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The Real Cost of Becoming a Private Pilot

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

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"When learning to fly, you are doing something not everyone can do," says Presley. "You've created an avenue for freedom." First, though, you have to develop "flying attitude," according to Greenspun. That means understanding how the way you sit can bank the plane and how much the nose of the plane should point down when approaching the runway. Another tip: Don't stare at your instruments -- it will make you feel sick. Ed Keins, manager at Executive Flyers, says that at his school, before you can fly solo, you must fly two trips of at least 50 miles and one of at least 150 miles.