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NOT JUST RENTAL PLANES

At Hot Shot, we take great pride in the how we care for our fleet. These aren't just rental planes, but our own personal aircraft. We keep them clean, stay proactive on maintenance, and invest in the upgrades that will make your flights (and ours) safer and more enjoyable.

From our Cessna 152 and Piper Archer, to our Twin Comanche and Cherokee 6, find out how we offer the best-kept airplanes at Van Nuys.

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PRIVATE PILOT

Your Private Pilot Certificate is the place to start. Your training will cover all essential topics including weather, flight planning, and the aerodynamics of flight. A private pilot can fly for pleasure and carry passengers. To earn this certificate, a pilot needs to:

  • Fly at least 40 total hours

  • Fly at least 10 hours as the solo occupant of a plane

  • Receive at least 20 hours of flight training

  • Receive instruction on all required areas of knowledge

  • Pass a written test

  • Pass an oral and practical exam

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INSTRUMENT RATING

An Instrument Rating allows a pilot to fly through clouds and in poor visibility. It is an essential skill for professional and a great way to build hours while working toward a Commercial Certificate. Even for fair-weather-only pilots, and Instrument Rating builds great skills and knowledge for flight planning, task management, and weather avoidance. To earn this rating, a pilot needs to:

  • Fly at least 50 hours of cross-country (>50 miles away) as pilot-in-command

  • Fly at least 40 hours by reference to instruments only

  • Receive at least 15 hours of flight training toward this certificate

  • Receive instruction on all required areas of knowledge

  • Pass a written test

  • Pass an oral and practical exam

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COMMERCIAL PILOT

Your ticket to fly for hire! A commercial pilot can accept compensation while offering their services for a variety of different piloting jobs. While many other requirements may apply for specific jobs, a commercial certificate is always the number one requirement to be a professional pilot. To earn this certificate, a pilot needs to:

  • Fly at least 250 total hours

  • Fly at least 100 hours as pilot-in-command

  • Receive at least 20 hours of flight training toward this certificate

  • Receive instruction on all required areas of knowledge

  • Pass a written test

  • Pass an oral and practical exam

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MULTI-ENGINE

A multi-engine rating is typically added onto a an existing Private or Commercial Certificate. The training focuses on all the unique characteristics of a multi-engine airplane so that you can extend all the same privileges as a private or commercial pilot. To earn this rating as an add-on, a pilot needs to:

  • Train to proficiency with an instructor

  • Receive instruction on all required areas of knowledge

  • Pass an oral and practical exam

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FLIGHT INSTRUCTOR

Working as a flight instructor is a popular way to gain experience and flight hours. It is also a great way to hone your knowledge, planning abilities, and aircraft control. After all, the best way to learn anything is to teach it! The preparation for an initial instructor certificate involves detailed self-study and creating your own lesson plans for all knowledge areas. Most instructors start as single-engine instructors, then have the ability to add ratings for instructing in multi-engine airplanes or in instrument conditions. To earn an Instructor Certificate, a pilot needs to:

  • Hold a commercial pilot certificate

  • Train to proficiency with an instructor

  • Prepare lessons on all required knowledge areas

  • Pass written exams on technical subjects and on the fundamentals of instruction

  • Pass an oral and practical exam

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HIGH PERFORMANCE AND COMPLEX ENDORSEMENTS

Once you have earned

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