How to Rent an Airplane 
Most airports offer at least a few planes for rent, and when you learn to fly, you usually have to rent a plane to learn the basics. What does it take to rent an airplane? Well, it depends on the airplane! This article will discuss the things you'll need to rent a small airplane for local flights.


  1. Step 1
    To rent a basic, small airplane to practice flying or just to enjoy, you'll need photo ID, some flying time, and some forms filled out. This is usually to protect the rental company, and to show them that you have the basic knowledge necessary to fly a plane.

  2. Step 2
    Most companies require a check flight with a flight instructor before you take the plane for a spin. This is especially true if you rent a larger plane, a multi-engine plane, or a jet. It's also true if you're going to be flying at night. Remember that you have to pay for the flight instructor along with the airplane when you do the check flight.

  3. Step 3
    You'll need to have a credit card you can leave on file with the rental agency, and they recommend you carry private pilot insurance, as well, since most insurance policies only cover the plane itself, and not the renters.

  4. Step 4
    You'll have to have money for fuel, too. Most planes come fully fueled, but you have to pay to fill them up again when you return from your flight.

  5. Step 5
    There's often an hour minimum or time limit on the hours you can keep the airplane, and most rental agencies have rules and regulations, such as no pets in the plane, etc.

  6. Step 6
    Remember, renting a plane is serious business, so make sure you have some flight training, or go up with a certified flight instructor before you rent an airplane.

    Tips & Warnings 

  • Most agencies require you to have a current pilot's license or at least proof of current flying within the last 30-90 days.

  • Don't rent a plane that you've never flown before, and remember to calculate fuel, weight, and temperature loads whenever you fly.