Learn to Fly!

Great! You want to learn to fly. Here are some of the frequently asked questions.

Q) How long will it take?

A) The FAA requires a minimum of 40 hours of training. The national average for a private pilot certificate is 60 to 70 hours. The reality is, you can't put an exact number on what it might take you. Don't forget, you are learning a new skill; each person and situation is different. The key to the best training is frequency. If you can commit to two or three lessons per week, your overall time will be lower. My goal is to do what it takes to make you a safe and proficient pilot and meet FAA standards.

Q) How much will it cost?

A) Cost is tied to the number of hours it takes you to master the requirements (see above).  For budgeting purposes, plan on an estimated $6,000 to $7,000.  The average cost to rent a single engine training airplane is approx. $100 per hour and instructors generally charge $45 per hour. But not all of your training requires an instructor, so you'll save money when you get to the point where you can fly solo! Yes, you can fly an airplane all by yourself before you complete your private pilot’s license.  Depending on your situation, there are a variety of options available to finance your flight training. One option is Pilot Finance, Inc. but you may find others that also suit your needs.

Q) What do I need to start lessons and become a pilot?

A) Most importantly, you'll need a desire for fun and challenge! Flying is unlike anything you will ever do on earth. A pilot certificate lasts a lifetime, not to mention it will change the way you “VIEW the world”. An instructor can help you with the rest. This is where I come in….

Q) What kind of airplane can I learn to fly?

A) Generally, you’ll start your learning in a small single engine airplane. Cessna, Piper, Diamond, Cirrus are a few names in the industry that build trainers. I can teach you in your airplane or I have access to the planes below. The planes are available through Pelican Aviation for instruction or rent. You can contact Pelican Aviation for availability at (541)882-8980 or I can assist you with the coordination.

Cessna 172
Piper Tomahawk
1943 PT-19
Rental Rate:
Rental Rate:
Rental Rate:
(Dual Only)
Rental Rate:
(Dual Only)
*Rental rates are as of March 2012 and subject to change without notice.
**PT-19 rate is wheels up flight time and includes instructor pilot. A typical ride lasts approximately 20 minutes.

We can also instruct in your plane.

Q) Where do I go?

A) The airport of course! Klamath Falls International Airport (LMT). View map.

Ready to get started?
For more information on how you can get started, contact:

David Junker at Basin Aviation, LLC via email at Basinaviation@yahoo.com

or call Pelican Aviation at (541)882-8980