North Georgia Aviation FAQs
How many hours does it take to get a Private Pilot Certificate?
The FAA requires you to have 40 flight hours. However, that does not include ground training, which is also an essential part of any flight school. Currently, we are seeing an industry average of about 50-60 flight hours for students to be ready for their checkride.
How many days per week should I allow to do flight training?
It will be more cost-effective if you can plan to fly 3-5 days per week than if you plan to fly only once per week. If you can only fly once per week, it will require additional review due to a loss of familiarity with the material and inevitable weather delays. Additional review does increase the overall cost.
Do you offer discovery flights? How do I get signed up?
We do offer discovery flights at North Georgia Aviation. Please contact our office at (770) 800-8288. Our Discovery Flight cost is $250.00 plus tax. The Discovery Flight covers a two-hour block of time with one hour in the aircraft and one hour on the ground with the instructor.
Is there an age requirement for your flight school?
How many Certified Flight Instructors do you have?
We have several highly qualified CFIs on staff. You can see the current roster on the about page.
What kind of documentation do I need to provide to get started in flight school?
On your first day of flight training, you will need to bring:
- A Valid Photo ID
- U.S. Passport or U.S. Birth Certificate
- FAA Certifications (Not required if New Student)
- Current FAA Medical (Not required if New Student)
- Copy of Renter’s/Owner’s Insurance (Not required if New Student)
- Please note: on your first day, a Certified Flight Instructor will help you set up your Student Pilot License and help you get an appointment for the required FAA Medical. You will not need renter’s insurance until it’s time for your first solo flight.
Do you require payment in full for the entire school, or can people pay as they go? Are there any other kinds of payment plans?
In a perfect world, we’d all have the available funds to instantly finance our dreams, right? Since life is rarely perfect, give us a call to discuss your budget and our current promotional offers to get started!
Do I get to choose what days I come to ground school as it fits with my schedule? Do you offer night classes?
The short answer is “yes”, based on your CFI’s availability. Most students choose to do the bulk of their ground school online. When one-on-one instruction is desired, your CFI will work to accommodate your schedule as best as possible.
Because many of our students have jobs or are working on their degrees, our ground school, Gold Seal, is an online school. Please find their website here: groundschool.com. They are linked to our flight training program at NGAV. This allows students to complete ground training as they are able and at their own convenience. As students progress and are assigned homework, they are not permitted to fly unless the work has been completed to demonstrate their proficiency.
What are the NGAV Cancellation and No-Show Policies?
North Georgia Aviation requires a minimum of 24 hours of notice for cancellation for any flight to avoid fees and charges. Rental and Student Pilots are required to keep their scheduled activity unless previously notified by their flight instructor or NGAV dispatcher. Mutually agreed-upon cancellations between the instructor and student pilot (due to weather or lack of aircraft availability) must be communicated directly between the instructor and the pilot.
Pilots wishing to cancel an instructional or rental reservation must notify the assigned flight instructor or NGAV dispatcher 24 hours prior to the scheduled lesson, or the pilot will be considered a no-show. No-shows/Cancellations will be billed 2 hours of instructor time and 1/2 of the scheduled aircraft reserved time at the current billable rate. Students showing up to a lesson unprepared will have their lesson time utilized to finish preparing for the lesson. The time spent finishing preparation will be billed at the instructor’s rate for the type of instruction received.
What happens if I am scheduled for a flight lesson, and it gets canceled due to adverse weather?
As noted above, mutually agreed-upon cancellations between the instructor and student pilot must be communicated directly between the instructor and the pilot. At that time, the lesson will be rescheduled for another day.