How do I start?
Before you invest your time and money in learning how to fly, you need
to decide if flying is for you. The only way to truly tell if you want
to learn to fly is to get up there and fly an airplane. Book an intro
flight with Meriden Aviation Center today to get started.
How do I pursue my Private Pilot Certificate?
Sign up for ground school or study on your own for the FAA written exam.
Start taking flight lessons with a Meriden Aviation Center CFI. FAA min 40hrs
dual flight training to prepare for the FAA Checkride.
- Headset - You will need a headset to communicate with your flight
instructor and any passengers in the airplane. This is one of the more
expensive investments you will make but one of the most important too.
- VFR Sectional Chart - This is a map used to navigate.
- E6B - An aviation calculator. There are paper ones and electronic
ones. Talk to your instructor to see which one best suites your needs.
- Protractor - We use a protractor to plot courses and figure out distances.
- A Knee board - You'll want an easy way to take notes while flying.
A knee board helps you organize your cockpit and keeps a piece of paper
and a pen handy to jot down notes.
- Flight Bag - Finally you'll need a place to put all of this stuff.
A sturdy flight bag is useful for organizing your flight gear.
How much does the training cost?
Based on national averages of 50-70 hrs of dual training, aircraft
rental the average range for training for Private Pilot License is
between $10,000-14,000. Cost varies based on students’ ability to
take lessons consistently and overall ability.
What are some of the terms I will hear during my training at Meriden Aviation Center?
(FAA) Federal Aviation Administration
This is the government agency that oversees and regulates all things related to air travel and safety in the USA.
(PPL) Private Pilot License
This is the most common and usually the first certificate that student
pilot will obtain. It allows you to fly just about anywhere as long as
the weather is nice.
Sport Pilot License
This is a newer certificate that allows a person to become a pilot. It
requires less training hours and the cost is less than a PPL but it has
many restrictions. Meriden Aviation Center does not have training programs for the Sport
License at this time.
(CFI) Certified Flight Instructor
This is the person that will be teaching you to fly, a teacher for
pilots. All of our Instructors have been trained at the University level
or trained by a FAA approved professional flight school.
(ATC) Air Traffic Controller
ATC is in charge of all air and ground traffic for a given area around an airport. Not all airfields are ATC controlled.
(VFR) Visual Flight Rules
The FAA has designated rules to determine when a person can fly and
still be safe. The basic license you will complete only allows you to
fly in good weather with very good visibility. Basically, you fly by
looking out the windows.
(IFR) Instrument Flight Rules
This term refers to FAA rules that allow advanced pilots with a specific
license to fly in poor weather or through cloud layers. To sum it up,
you fly strictly with the aircraft’s instruments to guide you.
This is an inspection of the plane a pilot must complete before every
use. The preflight has a checklist that includes all critical parts and
systems to ensure the plane is safe for flight.
(SEL) Single Engine Land
This is the official name of the type of aircraft you will be learning
to fly in. The plane has one engine and is designed for land-based
take-off and landing.
This is a term that is used to describe the most advanced aircraft
instruments available. Glass cockpits have become more available on
newer aircraft and replace the old round dial gauges because they
provide greater visibility, pilot accuracy and improved ease of use.
(PTS) Practical Test Standards
These are the set of rules determined by the FAA to assess a pilot’s
ability to control an aircraft. The pilot must be able to consistently
complete flight maneuvers to at least PTS in order to pass the exam.