Fly A Jet
I am privileged to be in the position of teaching people to fly a jet. Due to the advent of the “Very Light Jets” pilots are transitioning, on a regular basis, from single engine airplanes, to owner flown jets. The jets on the market that are feeding this frenzy are the Phenom 100, Cessna Mustang and Eclipse 500. It is incredible to see the advancement of aircraft automation over the last 5 years, for smaller general aviation aircraft. Engine parameters and power limitations are monitored by the computer and compensated for automatically. Airframe deice systems are automated and reduced to a single “On/Off” switch. The pressurization systems in the Phenom 100 is as simple as setting landing field elevation and selecting “Auto”. All of this automation relieves the pilot of mundane tasks, allowing him/her to anticipate upcoming changes, or time to deal with abnormalities.
With “personal” jets becoming much more prolific in the United States, I expect to see people starting flight training with the realistic goal of flying themselves around, in a jet in under 2 years. If you have the time and dedication, you could be flying yourself around. Go inquire at your local flight school or email us for recommendations. It is not uncommon for people to get their private pilots license in 4 months. From there you continue on and acquire your “Instrument” rating (so you can fly in the clouds). The usual progression from there is your Commercial Single Engine rating, but this is not necessary if you’re flying your own airplane and not for hire. If the airplane you own, or want to own, has more than one engine, you will need your multi-engine rating. Most people accomplish their multi engine rating in under 30 hours. Now it is time to transition into your airplane and for all jets you need a “Type” rating which can be accomplished in as little as two weeks at a sim school. It sounds like a lot but it’s worth it, the immense pleasure you get flying yourself around is priceless.