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Old 07-26-2009, 03:33 PM
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Originally Posted by Chance View Post
I believe I was somewhere around 55-60 hours when I got my certificate.


30 Jan. 2009
I had ~56 hours for the private pilot certificate. Not bad for learning in a complex aircraft.


Anyone else learn in a complex aircraft?
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Old 07-26-2009, 10:24 PM
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I was in the low 60's, but i had to switch instructors b/c of scheduling issues. It took me around 8 months to finish.
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Old 07-26-2009, 10:36 PM
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I'm looking at 68 hrs and 8 months.

My problem is an instructor that "milked" time.

Once I started questioning them my time got more productive.

Probably cost me 10 hrs, before I caught on.
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Old 07-27-2009, 01:51 AM
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Originally Posted by BlaznZ06 View Post
I'm looking at 68 hrs and 8 months.

My problem is an instructor that "milked" time.

Once I started questioning them my time got more productive.

Probably cost me 10 hrs, before I caught on.
they're dirty bastards.
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Old 07-27-2009, 08:15 AM
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I was ready for my check ride at 52 hrs.. Still have to get out and do that.. Many people told me to take the written as early as possible and I didn't listen.. Trust me, do that first..
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Old 07-27-2009, 11:13 PM
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I was ready for my check ride at 52 hrs.. Still have to get out and do that.. Many people told me to take the written as early as possible and I didn't listen.. Trust me, do that first..
the written is easy. just look at old tests. they use the same exact questions over and over and over.
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Old 07-28-2009, 06:56 AM
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Originally Posted by rbridges View Post
the written is easy. just look at old tests. they use the same exact questions over and over and over.
Years ago and I would think it was still similar today. There were 6 or 7 tests with the same type of questions. Answers vary but the thought process to those answers is the same.
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Old 07-28-2009, 07:17 AM
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Originally Posted by Lionsden View Post
I had ~56 hours for the private pilot certificate. Not bad for learning in a complex aircraft.


Anyone else learn in a complex aircraft?
It wasn't complex, but it was a 180 hp conversion in a C172 with a constant speed prop, so there was a little more to learn.
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Old 07-28-2009, 08:07 AM
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Originally Posted by Lionsden View Post
Years ago and I would think it was still similar today. There were 6 or 7 tests with the same type of questions. Answers vary but the thought process to those answers is the same.
I bought the jeppesen kit that included old test questions. Everything was exactly the same. Even the King videos (with footage from last century ) used examples that I saw on my test.

I read my textbook from cover to cover, just in case and also b/c it's important, but any shmuck that reads old tests could easily pass it. I believe someone just reading the book would do worse than someone just reading old tests.
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Old 07-28-2009, 08:42 AM
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Don't forget about the Sport Pilot license. Takes less time, but puts limits on what and when you can fly.

http://www.sportpilot.org/learn/fina..._synopsis.html
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Old 08-17-2009, 09:08 PM
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I was able to get my private in 36 hours. I was fortunate enough to have the same instructor the entire time and flew twice a week. The average today is 50-60 hours. I got my license in 84 and love to fly just as much today as then. Flying has enabled me to have some really nice weekend trips. Do it and good luck.
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Old 08-17-2009, 09:55 PM
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I soloed at 13 hours and got my private pilot rating at 49 hours. I was ready at the minimum of 45 hours, but the examiner kept rescheduling, so I kept practicing. Still do.
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Old 08-18-2009, 08:46 AM
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42 hours(including the flight to the DPE) in 29 days for the private.

If only 40 wasn't the minimum I could have done it sooner.
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Old 08-18-2009, 09:48 AM
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It took me about 50 hours, don't get to fly much anymore, but I am glad I have it.
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