Learn to Fly:
www.aopa.org/training-and-safety/learn-to-flyIf you've ever been curious about what it's like to pilot an aircraft, the first step is to take an introductory flight. You'll fly with a Certified Flight Instructor in one of our Cessna aircraft, try a few basic maneuvers, and see the capital city from 3,000 feet above the ground.
You'll spend some time on the ground getting to know an instructor, learning the steps pilots take to prepare for a safe flight, and how the controls maneuver the aircraft. Then you'll climb into the pilot's seat and begin your first
flight! You'll spend 30-45 minutes in the air. You will take the controls, fly the plane & try a few flight maneuvers for yourself
An introductory flight is a great way to discover flight in a single-engine plane, get to know one of our instructors, and consider the journey of becoming a pilot.
What to Expect:
If you decide to get your pilots license with the SGFC you can expect a few things on your journey. You'll work closely with an instructor spending hours in the air and on the ground. You'll also work on your own with training manuals learning the procedures before you practice them in the plane. You'll learn regulations, radio communications, meteorology, and the wide breadth of knowledge that pilots must employ.
To become a private pilot you'll spend a required minimum of 40 hours in the air (the national average for student pilots is 50-70 hours) before obtaining your private pilot certificate. During these hours you'll train with an instructor, progress to doing nearby solo flights, and then move on to cross country flight planning and night flying. Toward the end of your training you'll take several solo long-distance flights over scenic Montana.
For more information on the details of learning to fly, visit AOPA's LetsGoFlying.com.
a video example of an introductory flight