Questions & Answers

Flight Training Q & A

Q: What are some of the different scenarios time wise that I could obtain my private pilots license?


A: You may do a straight through ten day program or you can do an accelerated weekend program. You could also do a combination of both as well depending on your schedule...


Under the ten day program, you can expect to complete the license in around 40 to 45 hours of flight time . This is the cheapest and fastest way to get your licenses and ratings but might be difficult to get ten days off in a row so it might not work for some.


Under the accelerated weekend program, you can expect to complete the license in a little over a month and will average around 40 to 50 hours of flight time. 


Q: Can we use my aircraft?
A: Yes, absolutely.


Q: What is the difference between a flight school CFI and Flyaccelerated?
A: Flight schools typically employ low time instructors (on average between 200 to 800 hours flight time) whom are there to simply to build flight time at your expense so that they may move on to their next commercial pilot job. They typically work for very little pay ( they usually get paid around $15 bucks per flight hour by the flight school while you pay up to $65 per hour) and are in a big hurry to get on to the next job so that they can start earning the big bucks. The morale and motivation is low to say the least. This is true for roughly 80% of CFIs out there today. This is simply how the flight training system works but it doesn't mean that you have to settle for a bad instructor for your training. 

 When you use me for your training, you are getting the real deal. Someone who has been around for a very long time and knows precisely how to get results!


Q: What courses do you typically teach in the accelerated format?
A: We typically only do the private pilots license and instrument rating but we can usually teach all of the courses listed here. We also do finish up courses for those of you who need the extra little push to finally get it done that typically last 3 to 8 days or more as needed.


Q: How long should the Private pilots license usually take?
A: You can expect about ten days or less to complete your Private pilots license under normal circumstances. Any disturbances such as bad weather, aircraft malfunctions etc will add to this time. You can view a typical schedule here.

Q: How long should the instrument rating take?
A: As long as you have the 45 hrs PIC XC, it should only take about ten days or less.

Q: What could I do on my own prior to starting the private pilots license?
A: 1. You should get at least a class 3 medical exam or better through an FAA designated aviation medical examiner(AME). Go here to find one in your area. It only takes about a half hour and typically cost around 90 bucks and is good for up to 5 years in some cases.
2. You should obtain these items from my equipment list available here (bottom of page) or you can get them at most pilot shops when I get there if possible.
3. You can complete your FAA airman knowledge test by studying from the Sportys online study guide here. You do not have to complete the written test before I arrive but it helps tremendously in getting it done in a timely manner! Remember there is a knowledge test and a practical test of which the knowledge test (aka written test) may be completed before we even start training.
4. You should become familiar with my memory items! Bookmark this page as it is most of the info asked on your oral exam!!

Q: What type of testing has to be completed before I can receive my private pilots license or any other license or rating for that matter?
A: You will be required to complete a written test and a practical test before you receive your license. The written test is something you can prepare for online before you start your training if you wish by visiting sportys.com and registering for the ten dollar study buddy program. The practical test is completed at end of our training and is conducted by an independent FAA designated examiner (He is not an employee of the FAA). It consists of both oral questioning and a flight evaluation and lasts about 4 hours total from start to finish. We will coordinate
the meeting with the examiner when we are ready and ensure that you have everything necessary to pass your test before you get the license. In most cases, We will actually sit through the test with you to help smooth the process.

Q: What should I do before you arrive for the instrument course?
A: 1. You should have at least 45 hours XC PIC.
2. You should have at least 10 to 20 hours of "hood" time with at least a properly rated safety pilot or dual instrument training with endorsement from your previous instructor if applicable
3. You should have the instrument rating knowledge test completed as well.
4. Make sure your medical is up to date.

Q: How does the typical training day usually go on the ten day program?
A: We typically start around 7 in the morning with a short ground and preflight then on for about a 1.5 to 2 hour flight. After the flight (around 10 am) we have about a 2 hour ground training session and then on to about a 1 hour lunch. After lunch (appx 1pm) we go on another 1.5 to 2 hour flight and then on to another roughly 2 hour ground training session which puts to around 5-6 pm and dinner time. After dinner, we go on another flight and work on our night flying or instrument training requirements as necessary. Ground training may also be
substituted at this time depending on areas which we may need to add additional focus as necessary. Our daily schedule will constantly change based on our syllabus as well as to adjust to your specified learning requirements. Before we begin training, I will publish a customized syllabus page specifically for you on
this website that we can both reference before and throughout your training. It will include checklist items for both of us as well as a schedule of events tailored directly to your particular needs so that we may finish in a timely manner. See here for a sample schedule

Q: What is the advantages of accelerated training over slower paced training?
A: When you drag out your training over many months, you can expect to pay 50% to 100% more as well finish with a much higher total flight time than you would by attending my accelerated course. Why is this? It is because the time you take off in between lessons causes you to forget what you learned during your last lesson. You in turn take precious time during your next lesson simply "remembering" what you forgot in your last lesson. Additionally, around 94% of all students who start non accelerated training will never receive their pilots
license (according to AOPA) compared to about a 5% drop out rate for my accelerated students. See here for a cost/benefit analysis.

Q: What are the costs involved when using a Fly Accelerated certified training facility?
A: Due to the intensive nature of this type of training, I charge a flat daily rate of $500. Most all of our days on the ten day program will run about 12 hours in length as well.

Q: How do I get the ball rolling?
A: Contact me on my cell at (702) 504-6376 or E-mail me at jamieclabaugh@flyaccelerated.com for schedule availability and to set up a time for us to talk further.


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