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Old 07-24-2009, 01:26 AM
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I was wondering what the average time it took you to get your license. I know 40 hours is the min. I am just trying to get a realistic number. I also know alot depends on yourself. TIA
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Old 07-24-2009, 01:39 AM
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I originally got mine in the then minimum 36-1/2 hrs, courtesy of the Flight Indoctrination Program from the USAF ROTC in 1968.



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PS-I then learned how little I knew about flying when I got to pilot training, but that's another story.



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I would say that you should plan on 60-80 hours. Once you start the training, you need to keep at it until done. If you take a break from training, it will most likely casue you to take longer to complete the training. You will probably have periods of self-doubt, but push on and you will finish. I had 2 strikes against me when I learned to fly... I bought the airplane first and the plane I bought was different from what most people learned in. A very small percentage of the population are pilots, be proud of it.

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I believe I was somewhere around 55-60 hours when I got my certificate.


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Old 07-24-2009, 02:06 AM
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In what?

40 hours does not exist.

Private, Commercial, VFR, IRF, Type rating, etc.

You never get your license, you will always be with an inst.

152 becomes a 182. High wing becomes low.
Single Turbo, Low Performance Twins, High Performance twins, turbo Prop, Jets, etc.

You never get a " license in an airplane". Ya, the Gov. might issue one, but they also issue fishsing licenses, and nobody ever took a test for that, they just paid the tax.

Go to you're local, small, airport.
There are people there that, once they trust you, will give you rides all day long. It's their hobby, and they will love to share it with you.

If they see you have an interest, they will help you out. 40 hours is just the basic, 152, ground school.
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Old 07-24-2009, 02:22 AM
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Originally Posted by cheetah45 View Post
I would say that you should plan on 60-80 hours. Once you start the training, you need to keep at it until done. If you take a break from training, it will most likely casue you to take longer to complete the training. You will probably have periods of self-doubt, but push on and you will finish. I had 2 strikes against me when I learned to fly... I bought the airplane first and the plane I bought was different from what most people learned in. A very small percentage of the population are pilots, be proud of it.

N Dennis
I agree with this 100%, except the part about buying the plane first.
Most, and it's in the 70% range, do not feel comfortable flying by themselves.

The other 30% say "watch this you'all".
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Just to set the record straight...I do not advocate buying the airplane first. That is just the way I went about it. No regrets in the way I did it.

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Old 07-24-2009, 02:53 AM
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I've put alot of carts before the horse in my life, and luckley, I'm still here to type about it.

I have a saying "Not all ideas are good ideas"

I think I gave that saying to myself for my 40th birthday.
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Old 07-24-2009, 03:11 AM
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Learning to fly a Plane is one of the best things I've ever done.
It tought me alot.
Alot about the world and myself.
However..............
I wanted to do it for a living, and I'm glad I did'nt take that route.
I like having a job, a job that depends upon my performance.

Thought about the Priv. thing, but......and this is a big but..........I would only see it as a quick way to get from point A to B.

I can get in a Boat, run it all day, in circles, going no place, and the stress goes away, and I'm happy.
If I had a pilot license I would be using that to get to a boat.
And the boat would be further away.
That is not the reason to fly.

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Old 07-24-2009, 04:50 AM
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I think I took about 65 hours, however I was 17 and working at arbys to pay for it...flew whenever I could afford it. If you fly several times per week you can knock it out pretty quick. Private is easy......ask anyone which rating they will never let lapse.....they will all say CFI......doesn't matter if you dont teach, dont fly, or dont even go to the airport....almost everyone will keep their CFI current because it was so hard to get, so expensive to get and so hard to re-get if it expires.
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Old 07-24-2009, 08:59 AM
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I think it took me about 45 hours over 9 months.
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It took me 60, over a year and a half or so. My training was interrupted by no less than 3 short deployments overseas. I even had to reschedule my check ride due to a short notice TDY. I've had my ticket since 1996.
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Mine took <50 hrs. Big key is to make sure you can schedule your lessons at least twice a week. Especially early on in your training. The more time there is in between lessons, the more you're having to repeat learning each lesson and the more hours it'll take you to get your certificate.
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I think it took me around 62 hours. I was training during the Summer of 2001 and got shut down for a while after the Sept. 11 attacks.
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Had a pocket full of tickets but my last BFR was over 30 yrs ago - would never pass a flight physical now - still miss it.
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Old 07-24-2009, 06:51 PM
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Depends on how often you get to fly, how many instructors you go through.

IF you fly twice a week and keep the same instructor, you could easily do it in 40 if you meant to fly.

I changed instructors 4 times because my work moved me around during mine, and I did it in 65 hours. When you change instructors they take you back a bit and make sure you can do all the stuff you should be proficient in before moving forward.

If you can, don't rush because it is also good to experience as much weather as you can during instruction...because weather can cause a lot of butt pucker...
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Old 07-24-2009, 07:06 PM
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Need to get mine.

I got to take the controls of a Cessna when I was in Penn working for Lycoming.

Real nice feeling doing that
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Ask ole AirBusPilot. He is a legend in his own mind.
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I went to a Part 41 school. I don't have my logs books with me but I think it was 41.5 hours when I got my private license. I had my float rating and was flying a Cessna 180 on floats when I had about 100 hours. I think back on that now and I realize I probably didn't know how scary that is. I have over 1200 hours in Torch II now. I have over 500 hours on floats. My total time now is around 1900 hours. Proficiency is everything in piloting airplanes. I practice constantly. I really enjoy landing and taking off off-airport.
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Old 07-24-2009, 10:09 PM
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The year was 1973 and I did it in about 56 hours. For me the thrill is alive and well - I enjoy the hell out of it. If only I had the time to get to Oshkosh next week.
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