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HelicopterOff Topics › Thinking about getting my private pilot licence any advise?
11-26-2007 09:40 PM  10 years agoPost 101
TrexRookie

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actually, my heli spending has come to a grinding halt, haven't flown my 600 or my joker in over a month, my 450 is crash damaged as of right now, and I took out a $20,000 loan to get me through my private pilot's license and hopefully through most of my instrument rating. and the RG ain't mine.. haha

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11-26-2007 10:32 PM  10 years agoPost 102
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wow, what in the world do you need 20k for??? I just checked and my total cost for my pilots licence was just under 5k. I cant imagine my instrument rating costing another 5ish or so. but still thats only 10k a long way from 20!

My breakdown is as follows

Plane rental for 40 hrs $4000
Instructor for 20 hrs at $30 per hour $600
Medical $80
Written Test $80

I have a bit more because i spent 2k on a garmin 496 and 500 on a nice ANR headset but still 20k seems like an awful lot.

favorite quote, no honey thats the same helicoptor i have always had

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11-27-2007 12:07 AM  10 years agoPost 103
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my ppl costs were
40hrs at $125/hr $5000
20 hrs inst. at $39/hr $780
Medical $80ish
Written Test $80 I think
Checkride $300
Ground school $349
other gear $500

total
~$7089

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11-27-2007 03:00 AM  10 years agoPost 104
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That's on the low side. I was told recently that the averages are currently running more like 80 hours total at the moment.

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11-27-2007 03:05 AM  10 years agoPost 105
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come to think of it... I think that I had 54 hrs when I took my checkride

i think that 80 hours is a crazy amount of time to get a ppl.

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11-27-2007 03:17 AM  10 years agoPost 106
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Agreed. I had 42 hours for my checkride. You can do it less than 80 if you are serious about and don't take 2 years to get it.

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11-27-2007 03:24 AM  10 years agoPost 107
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i started my ppl when i was ~16 1/2yrs old so I had some time to kill which is why i took the 54 hrs that i did. Oh ya and I also had 5 instructors during that time period. You can definitely get it done quickly if you put forth some effort.

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11-27-2007 03:44 AM  10 years agoPost 108
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you need 250 hours (minimum) for commercial single, and however amount more for your CFI tests n stuff... and if I haven't used it all by that point, work towards my multi rating. but I have a feeling that with these gas prices, I'll be spending a lot of money on building hours..

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11-27-2007 03:53 AM  10 years agoPost 109
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Building up time for the commercial sucks. That's usually where there's a big void in the training. If I fly 4hrs a week I'll have the 250 and my comm by the end of december (if I pass my checkride on wed )

This thread has been hijacked.
Anyway good luck Wakeboarder, let us know how you do!

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11-27-2007 08:10 AM  10 years agoPost 110
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The legal minimums are 40 hours for a part 61 school and 35 for a part 141 school. The figure of 80 hours was told to me by a CFII who I tend to trust... Accelerated training will get you closer to the legal minimums than spreading it out over a year. There was a thread on the AOPA forum recently where a number of pilots were reporting not even soloing until 50 hours, 20 seems to be the norm, but according to the Jeppesen part 141 syllabus you solo at 8 hours. Assuming the same multiplier holds throughout, 80 does not seem unreasonable.

I'm being pedantic about this because if someone saves the money for only 40 hours of rental and instruction there's a good chance they'll have to stop their training before it's complete. The resulting break while they save more money will spread the process out and lead to more hours and even higher costs.

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11-27-2007 09:42 PM  10 years agoPost 111
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There was a thread on the AOPA forum recently where a number of pilots were reporting not even soloing until 50 hours, 20 seems to be the norm, but according to the Jeppesen part 141 syllabus you solo at 8 hours.
50 hrs to solo?!? I was doing the final preparations for my checkride at 50 hrs!

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11-27-2007 10:11 PM  10 years agoPost 112
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ya 50 hours is crazy for solo! I soloed around 8 or 10 hours i think and had all my requirements done by 40 hours.

With the 3 hours i flew this morning preparing for my checkride i have less then 45hrs total.

Wish me luck! the weather is gonna be a bit windy tomorrow so hopefully i can get in and out in themorning without spending to many hours onthe oral.

favorite quote, no honey thats the same helicoptor i have always had

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11-27-2007 10:30 PM  10 years agoPost 113
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don't stress over the oral. I did and it ended up being a piece of cake. I finished it in under 30 minutes (more like 20 I think). I thought the oral was going to be a big formal deal, but the examiner and I just sat around a table and looked at sectional charts and my proposed x-country route and he asked me questions related to the flight and the aircraft. I would make sure to take a quick look over the maintenance logs and become familiar with them because the DE may ask you some questions regarding the date of the last annual, 100 hr, etc... but seriously, don't fret over it... they aren't looking for perfection (if they were I wouldn't have passed)they just want to see that you can safely operate the aircraft.

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11-28-2007 08:44 PM  10 years agoPost 114
wakeboarder2342

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WEll i just wanted to update everyone that i PASSED!!

Im officially a pilot now!

Looking forward to getting some real learning in now and taking friends and family up for a flight!

favorite quote, no honey thats the same helicoptor i have always had

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11-28-2007 10:30 PM  10 years agoPost 115
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CONGRATULATIONS!!! Feels great to have all of your hard work finally pay off doesn't it!

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11-29-2007 12:22 AM  10 years agoPost 116
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congrats. You just got your license to really learn.

See you around in the skies.

Jason

Wait..what!?!?! No, that can't be!

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