Frequently Asked Questions
Can I fly?
You must be at least 16 years old to solo, and 17 years old to get your license. In addition, you must read, speak, and understand the English language. We happily prepare younger pilots for their solo and/or checkride, and it's never too late to start! Students from 9 to 90 years old have trained here at Texas Aviation Academy.
Do I have to be in good health?
In order to be a pilot you will have to obtain a medical examination with an FAA approved physician. Medical conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, deafness, blindness in one eye, certain cardiac conditions, and even amputations can be granted a waiver by the FAA if they are demonstrated to be under control or are otherwise shown as not to interfere with your ability to operate an aircraft.
How many hours will it take to get my license?
The number of flight hours needed to get your license varies from student to student, but the FAA requires a minimum of 40 hours (10 solo, 20 dual, 10 additional of either). Here at Texas Aviation Academy, our students are averaging 50-55 hours to obtain a Private Pilot Certificate.
When will I train?
The flight training is the most obvious part of learning to fly and is certainly the most exciting. We fly Monday through Saturday, and our lessons are scheduled in 2-hour blocks on the even hours (8-10AM, 10AM-12PM, 12PM-2PM 2PM-4PM, 4PM-6PM, & 6PM-8PM) whenever you can train. We are committed to making your flight training possible, whatever your schedule. We recommend training as consistantly as you are able...this not only minimizes gaps between lessons and consequently lost proficiency, it also helps reduce any delays in training that may occur if bad weather or aircraft maintenance results in lessons being canceled.
How is ground school conducted?
Ground training is individualized. The more you study on your own, the less expensive your training will be. If you prefer, our instructors will be happy to teach you everything you need to learn. We highly encourage you to use the Computer Based Instruction (CBI) kit to minimize the cost and increase the efficiency of your training.
What are the final steps in obtaining my license?
After completing flight training and ground school, you will have to pass a FAA written exam. After you pass, you will be given an oral exam by an FAA Designated Pilot Examiner. After the oral exam, you'll go up in the air to show the examiner you are competent and safe to fly. After passing the check-ride you will receive your Private Pilot License.
What happens in the air?
You start by learning the basics: climbs, descents, turns to headings, take-offs and landings. We'll teach you how to handle emergencies, what to do in the event of an inflight emergency, and how to talk to Air Traffic Control. About halfway through training you'll complete your first solo, learn how to fly cross-contry, fly at night, and make sure you are prepared to take your checkride!
How much will it cost?
There is no easy answer. Cost of training depends on which plane you fly, how often you fly, what the weather is like (to a limited extent), how hard you study, and how quickly you learn & gain proficiency in the cockpit.
What does it take to rent?
Rental check-out is a simple process. You will fill out our Customer Data Form, provide us with copies of your Pilot Certificate, current FAA medical, and photo ID. You will complete a rental checkout with one of our Certified Flight Instructors, usually a hour ground and a hour flight. Once our instructor signs you off, you will be current with us for 45 days, and able to rent our aircraft .