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Private Pilot

Ever had a dream of flying your family to the coast for lunch? You can do that with just a Private Pilot Certificate. Whether your goal is recreation or career-oriented, getting your private pilot certificate is the first step on your aviation journey.

Eligibility Requirements:
*Dual lessons in an aircraft can begin at any age.

  • Be at least 16 years old to solo.

  • Be at least 17 years old to receive your private pilot certificate.

  • Read, speak, write, and understand English.

  • Hold at least a third class medical certificate. *(If you cannot do this, obtaining your light-sport certificate is a great option).

A private pilot is free to travel almost anywhere in the United States and the World. However, in order to fly in clouds, or above 18,000ft, an instrument rating is required.  Aside from that - the sky literally is the limit for a private pilot.

Learning to fly is a matter of acquiring aeronautical knowledge, flight proficiency, and experience. Think of this process of earning a private pilot certificate as a series of steps. The process can be broken down into the following subjects:

  • Aeronautical knowledge and FAA knowledge test

  • Pre-Solo training

  • Solo Training

  • Cross-country Training

  • Practical Test Preparation

  • Practical Test

How Much Does it Cost?

Training costs will vary depending on the individual student’s level of commitment and skill. The largest variable that affects the final cost is the number of flight hours required to earn the Private Pilot certificate. Very few reach the necessary competence level at the FAA minimum of 40 hours - most people take longer. The best way to minimize total flight hours is to stay focused and to fly frequently. The following table outlines the expected costs in a Cessna 150 as well as the larger Cessna 172. Note: these prices are based on the average student, not just the minimum hours required.


Aircraft Type:                                  C150                         C172


60 Hours Aircraft Rental             $7,740                       $10,140

40 Hours Flight Instruction        $2,400                      $2,400         

Training Material                          $300                          $300

Renters Insurance                        $400                          $650

Medical Exam                                $140                           $140

Computerized Written Test        $175                           $175

Flight Test Aircraft Rental            $129                          $169

Pilot Examiner’s Fee                     $800                         $800

Total                                                $12,084               $14,774


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