Q: I am interested in learning to fly, what does it involve?
How many times have you dreamed of flying an airplane? Whether it is for pure fun and excitement or pursuing a new career in aviation, learning to fly is surprisingly easier and more affordable than many people think. So when you decide you’re ready to move beyond the passenger seat, a Private Pilot Certificate is your starting point.
We at Bemidji Aviation Services, Inc. can put you in the pilot's seat at any pace or budget you chose. You select the time of day, evening or weekend and the number of training sessions per week that best suits your schedule. You may even select your own flight instructor from our team of professionals based upon your unique personality, age, and interests.
Becoming a pilot requires two elements: ground and flight training. Subjects that will be covered in the ground lessons include: aerodynamics; aircraft systems; meteorology; the national airspace system; radio communications; aircraft performance; navigation; and night flying procedures to name a few. Flight training is more exhilarating because you have the freedom of three-dimensional movement (up-down as well as left-right), greater speed, and unbelievable panoramas. Under the watchful eye of our flight instructors, you will soon be flying a plane as easily as riding a bicycle.
Q: What is a Discovery Flight?
Imagine yourself in the pilot's seat of a real airplane in flight. You push the throttle forward and within seconds you are climbing into the skies. You are flying, you are a pilot!! A Discovery Flight will place you and up to two guests into the world of a pilot. One of our FAA Certified Flight Instructors will guide you through a ground discussion and weather briefing, followed by a hands-on preflight of the airplane, takeoff, in-flight maneuvers, landing and post-flight debrief.
The best part, YOU will have the controls almost the entire flight! From takeoff to landing you will experience the hands-on fundamentals of flight. Under the watchful eye of your instructor you will be allowed to pilot the aircraft in turns, climbs, and descents to see just what flying is all about thousands of feet above the earth.
Often, a Discovery Flight is the official start to your journey to becoming a pilot. This wonderful experience is offered at a discounted price. Discovery Flights make a great birthday, holiday, graduation, or anniversary gift for that special person. A Discovery Flight certificate also makes a truly unique gift for that special friend or family member who has always had a yearning to fly! Because of the hands-on nature of a Discovery Flight, this will NOT simply be an airplane ride.
Q: What is the greatest thrill in flying?
Your first solo flight represents the culmination of your earliest flight training efforts. It is the first major step in your flight training and it has been cloaked in tradition since the beginning of flight. Simply put, your first solo flight will change your life.
After you have learned some basic maneuvers, taken a pre-solo written test, and learned to land safely, your instructor will suddenly, one day, exit the airplane and tell you to do three take-offs and landings. As he walks away, you will sense that you are about to cross an important threshold. You are leaving the nest for the first time. When you taxi back to the terminal, you will feel exhilaration, a sense of accomplishment, and perhaps for the first time the realization that you WILL be a pilot. A pilot's first solo flight is often seen as a rite of passage. There is a great deal of tradition behind this step in a pilot's training, and it is often a special occasion.
After your first solo your shirttail is cut as you step out of the aircraft. This is a very old tradition and no one is certain as to its origin, but it continues nonetheless. One suggested origin of this tradition is that before there were headsets that allowed a student pilot and his instructor to communicate, the instructor would sit behind the student and yell instructions into his ear. To get his attention, the teacher would yank on the student’s shirttails. Once the student soloed and didn’t need the instructor, the shirttails would be cut off.
Q: I am afraid to fly, is there anything I can do to ease my fear?
Yes there is depending on the cause of your fear. The most common fears of flying include fear of crashing (which is the most common reason); a fear of closed in spaces or heights; a feeling of not being in control; and a fear of turbulence. Fear is an emotion induced by a perceived "threat" or something that is "unknown". The fear of flying receives more attention than most other phobias because air travel is often difficult for people to avoid. If a phobic flier were able to fly in the cockpit, the pilot's facial response to an unexpected noise or motion would adequately prove the absence of danger.
At Bemidji Aviation we can’t "treat" or "cure" a fear of flying. You are the only one with the influence to change your perceptions. However, we can explain how an airplane flies and provide you a basic understanding of flight that enables you to conquer your fear. Education can help in overcoming the fear of flying by removing the "unknown" and can considerably diminish concerns about personal physical safety.
One of our own talented, professional FAA Certified Flight Instructors will guide you through a ground discussion on the principles of flight, explaining how aircraft fly, how airliners are flown in practice and other aspects of aviation. Understanding what a certain sound is, or that an encounter with turbulence will not destroy the aircraft, or how the air traffic system works is beneficial to easing the fear of the unknown.
Q: What is the advantage of traveling by air?
The one word answer would be "time", traveling by air often reduces travel time by 50% or more. Air transportation is the fastest mode of transport over longer distances. There is no substitute for air transport when people or commodities need to be at a destination quickly.
Chartered aircraft, such as the passenger flights or cargo services we offer at Bemidji Aviation result in the best time savings, as we can depart and return on your time schedule. Although airline seats are cramped and crowded, chartered flights are more comfortable with reclining seats, leg room and better views. You may request your favorite beverage or meal to be provided as well.
Charter flights are essentially door to door service without the hassle of airline travel. You only need to arrive at the airport minutes before departure and you don’t need to remove your shoes. Check-in procedures are only minutes and the flight crew is there entirely for you!
No prior flight experience is required, "Come Fly with Us" at Bemidji Aviation.