Re: Who's got their Private Pilot Certificate?
I have a commercial license, single engine land, multi engine land, and instrument rating. Total hours ~500. Unless you are doing this as a hobby, personal interest I do not recommend it. There is only a "donut" of interest for private aviation (unless you have **** pots of money, and can afford "big iron" - biz jets). Inside the donut, you drive, outside the donut you fly commercial. The donut starts somewhere around 120 miles (depends on local conditions/traffic, etc...), and ends somewhere around 300 miles. Even then, you will likely need a rent car when you get to your destination, which tends to shrink the donut from a cost point of view. Ownership is EXPENSIVE. Cost of anything decent is ~$100K, and you will have ~$10K of annual expenses (hanger, tie down, insurance, annual, etc...), and this is if the aircraft just sits. You will also need an instrument rating for the license to be really useful (lots of deaths every year from "get home itus", when the weather is bad, and bad decisions are made). However, it is a challanging endevor, and is really more about information management (navagation, instruments, communications, engine management, FARs, etc...) than it is about eye hand coordination. Which is not to say that the landing is not important. If that interests you go for it. But be forewarned, it is expensive, and of little practical value. IMO