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Becoming a Pilot and the Costs Associated

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“So how much would flight school set me back?” I get asked that a lot, even by people that truly have no intention of becoming a pilot. Flying the friendly skies is one of those dreams that plenty of people entertain, but it all comes back down to the logistics and cold hard cash. Here I’ve compiled, to the best of my ability, current costs associated with obtaining a private pilot certificate.  Read more…

10 Handy Apps for Pilots

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While personal portable devices such as smartphones, e-readers, laptops and tablets for non-work purposes are being banned, the use of these devices in (as well as pre and post) flight is actually on the rise. More and more pilots are switching out their bulky paper manuals and charts for the digital version to plan their routes, access emergency checklists, view weather conditions, assist in navigation, and even to connect with other pilots. Below are just a few of the innovated and time saving apps that all pilots should have handy on their smartphone or tablet.  Read more…

OpenAirplane Launches, Making Airplane Rental Easy

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OpenAirplane’s Universal Pilot Checkout service promises to make renting a plane as easy as renting a car. Today, OpenAirplane officially launches in six cities, offering access to rental aircraft around the country.

Today, renting an airplane can be an inconvenient process. Qualified pilots typically have to schedule an hour long checkout flight with an instructor before being able to rent a plane for personal use. OpenAirplane wants to change all that.

OpenAirplaneRouteMapAtLaunchThe basic idea is that pilots complete one Universal Pilot Checkout which qualifies them to rent the same model of aircraft at any OpenAirplane flight school. As an added bonus, the checkout resets the clock on biennial flight reviews and allows pilots to earn a discount on renter’s insurance.

OpenAirplane also makes it easy to find, reserve and pay for a rental. Pilots and operators also contribute to a reputation system – sort of like ZocDocs for pilots.

Rental Page for Open AirplaneRight now, OpenAirplane is available in six cities with more on the way:

  • New York – Academy of Aviation at Republic Airpot (FRG)
  • Los Angeles – California Flight Center at Long Beach Airport (LGB)
  • Chicago – Executive Flight School at Chicago Executive Airport (PWK)
  • San Jose – Trade Winds Aviation at Reid-Hillview Airport (RHV)
  • Kissimmee – SunState Aviation at Kissimmee Gateway Airport (ISM)
  • Detroit – Aviation Experience at Oakland/Troy Airport (VLL)

OpenAirplane is free for flight schools to list and free for pilots to join and is available to any licensed pilot who holds at least an FAA sport pilot certificate.

Becoming A Pilot Need Not Remain A Childhood Dream

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Here’s a guest post by Paul Guerrier with a good overview of getting started in aviation.

When you were a child, you probably dreamed of being a pilot. It’s rare that a person grows up uninterested in flying and then suddenly decides that he wants to fly. It’s a lifelong passion. Sadly many kids give up on it when they grow up, but you don’t have to. That dream can be a reality if you’re willing to work at it. While the process is difficult, it’s nowhere near impossible. The most important steps are finding the right school and getting all of your required flight hours in. Then, it’s a matter of practice, practice, practice.

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