(Frequently Asked Questions)
What are the minimum requirements to learn to fly?
A minimum Third Class Medical Certificate is required before you may solo. The exam is given by an FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) approved physician with a focus on vision, hearing and overall physical condition. Click here to search for available physicians in the area.
Flight Training Requirements
What is the estimated cost to obtain my license?
The cost varies from student to student and depends upon which plane you fly. Below is based upon the minimum hours but as described above the actual hours required are up to the student. Proper study and preparation will go a long way towards keeping your costs down. Listed below is an estimated cost of obtaining your Private Certificate.
Private License based on 50 hours of flying: 30 dual / 10 solo / 10 of your choice
|Item||Based on Cessna 172|
|Gleim Private Pilot Kit
*We are a Gleim Distributor
|Written test via LaserGrade
Computer Testing Center
|Check Ride (Estimated 2.5 Hrs
Aircraft Rental and FAA Examiner)
|Estimated Total||$7,924.95 *|
* Monthly payments can be arranged through Pilot Finance, Inc.
Packages tend to pull more money out of a student's pocket than necessary, so we go with simple discounts. Simply purchase a $2,500 gift card (or more!) via cash or check and instantly receive a 5% bonus on that gift card!
See for yourself! See the links below to view videos of several procedures. Remember, these are large files and may take a few moments to load. You need Windows Media Player to open them.
Start Check - Watch Roger Pipkin complete the startup checklist.
Take Off - Watch Roger Pipkin execute a normal takeoff on a hazy summer day.
Landing - Watch Roger Pipkin execute a landing.
All videos were filmed at Lincoln County airport (IPJ) in the Cessna 172.
What methods of payment do you accept?
Is there any financing available?
In addition to accepting your personal credit card, cash and checks, we offer a program from Pilot Finance, Inc. which allows students to take lessons on a regular schedule while avoiding the shock to their checkbook or credit card. Their programs are designed for students to take one to five flight lessons per week. For the most common schedule of two to three lessons per week the monthly payments will be in the $100 to $200 range. Whatever your personal financial circumstances, Premier Air will work with you to design a program to get you off the ground and into the air!
What types of planes do you have and what are the rates?
Please refer to the Aircraft page.
Where are you located (Map and directions)?
Premier air is located at Lincoln County Regional Airport (KIPJ), and Statesville Regional Airport (KSVH) which are both outstanding airports for students. Both airports are fully staffed. Lincoln County has a 5,500 x 100 foot paved runway with excellent lighting for night training. Statesville has a 7,006 x 100 foot runway with ILS approach and lighting. You will almost always have fellow pilots around who can be a great source of inspiration and encouragement. Follow the links below for airport information and driving directions.
If you are an AOPA member:
Airport/Facility Directory Information on Lincoln County
Who are the instructors?
Please refer to the Staff page.
How long will it take?
This is a tough question to answer in terms of calendar days or months. As you saw from the budget information above, you can expect a minimum of 40 hours. The average is probably between 50 to 60 hours. If you can fly 2 to 3 times per week, you will likely complete the training in about 2 months. If you can only fly on weekends, given weather delays, it might take you twice as long. Both weather and your own schedule have a significant bearing on the total time required.