you must first have a “Discovery Flight”, which entails going up with an instructor and getting the feel for what flying a plane is all about.
The next step is to complete your Private Pilot Flight Training with an instructor. There’s actually a curriculum put together by the Universal Flight Training people to ensure you learn all you need to be a safe and assured pilot. Training certification can be earned in the following
categories: Private Pilot, Multi-engine Rating, Instrument Rating, Commercial Pilot, Ground School and Flight Instructor. All these trainings are approved and given credential credibility by the FAA.
Although the national average time in the air required to earn your Private Pilot Certification is just 40 hours, some training centers would rather you have 75 hours in order to make sure you can handle any problem that may arise. They boast the best and newest planes and all repairs are done right here at the APP/Jet Center at the Sarasota/Bradenton Airport.
So, I thought, the dream is attainable. If you click on the website where it says cost breakdowns for each of the above certifications, I’d say it’s less than the price of today’s college education. Complete training for the Private Pilot’s license is under $9,000. The Instrument Rating Course is about the same price, and only the Commercial Pilot’s License course jumps to $30,000 because there’s a lot more required. There is a discount if you have put in 250 hours. The discount is $5000.
I don’t know about you, but even if I had the money to do any of the pilot training, I still am a scared weenie when it comes to ANY kind of plane. A small plane accident these days sometimes means sudden death to all those onboard. But it isn’t my dream to be a pilot, and to those Sarasota folk who want to tackle their pilot’s license, you can do it all right here in town:
Universal Flight Training, 1234 Clyde Jones Road, Sarasota, Florida 34243
Phone: (941) 388-8966
For More Information and to sign up, visit the Universal Flight Training Website.