Frequently Asked Questions and Answers

How much does it cost?
Is gas included in the plane price?
Can I finance it?
How long does it take?
What do I need?
How much does it cost to stay an active pilot?

Q. How much does it cost?

A. This depends on what airplane you fly and how many hours it takes. Also don't forget you can finance. The minimum required by the FAA is 40 hours of flight time and 20 hours of instruction. There are several different planes each with different costs that you can learn to fly in. Additionally you can either do ground school with an instructor or there is a CD kit we suggests that has 20 hours of instruction included. Overall, to earn your private certificate, you may expect to pay around $7000 depending on your abilities and the aircraft you choose to fly.

Q. Is gas included in the plane price?

A. Yes, at HAS, there are no extra charges for fuel. The rental airplane is said to come "wet" when fuel is included in the rental price.

Q. Can I finance it?

A. Yes, there are several opportunities for loans and scholarships. One of the best resources to find information is through the AOPA.

Q. How long does it take?

A. It's recommended that you do 30 1.5 hours lessons 3 times a week.  Doing this you would get done in 10 weeks. However if you only do 2 or 1 per week it'll take you 15-30 weeks.

Q. What do I need?

A. See our supplies webpage.

Q. How much does it cost to stay an active pilot?

A. Every two years you need to have a flight review with an instructor, it's called a biannual flight review. This is one hour on the ground and one hour in the air of instruction. So at our current rates $60+$94 = $156 or < $6.50/month.Additionally you will need to keep your medical current which is $80 once every three years or $2.22/month. So you can stay legal and active for less than $9 per month. However there are certain restrictions. If you want to take passengers the FAA requires 3 takeoffs and landings in the past 90 days, or to rent an airplane requires 1 insurance checkout every 12 months.