Frequently Asked Questions

New Student Questions

  • When can I start my training?
  • Any time that suits you, you can't solo until you are 16, but you can start before then!
  • What do I need to do before I start my training?
  • Birth Certificate or Passport and a picture ID. You'll need a Flight Physical before you can solo.
  • How much will it cost?
  • The cost will depend on which program you do, call or email us and we can tell you the cost of the course(s) you would like to complete.
  • Do you have any financing options?
  • We can provide suggestions, there are currently no government assistance programs besides the VA.
  • How long is your program?
  • That depends on you! The syllabus requires you achieve certain minimum hours, if you go full time you can achieve your commercial license in 6 months or less, if you intend to complete your ATP and CFII as well this time would be at least a year.
  • Do you have any housing/accomodation options available?
  • We get preferred rates at nearby Hotels and we can work with you to find apartments or housing. There are also nearby trailer parks you can setup at, or for periods of up to 14 days you can live on site in your own trailer.
  • How many aircraft do you have?
  • Precision operates 9 aircraft (3 fixed wing and 6 helicopters).
  • Do you have any instrument equipped (IFR) aircraft?
  • We do have instrument equipped helicopters and airplanes. We do instrument training and recurrency training for both airplane and helicopter pilots.
  • Why don't you fly Robinson Helicopters?
  • Precision uses the Schweizer 300 exclusively for flight training. Even Frank Robinson has emphatically stated the R22 is not a trainer. The R22 is the cheapest helicopter to operate, hence its popularity, but it is not the rugged, proven workhorse that is the Schweizer 300.
  • Does your training include any off airport operations?
  • We do off-airport training and consider it an important part of your flight education.
  • Will I be able to do any full-down autorotations during my training?
  • Full down autos are part of the CFI course.
  • I heard it rains in the NW, does that effect flying?
  • No, we fly all year, 7 days a week.
  • Are you a 141 school?
  • Precision is a 141 School.
  • Why do I care you are a 141 school?
  • A Part 141 school has demonstrated to the FAA that it meets all the requirements to train students and is constantly subjected to their oversight.
  • How many students do you have?
  • That will vary throughout the year, but we keep a ratio of no greater than 4 students to an instructor at any time.
  • I work full time, are instructors available after work and or on weekends?
  • We fly year round and we're open 7 days a week.
  • My schedule changes, can you accommodate my changing needs?
  • We work around your schedule.
  • Will I get any turbine or long-line time during my training?
  • We welcome the opportunity to provide turbine time and long line training. Its an expertise we are proud of. We aren't just a training organization, we are a Part 135 Charter Operator – turbine flight and long line work is our bread and butter!
  • Will you hire me as a CFI when I finish my training?
  • We will never guarantee a job, but we only hire from our flight school, your attitude, aptitude and work ethic play a big role in this. Furthermore we have excellent relationships with larger operators as well and have helped many, many of our students get started in the industry.
  • Can I rent your aircraft and take my wife/friends for a flight?
  • Once you have obtained your license you can take friends and family for flights.

Foreign Student Questions

  • Can foreign students train at your school?
  • We welcome students from all over the world. We have trained students from Australia, New Zealand, Canada, throughout Europe as well as a variety of Asian countries. Many of these came to us already licensed in their home country, but just as many have come to us and started their training with no previous experience.
  • Do I need a visa to do my flight training at Precision?
  • You need to have an M1 Visa (http://usimmigration.visapro.com/M1-Student-Visa.asp) we can help you with this too.
  • Are you a 141 school?
  • Yes we are a Part 141 School.
  • I have a foreign pilot's license, how do I get issued a FAA license?
  • You will need the M1 Visa and complete the FAA written exams pertaining to air regs and depending on what license you hold (private, commercial etc) meet the US equivalent requirements and pass a flight test with an FAA examiner. Please call or email us with your specifics and we can tell you exactly what you will need to do.
  • How much will it cost?
  • Cost will be a function of how much flying you need to do. Please email us at info@flyprecision.com and tell us what license(s) and ratings you have and what you are looking to attain - we can then provide a very a accurate budget.
  • I will only be in the country these dates, can I finish my rating in that time?
  • We will do our very best to make that happen, but obviously we can't guarantee that you will do it. We will give you an honest assessment beforehand as to your chances of achieving your goal in the time frame you have. Our best effort to date is 18 days for a complete commercial license + IFR add-on! We did this in January no less! The student had no previous rotary flight time – however he was a high time fixed wing pilot and he had completed his written tests prior to beginning the course.

VA Student Questions

  • Can I use my pre/post VA benefits at your school?
  • Yes you can (Post 9/11 GI Bill).
  • Can I use my VOC REHAB benefits at your school?
  • Yes you can.
  • How much will it cover?
  • Post 9/11 will pay $10,000 per year. The GI Bill will pay 60% after you have your private license.
  • Are you a 141 school?
  • Yes Precision is a Part 141 School, which is required by the VA for their assistance.
  • Do I need to attend a school associated with a college degree program?
  • You do not need to be associated with a College Program.
  • What do I have to do before I get started?
  • Contact your local VA Educational Representative to receive confirmation that you qualify for the program. (VA Educational Rep in OR 503 412 4535) and you will need a 2nd Class Aviation Medical (http://www.faa.gov/pilots/amelocator/). Then notify Precision and we can walk you through the rest.
  • Will my benefits cover my living expenses and school supplies?
  • Living and School supply benefits will only be paid under the VOC REHAB Benefit.