Learning to fly is not an endeavor restricted to young, twenty-something males with eagle-eyed vision and lightning quick reflexes. That myth was squelched many years ago. Men and women of all ages, backgrounds and abilities have taken on the challenge and succeeded. Obtaining a private pilot certificate does require a focused effort and dedication. It is not equivalent to learning to operate an automobile in the two-dimensional environment of humans. There is a certain amount of “rewiring” of the brain required to comfortably and safely function in the three dimensional avian world. On top of that you will have to grasp the fundamentals of basic aerodynamics and meteorology to pass your FAA check ride.
Peruse our FAQ’s for answers to some of the common questions that people have. If you cannot find an answer, please phone us (208.344.5401), use the adjacent form to send a message, or drop by our facilities for a visit. We understand the many questions you may have and are happy to sit down and discuss each one to your satisfaction.
How long does it take to get a license?
About how much does it cost to get a private pilot’s license?
Won’t it cost more learning to fly from Boise’s airport than Nampa or Caldwell?
What can I do with a private pilot’s license?
What if I want to make flying a career?
It all begins with that private pilot’s license. Then you move on to an instrument rating. That will cost about the same amount as the private license, but will allow you to fly in the clouds. After that, at 250 hours, you can earn a commercial pilot’s license. No, I’m afraid it’s going to take more than that to get hired by United. What can you legally do with a commercial certificate? You can go on to get a flight instructor’s certificate. A lot of airline captains earned experience by teaching others. You can give sightseeing flights if you don’t go over 25 miles from your home airport. You can tow banners or gliders. You can fly parachutists. You can fly power line and pipeline patrol. Not a lot, eh? For the airlines, you’re going to need lots of time and experience to get hired. How you get that is very individual. Flying air taxi (which requires another certificate), freight, instructing, military experience; there’s no one way to get that United job. But it can be done if you really want it.
How does Ponderosa Aero Club work?
How do I pay for my flight training?
What are your instructor rates?
Primary training • $42/hr
Advanced ratings, endorsements • $45/hr
Multi-engine • $55/hr
Backcountry instruction • $55/hr