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Frequently Asked Questions

We receive many questions about attending our flight school. We have done our best to answer all questions below. However, please contact us if you have a specific question not already answered or if you need help enrolling. Thank you!

Flight Training Questions

After 8 months of training, will I become a Captain?

We have had many students obtain their commercial pilots license within 8 months of training and become a Captain right away. Some may be hired as Captain for a smaller commercial airline; some begin their careers as a First Officer depending on the hiring requirements of respective airlines.

Are strong math skills necessary to become a pilot?

No, average math skills will suffice using addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Pilots perform most calculations on a calculator or with flight planning software. Training focuses on weather, airspace, managing radios, air traffic control airport markings, right of way rules, and emergency procedures. As you can see,  your instruction focuses on topics other than math skills. Focus on being a well-rounded student with good study habits, and this will give you the tools you need to succeed as a pilot!

For how long is a student pilot certificate valid?

A student pilot certificate is valid for 24 calendar months.

How and where can I get a student pilot certificate?

An Aviation Medical Examiner (AME) typically gives you a student pilot certificate to fill out as part of the third class medical exam. Your flight instructor will likely refer you to a local AME, or you can find an examiner online using AOPA’s database of AMEs searchable by city and state. A student pilot certificate is valid for 24 calendar months and a third class medical could be valid for up to 36 months, depending on your age at the time of your AME visit. If your student pilot certificate expires first, you can get a new one from a Designated Pilot Examiner (DPE) or your local Flight Standards District Office (FSDO).

In order to learn to fly, all I need to do is to learn how to move the flight controls, and I am flying – right?

Yes and NO! Part of your training is in the aircraft where you will learn to move the flight controls and technically learn how to fly. You will take off, make the aircraft go up or down, make it turn left or right, and make it land safely. However, the knowledge you learn in Ground School by reading and studying books, working in groups, and participating in demonstrations and discussions provides the basis for your competence as a commercial pilot. This is not information you learn and then forget. This true knowledge that forms the basis of your pyramid with your airline pilot career at the pinnacle. If all you can do is manipulate the controls, you will be a danger to everyone in aviation. If you learn all the information covered in Ground School, you will be an asset to the field of aviation. Ground School teaches you about weather, navigation, communication, and how and why the controls work. All of this knowledge together ensures your competence as a skilled pilot who not only flies the plane but is able to fly safely in every situation.

What are the requirements to obtain my Private Pilot’s License (PPL)?

The Private Pilot’s License (PPL) is the first certification you will earn as a pilot. The minimum training required in order to obtain your PPL are as follows:

  1. Complete a minimum of 40 flight hours, including 20 hours of instruction, 10 hours solo (with 5 hours cross-country, including a 150-nautical-mile solo journey).
  2. Must complete 3 hours of cross-country and 3 hours of night flying, including one cross-country flight exceeding 100 nautical miles, along with 10 takeoffs and landings at an airport.
  3. Complete 3 hours of instrument flight, including basic maneuvers and radio communication.
  4. Complete 3 hours of instructor-led flight training within 60 days of the practical exam.
  5. Complete 10 solo flight hours, including a 150 NM cross-country with three full-stop landings, and three full-stop takeoffs and landings at a tower-controlled airport.
    How much does it cost to obtain a pilot's license?

    The cost of a pilot’s license depends on many factors, including the type of license or rating.  Below is a list of average prices across the country for different types of licenses.  Please consider this is a general guide, as this does not directly reflect the pricing and cost of FlyTech Pilot Academy (more information available soon).

    • Student Pilot: Free (required medical certificate cost varies from around $75 up to over $200)
    • Sport Pilot: $4,000-$6,000
    • Recreational Pilot: ~$10,000
    • Private Pilot: $15,000-$20,000
    • Commercial Pilot: $55,000-$100,000
    • Certified Flight Instructor: ~$5,000 (additional to above licenses and ratings)
    • Airline Transport Pilot: ~$5,000 (additional to above licenses and ratings)

    Additional costs to consider, may include:

    • Ground school
    • FAA Checkride(s)
    • Rental fees
    • Medical exams
    • Equipment costs
    • Books, charts, and other materials for ground school and flight training

    General Questions

    Can I use medical marijuana as a pilot?

    No. The Federal Aviation Surgeon advises that federal law, not state law, governs FAA medical and pilot certification.

    Is it hard to learn to fly?

    No! People of all shapes, sizes, ages, and abilities have learned to fly. It’s a lot of fun, and from the beginning of your training you will get to do most of the actual flying!  With that said, while flying isn’t a difficult skill to learn, you must be willing to take your flight training seriously so you can pass your knowledge exams check-rides to become an FAA-certified pilot! Our average student with zero experience takes approximately 8 months to become a commercial pilot.

    How old do I have to be before I can start taking flying lessons?

    You don’t have to be a particular age before you can begin to take flying lessons. That said, however, you do have to be at least 16 years old before you can solo an airplane (14 years old for operation of a balloon or glider), and 17 before you can be issued a pilot certificate. Therefore, it may not be particularly efficient from the standpoint of cost and flight hours to begin lessons too early.

    Is there a minimum/maximum age limit for pilots?

    An individual must be 16 years old to solo an aircraft, 17 years old to obtain a Private Pilot Certificate, 18 years old to obtain a Commercial Pilot Certificate and 23 years old to obtain an Airline Transport Certificate.  FAR Part 121 (major airline regulations) require all pilots to retire at the age of 65.

    Can I fly for the military after attending Epic Flight Academy?

    Civilian training can help you become a military pilot; however, that would require you to enlist in the military and be accepted into their pilot training program.

    Will I actually get to fly the airplane?

    Yes, once airborne your instructor will walk you through the basics of flight control and you will be able to take control of the aircraft and practice maneuvers.  Not interested in that?  No problem. Sit back and enjoy the view. 

    Can I take pictures?

    Yes. You can take pictures and video of your experience in flight.  No live streaming.

    When will this flight take place?

    After purchase, you or the recipient will be able to schedule this flight by calling or emailing FlyTech.   Flight pass good anytime in 2024. 

    Where will we take off from?

    St Joseph Missouri, Rosecrans Memorial Airport  Airport Code: KSTJ

    How many people can I bring to the flight?

    Only 1.  Yourself or the gift recipient will be flying. 

    Can I bring people to watch from the ground?

    Yes you may, please keep the number of guests to 3 or less and let them know they will be quite bored during your flight if they plan to stay around and wait for you to return.