Frequently Asked Questions

What does it take to become a pilot?

There are some steps required but we help you navigate the process.

 

If you’re not sure about committing to training yet, we offer Introductory Flights that allow you to experience the aircraft before making any commitments. You can log this time toward your flight training!

Requirements to get started with the Private Pilot Training:

  1. Although there is no minimum age to start flight training, you must be at least 16 years old to solo in an airplane, and 17 years to take the Private Pilot Certificate check ride.

  2. Show proof of U.S. citizenship (either an unexpired U.S. passport, or a U.S. birth certificate with a government-issued ID);

    • Non-U.S. citizens will have to register and get approval from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) prior to commencing any flight training. 

  3. Purchase ​a training kit. For your convenience, we offer a standard kit which includes:

    • Logbook

    • Kneeboard

    • FAA regulation reference book (FAR / AIM)

    • FAA training books (PHAK & AFH)

    • Headset (there are a variety of headset options; we like the Lightspeed Sierra for it's comfort and reasonable price point)

  4. Obtain non-owned aircraft renter’s insurance covering a $25,000 deductible. The cost is approximately $300 / year. We can help you obtain this insurance. 

 

Before your first solo:

  1. Obtain at least a Third-class Medical Certificate from a FAA Aviation Medical Examiner (AME). 

    • NOTE: If you have chronic medical issues, or are regularly taking prescription medication to deal with ongoing medical issues, we strongly recommend visiting an AME prior to starting any flight training to ensure you are medically qualified to hold a Third-Class Medical certificate.

  2. Obtain a Student Pilot certificate from the FAA. Your Flight Instructor will help you apply for this certificate early in your flight training.

What does training look like?

Flight instruction is generally divided into two parts: 1) knowledge-building and 2) skill-building. 

 

1) Knowledge-building

We work to minimize the instruction cost by focusing on at home study (using videos and books) to gain the bulk of required knowledge. We supplement with 1:1 instructor time to make sure you are comfortable and proficient with the material. This approach allows us to cut down on the typical "ground school" costs. At the end of your home study, you will take an FAA standardized computer (multiple choice) test. You will need to pass this test with a score of 70% or better.

 

2) Skill-building

The skill building is with a seasoned flight instructor who works with you 1:1 to learn the "stick and rudder" skills of flying an airplane. You will schedule these personal lessons based on your schedule: morning, afternoon, weekends, whenever is best for you.   

 

The actual flight time is ultimately based on your training needs. Even though the FAA minimum is 40 hours of flying to become a pilot, the industry average student takes about 65 - 85 hours. With the easier to fly DA40 airplanes and the way we've structured our program, we find that our students can complete their training in 50-60 hours.

 

At the end of your flight training, you will take a "practical" exam with an FAA designated examiner who will assess both your knowledge and flying skills. Once you complete this exam, you will have your private pilot license! 

Are there training financing options?

Boundless does not offer in-house financing options. However, there are many third-party loans and scholarship opportunities available.  Below are a few options:

Flight Training Finance (part time training)

Meritize (full time training)

Skybound (full time training)

AOPA Scholarship (part or full time training)