Choose Between Two Options
- $149 for 45 Minute Flying Tour for One ($299 value)
- $598 for 45 Minute Flying Tour for Four ($1,196 value)
Flying Solo: Six Steps to Getting a Pilot’s License
There’s nothing more to navigating the skies than hard work, dedication, and looking cool in goggles. As you enter flight lessons, heed the following steps to acquire your very own pilot’s license.
Make Sure You’re Qualified: License requirements vary depending on the specific aircraft—whether airplane, helicopter, gyrocopter, balloon, flying motorcycle, or airship—but the basic qualifications to obtain an airplane pilot’s license are simple: you must be at least 16 years old, understand English, and pass a specialized medical exam.
Visit the Doctor: First, see if your body can handle the demands of flight. Pilot’s licenses require a medical examination from an FAA-approved Aviation Medical Examiner (AME). The exam includes vision, hearing, and blood-pressure tests. The certificate is valid for 60 months for pilots younger than 40 and 24 months for pilots older than 40.
Take an Introductory Lesson: There are no prerequisites for taking flying lessons, and you can take as many as you need to become proficient. The first step toward certification is getting a little experience in the air with a qualified instructor, familiarizing yourself with maneuvers such as takeoffs and landings before diving into the licensing process.
Choose Your License Type: There are two primary types of pilot licenses for civilians: recreational and private. To obtain a recreational license requires fewer hours of airtime—30 hours versus 40—since recreational pilots have more limitations placed on them. For instance, they can roam no more than 50 nautical miles from their home base, fly no higher than 10,000 feet above sea level (unless there is terrain such as a mountain or giant ant hill, in which case they must stay within 2,000 feet above the ground), and must stay grounded during dark hours and inclement weather. Private pilots, on the other hand, enjoy much greater freedom, traveling almost anywhere in the country—so long as they stay within 18,000 feet above sea level—and with as many passengers as the craft can carry.
Get Your Hours In: Under the tutelage of a flight instructor, pilots-in-the-making must put in the time flying by themselves, especially over long distances, and master preflight test prep. Private-pilot applicants must also be able to fly at night. Flight instructors are responsible for endorsing applicants’ flight logs before they can acquire their license.
Hit the Books: In addition to in-flight experience, pilots must pass an aeronautical knowledge test with a grade of 70% or higher. The test covers a wide range of flying subjects including FAA regulations, aerodynamics, and how to avoid stormy weather by not angering any flying witches.
A Chat with Passion Airplane Tour, Inc.
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
We are providing breathtaking private airplane tours over New York City where you can enjoy a bird’s eye view of numerous landmarks, which is perfect for a first time visitors. Also it can be an exciting proposal flight, romantic date flight, present for a friend or loved one, etc...Sky’s the limit!
What is the experience customers can expect?
Our goal is to make your day with us an unforgettable experience of flying over NYC in style and comfort in our six-seater "Pipers", enjoying spectacular views of city skylines. Our pilots are FAA certified and would love to share a passion of flying with anyone who wants to see a world from above.
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
Flying is our passion, so welcome to "Passion Airplane Tours"!
What do you love most about your job?
There's a saying - "Find a job you love, and you'll never work a day in your life". Can not ask for more...