How do I get started?
Will I be able to fly the airplane after my first lesson?
What are the requirements to become a pilot in the U.S.?
How much does it cost to get my license?
How long does it take to get my license?
Do you have financing available?
What makes Horizon Aviation special?
What kind of aircraft do you have?
How experienced are your instructors?
When I'm trying to evaluate flight schools, what questions should I ask?
What licenses do you offer?
What can I do with my license?
What is the next step after I get my license?
Can I rent an aircraft or do I have to own one?
When can I schedule lessons?
When are you open?
Will I always have the same instructor?
What's a"Part 141" school? Is it better than other types of schools?
Isn't TF Green too busy for flight training?
Where can I sign up?
Q: How do I get started?
A: Horizon Aviation has several ways for
you to take your first flight. The Discovery Flight is a half-hour
flight with an instructor during which you will get to fly the plane
with the instructor's assistance. Priced at $99, it's a very affordable
way of flying a small plane for the first time. The second option
is the Airman's Package. It is an hour and a half lesson with an
hour of flight time with an instructor plus an additional half hour
of ground instruction for only $149.
Will I be able to fly the airplane after my first lesson?
A: You will be flying the airplane not only after but also during
your first flight lesson under your instructor's supervision! Depending
on the wind conditions and your desire, your instructor may even
allow you to perform the take-off during your first lesson. After
only a few hours of instruction, you will work on communications,
navigation, taxiing, taking off, and landing. Learning how to fly
is an intense, rewarding experience that all pilots remember fondly.
Q: What are the
requirements to become a pilot in the U.S.?
A: Most people meet the requirements to become a licensed pilot
in the U.S.
- Speak and understand English (the language of air traffic control)
- Must provide a valid passport or an original birth certificate
with the raised emboss as proof of citizenship. This is a recent
requirement from the Transportation Security Administration due
to September 11th.
- If you're not a US citizen you must meet the requirements per
the Transportation Safety Administration's regulations. (further
information available upon request)
- Pass a basic medical exam administered by an FAA approved doctor
- Be 16 years old to fly an airplane solo and 17 to get the Private
- A strong desire to learn
Q: How much does it cost to
get my license?
A: Learning to fly is not inexpensive. However, you pay as you go
so you can manage the cost by booking lessons when you can afford
them. The more frequently you fly, the better, since you will retain
more from lesson to lesson. However, we have several students who
fly infrequently because they must save for every lesson. The desire
to fly can be very strong!
The FAA has requirements for each of the various pilots' licenses.
They specify skill capabilities and aeronautical experience... flight
time. If you were to get your Private Pilot's License in the legal
minimum, it would cost approximately $9,500 and take 35 flight hours.
However, nationwide the average flight time to get the "Private"
is over 70 hours. At Horizon Aviation, we believe 50-60 hours is a realistic goal. At 55 hours the cost is approximately $12,200 in a two-seat Cessna 152. The four-seat 172 is about $2,100 more. When we meet, we will
give you all of our tips for obtaining your license as quickly as
suits you and as economically as possible.
Q: How long does it take to
get my license?
A: A student takes approximately 40 lessons to get their license.
The lessons are typically 1.0-1.4 hours of flying time and 1.3-1.8
hours of instructor time. If you fly three times per week, it will
take 3-4 months. If you fly once a week, it can take 9-12 months.
The schedule is up to you.
Q: Do you have financing available?
A: Horizon Aviation has worked with an independent company to provide financing to students for the past ten years: Pilot Finance. You will find them online at www.PilotFinance.com Once you have tried the introductory flight and know you want to become a pilot, we will help you complete the application. Once approved, we will submit invoices to them for each flight lesson and they will reimburse us. You will have a loan repayment program established with them.
Q: What makes Horizon
A: Several things distinguish Horizon Aviation.
We offer a complete range of fixed-wing flight training, from
the Private Pilot License through the Airline Transport Pilot. Whatever
your dreams in aviation, chances are we can get you there.
We are the longest serving, and most experienced Part 141 school in the area.
This is the FAA's highest designation for a flight school and helps
assure quality. Every aircraft, every classroom, and every course
is inspected and reviewed by the FAA. Also, we're the only school
in the state that conducts the FAA written exams; you won't drive
miles just to take a test.
Our fleet of aircraft is among the youngest in the country with
the most modern equipment available.
There is a company-wide focus on safety and professionalism at
Horizon, from the way we conduct our lessons to the way we tie our
planes down at the end of the day. We strive to be better on a daily
basis always looking for ways to improve.
Our facilities are second to none. When you arrive, you will brief
in a modern training center, with dedicated instructor stations
so that you and your instructor can get ready for the flight. You
won't be struggling in a lobby with people won't be tripping over
you as you try to prepare.
We are not only pilots but also customer-oriented business people.
Our staff has a broad range of experience in many industries. From
this experience, we've learned there are many ways to help customers.
Our students would tell you that it's a great environment to learn
in because it's so supportive and friendly. Many arrive early for
lessons (or loiter afterwards) because they like the atmosphere.
We like it especially when they bring bagels or donuts, too!
Q: What kind of aircraft
do you have?
A: Most of our aircraft are high-winged
Cessnas; the most popular training aircraft ever. We fly two-seat
Cessna 152's for primary training, four-seat Cessna 172's for primary
and instrument training, a Cessna 172 Retractable Gear and a Diamond
DA40 ( a low wing aircraft with a glass panel and canopy) for more
advanced licenses, and a Piper Twin Comanche for twin-engine training.
How experienced are your instructors?
A: We believe strongly in the voice of experience. Therefore, we
specifically try to attract and retain experienced instructors.
Our current instructors average over ten years flying experience
and more than 2,500 flight hours. To put this in perspective, regional
airline jet pilots typically have 1,000 - 1,500 flight hours total
time when they get hired.
Q: When I'm trying to evaluate
flight schools, what questions should I ask?
A: Look at the quality of the planes and the experience of the instructors.
Are the planes neat and orderly? Do they appear to be well maintained
and cared for? In short, do they inspire confidence? Do the instructors
have the experience to understand your unique learning requirements
or did they just finish flight school themselves? Does the school
have appropriate facilities for ground instruction? Does the staff
focus on customer service? Can the school continue to teach you
as you grow as a pilot? Does it offer a broad range of aircraft
Q: What licenses
do you offer?
A: We offer a full range of fixed-wing aircraft licenses at Horizon.
The first license you would typically get is the Private Pilot's
License. From there we offer a complete range all the way through
the Instrument, Commercial, Certified Flight Instructor, Multi-Engine,
and Airline Transport Pilot.
Q: What can I
do with my license?
A: The PPL is often called a license to learn. It allows you to
rent an aircraft and fly outside of the clouds. With it, you can
take a trip out to Nantucket for lunch, fly down to the Outer Banks
of North Carolina for the weekend, or just fly circles of beautiful
Q: What is the next step
after I get my license?
A: Most people fly local day flights and longer exploratory flights
with friends and family after getting their Private. When time,
opportunity, and desire meet, they pursue the next license, the
Instrument Flight Rules certificate that allows a pilot to fly through
clouds to get to their destination.
Q: Can I rent an aircraft or do
I have to own one?
A: After getting your Private Pilot's License, we (and thousands
of other flight schools) would be more than happy to rent an aircraft
to you at an hourly rate. You only pay for the time the propeller
Q: When can I schedule
lessons? When are you open?
A: The office is staffed 9-5, seven days per week. However, we schedule
lessons from 6 a.m. - 10p.m. In short, we work to your schedule.
Q: Will I always have
the same instructor?
A: We will try to find an instructor who can meet your schedule
and who is well suited to you. Once that is done, you will fly most
lessons with "your" instructor. However, there will be
stage checks with other instructors periodically to provide an independent
review of your progress.
Q: What's a"Part 141"
school? Is it better than other types of schools?
A: There are two sets of rules under which flight schools may operate:
Part 61 (most schools) and Part 141 (a select few). Part 141 is
a process by which schools get certified by the FAA. Part 141 schools
have voluntarily undertaken a great deal of effort to get all of
their aircraft, instructors, training classrooms, and course materials
approved by the FAA. In contrast, Part 61 schools have virtually
no required oversight by the FAA.
Because of the structured syllabus and training program, students
who get their licenses at Part 141 schools may dispense with a great
deal of the unstructured flight hours required of Part 61 students.
Therefore, a student at a Part 141 school will usually spend substantially
Horizon Aviation, Inc. is the longest serving and most experienced Part 141 school in the area.
Q: Isn't TF Green
too busy for flight training?
A: While TF Green is a reasonably busy commercial airport, we believe
it offers an ideal training environment. Today's airspace is increasingly
complex and congested. Students who train at the larger commercial
fields have more experience operating in this environment and thus
are more capable when they ultimately get their licenses.
Additionally, students leave TF Green's airspace on most flights
and practice at less controlled airports before returning to Green.
As a result, our students are experienced at operating in both environments.
Finally, despite Green's activity, we find that we rarely get
delayed for take-off behind the large commercial airliners. Flying
out of TF Green adds very slightly to the time it will take you
to get your license but you will be a more skilled pilot when finished.
Q: Where can I sign up?
A: Give us a call at (401) 736-5115 and we'll set you up with your
first flight! We look forward to seeing you and once again, thank
you for your interest in Horizon Aviation.