Have you ever wondered what it’s like to fly an airplane? Have you ever longed to feel the freedom of a bird? Then you should consider learning how to fly. At Tulip City Air Service you can learn how to fly safely and have fun doing it. Your flight instructor will teach you all the basics about aerodynamics, flight rules, navigation, talking on the radio, and many other things. If this seems overwhelming, it really isn’t because your professional instructor will take you through the whole process step by step.

Minimum flight training requirements

(Private Pilot Certificate):

Dual training (at least) 20 hours
Solo training (at least) 10 hours
Total Training 40 hours

Aircraft rental rates:

C152 $95.00
C172 $145.00

Instructor rates:

Primary $48.50/hour
Advanced $59.00/hour
CFI $69.00/hour


Flight training – $6500-$11,500 for the Private Pilot Rating, depending on actual flight time and aircraft type. Private Pilot knowledge test materials – varies depending on the publisher.

* Costs are approximate depending on the type of aircraft used and actual flight times.

How to get started:

One way to get started is to go on a discovery flight where you can explore the field of aviation and get your hands on the controls.
Cessna 152 Discovery flight $95
Cessna 172 Discovery Flight $125


Payment is due at the completion of each lesson, unless you put money on account or secure your account with a credit card.

How long will it take me to learn to fly?
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requires at least 40 hours of training time (at least 20 with your instructor and at least 10 by yourself) but the national average is more like 60-70 hours. Your instructor will probably recommend two or three times a week, for two hour lessons at a time. Based on this schedule, it is possible to get your license in three to four months.

How much will it cost me?
The cost of learning to fly varies according to your location, but generally runs from $6,500-11,500.

What are the steps in learning to fly?
Once you begin flying lessons, you work toward your first solo and the written exam. You then work on cross country flying, and then you polish up your skills for the check ride.

What does a first solo consist of?
When your instructor decides you are ready, your instructor will give you a pre-solo written exam to determine your knowledge is adequate for solo flight. Once you’ve completed and reviewed your written exam, your instructor will sign your logbook stating you are competent to complete solo flight. Then you’re off. On your first solo, you are usually instructed to make three takeoffs and (obviously) three landings.

When can I solo?
When you can complete all of the pre-solo maneuvers to check ride standards, and your instructor determines you are well prepared.

What is the check ride?
The check ride incorporates both an oral portion and a practical portion. During the oral portion, the designated pilot examiner will ask you questions pertaining to the pilot license you are applying for. During the practical portion, you will complete all of the designated maneuvers.

When can I take my friends along?
You will be able to take your friends along once you earn your private pilot certificate.

What is the best time of the year to learn to fly?
Each season has its advantages – summer provides long days; fall and winter allow improved flight performance due to cool air; spring combines a little of both advantages. So, whenever you get the urge to take flight, it is probably the right time.

When can I fly at night?
Your training will include some night flight, and after you get your license, there will be no night restrictions.

How do I learn to fly in the clouds?
Once you’ve earned your private license, you can begin working on your instrument rating. In order to get your instrument rating, you have to pass another written test and another check ride.

What kind of airplane will I learn on?
This will vary among flight schools, but special training aircraft are made by Beechcraft, Cessna, and Piper. Tulip City Air Service uses the Cessna aircraft.

What are the physical/medical requirements for flying?
Before your first solo, you have to pass a medical exam given by an FAA-approved physician. There are certain conditions that might prevent you from passing the exam, such as high blood pressure or severe vision problems. If you’re in doubt about your physical eligibility, it would be wise to check it out before investing in flight lessons.


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