I also learned to fly in a Cessna 150- N16179. It is very small, and without a lot of Hp but it's fine for training. Once you get your license, then you can get a checkout in a Skyhawk and take a few friends. You will notice the extra performance! I guess it's been too long since I trained, but I couldn't fathom paying $42.00/hr for an instructor! I paid $25-30 tops. Geez, I must be gettin' old. I also have clubs in my area (SAN) that rent C150s for $43/hr, but schools are always $5-10/hr more, so I guess that rate is OK.
If you want to get the most bang for the buck, read all you can before going into your lesson. Do as much bookwork and learning about the airplane, maneuvers, ATC, ect BEFORE you fly. But the MOST important is to fly at least 3 times a week! The less you fly, the more you will pay in the long run as you have to re-learn parts of your previous flights if too much time passes. This just causes you to pay for the same instruction all over again. The avgerage student completes their private training in 70 hours. The min legally required is 40. Most do not finish in a condensed period of time, so they spend many extra hours & dollars re-learning previous tasks.
***JUST THINK: at $92 per hour it will cost you $2,760 MORE to get your license than if you finished in at (or near) 40 hours of training! That money is equal to 65 hours of flying alone in that C150!!! At those rates is will cost $3,680 to get your PPL at 40 hours. At the national avg of 70 hours to get to your checkride, it will cost you $6,440 (without ground instruction).****
Bottom line, if you make it your priority to finish ASAP, you will come away from getting your rating richer and have more money to spend on accumulating time PIC (pilot in command) as a Private instead of paying for a CFI sit sit next to you.
If you don't have the "Gleim Red Covered Book" that everyone uses to study for their PPL written- get one! Highlighting only the right anwsers on the multiple choice questions helps you to do better on the test. (An age old thing most all pilots did in training)
As a student pilot, check out these sites that are "of high relevance to (this) certain discussion" for helpful flight training information and advice:
Online airport information directory
Awesome & informative pilot website. Lists all rating requirements and curriculum.
Your Pilots License: Getting Started
Flight Training and Pilot career advice
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