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How quickly can I obtain my private pilot certificate?
That depends on how often you fly each week, the amount of studying, the concentration you put forth, and individual abilities.
Typically, if a student schedules 2-3 lessons per week, training can be completed in 4-5 months.
How many lessons per week should I schedule?
Flying 2-3 times per week allows skills to develop gradually and a higher retention of material learned.
Do I have to complete ground school before I begin flight training?
No. You can start your flight training whenever you want to. Most students find that taking the ground school in conjunction with their flight training helps to solidify and retain the concepts that they have already learned.
Before taking your private pilot practical test, you must complete ground school or an approved home study course and take a 60-question, multiple-choice, FAA written exam. The minimum score on this test must be at least 70%.
Do I have to have a medical certificate to start flying?
No. You can begin training without it. However, you will need a medical certificate before you go solo.
What is involved with the medical exam?
A medical exam is really nothing more than a basic physical. It includes checking your general health, eyesight, and a few questions about medications and your health history. It generally costs around $100, depending on the doctor. There are many qualified designated medical examiners in the local area, and we would be happy to set you up with one.
What aircraft will I train in?
We offer several types. The most economical is a two-seat Cessna 152. The most common is a four-seat Cessna 172. Our flight school offers models that include autopilot, GPS, and fuel injection.
Are there set training dates and times?
There are no set dates and times. We will do our best to work around your schedule. Instructors are available seven days a week.
What happens during bad weather?
Bad weather is a common part of life in Wisconsin. Obtaining your private pilot license is a combination of flight training as well as ground instruction. While not as exciting, ground instruction is an integral part of the process.
On the bad weather days, our instructors take the opportunity to work with students on the ground portion of learning.
If my instructor is gone, can I fly with another instructor?
Yes. Every student has a primary instructor, but there are days when your primary flight instructor might not be available.
It is very common to have another flight instructor fly with you on those days. It is often a great opportunity to get another professional perspective.
What kind of things can I do once I get my license?
The simple answer is - just about whatever your want. The sky is the limit. You can rent airplanes all over the country and there are very few airports you cannot go into.
People use their licenses for all kinds of things like going on family vacations, business trips, or just a fun breakfast on a Sunday morning.
The only thing you cannot do is fly for hire, or fly in weather conditions less than VFR (Visual Flight Rules). Don't worry, those aren't the days you'd want to be flying anyway!
What are the steps involved with getting a private pilot certificate?
Flight Training: To include a minimum of 40 hours of instruction. 20 hours must be with an instructor and 10 hours must be solo.
Please note that these are FAA minimums and are not reflective of the nationwide average.
Pass an FAA written test: This includes taking a ground school or a home study course to prepare you for the test.
Upon completion, you will receive an endorsement from your flight instructor to take the written test. The test itself can be done at a local testing center like, Morey Airplane Company, and it's setup through CATS (Computer Assisted Testing Service). You must score a minimum of 70%.
Third class medical must be obtained.
Complete and pass a checkride: Much like your driver's test, a designated FAA Examiner will have an oral exam with you to make sure that you know and understand the rules and regulations of flying, as well as other concepts such as airspace, flight planning, weather, and your airplane's systems.
After completing that, the examiner will fly with you to perform all the required skills and maneuvers that you worked on during training.
Are there gift certificates available?
Gift certificates can be purchased at the front desk, for any amount, and are valid for one year.
Have you looked up to the sky and thought to yourself, "How can I become a pilot?" Well, it is easier than you might think and it can have a tremendous impact on your life in more ways than you can imagine!
Flying is one of the most amazing, majestic, and rewarding things that you can do. Whether you want to fly to your second home up north for the weekend, use it to fly to business meetings, or just take in the incredible view as you fly with your family and friends for lunch at an airport diner, come visit us at Morey Airplane Company and learn how simple becoming a pilot really is.
Introductory flight lessons are $50 in a Cessna 152 and $75 in a Cessna 172.
Gift certificates are available at the front desk for any amount.
FAA minimum times are 40 hours. However, the national average to obtain a private pilot certificate is approximately 60 hours. The Morey Flight School teaches to a performance standard, and as such, each individual student's times may vary.
Estimated minimum total costs in a Cessna 152 are $5,200 and $6,100 in a Cessna 172. Estimated average total costs are $7,300 in a 152 and $8,700 in a 172. You must be 16 years old to solo and 17 years old to be eligible for your private pilot certificate. All instruction is on an individual basis with our Certified Flight Instructors (CFIs).
CFI Ratings allow you to teach others to fly. The instrument rating allows you greater flexibility when dealing with the weather and the commercial rating allows you to get paid to fly! It may also reduce your insurance rates.
Do you need a flight review in the near future? No problem. All of Morey's instructors are fully qualified to give reviews and will take care of all the details to get you updated. Simply call Morey Airplane Company at 608-836-4431 to schedule your review.
Please keep in mind that depending on the recency of experience, multiple ground and flight lessons may be required to complete the flight review. A minimum flight review requires at least one hour of ground instruction covering: airspace, rules and regulations, weather, performance, weight and balance, emergency procedures, and TFRs.
The review also requires at least one hour of flight in which the applicant may be asked to demonstrate navigation techniques, landings, basic private pilot maneuvers, emergency procedures, and other maneuvers necessary for the safe operation of the aircraft.
When your flight review is scheduled, please study and be prepared to discuss:
• The sectional chart
• Intercept procedures (in the AIM)
• Emergency procedures (in the airplane POH)
• Normal procedures (in the airplane POH)
• Please plan a cross-country flight of your choice to a destination 50 miles away
Please prepare a weight and balance for your aircraft to include:
• A passenger of 170 lbs.
• A full load of fuel (long range tanks on an N model 172, regular tanks on a 152)
• The takeoff and landing distance at that weight for current weather conditions
Ground school is designed to provide an enjoyable learning experience while covering the subjects necessary to pass the FAA Knowledge Exam for the respective rating. Lecture time is kept to a minimum to enable maximum participation by attendees in individual and team activity, accomplishing actual tasks encountered as pilots.
The emphasis is on safe piloting rather than examination preparation. Nonetheless, participants will be examined on all the materials that they will encounter on the knowledge test. Course time is logged as ground school and may be applied to the appropriate rating. Upon proof of passing, the practice examination attendees will receive endorsement to take FAA knowledge test.
Contact the Morey Airplane Company office or your Morey flight instructor for more details.
This 12-week, 36-hour class covers:
• All portions of the FAA knowledge examination including regulations, aerodynamics,
weather, navigation, aircraft performance, flight planning, communications, weight and
• One class will be spent in the hangar learning pertinent facts about airplane mechanical
issues and how the airplanes operate.
Classroom practice involves actual weight and balance, navigation, flight planning issues, and communications on a typical cross-country flight. These exercises are discussed by the class to share experiences. For specific start date and class times, please check the upcoming events section on the Morey Airplane Company home page.
The instrument course is 12 weeks in duration with 36 classroom hours. All subjects of the knowledge test will be covered including: aerodynamics, instrument operation and errors, regulations, human factors, principles of aircraft control under instrument conditions, weather and weather reports, flight planning, communications, approaches, and avionics.
Heavy emphasis is placed on classroom participation in executing realistic, practice IFR flights in widely divergent areas of the United States. Participation will be team-based to enhance your learning experience.
Course fees include two hours of simulator time which is logged by the CFII instructor and count towards the experience level required for the instrument rating. For specific start dates and class times, please check the upcoming events section of the Morey Airplane home page.
Register to take your written exam at Middleton Municipal Airport - Morey Field by calling CATS directly at 800-947-4228. Tests can be taken Monday - Friday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM and Saturday or Sunday 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM Central.