Frequently Asked Questions

At Crosswinds we always take the time to answer all your questions.
Here are some of our most common inquiries.

How much does it cost to get your license?
How many hours to do I need to fly?
Looking to finance your Crosswinds Aviation training?
Do you need to have perfect vision to get your license?
When can I fly?
Can I get my sport pilot license at Crosswinds?
Can I flight train in the winter?
How long will it take to get my license?
Are glass avionics safer than round gauge (steam gauge) avionics?
Can I fly at night?
Do I need to buy an airplane to fly after I get my license?
When is maintenance performed on the aircraft?
Do I need to attend a college or university to obtain my license?
How much does it cost to get your license?

Much of this depends on which aircraft you fly, how often you fly and how quickly you pick up the skills required to be proficient in each area. Generally, if you are consistently flying once or twice a week in one of our DA20 aircraft then the overall total cost will average $12,000.

How many hours to do I need to fly?

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requires a minimum of 40 hours in-flight training. At Crosswinds, we average about 45 – 55 hours, less than the U.S. average of 60-70 hours. Please visit the Private Pilot Training page for more information.

Looking to finance your Crosswinds Aviation training?

1st National Bank, right here in Howell and member FDIC, has a financing program to fit most any budget. As the local, community bank, 1st National works with customers on an individual basis. Their decisions are made across a desk and down the street – literally, instead of across the country. Contact Brian Byrd NMLS#728437 @1st National’s Downtown Howell branch at 517.545.2227 or email him at bbyrd@fnbh.com – just tell them Crosswinds Aviation sent you.

Do you need to have perfect vision to get your license?

No, perfect vision is not required. However, a pilot’s vision needs to be correctable to 20/20. Additionally, you will need to pass a Class III FAA medical exam to solo and ultimately receive your license.

When can I fly?

Our normal office hours are week days 9am-5pm. However, we fly by appointment 7 days a week, early morning to late evening. Each instructor’s schedule is posted to our online scheduler with their availability. We try to accommodate all schedules and make it easy for our clients to schedule their flights. Most of our instructors are willing to fly as early as 7:00am and as late as 11:00pm. For available flight times, please sign up for our Online Scheduler page.

Can I get my sport pilot license at Crosswinds?

We cannot provide sport pilot license training at Crosswinds because we don’t have a light sport aircraft. However, if you get a Class III FAA medical certificate, we recommend getting your private pilot license because it will be more useful than a sport pilot license.

Can I flight train in the winter?

Yes! For many of us pilots this is our favorite time to fly! During the winter the air is smoother and the airplanes perform very well in the colder temperatures. All of our aircraft are fully-equipped with heated cabins and are stored in our heated hanger.

How long will it take to get my license?

Depending on your schedule, you can get your license in as little as a month-and-a-half to a year. On average, if you can fly once or twice a week, then you can get your license in 4-6 months.

Are glass avionics safer than round gauge (steam gauge) avionics?

The most important safety factor of flying is staying ahead of the aircraft…completing all tasks before the next stage of flight. Glass cockpits present information in a way that is easy to interpret and process so that you can more efficiently complete your tasks. Additionally, most glass cockpit aircraft provide information that isn’t available in most other round gauge avionics; this includes weather, fuel-planning, airport conditions, and much more.

Can I fly at night?

Yes! The private pilot license allows you to fly day-or-night, with no distance limitations.

Do I need to buy an airplane to fly after I get my license?

No, most of our clients will continue to rent our airplanes after earning their license. Generally speaking, if you fly less than 150 hours/year it does not make sense financially to purchase your own aircraft. At Crosswinds, we encourage and support rental of our fleet aircraft. As we continue to grow our fleet, we are always working on adding aircraft so we have a good selection for your rental needs. We can also help you decide if purchasing an aircraft makes sense for your needs, and will consult our clients on which aircraft will be best for their use.

When is maintenance performed on the aircraft?

– Every 50 hours: oil-change
– Every 100 hours: 100-hour/annual inspection
We are extremely meticulous about aircraft maintenance. Each plane is taken to maintenance shops that specialize in their specific manufacturer. We fix every issue, even if it is cosmetic, to reduce any distraction to the pilots.

Do I need to attend a college or university to obtain my license?

No, you don’t need to go through formal, university-type-training for your pilot’s license. We provide the complete curriculum required to get your licenses. Visit the Start Flying page for more information.

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