Frequently Asked Questions
Does Vermont Flight Academy offer introductory flights?
Yes. VFA currently offers introductory flights, which we call Discovery Flights. Our Discovery Flight includes a brief ground lesson in addition to about an hour of flight time. We also offer longer flights as requested. Our instructors are available every day of the week for Discovery Flights. Please call during business hours to check schedule options.
How long does it take to obtain a Private Pilot certificate?
The length of time it takes to obtain a Private Pilot certificate depends on how often you fly. Typically, if a student schedules 2 lessons each week, training can be completed in 5 to 6 months. However, we are able to tailor our program to fit your needs. Many of our students schedule several lessons a week, depending on their availability. A typical lesson lasts 2 hours and includes both ground and flight instruction. Most students will obtain their Private Pilot certificate after completing between 40 and 65 hours of flight training.
Will I be flying with different instructors?
You will be assigned a primary CFI (Certificated Flight Instructor) who will be responsible for your training program. Occasionally your instructor will schedule a lesson with a separate instructor in order to obtain another perspective of your progress. These are called “stage checks” and are very helpful for the training process. To learn more about our current flight instructors, click here.
Are there any health/medical requirements?
Yes. A student pilot, to be eligible for a solo flight, must obtain at least a “third class medical certificate” by undergoing a physical exam administered by an FAA-designated physician. These physicians arae called Aviation Medical Examiners (AMEs) and are typically family, or occupational health doctors who practice at area clinics and hospitals. If you are in good health, obtaining a medical is not difficult, and it is not an issue if you wear glasses or contacts.
3rd class medical certificates must be renewed every 60 calendar months if the pilot is under age 40 and every 24 calendar months thereafter. Your flight instructor or anyone else on staff can provide the contact information for a local AME upon request.
Is there a minimum age requirement?
Yes. While you can take flying lessons at any age, a student pilot must be no younger than 16 to solo and at least 17 to be eligible for a Private Pilot Certificate. There is no upper limit for age, provided the pilot routinely renews his or her medical certificate.
What makes Vermont Flight Academy different?
VFA is a unique group of very highly skilled and experienced aviation professionals. We know how to maintain a fun and rewarding atmosphere while attaining the highest standards of excellence in flight training. Our number one goal is helping you achieve success. Check out our About Us page to learn more about our organization!
Does Vermont Flight Academy accept international students?
Yes. VFA accepts students who fulfill the Visa and TSA requirements for flight training students in the United States. If you are a non-US citizen, you can find out more about your specific requirements for flight training here.
After I get my Private Pilot certificate, can I rent an airplane on my own?
Yes! If you are properly rated, you simply need to receive brief instruction in the type of plane you wish to rent and take a “rental checkout quiz”. Typically the necessary instruction will consist of a brief ground session and a short flight with an instructor to verify that you are able to safely operate the new airplane.
How do I pay for lessons?
When you enroll in our flight school, you will start an account with us. You may pay by cash, check, or credit card after each lesson or you can make deposits into your account. We offer a 2.5% bonus on amounts over $3000 (cash or personal check only) placed on account before training begins and anytime thereafter provided the account balance remains positive. For example, if you deposit $3000, you will have $3075 on your account.
How much does it cost to learn how to fly?
The cost of flight training is highly variable and dependent on a number of factors. Please contact us for more information!
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355 Valley Road
South Burlington, VT 05403