Frequently Asked Questions

What are the requirements to become a private pilot?


  • Be able to read, speak, write, and understand the English Language
  • Pass an FAA Third Class Medical exam
  • Complete a minimum of 40 hours of flight time (national average is 60 to 70 hours) that includes 30 hours with an instructor and 10 hours of solo flight
  • Complete an online ground training program
  • Pass the FAA Private Pilot Knowledge Exam and the Practical Test




How long will it take to earn my Private Pilot Certificate?


Training time is dependent upon you. Your time, budget, and desire to learn are all key in determing the length of time and your success. Legally you need a minimum of 40 hours of flight time, which can be accomplished in a month if you fly everyday. If you fly two times a week you can ideally earn you license in five months or less. Others take more time, even a year or more if they desire. Because we live in the great state of Nebraska, weather can also delay training but is an unavoidable factor of aviation.




What's the best way to get started?


We start by taking an introductory flight lesson. This flight acts as a no-commitment, first lesson. I will demonstrate how to prepare for a flight and operate the airplane systems. I'll let you do as much flying as you want to do, including takeoff and in-flight, and even an assit in the landing. At half the cost of a regular flight lesson, the introductory flight lesson will give you a taste of the fun and excitement of learning to fly. Once you start, I'll ensure that your training is efficient, thorough, and fun.




How often should I fly?


The more often you fly, the faster you'll earn your license. Also, flying frequently avoids having to review previously learned skills that become "rusty" through lack of practice. I recommend at least 2 to 3 lessons per week, but I understand people's busy schedules and a dedicated trainee can still be successful flying only once a week.




What can I do as a private pilot?


As the a private pilot, the sky isn't even the limit! You'll be able to take your friends and family on a trip, maybe to just grab lunch in another town. Meet other aviation enthusiasts at local fly-ins. You can donate your skills and volunteer flying pups across the country to new homes. Hungry for more? Continue the journey and add an advanced rating, like an instrument rating, or even a seaplane rating!




This sounds like something I'd like to do! When can I start?


Call or text me at 402-413-1311, or fill out the form below to schedule your introductory flight.
Learning to fly will be one of the most enjoyable experiences of your life. Training to become a pilot is a challenging but realistic goal. Learning to fly can lead you to new social and career opportunities or even a new career path. But most importantly, flying is FUN! Come find out for yourself!




What is a medical certificate?


For many pilots, possessing at least a third-class medical or BasicMed is required to obtain pilot a pilot certificate, including your Private Pilot Certificate, and Instrument Rating. The medical certificate must be obtained from an FAA-authorized Aviation Medical Examiner (AME).

Prior to your medical exam, you will be required to complete the FAA MedXPress Application. This makes application information available to your AME for review prior to your medical examination. During your MedXPress application, you will be asked to select a 1st, 2nd, or 3rd Class Medical Certificate. Here's a breakdown of the different medical certificates to help you choose the correct medical certificate for your individual and specific aviation goals.

1st Class Medical Certificate
A first-class medical certificate is required in order to exercise Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) privileges. Essentially, anyone who wants to work for the airlines will need to pursue their first-class medical certificate.

2nd Class Medical Certificate
A second-class medical certificate is necessary for all other commercial privileges other than an Airline Transport Pilot (ATP). For those looking to fly cargo or work as a corporate pilot, a second-class medical certificate is perfect for these types of aviation jobs.

3rd Class Medical Certificate
For any other reason to fly other than listed above, a third-class medical will be sufficient for your aviation flying needs. The third-class medical certificate is perfect for those who are simply looking to fly for fun. Some who also have an interest in becoming a flight instructor can exercise third-class medical privileges.

BasicMed
For those unable to obtain at least a third-class medical certificate may be able to earn their BasicMed medical clearance if you comply with the BasicMed requirements.




Can I bring a friend to the lesson?


Absolutely! You can never fly solo with a passenger until you earn your private pilot certificate. But, when your with an instructor, you always have the option to use the 4 passenger plane for a lesson and a friend or family member can ride along.




What are the costs involved to become a pilot?


Flight training is an investment in your future. The overall cost is spread out over time and there is no need to pay all in advance. Click here for a breakdown on costs and more information on pricing.




What do you have to do to keep your license?


Once you get your pilots license, you have it forever. It never expires! every two years you must take a flight review with a qualified instructor to ensure that you are staying proficient. This consists of one hour of ground instruction and one hour of flight instruction.




Will I have to study a lot?


Yes, you will have to study. If it was easy, everyone would be doing it. I recommend an online home-study course that you can work at on your own pace while we are flying. We will spend time in the classroom, but this allows you, the trainee, to save time and money by completeing a ground study on your own.




What airplane will we be flying?


We do primary training in a Cessna 152. This airplane is a small and slow two-seater, with just enough room for me and you! It is a great trainer airplane that is very cost efficient. There is also the option of flying a 4 seater Piper Archer.




How long does a lesson last?


Typically we will fly for 1 to 1.5 hours. We will block out 2 hours to meet, this allows time to preflight as well as time to debrief after the flight.




Once I earn it, what can I do with my pilot certificate?


The options are endless! Take local sightseeing flights with friends and family, travel farther for business or rectreation. Build and fly your own aircraft or restore and fly antique/classic aircraft. Join a flying club to connect with other aviation enthusiasts. You can also support a growing number of flight organizations that support humanitarian causes, such disaster relief or transportation for non-critical medical treatment.





Corina Lottman

Certified Flight Instructor

Beatrice, Fairbury, Crete, & Lincoln area

402-413-1311

UpwindAv@gmail.com

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