Learn to Fly

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The perfect introductory experience for those who are considering becoming a pilot, or for those that simply want to give flying a try. You will be able to fly the airplane for most of this first flight, typically lasting just over half an hour. Our instructor will also take as much time as necessary before and after the flight to explain the entire training process, as well as answer any questions you might have. Call today to book your first flight!

What does it take to become a pilot?

A desire to fly and to learn new skills is all that is necessary. If you can fit a couple of 2 hour lessons per week into your daily schedule than you can learn to fly. You must be 16 years old to ‘solo’ an airplane, and 17 for your certificate, but you can start earlier. You must be in a physical condition capable of meeting the requirements for a driver’s license.

What can I do as a pilot?

With a basic Private Pilot Certificate you can fly most smaller airplanes (up to 12,500lbs) to almost any destination of your choosing, day or night. If that spot below you looks interesting, you can actually land and check it out, instead of listening to the captain talk about the speck you just passed. You can carry passengers for pleasure, but not for profit.

How long does it take to become a pilot?

One can obtain a basic Sport Pilot ticket in as little as 25 hours of training. The standard Private Pilot Certificate requires a minimum of 40 hours of flight time and can be obtained in less than 6 months of training.

How much does it cost?

Considering the life-long privileges you achieve with your certificate, the cost is negligible.

The Sport Pilot certificate can be obtained for less than $5,000, but has its limitations. A full private pilot rating typically costs between $7,000 and $10,000, depending on the airplane you choose and the time you devote to your training.

Why learn at Columbia Gorge Regional airport?

KDLS, the Columbia Gorge Regional Airport, is centrally located east of the Cascades. This affords us many more good weather flying days than other nearby airports, especially those in the Willamette Valley. Yet, our proximity to the valley and even the coast gives us unprecedented access to great challenging weather training conditions. As a rural airport with little traffic, you won’t spend extra time and money waiting for traffic delays. Plus, the Cascades and the beautiful Columbia River provide a picturesque backdrop for your training.

How can I reduce the cost of my training?

Our professional curricula will guide you through the requirements efficiently in between flight training. By utilizing this as a guide for self-study at home you can reduce the time needed with an instructor. Coming to each lesson prepared will save you money.

In addition, enrolling in one of our group ground school classes is a cost-effective way to get a substantial head start on the knowledge required for your certificate.

You can also lower your training costs by spending a block of time with us over several weeks. Complete immersion is the best and most efficient way to learn. We can guide you through your Instrument Rating in less than 10 days, and your Private Pilot certificate in less than one month. This virtually eliminates the re-learning required when spreading out your lessons over a longer time period.

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