Private Pilot License
Learning to fly is a fun and exciting process. For those who have
always dreamed of flight and others for whom learning to fly is
a more recent interest, you will find it both a realistic goal and
one of the most rewarding challenges of your life. It doesn’t
need to be difficult; in fact, there are only a few simple steps
you need to take and we’ll help you through the process. Take
it is just one step at a time and before you know it, you’ll
be a FAA Licensed Pilot.
you earn your Private Pilot License, you can continue to learn and grow
as a pilot, as far as you desire. At Horizon Aviation, we routinely
train people in a number of advanced licenses. Whether you want to fly
in the clouds, learn about Technically Advanced Aircraft, or fly a twin
engine airplane, we can help get you there. Here are some of the
additional licenses you can earn with Horizon Aviation.
This license allows you to fly with friends
or family in the clouds. Suppose you want to fly to Washington D.C.
for the day. If there is a thin cloud layer at 1,000 feet, you won't
be going because it is neither safe nor legal. However, if you have
your instrument license, you can take-off, climb through the layer
in a couple of minutes, and cruise to your destination in the clear
blue sky above the clouds. Once there, you will have the ability
to perform an "instrument approach" where you descend
through the clouds by reference to your instruments. Ultimately,
you will pop out of the clouds with the runway straight ahead of
you and land. The IFR requires the following: the Private Pilot
License; 50 hours as pilot-in-command cross country (unless you
train at Horizon Aviation or another 141 school in which case this
requirement is waived); 40 hours actual or simulated instrument
instruction; a written exam and a practical test.
Technically Advanced Aircraft
This training is not an FAA license. However,
the hi-tech revolution has finally made it to general aviation and
we're starting to see computer screens in the cockpit. These aircraft
place unique demands on pilots. They are not very different to fly
when looking out the windows but they have much more sophisticated
instrument panels with more complex systems. To operate these aircraft
safely and with confidence, you should take this course to understand
how to get the most out of them.
Commercial Pilot License (CPL)
The CPL allows you to be paid to be a pilot. Some jobs include
flight instructing, towing banners, spotting fish, crop dusting,
flying sight-seeing flights, and serving as an airline copilot,
but not as pilot-in-command. The purpose of the CPL is to increase
your proficiency in performing more complex maneuvers, gaining experience
navigating greater distances, and learning the regulations that
govern commercial flight operations. The CPL requires an instrument
rating and 250 hours' total time at a Part 61 school or 120 hours
in a CPL program at a Part 141 school like Horizon Aviation.
rating adds multi-engine privileges to a PPL or CPL. There is no
minimum flight time requirement, nor any written test. Many consider
this one of the most fun licenses because it is all about the flying
and the aircraft is one of the biggest and most complex a pilot
will fly until they're in a jet.
Flight Instructor Certificate, Instrument, and Multi (CFI, CFI-I, MEI)
These are three separate certificates allowing
instruction at the indicated level. You will be able to teach others
to fly. For nearly all pilots, this is the principle way to build
flight time and experience necessary to get to the airlines. The
CFI requires a CPL, the CFI-I an Instrument Rating, and the MEI
a Multi-Engine Rating. Each certificate requires both a written
and flight test in a complex aircraft.
Airline Transport Pilot License (ATP)
The ATP allows the holder to act as pilot-in-command
of commercial airliners as well as transport and charter aircraft.
Although corporate pilots are not required to have an ATP, most
do. The license requires 1,500 hours' total time; exhaustive sub-categories
of flight experience (night, IFR, cross-country, etc.); a written
exam; and a practical test in a multi-engine aircraft.