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Private Pilot's License
« on: November 17, 2014, 05:25:02 PM »
Does anyone here have one?

I was wondering how far a pilot could fly himself and/or family for vacation. Could he theoretically go cross country?

I tried searching online but not much info.
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Re: Private Pilot's License
« Reply #1 on: November 17, 2014, 05:29:54 PM »
Does anyone here have one?

I was wondering how far a pilot could fly himself and/or family for vacation. Could he theoretically go cross country?

I tried searching online but not much info.

My brother has one.. Going to work on mine hopefully in the next year or two..

Depending which license you have, the most basic one you can fly however far the plane gets you. And yes, you can fly family..
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Re: Private Pilot's License
« Reply #2 on: November 17, 2014, 05:33:26 PM »
Does anyone here have one?

I was wondering how far a pilot could fly himself and/or family for vacation. Could he theoretically go cross country?

I tried searching online but not much info.
Theoretically you can fly across the country (assuming the plane lets you or with stops for refueling). Practically you are bound to come across weather and a long trip and may want to get your instrument rating first.
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Re: Private Pilot's License
« Reply #3 on: November 17, 2014, 05:35:12 PM »

the most basic one you can fly however far the plane gets you.
which isn't very far, usually a couple hundred miles at best

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Re: Private Pilot's License
« Reply #4 on: November 17, 2014, 05:38:55 PM »
Theoretically you can fly across the country (assuming the plane lets you or with stops for refueling). Practically you are bound to come across weather and a long trip and may want to get your instrument rating first.
Do people with license actually use it to go places? Or is it generally to go up on a sunday and do loop-de-loops?
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Re: Private Pilot's License
« Reply #5 on: November 17, 2014, 05:39:56 PM »
Do people with license actually use it to go places? Or is it generally to go up on a sunday and do loop-de-loops?
I had a friend who had one and used to rent a plane to fly to FL for the day.
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Re: Private Pilot's License
« Reply #7 on: November 17, 2014, 05:42:18 PM »
Does anyone here have one?

I was wondering how far a pilot could fly himself and/or family for vacation. Could he theoretically go cross country?

I tried searching online but not much info.
You can get all the info you want by calling the flight schools at the smaller airports. Farmingdale in NY and Teterboro in NJ are 2 examples.

The flight school websites have info as well.
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Re: Private Pilot's License
« Reply #8 on: November 17, 2014, 07:39:48 PM »
which isn't very far, usually a couple hundred miles at best
Actually a "Bush" plane, which is a tiny 4 seater and is a very popular plane, can fly 2k+ miles without refueling.

I have a National Geography video at home about a pilot who flew with his bush plane around the entire world in 2 month.   

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Re: Private Pilot's License
« Reply #10 on: November 17, 2014, 07:57:45 PM »
About how much does the training cost?
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Re: Private Pilot's License
« Reply #11 on: November 17, 2014, 07:58:33 PM »
About how much does the training cost?
Between 6 and 10K around.
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Re: Private Pilot's License
« Reply #12 on: November 17, 2014, 08:02:34 PM »
Between 6 and 10K around.
Huh? I would assume it costs much more... Just renting out the aircraft and paying fuel every time you actually take a lesson in the sky would cost that much...
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Re: Private Pilot's License
« Reply #13 on: November 17, 2014, 08:06:34 PM »
Huh? I would assume it costs much more... Just renting out the aircraft and paying fuel every time you actually take a lesson in the sky would cost that much...
Dunno that's what a Pilot Instructor friend of mine told me. Maybe he was giving me a price but it didn't sound like it.
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Re: Private Pilot's License
« Reply #14 on: November 17, 2014, 08:08:49 PM »
Huh? I would assume it costs much more... Just renting out the aircraft and paying fuel every time you actually take a lesson in the sky would cost that much...

Nope..

You need around 40 hours, 20 with a instructor. The place I know is $80 a hour for the plane and $50 for a instructor per hour.

Plane - $90/hr x 40 hours = $3,600.
Instructor - $50/hr x 20 hours = $1,000.

Plus a little more for books, test, etc...

For all in could be less than $5,000. But you might want to put in extra hours, extra instructor time, etc..
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