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Re: Aircraft for beginners?

Postby thatoneguytrying » Sun Aug 15, 2010 9:34 pm

lol thanks for that...can someone tell me if its a rigorous or easy process to get your pilots license?...and is it expensive?
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Re: Aircraft for beginners?

Postby redneck » Sun Aug 15, 2010 9:53 pm

Well, at least in the US, I managed to find a pretty nice package deal. $5,000 gets you a c172SP rental, books, and instruction time to get your PPL. I hope you have a decent job :wink:
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Re: Aircraft for beginners?

Postby thatoneguytrying » Sun Aug 15, 2010 11:53 pm

lol $5,000?..jesus christ...give me about two years
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Re: Aircraft for beginners?

Postby MAKG » Sun Aug 15, 2010 11:59 pm

It varies somewhat by locale.

In the neighborhood of KSFO, it appears to be US$6000-$9000. It's much cheaper around KPMD (I priced it), and at the smaller airports (the $6000 figure is at KPAO; $9000 at KSJC). Most of the cost is fuel (usually but not always included in rental), followed by the flight instructor.

It's cheaper still to get a "sport" license (by a lot), but that means you can only land at the same airport you take off from, and you can't fly at night.

Two years from high school? You won't be getting the kind of job with that much disposible income at that point. Maybe 6 or 7.
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Re: Aircraft for beginners?

Postby thatoneguytrying » Mon Aug 16, 2010 12:31 am

naw after i graduate i'm joining the army, more than likely. my aunt owns a motel that i'm able to work at in the summer thats about 2 hours away from my house and i make about $2000 every summer..so if i go to her and ask her for help she will help me....she is wanting me to move down there and go to college anyway instead of joining the military...who knows though
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Re: Aircraft for beginners?

Postby simbabeat » Mon Aug 16, 2010 2:29 am

Go into the air force instead of the army and come out with numerous pilots licenses and a bunch of hours and it'll be free. You will get paid.

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Re: Aircraft for beginners?

Postby thatoneguytrying » Mon Aug 16, 2010 4:22 am

i would but my vision wouldnt let me...its horrible
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Re: Aircraft for beginners?

Postby Calico » Tue Aug 17, 2010 9:15 pm

Your local airport probably has a book on flying -- some of them are pretty dry reading though. If you're really serious about this, I recommend Jeppessen's Private Pilot Handbook. Quite pricey, but the best out there in my opinion. \

The C172 is an excellent beginner airplane. Although it's possible to start out in something bigger and faster, beginning in a twin, taildragger, or jet can just confuse you with the complex systems and handling. Once you master the 172, you can learn to fly anything.

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Re: Aircraft for beginners?

Postby SkyWlf77 » Tue Aug 17, 2010 9:45 pm

The other excellent beginner aircraft is the Piper PA22-160. I started with it and it is excellently modeled and, IMO, is more stable and easier to fly than the C172 :)

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Re: Aircraft for beginners?

Postby someguy » Wed Aug 18, 2010 4:18 am

Agreed, the PA22 Tripacer is a sweet model and a good choice.
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Re: Aircraft for beginners?

Postby thatoneguytrying » Wed Aug 18, 2010 8:20 pm

i'm kinda getting the hang of it...whoever made the f-14 i thank you......and the F-6 is pretty amazing as well...i usually wear headphones when i play so i dont disturb other people and whenever i started the F-6 i like jerked them off because it was so loud
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Re: Aircraft for beginners?

Postby Kabuki » Fri Sep 03, 2010 6:01 pm

Generally, jets are easier to fly than prop jobs. Always, a plane with tricycle landing gear is easier to handle on the ground than a plane with a tailwheel. You have to be able to take off in order to fly!

The f-16 is an easy plane to fly -- as long as you mind your throttle and speed. There's a little circle on the HUD that shows you where you're going to be in two seconds, and it's really useful for learning how to land. Keep that little circle on the touchdown area of the landing strip, and learn the relationship between angle of attack and throttle.
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Re: Aircraft for beginners?

Postby thatoneguytrying » Sat Sep 04, 2010 6:59 pm

the f16 is good but i wish the cockpit was finished...idk if it is or not..but i downloaded it a while back and the cockpit was just gray
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Re: Aircraft for beginners?

Postby redneck » Sat Sep 04, 2010 7:21 pm

You should download the latest version. Nothing clickable yet, but far better than what you're describing.
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Re: Aircraft for beginners?

Postby thatoneguytrying » Sun Sep 05, 2010 8:01 pm

i downloaded it like...a month ago?...not even that i dont think..from the official flightgear aircraft screen..and it looks like that
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