A number of questions...


#1

How many hours did it take for you to get your PPL? All together, would you say the experience was hard? Was it worth the cost (time and money) involved? Do you do it for a career or just for recreation?
Was the checkride hard? The written test?

I noticed my headset (Lightspeed Solo. Came with my pilot kit.) has a place you could plug an iPod into…The picture next to it is a cell phone. I thought cell phones were illegal on airplanes :slight_smile: Anybody have this headset and tried this? Is it input only, or can you use it to talk over the microphone, too? Hopefully you don’t accidentally key your radio while talking to somebody on your cell phone. I’m sure ATC doesn’t appreciate that :laughing:


#2

60 hours for my VFR.
Experience was very hard for me especially the ground work
Absolute yes on worth of cost, almost priceless for what I have done with my recreational flying.
Written for me was harder then the check ride (missed by 1 question first try)

FAA doesn’t care about cell phone usage in a private plane as long as PIC says it’s OK. FCC I think has a different stance. I used mine but only for texting since I have “pre cell phone” headsets.


#3

48 for my PPL, 220 TT for Commercial AMEL and ASEL with instrument privledges.

I wouldnt take any part of it back. I loved my school and my instructor and i got along very well. it is definatly expensive, however so is going to college. if this is your passion go for it.

you’ll never regret it.


#4

55 Hours for my PPL; one the best experiences of my life. But recent experience with others that have abandoned the effort suggest a few points:

  1. Becoming a pilot requires a serious commitment … I have dealt with a few that just can’t conceive of it being somewhat more than learning how to drive; or, worse, who believe that their facility with computer flight simulators “means they are 50% of the way there”.

  2. You need to assess a lot of life factors … there is some success with teenagers learning how to fly but it is tough to manage if you are growing physically, not to mention the mental burdens; similarly, if you are mid to late career, going for a pilot’s license is often that extra ball that simply can’t be kept in the air; I have seen that many times.

  3. I think that a lot of effort in planning; remember that you must manage academic, practical and financial; an incoherent approach affects it all.

Good luck,