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Fly SWFL offers the most affordable high quality path for your pilot’s licenses. We work with all levels of experience. Fill out the form below, click send, and we'll contact you! Scroll down for more info.

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We are able to offer fully IFR equipped C-172s and a 182 with a Garmin GNS-430W GPS for $105 and $130 per hour WET [plus 6% FL State Tax]. This is accomplished through a unique approach to renting through a long established flying club. And just like any other flight school our airplanes are maintained to FAA standard for commercial aircraft.

CAPTAIN DALE HERSH

Like you, I have a love of flying that has never ended. It started when I was a very young. My father would take me out to the airport and we would watch the aircraft take-off and land.

I actually got him interested in further pursuing aviation and we both went on to get our private pilot licenses on the same day. A big thrill for both of us. Saving up my money from paper routes, mowing yards and what not, I soloed just after my 16th birthday and then went on to obtain my Commercial, CFI, CFII, MEI and ATP, all by age 23. Since then I have had an incredible flying career and accumulated over 24,000 hours, including instructing in aircraft ranging from a Piper J-3 Cub to the Boeing 777. I was fortunate enough to land a job at American Airlines, where is spent over 20 years, literally flying all over the world.

I have taught hundreds of people how to fly and fully understand how each person learns at different rates. I build an individualized program that matches your specific needs, not a cookie cutter approach to flying that you might get at some flights schools.

Just remember, a required part of effective flight instruction is experience.

DALE’S PILOT LICENSES

  • AIRLINE TRANSPORT PILOT
    • MULTI ENGINE LAND
    • SINGLE ENGINE LAND
  • COMMERCIAL GLIDER PILOT
  • CERTIFIED FLIGHT INSTRUCTOR
    • AIRPLANE SINGLE ENGINE LAND
    • AIRPLANE MULTI ENGINE LAND
    • INSTRUMENT AIRPLANE
  • ADVANCED GROUND INSTRUCTOR

DALE’S FLIGHT EXPERIENCE

  • 24,000 hours of accident & incident free flying hours
  • 2,000 hour of instruction time in all types of aircraft
  • Type Ratings
    • B-777
    • B-757/767
    • DC-9
    • B-727 (my most memorable)
  • 4,000 General Aviation hours in most AS & MEL aircraft
  • ATP
  • CFI, CFII

Captain Dale Hersh

Dale in 1969

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First Flight: What to Expect?

If you have ever wanted to fly, now is the time to try. For just $99 you will experience a breathtaking scenes flying over the beautiful beaches of SWFL. This will be a full flight lesson, not just 15 minutes like others offer.

  • Ground school before the flight cover:
    • Basic principles of what makes an airplane fly
    • Preflight preparations
    • Flight Instrumentation, so you know what you are looking at
  • Approximately one hour of actual flying where YOU WILL BE THE PILOT
  • Your own log book with flying credit towards your Private Pilot’s License
  • Detailed information on what is required to obtain a PPL

When do I actually start flying the airplane?

Immediately.  After completing about one hour of ground instruction before you introductory flight or first lesson, you will actually understand the basics of flight and be able to fly the aircraft.  Naturally you will be assisted by the flight instructor, but you will be amazed how much you can do own your own.

Is it difficult to get a physical for flying?

Not at all, there are several doctors in your area that are able to give you a simple 3rd Class FAA exam which usually takes no more than 15 minutes.  No blood work or special tests required.  Even if you wear glasses or have hearing aids you won’t have a problem.  A list of doctors in your area is available at FAA.gov

What is the minimum age to start taking flying lessons?

Actually you can take flying lessons at any age with a flight instructor.  However in order to fly solo you must be 16 years old and 17 to obtain your private pilot’s certificate (PPL)

What does having my Private Pilot’s License allow me to do?

Once you obtain your license, you can then bring your friends along and even share the cost of the airplane.  You will be able to fly under VFR conditions anywhere you want to go without having to be signed off by an instructor.

How long will it take to earn a private pilot license?

This will depend on how much you can fly.  If you can fly twice a week, which would amount to about 4 hours, you see it can be done in as little as three months.  However for most people this isn’t practical so you can make your own schedule and do it at your own pace.   

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Contact

We’re easy to get ahold of. Just give us a call or send us an email. We look forward to seeing you reach your goals and being there for support every step of the way.

954-801-2873

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