Sunshine Flyers

Part 61 Flight School

Sport Pilot License

 

               First, you must be at least 17 years of age to get a Sport Pilot License and you must pass both a knowledge test and a practical test. To get a Sport Pilot License, you must have at least 20 hours of flight time total and within those 20 hours you must include at least 15 hours of flight training from an authorized instructor and at least 5 hours of solo time. Those hours will be a compilation of 2 hours of cross-country flight training, 10 takeoffs and landings to a full stop, one solo cross-country flight of at least 75 nautical miles total distance, and at least 2 hours of flight training with an instructor in preparation for the practical test within the preceding 2 calendar months from the test. Aside from the flight training portion of your license, you must also complete a ground school portion that will prepare you for the FAA knowledge test at the end. Once you get your Sport Pilot License, you will be allowed to fly at any time during the day when skies are clear and visibility is unobstructed with only one passenger and only in a light sport aircraft. This is a great license for drone/UAV pilots who are required to have a pilot’s license or for anyone interested in learning to fly for the simple pleasure of flying. The Light Sport License also does not require that you have a medical, so for those who are unable to get a medical, you can still fly with us.

Instrument Rating 

 

            Pursuing an instrument rating is a good choice for any pilot, especially those who are interested in furthering their training and licenses. An instrument rating allows pilots to fly even during poor weather when visibility is near to zero due to clouds or fog. It can be a handy tool in the bag for leaving an airport that is fogged in when the rest of the flight route is clear and sunny. In order to obtain an instrument rating, the individual must already have a private pilots license or be training toward a license. A knowledge test and practical test will be involved for the certification process. During your training, you will learn to navigate using Instrument Flight Rules (IFR), make instrument approaches to landing, communicate with Air Traffic Control throughout IFR procedures, and interpret more advanced weather systems. Good aeronautical decision making is critical as an instrument pilot. The Instrument Rating is said to be one of the more challenging ones to get due to the differences between VFR and IFR flight. For this reason, budget about $8,000 for training. 

 Student Pilot License

          

        The Student Pilot License used to be attached to the Airmen's Medical Certificate and both were issued at the same time when you got your medical certificate. As of April 1, 2016, the FAA now requires that the student pilot certificate be separate from the medical certificate. The application for the student pilot license must be filled out online and signed by your certified flight instructor. Once you have completed the application, the FAA will review it and mail you your student pilot license within three weeks. Unlike the student certificate in the past, this one comes in the form of a plastic card and it never expires. Before, it was beneficial to wait until you were ready to begin training before getting your medical/student pilot license because it would expire within two to five years depending on the applicant's age. Now, it is the opposite. It is most beneficial to apply for and get your student pilot license before your training so you will already have it when you do become ready.

Complex Rating

 

        In order for an aircraft to qualify as a complex aircraft, it must be fitted with retractable gear, a constant speed propeller, and flaps. Our Piper Arrow II is a complex airplane. Pilots may pursue their complex rating by being checked out in this complex airplane. The training required for this rating continues up to proficiency and only requires a logbook endorsement for a pilot to fly complex airplanes. This rating may be acquired within about 10 hours. With retractable gear and constant speed prop, complex airplanes are great for vacation or business travel. For budgeting purposes only, set aside $2,200 for proficiency training.

CFI Rating

 

         In order to apply for your Certified Flight Instructor Rating, you will need a commercial pilot's license and an instrument rating. During your training, you will need to pass a written test and a practical and oral test. Your training will consist of knowledge based learning on the fundamentals of lesson planning, classroom training techniques and the learning process. You will also learn to fly and teach from the right seat of the airplane all of the techniques you learned during your private pilot training but in addition, you will learn to perform and recover from spins. Instructing is highly rewarding and it can be a great way to accumulate hours while working toward a further aviation goal. The great thing about CFI training is that much of it is done on the ground with an instructor. For this reason, the training is less expensive for the hours accumulated. For budgeting purposes only, set aside $4,500 for CFI training.

Commercial Pilot License

 

           If you want to make money doing what you love, the commercial pilot license is for you. The FAA requires that you hold a commercial license in order to receive money in compensation for the sole purpose of conducting a flight or flight training. The process for obtaining your commercial license includes passing a written test and learning commercial flight maneuvers. You have to have at least 250 hours of flight time total and  part of the training must be conducted in a complex aircraft. These hours must consist of solo flight, cross country flight, instrument training, and night flying. It is not required that you have your instrument rating before you get your commercial license, but it is expected and highly recommended by any employer seeking to hire you for piloting. For budgeting purposes, set aside $3,000 for commercial training.

Private Pilot License

 

          Earning your Private Pilot's license is an engaging process and requires time and commitment. It is one of the most fulfilling achievements you will ever attain. The Federal Aviation Administration requires that you have at least 40 hours of flight time to earn your pilot's license; however, the national average to become proficient enough to pass the practical test is closer to 65-75 hours. You will also be required to pass a written test. For this you can buy ground school books and study them on your own, you can take an online class, or you can enroll in one of the ground schools that we offer. During your flight training, you will be required to have at least 20 hours of flight instruction with an instructor and at least 10 hours of solo flight. Within this training time, you must log time executing flight maneuvers, flight in reference solely to instrument, night flying, and cross country flight to airports that are 50 nautical miles away or farther. Once your flight training is complete, you will take a practical test showing a flight examiner your abilities in the air as well as an oral test where you will demonstrate your ground school knowledge. We'll take you step by step through the process and once you're done, you'll know it was all worth it. For every expense you will encounter including Ground School, Medical Certificate, miscellaneous supplies, and practical test, we have approximated the cost of your Private Pilot's License to be $13,000.