Let’s Do It!
No-strings-attached! SaltAir would like to offer a Discovery Flight with our Cessna 172. A CFI/CFII will take you up in our aircraft where you can observe the Earth from a whole new vantage point, where you will be able to control the aircraft and fly, and where the desire to fly will be set a blaze. The flight is around 30 minutes for only $100! Contact us today to schedule your discovery flight!
“The most effective way to do it, is to do it.” – Amelia Earhart
After your Discovery Flight you can choose which path to certification you would like to choose. There are two primary certificates, commonly called licenses, that you can earn at SaltAir in order to enjoy the privileges, challenges, and beauty of flying: the sport pilot and private pilot certificates. To be eligible to receive either certificate in a single-engine airplane, you must meet a few minimum requirements.
Be 16 years old to fly solo.
Be 17 years old to receive your pilot certificate.
Read, speak, and understand English.
Hold at least a third-class medical certificate for the private pilot certificate. Sport pilots must hold at least a current and valid U.S. driver’s license
Whatever certificate you decide to earn, you’ll need to meet certain requirements for aeronautical knowledge, flight proficiency, and experience. You may purchase flight training materials recommended by your instructor or invest in ground school.
How Do I Choose?
Which certificate you choose to earn depends on why you want to fly. The sport pilot certificate is a good choice if you plan to fly locally for fun at your home airport and don’t foresee traveling large distances by airplane; and if you plan on flying smaller, two-seat airplanes. If you plan an aviation career or want to fly long distances for business or pleasure, the private pilot certificate is the better choice. You can always start with the sport pilot certificate and later receive the additional training for a private pilot certificate.
AND don’t stress about money. SaltAir offers a financing option through AOPA. Check it out here.
Sport Pilot Certificate
Simpler Training; Lighter Aircraft
The sport pilot certificate was created in 2004 as a simpler, less expensive way to fly. This certificate requires fewer hours of training than the private pilot certificate, and sport pilots enjoy many of the same privileges as private pilots.
The certificate does, however, come with limitations. Sport pilots may only fly smaller, slower one or two seat aircraft classified as Light Sport Aircraft (LSA); during good weather (VFR); and not at night.
A sport pilot certificate can cut the costs of training and get new pilots in the air faster. Light sport aircraft generally have lower operating costs than comparable larger aircraft, and while sport pilots need a current and valid driver’s license, they do not need to go through the recurring medical certification process. This license may be right for you if you plan to fly recreationally and don’t plan on taking more than one passenger with you. Plus, it’s easy to step up to a private pilot certificate with some additional training.
Private Pilot Certificate
The Driver’s License of the Sky
A private pilot certificate is like a driver’s license. It allows you to fly almost anywhere in the United States and even outside the United States when you comply with regulations of the foreign country where the aircraft is operated. You can carry any number of passengers, and you can share certain operating expenses with your passengers. A private pilot has fewer limitations than a sport pilot. Although there are currency and medical requirements to make sure you stay proficient and healthy, only a few other factors affect when and where you can fly. Once you earn your license, you are free to wander around in the skies below 18,000 feet to your heart’s content.
One restriction to a private pilot’s freedom of flight comes from Mother Nature—the weather. You can fly in some weather conditions but not others, at least without additional training. As a private pilot, you can’t fly in the clouds unless you earn an instrument rating: If it’s raining outside and you can’t see the neighbor’s house through the fog, you shouldn’t be wandering around in the sky unless you’ve been trained in the fine art of flight in instrument meteorological conditions.
With a private pilot certificate, you can fly at night as long as you have received the required night training. Training for night flying is included as part of a our private pilot training curriculum. Without a doubt, a crystal-clear, moonlit night is one of the most spectacular and beautiful times to fly
Greater Freedom; Intellectual Challenges
Instrument flying is serious business – it is demanding, precise, and requires great attention to detail. This endeavor could be the most challenging thing you have done thus far in your aviation career, but can also be one of the most thrilling, rewarding, and fun experiences you will have in the pilot’s seat. Not only will an instrument rating make you a better pilot, but it will give you a much greater flexibility and freedom when making that all-important go/no-go decision.
With this greater freedom, however, comes greater need for proper pre-flight planning and learning how to make good weather related decisions. You can expect your critical thinking skills and precision flying techniques to be challenged. Give us a call today to talk about furthering your training!
Are you up for the challenge?