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Published May 7th 2011
If you have always wanted to learn to fly, but you think that you would have to travel out of the confines of New York City to do so, you'll be pleased to know there are several flight schools and airfields that offer flying lessons. These lessons range from instruction courses that will allow you to earn a private pilot's license to more advanced classes for pilots who need to earn flying hours or fulfill other requirements to keep their pilot licenses current.

Some places use actual planes, while others use simulators. The results will be the same, though—you'll learn how to fly.

Manhattan Simulator Training

You have to make an appointment to receive training on the simulator at this location in the SoHo District of Manhattan, but you'll receive personal training sessions. You can go to the website to learn about upcoming training dates and register for your sessions.

Using the simulator allows you to keep your IFR (instrument flight rules) knowledge current, as well as preparing you for your first flight school lessons. You will have to attend flight school at another location, though, because Manhattan Simulator Training does not offer actual "how-to-fly" instruction; this is more of a place to keep up your license requirements.

If there are appointments available, however, you can simply arrange to fly the simulator just for fun. Many people do this, and it is very enjoyable as it does mimic somewhat the feel of being in an actual plane.

Pilot Journey

This company operates flight schools all over the country, including some in both New York and New Jersey. You shouldn't have to go far from New York City to find one. In fact, Ronkonkoma, in the Long Island area, has several Pilot Journey locations.

When you do find a location, you'll be able to choose from classes such as student, instrument, commercial, and career flying. In addition, you can also take lessons to become a sport pilot, or learn how to fly a helicopter.

If you are already a pilot, you can receive continuing education training at one of the New York or New Jersey Pilot Journey flight schools. This will ensure that your pilot's license remains current and in force.

Long Island Flying

Located at 2111 Smithtowne Road in Ronkonkoma, NY (in the Long Island area of New York City), Long Island Flying offers a number of flight training programs. These include private pilot lessons, IFR (instrument flying) courses, and instruction for commercial or career pilots. In addition, you can also learn to become a flight instructor yourself, if that is something you're interested in.

With its convenient location to New York City, this is a good school for those who live in Manhattan. Public transportation such as the Long Island Railroad can help you get close, and you can arrange for transportation to the flight school from there.

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Why? Because flying is an adrenaline rush
When: Whenever you schedule lessons
Where: All over New York
Cost: Depends on school
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