Yes. In fact, one of the advantages of training in the Northeast is exposure to different conditions presented by changing seasons. A well trained pilot is someone who has experienced a wide variety of real life weather conditions.
Yes. Fischer Aviation is fully qualified and insured to offer training in a wide variety of student-owned aircraft.
You have actually just taken your first step in becoming a pilot by visiting our website. Now all you have to do is call us @ (973) 575-1900 to set up a time to come and see our facility and airplanes. Whether you desire to fly for recreation, career or business/utility, we will answer all of your questions pertaining to your aviation goals. You can also check out our introductory lessons by clicking “For more info” in the “Discover Flying” box to the right.
8AM – 8PM daily – Student flights and ground instruction may also be scheduled with your instructor earlier in the morning and later in the evening depending on your individual needs.
Enrollment at Fischer Aviation is simple. Once you decide to start your flight training, you will need to fill out and sign some basic forms for your student folder as well as provide a photo id and proof of citizenship (such as your US passport and/or birth certificate). This simple paperwork can be done any day of the week but must be completed prior to your first lesson (enrollment is not necessary for a single intro lesson). At enrollment, you will also receive your ground school materials for the course. (Student ground school materials and first flight lesson or intro package must be paid for at this time). Non-US Students, please see FAQ pertaining to Foreign Students.
In order to meet the requirements of our insurance coverage, we are required to have a credit card on file for each student and/or renter. However, there are many options to pay for your flight time with us. We accept cash, credit cards and offer the option of Pilot Finance.
There are no specific enrollment periods at our school. You may begin at any time. We offer the flexibility of scheduling you one on one with your instructor based on your schedule and you may fly as much as you like.
At Fischer Aviation we make every effort to assign our students an instructor who will work well with them and their individual personality. All of our instructors want to see you succeed as a pilot and have flown in your shoes at one point in their lives.
Private Pilot Certificate
As a certificated private pilot you may fly and carry passengers day or night under visual flight rules (VFR). However, you may not fly for hire.
The required amount of flight time to get a private license is 35 flight hours in an FAA part 141 approved school. Non-approved schools require 40 hours. However, most people will take a little longer than that to become a pilot. Plane & Pilot magazine writes, “The national average, however, indicates that the typical student pilot tends to require more than 70 hours of training, regardless of the type of school, to earn a private-pilot license.” This is not true for everyone, and many of our students learn with considerably less time. As with any type of training, the more you dedicate to it, the quicker it will go.
To be eligible for a Private Pilot Certificate, a person must:
(1) be at least 17 years of age, however, you may solo at the age of 16
(2) be able to read, speak, write, and understand the English language; and
(3) hold at least a current third-class medical certificate
Yes. The FAA provides a great deal of information on flight training on their website: www.faa.gov.
Yes. Fischer Aviation follows the syllabus published by Sporty’s for the training course in which you are enrolled. Our instruction follows this syllabus to ensure quality and to help the student navigate through his/her training.
During your training there will be several written knowledge tests and flight progress checks administered by our school. Written tests include the solo and solo cross country knowledge tests as well as a written exam for the make and model airplane you will fly on your solo flights. Flight progress stage checks will include a pre-solo, pre-solo cross country and pre-FAA check ride flight. Prior to course completion you will take the FAA written exam at a designated testing center. Finally, you will be fully prepared to take to take your practical test with the FAA or FAA designated examiner. This practical test consists of an oral exam and flight test.
The greatest benefit to having an instrument rating is the enhanced level of safety and proficiency. One of the greatest risks for VFR only pilots is continued flight into deteriorating conditions. In addition, your instrument rating will allow you to fly in weather conditions that are below the minimums for VFR flight, hence expanding on your ability to fly.
The minimum time requirement for the instrument rating is 35 hours of instrument instruction at a Part 141 Approved Flight School. A non-approved school requires 40 hours. The realty of achieving your instrument rating close to the minimum time is more likely than with the initial private certificate because you already know how to fly.
The only requirement to log training time for your instrument rating is that you have your private pilot certificate.
Yes. Fischer Aviation follows the syllabus published by Jeppesen for the training course in which you are enrolled. Our instruction follows this syllabus to ensure quality and to help the student navigate through his/her training.
During your training to get your instrument rating the written tests consist of your FAA written exam. In terms of flight tests, there are four different phases, each concluding with a phase check flight.
Since you pay for the aircraft and the instructor by the hour, students who complete their training in 60 hours (just below the national average) will spend significantly less money than a student who requires more time. You can go a long way toward reducing the cost of your training by flying as often as your budget and schedule allow. If you can train only once a week, you may take several times longer than if you can fly three or five times a week or every day. The more frequently you fly, the faster you will learn and acquire your license. You can expect to spend approximately $13,000 for a comprehensive private pilot course if you are flying two times a week averaging 3 to 4 hours per week.
You can expect to pay $9,000 for a comprehensive instrument rating. This cost can also be reduced by the use of our simulator.
Yes. Fischer Aviation is approved to offer you a student loan though Pilot Finance Corporation. Please contact our office to fill out an application.
Under Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) Part 1, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) defines a medical certificate as â€œacceptable evidence of physical fitness on a form prescribed by the Administrator.â€ The primary goal of the airman medical certification program is to protect not only those who would exercise the privileges of a pilot certificate but also air travelers and the general public. A person who meets FAA airmen medical standards, based on a medical examination and an evaluation of medical history, is entitled to a medical certificate without restriction or limitation other than the prescribed limitation as to its duration. Individuals required to hold a medical certificate must have it in their personal possession at all times when exercising the privileges for which they are licensed.
No. You do not need to get a medical or student pilot certificate before you start your training, however, we do recommend you get one as soon as possible to allow time for any issues that may need to be discussed with your doctor.
You will only be required to get a third class medical to train at Fischer Aviation.
You can search online at www.faa.gov to find an aviation medical examiner in your area.
Yes. The United States Transportation Security Administration requires all non US students to register for a background check for flight training. This may be accomplished at https://www.flightschoolcandidates.gov/. After your initial consultation with Fischer Aviation, you will be given complete directions on how to get your TSA approval to train with our school. This process may be done on-line with the exception of fingerprinting. This process takes approximately one week. All foreign students are permitted to take one introductory flight prior to TSA approval, but photo ID is required. Please fill out the “Getting Started” box to the right to get details about our introductory flight.
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