Now you have questions for Freeflight.
So, I want to learn to fly. Where do I start? Ask questions and seek information. Ok, I think I want to fly an airplane, not a balloon or helicopter. That’s why I am visiting Freeflight Aviation. What is your goal? Is this for fun, a career, traveling for business? You have started at the right place. We can help you with all these choices.
Now, a little about Freeflight. We are a Part 61 value oriented flight school based in Medford, NJ, here to help the student get started in flying. We provide informative fun flight training to our students in a flying club environment. Learn more in our Freeflight Aviation Brochure.
Now a Part 141 is a little different. This type of flight school is more focus on the career oriented flight student and maybe that’s your direction of flight. Not that we can’t “fly you forward” in that direction, we can. We would love to have you as a flight student. But, just maybe, you would like a more focus controlled environment to achieve your goals, that’s the Part 141 Flight School. That’s OK with Freeflight, it’s the ask “questions and seek information” you need to ask yourself. We just want you to fly! That’s our goal and we are here to help you in your decision.
Now you ask, is it difficult to Learn to Fly? Is there an Age Limit? Flying, like anything in life is a challenge. You will find it fun, adventurous, educational, and, yes, challenging, but anyone can Learn to Fly. You must be16 years old to solo an airplane, 17 to get your pilot’s license. Yes, you can be 90 years old and take lessons. You must be medically fit per the Federal Aviation Regulations. Have a question concerning a medical issue, Freeflight can provide a phone number of our local Flight Examiner to answer your questions.
Face it, Flying is not a cheap sport. There are ways to control your costs or lower your costs, but a lot, and Freeflight Aviation means a lot, depends upon you.
You ask how long will it take to get your license? The FAA requirements are 35 hours for a Part 141, and 40 hours for a Part 61 flight schools. Now is that realistic? Maybe not, why? If you flew 7 days a week, a couple of times a day, had a ground school, studied your lessons, the answer is may be, yes. But you work, have a family; your time is limited due to you life’s’ commitments, so probably not.
How often you have a flight lesson in the aircraft and study your ground school lessons will affect your progress of learning. With this knowledge, you’ll probably be an average student pilot. The average student pilot takes about 60-70 flight hours. Now you can more easily estimate for training costs and set up a budget for flight training. Budgeting for flight training is important. Training delays due a poor budget, only increases your flight training costs. Of course there are other factors affecting flight training, but these are the primary reasons.
Other costs to budget during flight training are: Training books/CD’s/DVD’s, flight medical, headset, charts (flight maps), flight bags, electronics (GPS, handheld radios, etc.), flight software, the written exam, and your flight exam with the flight examiner. Some of these items are necessary costs and others are items of desire.
So, can I start Flying?
It’s time to take your Introductory Flight, also known as a Discovery Flight. Just give us a call and we will set up your appointment. Now I’ve taken the Introductory Flight and I want to start my Flight Lessons.
What do I do after taking an Introductory Flight?
Freeflight Aviation Flight School Applications must be filled out prior to flight training or renting an aircraft. Freeflight Aviation and all flight schools are required by the TSA to have proof of citizenship prior to starting flight training. Acceptable documents for US citizens are: a passport, a birth certificate with a raised seal. Additional information on acceptable documents and the TSA rule can be found at : AOPA TSA Training Rules
Non US Citizens We are a Part 61 flight school. FAA Part 61 schools and independent flight instructors MAY train a foreign national, if that alien is (a) a Legal Permanent Resident or in a work status (H-type visa) with extended stay privileges or (b) a refugee in Asylum status with appropriate DHS documentation. FAA Part 61 schools and independent flight instructors MAY train a foreign national on an F-1 (academic visa) provided that the student is enrolled and attending the college or university as shown on the F-1 and the student has notified SEVIS of the additional training being received at a non-SEVIS approved school. For more information please visit this link from NAFI.
NOTE: All prospective foreign national (alien) flight training candidates must register and submit information to the TSA’s Alien Flight Student Program (AFSP), regardless of Visa status.
International students (non-U.S. citizens) may find additional information concerning the AFSP (Alien Flight Student Program) by going to http://www.flightschoolcandidates.gov/ .
Now, maybe you have a few questions about us. Hopefully by now, you have found we love to fly! We offer informative, fun flight training, and as a social flying club, we have a lot of siblings.
Question? I’ve heard about sport pilot, recreational pilot and private pilot. Have you been discussing private pilot licenses? Yes.
Ok, then what is a sport and recreational pilot? The Sport Pilot, Recreational Pilot, and Private Pilot each have different requirements. The Sport Pilot requires a special type of aircraft called a light sport aircraft. Recreational Pilot and Private Pilot require FAA Certificated Aircraft.
Freeflight Aviation has FAA Certificated Aircraft and provides flight training for the Recreational and Private Pilot Licenses. The Recreational Pilot license requires 30 hours of flight time verse 40 hours of flight time given by a Part 61 Flight School. Flight restrictions apply to the Recreational Pilot, such has distance, and you are limited to 1 passenger in the aircraft. Additional information can be found at the AOPA Flight Training Learn to Fly Page.
Ok, Where do I really start and what comes next?
Recreational or Private Pilot Certificate – This is where you start!!
With a private pilot certificate you will have the freedom to fly wherever you want, day or night once you get your Private Pilot Certificate!!
The recreational pilot certificate imposes many flight restrictions on the pilot. With several more hours of flight training you can have your private certificate and more freedom to fly.
Both certificates are considered “VFR” or flight under visual flight restrictions or “no flying in the clouds”
FAA Requirements Recreational Pilot: The FAR-AIM Subpat D Part 61.101 Recreational Pilot Requirements
FAA Requirements Private Pilot: The FAR-AIM Subpart E Part 61.102 Private Pilot Requirements
Instrument Airplane Rating – Become a better pilot!!
Not every pilot needs an instrument rating, but this rating will built your flying skill, your confidence, and allow you take flight into the clouds, something your private pilot certificate will not allow. This will also provide you the necessary skills to make it safely to your destination if weather conditions worsen.
What is required: The FAR-AIM Part 61.65 Instrument Requirements
Commercial Pilot Certificate – Get paid to fly!!
A Commercial Pilot Certificate is required for anyone that wants a career as a pilot. The commercial pilot certificate will allow you to get paid to fly!
Whether your goal is become a flight instructor to teach others or take flight to the sky with an airline, this rating is one more step in the right direction towards your career or hobby.
The commercial pilot certificate will also increase your skills as a pilot until you master a number of advanced maneuvers and can handle more complex aircraft, an aircraft with a controllable pitched propeller and retractable gear. We use the piper arrow, N79VM for part of this training.
14 CFR Part 61, Subpart F – Commercial Pilots
What is required: The FAR-AIM Part 61.129 Commercial Pilot Requirements
Flight Instructor Course – To teach the joy the flying!!
After you’ve earn your commercial pilot certificate, you may start training to become a Certified Flight Instructor (CFI). If you are thinking about an airline career, the airlines favor pilots who have built their time instructing other pilots. The CFI certificate has given the pilot the understanding, skills, and patience needed on teaching others, an important aspect in regards to the aviation industry.
Multi-Engine and Multi-Engine Flight Instructor Course – Adding to your flight skills!!
The Multi-Engine and Multi-Engine CFI will again increase your skills as a pilot and teach you co-pit management of operation more than one engine. At this time we do not offer these choices but can direct you to a facility that does provide these training services.
But there’s more.
A little about our airport. Freeflight Aviation is based at Flying W Airport Resort in Medford, NJ. That means more fun! Located on the Flying W’s property is a motel, an aircraft shape swimming pool and a golf course. There is a restaurant at Flight Operations called The Patti Wagon Café, open seven days a week from 8 AM- 3 PM. Also on the field is the Flying W Bar and Restaurant which includes various types of entertainment …..especially in the summer and lots of flying. The FAA provides monthly seminars at the Flying W for pilots. The Flying W Airport may offer a discount in hotel rates and pool membership rates to Freeflight Aviation Members (please ask to see it this policy is still in effect).
A little more about Freeflight. We are a flight school and social flying club. We not only give flight instruction, we rent aircraft for trip taking. As a social club, we have annual events, monthly fly-outs, cookouts, and more. Our aircraft are available 24/7. We have an online aircraft scheduling system. Flight statements and a newsletter are sent to members monthly. When a Freeflight Aviation student solo’s, the student receives a Free Freeflight T-Shirt. Wireless Service is available. Chat with our aircraft mechanics. Finance your flying with Pilot Finance Inc. or AOPA Finance. We Tweet, we have a Facebook page, a Youtube Channel, and a Meetup Group. Come for a visit, meet our family, and see what more we can offer you.
As a Flight School and Social Flying Club we require membership dues, just like all flying clubs. The intention of flying clubs are to offer students cost effective ways to get their pilot ratings, pilots to rent aircraft for trip taking, social event planning to share pilot skills, knowledge, and much much more. Most Flight Schools just teach students and do little more. We are unique. We focus not only on the training, but make training fun, more affordable, and informative in the process. You are part of a community, our community, sharing our passion together!
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