Licensed to Fly: Getting a Flight License Without Spending In The Clouds

Dec 24, 2018 by

Have you ever dreamed of being able to look down on the earth below with the perspective of an eagle; freely exploring the clouds and sky as you please, fueling every cell in your body with the feeling of being completely free?

Being able to pilot a plane is a unique skill that can be one of the most fantastic experiences available, but a lot of people have put off this dream due to the price of getting a license and lessons.

However, these lessons and license don’t have to be expensive; as we’re going to prove to you today. With this in mind, let’s get right into it!

Don’t Go to Flight School

It’s a common state of mind that if you want to pilot a plane, you’re going to need to go to flight school, but this isn’t really the case, and there’s actually lots of routes out there you can explore, which is ideal since flight schools can be so expensive.

Consider all the options. You could join the military since there are currently so many cockpits vacancies available, and you’ll be trained to a military level while getting paid for it. You could also invest in a freelance flight instructor that may be more affordable.

Research your options. You can find out more info here.

Consider a Sports Pilot License

A Sports Pilot License was created back in 2004 and pretty much covers the exact same criteria and lessons as a private pilot license. The only differences are that the licenses are much more affordable, only require 20 hours of flight time, but you’ll be restricted to a lightweight two-seat plane only.

Of course, if you’re going to want to fly anything other than a two-seat plane, you’re going to need a private license, but if you’re happy to stick with a lighter plane, this is a much more affordable option you can take.

Study, Study, Study

The more you can learn in your free time about flying, the less you’ll need to study and work on in the lessons you’re paying for, which will ultimately cut your costs down over the long-term.

Be proactive in seeking out learning resources you can use to help you learn about flying, whether that’s in the form of an online course or books to help you learn everything you need to know.

Get It Done

If you’re practicing and piloting once a week or even once every two weeks, it’s going to take you so long to get your license because it’s so much more difficult to retain the information you’re being taught which means you’ll need more lessons.

Instead, try to get everything done in a matter of weeks. This means you’ll have fewer lessons over the long-term which means it’s a lot more affordable for you.


As you can see, there are plenty of ways out there you can bring down the cost of acquiring a pilot’s license; you’ve just got to think outside the box and research what’s available to you! Now get out and there and take to the skies!

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