Flying is an intensely personal endeavor, and there are as many reasons to become an aviator as there are pilots. At last count, that’s 594,285 reasons. Fortunately, however, those reasons fall into three broad categories: recreation, personal transportation, and professional, as in getting paid to fly.
Regardless of your reason for learning to fly, the initial training is the same for everyone. With three flight schools, Addison Airport is an excellent place to launch your flying career. Where you go from there depends on your aviation interests.
Those who want to fly for fun when the weather is good are ready to launch their aerial adventures upon earning a private pilot certificate. If you’re learning to fly for personal transportation or a career, you can’t wait for good weather, and an instrument rating teaches you to fly when the weather is less than perfect.
The building blocks of training for professional pilots depend on their career goals. All must earn a commercial pilot certificate, which refines private pilot knowledge and skills to more precise tolerances. Adding a flight instructor certificate prepares you for a rewarding full- or part-time flying career. If flying a business jet or for an airline is your goal, learning to fly a multiengine aircraft cines next.
The three flight schools at Addison Airport educate pilots for all three aspects of aviation. As its name suggests, Airline Transport Professionals (or ATP), with facilities nationwide, focuses on educating pilots who ultimately want to fly jets. American Flyers, also a nationwide network, offers training programs that satisfy a wide range of aviation needs and desires. A full-service fixed-base operator, Monarch Air offers the full range of flight training, as well as renting aircraft to pilots once they have finished training.
Learning to fly is a challenging, life changing endeavor that blends instruction in the classroom, in the air, and in a simulator (usually with the instrument rating). Online and/or computer-based study courses prepare you for the required multiple-choice FAA pilot tests, and your flight instructor provides the hands-on training that prepares you for the checkride.
Covered by the busy DFW airspace, Addison is the perfect place to earn your wings because it will prepare you to safely navigate any airspace in America. Learning to fly is a decision that should not be casually made. Visit Addison’s flight schools and discuss your aviation goals with the staff’s at each to determine which of them best satisfies your needs, schedule, and aspirations. Then schedule a discovery flight to see for yourself what flying is really like.