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[Dec. 18th, 2005|07:38 pm]
Had two flights scheduled this weekend. Trying out two different instructors before I start taking lessons for real after the new year.

Sadly, a cold front came in and instead I got a chance to learn how to translate this:

METAR KPAO 190254Z 14010KT 7SM -RA OVC035 14/13 A3013


KSFO 190204Z 190224 17020G30KT P6SM -SHRA BKN020 OVC030
TEMPO 0204 5SM RA OVC015
FM0800 20015G25KT P6SM -SHRA BKN025=

into "you almost certainly don't want to fly VFR right now, and if you did, you can't get over the mountains anyway."

[User Picture]From: ryanov
2005-12-19 05:42 am (UTC)
What's that stuff cost, anyway? I'm vaguely interested... I have somewhat of a fear of flying, but I'm fairly certain it's a control thing... but anyways, back to the original question...
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[User Picture]From: stalkingmsd
2005-12-19 05:28 pm (UTC)
"not cheap" and "it depends"

You need to rent the plane and pay the instructor. Out here, the planes run about 70-100 an hour, and the instructor runs about 40-60 an hour. FAA minimums are 20 hours of dual instruction (so 20 hours of plane and realistically 30-40 hours of instructor) and 20 hours of solo (no instructor required). But that's a minimum. The national average is around 60-70 hours of total flight time before you get a certificate. Plus there's a few hundred dollars for books, medical exam, and misc supplies.

So, the instructors who are lying to me told me about $5k, the ones who weren't told me $7-8k (and that still sounds conservative to me)..

If you just want a recreational or "sport pilot" certificate, the requirements are much less, but the restrictions on what you can do are also less (only during the day, max of one passenger, and I think you can only stay at the airport you take off from).

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