Frequently Asked Questions
Can I go on an introductory flight prior to enrolling in a course?
Most likely learning to fly is something you've often thought about and have wanted to do for a long time. If you have never been in a small aircraft you are welcome to take a familiarization flight; however, for most people this is not necessary. The individual consultation that DCT Aviation offers should fulfill your interest in flying as well as answer all of your questions. A familiarization flight is always 'fun' but you must be enrolled in the school to begin learning how to fly and begin "logging" hours towards your pilot's certificate.
How long does it take to get a pilot’s certificate?
Most people will achieve their private pilot's certificate between 60-65 hours of flight time. This includes time spent with a flight instructor (dual) and time spent flying alone (solo). How long the course will take is up to you. DCT Aviation offers one-on-one instruction so you are able to schedule classes and flights at your convenience and availability. Usually three to four hours of flying time per week is a good learning rate and should average a six-month program for the private pilot applicant. Full time students should be able to complete the private pilot program in 8-10 weeks and/or the professional program (private, instrument, commercial and multi-engine) in 6-8 months.
How much does it cost?
Flight training costs will vary from student to student. You should expect to spend approximately between $8,000 and $12,000 for a legitimate private pilot training program. If you want to become a career pilot you can expect to spend between $35,000-$45,000 for a Professional Pilot Program. For additional information regarding costs for a particular training course, please contact us via e-mail or call to set up a consultation.
What is the enrollment process?
Students must first schedule and attend a consultation prior to beginning the enrollment process (International and out-of-state students may accomplish this step by telephone). Each course has a minimum number of required hours (set by the FAA for approved schools), and an average number of hours for completion. Each course requires a tuition deposit towards training before beginning. During the enrollment, students will receive their books and materials for the course, and will place the first course deposit on account. The amount of time it takes to complete a flight training course is solely up to you. There are guidelines for completion, however; all students will attend one-on-one training and will complete the course in their own time frame as determined during the enrollment.
Course brochures include more information on training and the costs for each course. You may request a brochure by contacting us (via phone or e-mail), or you may schedule a consultation to receive a full introduction to the flight training courses including cost and requirements.
When are classes starting?
At DCT Aviation you will attend classes as determined by your personal schedule. All training sessions are conducted one-on-one with your instructor (whether ground or flight training) and can be scheduled to begin once you are enrolled in a specific course. Depending on whether you are a full or part time student, you will be expected to attend a certain number of sessions per week, as determined during your enrollment. Between classes, students will be required to complete a variety of self-study and Computer Based Training (CBT) lessons as well.
Can I fly during the winter months?
It is a misconception that flight training is a seasonal endeavor. Quite to the contrary, flight training can, and should be, conducted year-round as well as into the evening hours. It is important for pilots to experience flying in all seasons and different types of weather environments. Learning to fly in the Michigan offers even more opportunities to obtain real weather experience which is not only enjoyable, but extremely important for all pilots.
What are your business hours?
DCT Aviation offers flight training seven days per week. One-on-one flight instruction allows a flexible training schedule which may include early morning, daytime and late evening hours. DCT Aviation office and dispatch hours are Monday-Sunday between the hours of 8AM-8PM. Consultations are available during office hours.
How do I get started?
Contact us to schedule an appointment for a consultation. During the consultation you will be introduced to the training programs, facilities, airplanes and all other aspects of what makes DCT Aviation an exceptional flight training center. You will meet with a school training director and be able to discuss your aviation goals and have all your questions answered. Whether you desire to fly for pleasure or for a career, this is an education into your future in aviation.
What if I own my own aircraft?
DCT Aviation can accommodate aircraft owners and their training requirements, as we are fully insured for these operations.