Learning to Fly

Becoming a pilot opens up a whole new world of possibilities for business and personal travel, and in some cases, can even lead to careers in aviation. Take to the skies and see what you have been missing.

Aviation Resources

There are several Web sites and resources available online to help you get started. There are also many airports and college programs in the state that can help you reach the goal of becoming a pilot.

To begin the process of becoming a pilot, check out one of the several links to Web sites that give you the basics of becoming a pilot. Then, visit your local airport or the nearest flight training operation. If you have any questions that you cannot find an answer to, contact the Iowa DOT's Aviation Bureau at 515-239-1689. We will gladly help point you in the right direction.

Where do I get flight training in Iowa?

Learn more about getting your pilots license at these Web sites.

Frequently Asked Questions

People in all walks of life have dreams. Is your dream to fly? Some of the most frequently asked questions about learning to fly are listed below.

How much does it cost to become a pilot?

A pilot certificate ordinarily costs from $6,000 to $12,000. Payments can usually be spread out over several months.

Do you need your own plane?

You do not have to own your own plane to fly. You can rent an airplane. (Check with your local airport for more information on rentals.)

How long does it take to become a pilot?

Learning to fly is not difficult, but it does require a minimum of 40 hours of training to earn a private pilot certificate. The more frequently you fly, the quicker you will earn your wings.

What is ground school?

Flight training is divided into two parts: ground school and flight training. Ground school teaches the principles, procedures and regulations you will put into practice in an airplane. Before you can earn a pilot certificate, you must pass a computerized FAA knowledge test (with a score of at least 70 percent) on this information.

When will I actually begin flying?

You will be flying on your first lesson, with your certified flight instructor’s help.


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