November 2018 Issue

Private Pilot Training:Accelerate It?

Accelerated flight training means the student forgets less between lessons and spends less time on review. We think it's a viable option for the private ticket.

Our, admittedly arbitrary, definition of "accelerated private pilot course" is one that is completed within a month. We surveyed a number of flight schools that offer such courses and spoke with some pilots who had completed one. Our conclusion is that, for a person who has the time, money and self-discipline to eat, sleep and breathe flying 8-12 hours a day for two or three weeks, an accelerated course is a better way to obtain a private pilot certificate than flying intermittently over the course of a few months or a year and costs about the same.

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