Frequently Asked Questions

What kind of planes does the club own?
Who can learn how to fly?
How much does it cost to learn how to fly?
How long will it take to learn?
Where is Westosha located?
What rules does the club have?
How do I join?

What kind of planes does the club own?

The club currently owns six planes. We own two Cessna 172S models, two Cessna 172P models, and two Cessna 152s. The 152s are two-seat aircraft, while the others are four-seat. To get more information, take a look at our fleet section.

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Who can learn how to fly?

In order to apply for a pilot's license, there are only a few requirements:

Be at least 17 years of age at the time of the test
Be able to read, speak, write, and understand the English language
Pass the written and practical tests
Pass a (relatively simple) medical test
Have the required flight experience (40 hours)
If you have further questions, please feel free to contact one of our instructors.

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How much does it cost to learn how to fly?

The FAA requires that you have at least 40 hours of total flight time that includes at least 20 hours with an instructor. If you were able to become proficient in this minimum time, it would cost approximately $5,050. [$3,200 for the airplane rental (40 hours x $80/hr), $1,000 for the instructor (20 hours x $50/hr), $350 for books and materials, $150 for written test, and $350 for practical test.] Rates may change.

While this represents a minimum cost if completed in the minimum time, your actual costs will probably run higher. This is due to very few people being ready for the practical test in the minimum 40 hours. The national average is 80 hours.

There are two things to keep in mind. First is that Westosha Flying Club is one of the least expensive places to fly, probably in the nation. Secondly, you don't pay this whole amount at once. You pay as you fly. You get to spread it out over time, as it takes time to learn. Many students will take one full year to learn, and some many years. You get to spread out this cost throughout that entire time.

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How long will it take to learn?

In order to get your pilot's license ("Airplane, Single-Engine Land"), the FAA requires that you have at least 40 hours of total flight time that includes at least 20 hours of flight training from an authorized instructor and 10 hours of solo flight training. While 40 hours is the minimum, the current national average is around 80 total hours. If you are a fast learner, and can fly regularly (twice per week), you should be under the average. On the other hand, if you can fly only once every two weeks or don't learn as quick as your younger counterparts, expect to be around the average or higher total flight time. Remember, the more often you fly, the more likely you will require less time, and therefore money, to earn your license.

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Where is Westosha located?

Westosha Flying club is located at Westosha Airport, in Wilmot, Wisconsin. Wilmot is the home of Gander Mountain and Wilmot Ski Hills, which is 17 miles West of Kenosha, WI, and 8 miles Northwest of Antioch, IL. For additional information, check out our Where is Westosha page.

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What rules does the club have?

The Westosha Flying Club does not have any restrictions over and above what the FAA rules are. Unlike some other clubs, we do not restrict you from certain airports, from night flying, long cross countries, or minimums if you are instrument rated. We are a very easy going club. We like to keep flying fun and encourage our members to make full use of the privileges the FAA gave them.

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How do I join?

There are two easy ways to join. You can either contact one of our instructors or show up to one of our club's monthly meetings. Our meetings are held on the second Thursday of the month at 8pm, at the airport. Also, every Saturday and Sunday morning we available to help you join.

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