You may be asking yourself, "Can anyone learn to fly?" The answer is, "Yes!"
At Rochester Aviation, we offer two flight training aircraft. A Cessna 150 with a 100HP engine and an IFR certified Cessna 172 with a 150HP engine.
We offer on-line scheduling so you can book your aircraft and instructor at your convenience. If you prefer, you can also call us to book your next flight lesson. We have flexible flight training hours and work hard to accomodate your schedule.
Begin the Journey to Getting Your License
Schedule an Introductory Flight
If you have never been in a small aircraft, this is a great opportunity! The introductory experience is approximately two hours at the airport. It begins with meeting your instructor. You will receive a twenty minute introduction to the principles of flight as well as conduct a pre-flight check of the aircraft. The introductory flight is one hour in the airplane while experiencing take-off, turning, climbing, descending and landing. You will also be given a turn at the controls! After the flight, you will have a de-briefing with your instructor, after which you can schedule your next flight!
There are several things that must be completed in order to obtain your private pilot's license.
- Obtain a Class III Medical Certificate by an FAA Certified Medical Examiner
- Complete a Flight Training Program (40 hour minimum) with Rochester Aviation
- Take and pass:
- Private Pilot Written Exam (score 70% or better)
- Private Pilot Oral Exam
- Flight Test (check ride)
The oral exam and check ride are conducted with designated flight examiners.
A little overwhelmed? Don't be! Rochester Aviation will help you complete everything you need in order to obtain your license.
Your Flight Training
Our experienced instructors teach at an individualized pace that will meet both the FAA requirements for certification as well as your personal goals in aviation. While the required 40 hours of flight time required to obtain your private pilot's certificate may not seem like a lot, in reality, there's more time required to obtain your license than purely flight time. You'll have ground school, aircraft pre-flight procedures, weather induced lesson cancellations, commute time to and from the airport, etc.
Your flight training program will include:
|Flight Type||From (hrs)||To (hrs)|
|Cross-Country and Night Flight (dual)||5.5||9|
|Cross Country (solo)||7||8|
|Prep for Flight Test (dual and solo)||7||10|
Approximate Flight Time Requirements For Private Pilot Certificate
This minimum number of hours can be easily obtained by flying twice a week. More flight time may be required to remain proficient, however, if you take more time off between lessons.
Your private pilot certificate can be obtained in as little as a month with near full-time effort, however a more realistic time frame would be approximately 4to 6 months. Due to the unpredictable nature of the weather, there could be unforeseen delays in completing your training.
Rochester Aviation also offers a six week Ground School course that prepares you for the FAA written private pilot exam. This course is offered approximately every ten weeks and costs $380 with all materials included. Our next Ground School will begin the week of August 12th. Please call or email to enroll today! Books and materials are now available at our office.
Private Pilot Ground School Syllabus
Class 1: Airplanes and Aerodynamics
Class 2: Engines, Instrument, and Systems
Class 3: Airports part 1
Class 4: Airports part 2
Class 5: Federal Aviation Regulations
Class 6: Weight and Balance
Class 7: Aeromedical Factors
Class 8: Aviation Weather Therory
Class 9: Aviation Weather Services
Class 10: Charts and Publications
Class 11: Navaigation Systems
Class 12: Cross Country Flight Planning
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