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flying high

recreation

Date
April 2015

Written by
Katie Vincent

Category
Recreation

Flying

 

 

 

 

Forget stop-and-go traffic and commercial flights stuck in the middle seat; it’s time to alight in style. Earning a pilot license is easy and apparently safe enough for 17-year-olds to fly solo, so why settle for mediocre travel when you can soar through the air on your own volition? For those motivated by coastal escapes, even a seaplane certification is not too far out of grasp. So don’t delay the getaways, and get your wings!

Having been raised in the context of an automobile culture, the logistics of becoming a pilot are nebulous for most, so we’ll break it down from here. The process is actually quite simple and airplane 
enthusiasts can begin lessons at any age—though student flying certificates with endorsements for solo flights cannot be earned until age 16. After that, trainees can put in hours toward one of four aviation licenses: sport, recreation, private or commercial. Each license is slightly different and allows for a 
spectrum of privileges, though if you earn one set of wings, the hours spent can count toward that next license you’re eyeing. We have selected the basic elements of each to help determine which pilot license is the best fit for your needs.

local flight schools

Galvin Flight Training School
Boeing Field, Seattle, WA
Private, commercial, instrument rating landmarkaviation.com/content/galvinflighttraining


Kenmore Air Harbor
Lake Washington, Kenmore, WA
Seaplane rating
kenmoreairharbor.com/flight-instruction.html 

Northway Aviation
Paine Field, Everett, WA
Private, commercial, instrument rating 
northwayaviation.com


Rainier Flight Service’s 
Seattle Flight Instruction
Renton Municipal Airport, Renton, WA
Sport, private, commercial, 
instrument rating, seaplane rating, mountain flying, complex rating, tail wheel and aerobatic rating
rainierflightservice.com


Seattle Seaplanes
Lake Union, Seattle, WA
Private and seaplane rating
seattleseaplanes.com


Snohomish Flying Service
Harvey Field, Snohomish, WA
Sports, private, commercial, instrument rating, helicopters (private and commercial)
snohomishflying.com

FlyingSport License

Age: 17 years or older
Flying Range: Anywhere in the United States
Bill of Health: Driver’s license or third-class aviation medical exam
Time: Daytime only
Weather: Only with ground visibility 
Passengers: One
Aircraft: 1,320 pounds, two seats, single-engine piston
Speed: 138 mph max.
Altitude: 10,000 feet MSL (mean sea level)
Airspace: Class G and E (no radio communication required)
Moneymaking Potential: You can share expenses with another pilot
Required Training Time: 20 hours total flying (10 instruction, five solo)
Average Actual Training Time: 25 hours
Testing: Flying check test and computerized knowledge test 
Average Cost*: $4,400

Recreational License

Age: 17 years or older
Flying Range: Within 50 miles of home airport
Bill of Health: Third-class aviation medical exam
Time: Daytime only
Weather: Only with ground visibility 
Passengers: One
Aircraft: Under 12,500 pounds, four seats, single-engine piston
Speed: Unlimited
Altitude: 10,000 feet MSL or 2,000 feet AGL (above ground level), whichever is higher
Airspace: Class G and E 
Moneymaking Potential: Can share expenses with another pilot or passenger
Required Training Time: 30 hours total flying (15 instruction, 15 solo)
Average Actual Training Time: 50 hours
Testing: Flying check test and computerized knowledge test 
Average Cost*: $7,700

Private License

Age: 17 years or older
Flying Range: Unlimited (domestic or international)
Bill of Health: Third-class aviation medical exam
Time: Day or night
Weather: Only with ground visibility, unless instrument rating earned 
Passengers: Unlimited
Aircraft: Under 12,500 pounds, unlimited seats, single-engine piston
Speed: Unlimited
Altitude: 18,000 feet MSL or 2,000 feet AGL, whichever is higher
Airspace: Class B, C, D, E and G
Moneymaking Potential: Can share expenses with another pilot or passengers
Required Training Time: 40 hours total flying (20 instruction, 10 solo)
Average Actual Training Time: 70 hours
Testing: Flying check test and computerized knowledge test 
Average Cost*: $9,900

FlyingCommercial License

(Must already hold the Private License)
Age: 18 years or older
Flying Range: Within 50 miles when flying for hire
Bill of Health: Third-class aviation medical exam
Time: Daytime only when flying for hire
Weather: Only with ground visibility, unless instrument rating earned 
Passengers: Unlimited
Aircraft: Under 12,500 pounds, unlimited seats, single-engine piston
Speed: Unlimited
Altitude: 18,000 feet MSL or 2,000 feet AGL, whichever is higher
Airspace: Class B, C, D, E and G
Moneymaking Potential: Can receive money for flying
Required Training Time: 250 hours total flying (20 instruction, 10 solo, 220 other)
Average Actual Training Time: 250-plus hours
Testing: Flying check test, oral test and written knowledge test 
Average Cost: $6,000–$13,000 

Additional ratings:

Seaplane Rating
(Must already hold the Private or Commercial License)
Why? To pilot a seaplane privately or for hire
Health: Third-class aviation medical exam
Hours: Six to 10 hours 
Testing: Oral test and flight check test
Average Cost: $1,600–$2,600

Instrument Rating
(Must already hold the Private or Commercial License)
Why? To use weather instrumentation correctly and be allowed to fly in inclement weather
Health: Third-class aviation medical exam
Hours: 90-plus hours 
(50 solo, 40 actual or simulated instrument time, plus ground school)
Testing: Oral test and flight check test
Average Cost: $8,000 

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