About Us >> FAQ
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.

Q: 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 Pilot's License
  • 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 Aviation special?

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.

Q: 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 and licenses?

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 Narragansett Bay.

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 is turning.

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 less money.

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.