One of the many advantages to flying at McAir Aviation, over a Part 61 school, is that fewer flight hours are required to qualify for a pilot certificate. The requirement for a private pilot license is 40 hours at a Part 61 school and 35 hours at a Part 141 certified training center. Part 141 allows us to instruct according to a stringent and efficient training syllabus, ensuring a high level of pilot proficiency and cost effectiveness to our students.
You can start flying at any age at McAir. To be eligible to obtain a private pilot license, you must be at least 17 years old and be able to obtain and maintain a Third-Class Medical Certificate. It is just a quick exam with an FAA Certified Medical Examiner. You have to pass both a written knowledge test and a practical flight test to get your private pilot certificate.
McAir Aviation partnered with local school districts and colleges to provide practical, real-world flight lessons, education and training for students interested in aviation. Beyond the career benefits, learning to fly is a hands-on way to apply science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Students of all ages build a deeper understanding, and possibly even a passion, for the STEM disciplines through aviation.