Q: What do I need to get my Private Pilot Certificate?

A: To obtain your Private Pilot certificate, the FAA requires that you have a minimum of 40 hours of flight time and pass a routine FAA medical exam, knowledge test and check ride. Once you obtain your certificate, you are a Private Pilot for life – it never expires!

Q: Is there a minimum age requirement?

A: No. While you have to be at least 16 before your first solo and 17 to take your check ride, there is no age limit to begin your lessons.

Q: How much does it cost?

A: FlightGest has the most cost-effective fleet and resources in the region. From our FAA-approved simulator to our glass trainers, we offer the best aircraft and instructors at great rates.  Let us know what type of training you are interested in and we’ll provide all the details!

Q: How often should I train?

A: The training schedule is up to you! To be the most cost-effective, we recommend training 2-3 times per week. This compressed schedule minimizes the “learning curve” between lessons and can significantly reduce the total cost of flying.

Q: Do I need a medical?

A: Yes. Although you don’t need one to start lessons, you will need a basic medical examination before you can solo.  The exam must be performed by an FAA designated physician and you will be required to renew your medical at certain intervals based on your age and medical condition, typically every two or three years. It’s a routine exam and is designed to ensure that you have no physical or medical problems that would interfere with your ability to safely fly. Also, please don’t assume that an existing medical condition will be an issue – there are many common pre-existing conditions which do not necessarily prevent your certification.  You can find your nearest aviation medical examiner at FAA Medical Examiners.

Q: What kind of ground training will I do?

A: In order to prepare you for your written test and oral exam, FlightGest uses an online ground school that is self-paced. We will also work with you individually to assure you become the best pilot you can be!

Q: What type of training aircraft?

A: Our training fleet includes state-of-the-art Cessna 172 and Piper aircraft, as well as a Beech Baron for multi-engine training. Features in all aircraft include the latest technological advances in avionics and equipment, including GPS with moving map, autopilot, Garmin G1000 and 796 systems  and ADS-B which rival, and even exceed, features found in many commercial aircraft. In addition, we have an FAA-approved single and multi-engine simulator which can significantly reduce the cost of initial and recurrent training. So at FlightGest, you will learn how to fly technically advanced aircraft from day one.

Q: Why FlightGest?

A: There are a number of reasons to select FlightGest for your flight training:

  • Highly professional, enthusiastic, (and downright friendly) FAA-certified flight instructors. Our flexible training staff allows us to handle your unique work and family schedule, including weekdays, nights, and weekends.
  • FlightGest continues to be selected by the FAA, TSA and even NASA to conduct specialized research and training for various initiatives. We’re proud of this unique feather in our cap … it’s a testament to our leading edge operation.
  • A fully automated online system for scheduling your flight training. Students can access the website 24 hours a day to schedule their instructors and aircraft. The system also provides useful online tools for planning flights.
  • FlightGest is the region’s only Noverant-Certified flight school, ensuring world-class training and record-keeping in a TSA-approved secure environment. In addition, it provides an expanding library of unique online training modules, including some used in FAA approved safety seminars.
  • No hidden agenda. We’re not locked in to any manufacturer. We’re not trying to sell you an aircraft.  We train in our training aircraft or yours, with hands-on experience in Cessna, Piper, Beechcraft, Cirrus, Mooney, Diamond and others.
  • Diverse, modern fleet for training and rental as well as FAA-approved flight simulators (single and multi-engine).
  • FlightGest is located at Raleigh-Durham (RDU) airport, a quick drive from anywhere in the Research Triangle Park area (Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill). In addition, our particular location at the airport uniquely gives students the combined benefits of a small airport plus the vital experience of working with air traffic control (ATC). Our students have the unique skills of operating at any airport, large or small.
  • A full-service pilot shop, carrying all of your flying needs, located onsite as well as FAA-authorized testing centers (CATS).

Q: What can I do after I earn my private pilot’s certificate? Can I rent an aircraft for personal or business trips?

A: Once you pass the practical exam and obtain your private pilot certificate, you’re an official pilot for life! You may now carry passengers (and share plane rental expenses with them) and fly anywhere, as long as the weather is good enough for visual flight conditions. You can also continue on withFlightGest to obtain your instrument rating, commercial pilot certificate,  instructor certificate or airline transport pilot rating. Also, note that pilots often rent our well-equipped aircraft for personal or business trips.

Q: Do I need renter’s insurance?

A: While FlightGest does not require its clients to obtain renter’s insurance, it is highly recommended and becoming an industry norm. Avemco® has coverages designed especially for student pilots and renters. For more information, click Avemco to visit their website and learn more or buy online today.

Q: I own an aircraft … can I still use FlightGest instructors for my training or recurrency?

A: Yes! We provide pilot services in virtually any aircraft and can also augment that training with our simulator (e.g., emergency operations, instrument proficiency, etc.). Call us anytime!

Q: I am not a U.S. citizen. Can I still receive flight training?

A: We deal with many aliens pursuing their flight training. As long as you already have a valid visa to be in the US (e.g., student at university, work visa, etc.), you can pursue your flight training with us after going through a relatively straightforward TSA approval process.  (TSA has approved this process for many students who hold a valid visa and don’t expect to pursue more than 18 hours per week of flight training.)

The process can usually be completed in just a few weeks. We encourage you to review the guidance provided at www.flightschoolcandidates.gov. Note that the training you would be receiving falls under Category 3 in the previous link.

Q: How do I get started?

A: Schedule Your First Lesson!  Just call us at 919.840.4444 or send your request to info@flightgest.com. We also encourage you to look at online resources such as AOPA’s Learn To Fly videos.