“For once you have tasted flight you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards, for there you have been and there you will long to return."

                                                   Author Unconfirmed 


How to get started: 

Imagine yourself as a pilot – taking your family and friends on fabulous trips to great destinations – experiencing the early-morning tranquility as you watch the sun rise above the horizon. When you learn to fly a whole new world is open to you.  It’s much easier, safer, and less costly than you may think!
Learning to fly can be one of the most exciting and rewarding experiences of your life. It can give you the freedom to travel to places inconvenient or beyond one’s appetite by automobile. It can open a whole new world of opportunity and pleasure. It is a step that, once taken, you’ll never regret.  Come and experience how you, too, can learn to fly!

 Discovery Flight

We hope these FAQs will help to answer some of the questions you may have about learning to fly.  If you have further questions, or decide you’re ready to take that first step, simply contact us. We’ll be glad to help you get started in the right direction.


Important Questions to Ask a Flight School or Instructor

Why Learn To Fly?

Aside from the sheer exhilaration that flying offers, some of the best reasons for learning to fly are the most practical.  First of all, flying saves time.  It lets you set your own departure and arrival times, there’s no waiting for tickets and baggage, and you travel in business-like privacy, not in a crowd.

What Can A Private Airplane Do That A Car Or Airline Cannot?

A lot.  A private airplane can land at one of 12,000 airports located in the U.S. alone. The airlines are restricted to as few as 680.  Which means you can land close to your destination, not several hours drive away.

By Car, you are even more restricted.  You can only travel on highways jammed with over 124,000,000 other vehicles, where by plane you can pick almost as many "highways" as there is airspace to travel in, multiplied by a whole range of different altitudes.

And like it or not, the legal speed limit for cars on most interstates is 65mph which is merely takeoff speed for most airplanes.

How much  Will Learning To Fly Cost?

Roughly $8,000 to $9,000, depending on current rental rates and how fast you complete the course of instruction.  For starters, however, we would suggest an inexpensive Discovery Flight.  This will give you real "hands-on" experience flying an airplane with an instructor at your side, prior to enrolling in a course.

Discovery Flights provide a great way to get an introduction into flying!  Our instructors will give you a brief introduction to ground school, take you through safety precautions including preflighting the aircraft, and take you up for a 30 minute flight.  During the flight, you’ll get to experience first-hand what it’s like to take the controls and maneuver the airplane through the sky.  Schedule one today for yourself or as a gift for someone special.  Be careful, though, this is highly addictive.  Our Discovery Flights are for 30 minutes and cost $95.

Note: You will also receive a 6-month subscription to AOPA Flight Training Magazine, the leading "learn to fly" magazine (US Residents Only).

The Course is the exciting learn-to-fly concept available through our Air-Mods Flight Training Centers.  A step-by-step course of instruction starts you off with learning basic maneuvers, soloing, night flying, basic instrument flying, and finally cross-country flying, making you ready to pass the Practical Test commonly referred to as the "checkride".

What Physical Requirements Are Needed For A Pilot’s License?

People often make the mistake of believing they need to meet the same demanding physical standards as astronauts to earn a private pilot’s license.  Actually wearing glasses and many other physical handicaps do not necessarily prevent you from flying. General good health and being at least 16 years old are the only real requirements.  There is no upper age limit as long as you can pass the periodic medical examinations.

Student and private pilots need a Third Class Medical Certificate issued by doctors specially designated by the FAA, and good for 2 or 3 years, depending on your age.  Air-Mods Flight Training Center can provide you with the names of these doctors in your area.

Do I need to purchase insurance?

As typical with most aircraft rentals, we require flight training students who are soloing and all other aircraft renters to purchase a minimum of $10,000 of Renter’s Insurance on file with us prior to renting.  This insurance protects the student and renters with liability coverage and covers the first $10,000 in the event of damage to our airplanes.  Our staff can provide more details on the coverage requirements.

We do not, however, require Renter’s Insurance for initial flight training students who have not yet soloed.  Our insurance covers this flight time and this grace period provides the student with ample time to get going with their instruction and then secure the insurance appropriate for their needs.  For your convenience, Air-Mods recently partnered with Avemco to ease the process of acquiring insurance.  See our "Pilot’s Corner" page for more information.

In What Type Of Aircraft Will I Be flying?

You will enjoy your first flight experience in an aircraft ideally suited for flight training. At Air-Mods Fight Training Center, we use 4-place, single-engine aircraft including the Piper Warrior or Piper Archer.

This type of aircraft offers an outstanding learning environment because of lack of complexity with the instrument panel arranged so that all gauges and controls are within easy reach and sight.  The instrumentation is complete, but it’s simple in layout, so you’ll have a minimum of distraction and can concentrate on learning how to fly.

Do I Have To Go Through Classroom Training?

As part of the program, students participate in 40 hours of a flexible, self-paced ground school as per the Part 61 curriculum at our Robbinsville center.  This ground training is of considerable value when it comes to doing the actual flying.  At Air-Mods Flight Training Center, your instructor spends ground time with you one-on-one concurrently with the flight training.  This allows you to immediately see how the concepts learned on the ground translate into real life.  We also use video supplements to further explain aerodynamics, instruments, weather, navigation and lots more.

Click here for more information on the FAA steps to becoming a pilot: http://www.faa.gov/pilots/become/

You see it.  You hear it.  You discuss it and you remember it.  Then you go out and practice it in an airplane with your instructor.

How Do I Get Started?

Start by calling us at 609.259.6877.  Talk to one of our instructors.  Ask questions.  Then take a Discovery Flight and find out for yourself, perhaps for the first time, what it really feels like to fly an airplane.

Once you’ve flown you’ll be ready to begin the first step on your way to a private pilot’s license.


Will the school and instructor meet your needs; will they have your goals and interests in mind?

Yes! At Air-Mods Flight Training Center, all of our training is done one-on-one and around your busy schedule. We will work with you to understand your aviation goals and help you achieve those. We will make your flying experience enjoyable and informative.

What is the school’s safety record?

Safety is foremost at Air-Mods Flight Training Center and we pride ourselves on our excellent safety record.  All of our instructors are certified by the FAA and maintain currency with their requirements.

What is the school’s maintenance record and who performs the maintenance on the schools aircraft?

Our maintenance record is excellent!  And, our sister company, “Air-Mods and Repair, Inc.” handles all maintenance.  In fact, we believe that is a primary advantage we provide since we can effectively and efficiently maintain the aircraft.  As part of our standard operating procedures, our FAA certified mechanics routinely inspect and maintain the aircraft and we encourage our students and pilots to review our maintenance logs.