This afternoon marks a momentous event in my life…I took my oral test and check ride this afternoon. As of noon on October 29th, 413 days after I took my first lesson, I am a certificated private pilot.
It’s a euphoric feeling to have accomplished a life long goal. All day toady I’ve been say “I can’t believe that I’m a pilot!”. I’m ready to begin exploring anywhere I can, and I’ll be starting with my first $100 lunch trip to Lake Havasu City tomorrow.
Here is a summary of my costs and experience up until this point:
Days since first lesson: 413
Landings: [Day 210] [Night 11]
Flight Hours: 55.6 (12.7 solo)
Ground School Hours: 42.8
Airplane Rental Cost: $5,942.70
Instructor Cost: $1,455.00
Ground School Cost: $240.00
Equipment and Books Cost: $744.41
Written Exam Cost: $140.00
Oral/Practical Exam Cost: $450.00
Total Cost to Date: $8,972.11
Being able to train on the weekends was very important to me, as I work 40+ hour and I’m a full-time student. My girlfriend and I also like to vacation about one weekend a month, so I pretty much used the few weekends that were left to train. I know that the length of time to obtain a license can be significantly shorter for someone that really focused and trained multiple time a week, but that just wasn’t and option for me.
Whats next? This hole process has inspired me to strive to become a Certified Flight Instructor. I would love to teach people to fly as a part-time hobby, and getting paid to fly isn’t that bad either. I think the first logical step to making this goal happen would be to get instrument rated.
I will continue to write about my flying adventures because I am so passionate about it. I love to share aviation with anyone who will listen, and writing online helps me reach people that are interested. I look forward to the trips to come and sharing them here.
May the wind always be at your back, except when you’re landing. Happy flying everyone :)