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The Real Cost of Becoming a Private Pilot

By Bloomberg Rankings - 2012-03-08T22:04:05Z

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Where to Learn

Airports offer training by schools or independent instructors. Besides ensuring you have an instructor who knows his stuff, Philip Greenspun, a certified flight instructor at East Coast Aero Club in Bedford, Mass., recommends talking to mechanics and looking at the aircraft logs, which show dates of aircraft inspections. (They should be inspected after every 100 hours of operation.) "You want to see if the shop is clean, organized, and if the mechanics seem intelligent," he says. Among schools to consider: Sporty's Academy near Cincinnati, Executive Flyers Aviation near Boston, American Flyers, which has schools around the country, and Diamond Flight Center in Spanish Fork, Utah.