Typically, a student will spend 5 – 10 lessons to obtain each of the first two USHGA pilot ratings (Beginner and Novice) – a process which generally takes from 3 to 6 months. At the end of this primary training process, the student is usually flying from moderate altitudes (several hundred to a few thousand ft.) in relative mild conditions. Progression to more difficult flying conditions continues from then on under the guidance of more experienced pilots or Observers/Advanced Instructors.