Learn to Fly
One of the primary goals of Foothill Flying Club is to bring the thrill and excitement of general aviation to everyone we can infect.
At Foothill Flying Club we offer training for all pilot certificates, from Sport Pilot to Commercial Pilot and Certified Flight Instructor. You’ll start your flight training with either a Sport Pilot Certificate or Private Pilot Certificate. Both have advantages, and the route you choose will depend on your initial flying goals.
Earning a Private Pilot License will require a minimum of 40 hours of training, and will allow you to fly a wide variety and size of aircraft. This will be your first step to becoming a Commercial Pilot if you are looking for a career.
We have included a great video below!
Training costs will vary depending on the certificate you pursue (Sport or Private) and your level of commitment and skill. The largest variable that affects the final cost is the number of flight hours required to earn the certificate. Some may reach the necessary competence level at the FAA minimum, while others may take longer. The best way to minimize total flight hours is to stay focused and to fly frequently.
If you are reasonably certain you want to pursue flight training, but just want to be sure before committing too much time, money or effort, then consider taking a discovery flight. On this flight you and one of our FAA certified flight instructors will spend a little time on the ground discussing the basics of flying before going up for your first lesson.
TSA Security Note: The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) requires new students to prove their US citizenship before commencing flight training. In general this requirement can be met with one of the following:
Valid, unexpired U.S. passport.
Original birth certificate, and government-issued picture ID (drivers license).
If you are not a citizen, or cannot produce the above documents, then it gets more complicated (but not impossible). You can get more information here.
You can take a discovery flight prior to meeting these TSA requirements, but in order to proceed with training beyond the discovery flight, we’ll need to satisfy the TSA.