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How can I get started?

Call any of our locations to schedule an introductory airplane or helicopter lesson or just come on down to the airport. We are typically able to schedule introductory flights as soon as next day and, on occasion, even the same day.

What does it take to get a pilot’s license?

In order to obtain a private pilot certificate under Part 61 of the Federal Aviation Regulations you must possess a minimum of 40 hours of flight time. There are a number of requirements that must be met within those 40 hours. For a more comprehensive explanation of the requirements visit our private pilot fixed wing or helicopter pages. Additional information may be found on the official FAA site, as well as AOPA’s Let’s Go Flying!

What are your hours of operation?

Aircraft are available for training and rental 365 days per year. Our offices are generally staffed 8:00am to dusk every day, but aircraft can be scheduled any time of the day.

Do I have to pay dues to be a club member?

No monthly dues are required. We ask that you establish an account and keep a $100 minimum balance in that account.

Are there any additional fees added to the rental rate of the aircraft?

There are no fuel or other surcharges at East Coast Aero Club. Fuel is included in the hourly aircraft rate unless you require fuel away from our base airports.

Do you sell gift certificates?

Yes, we sell gift certificates for any amount. Gift certificates may be used for anything we sell, including flight lessons, aircraft rental, and pilot supplies. We can help you determine the proper amount, whether it’s for an introductory flight or a gift for an exprerienced pilot, just call any of our locations and ask!

What is required for a checkout?

Tomahawk | Warrior | Skyhawk

  • Student pilot or higher
  • Minimum one hour checkout with any of our flight instructors

Arrow | C182T | SR20 

  • Private pilot or higher, 125 hours total time
  • Written quiz
  • If no time in make & model (PA28R-201, C182T or SR20), minimum 5 hour checkout
  • If 5 hours in make & model (PA28R-201, C182T or SR20), checkout
  • If 50 hours complex (for the Arrow) or high performance (for the C182T), checkout


  • Private pilot with instrument rating or higher, 200 hours total time
  • Written quiz
  • 10 hours if no Cirrus experience and less depending on experience with a 1 hour minimum


  • Private Multi, 300 hours total time
  • Written exam
  • If 100 hours or more multi, checkout
  • If less than 100 hours multi, but 10 or more hours in make & model (PA44-180), checkout
  • If less than 100 hours multi and no time in make & model (PA44-180), 10 hours dual with one of our MEIs

Is training conducted under FAR Part 61 or Part 141?

All training is currently conducted under Part 61.

Are you approved for VA benefits?

We are not currently approved for VA benefits.

Are you able to issue an M-1, F-1 Visa or INS form I-20 to foreign students?


If I take an airplane for a full day, is there a minimum number of hours I have to fly?

If you reserve an airplane for 8 or more hours in a single day, you must fly or pay for at least 3 hours. For  example, if you take an airplane for a weekend (Saturday morning through Sunday evening), you must pay for at least 6 hours, or the time you fly, whichever is more.

How do I maintain my currency in East Coast Aero Club airplanes?

In order to maintain currency, each member must fly at least one hour every 90 days in each make and model of aircraft he or she wishes to fly. Currency in one aircraft does not imply currency in another. If currency lapses, the pilot may regain it by flying with a ECAC certified flight instructor or obtaining other authorization.

Do you have any restrictions on the runways you allow your airplanes to land on?

Except for certain airports, such as Katama on Martha’s Vineyard, we require our customers to use paved runways at least 3,000 feet in length. Additional exceptions include Lakes Region, Block Island, and Basin Harbor. If you are unsure whether an intended airport meets ECAC standards, please contact one of our offices.

Can I use my foreign pilot’s license to fly in the U.S.?

Yes, follow the instructions on the FAA web site.

How can I finance flying lessons?

Most people pay as they go or use personal credit cards to finance flying.  There are several financing options including personal loans from a bank or credit union.  AOPA and are additional resources that should be considered.  Also, Lending Tree offers a flight school loan option.  There are many organizations such and the Aero Club of New England and The Ninety-Nines that offer scholarships for flying.