PRIVATE PILOT CERTIFICATE:
Flight training cost Private Pilot:
Although the FAA legally required minimums would put your completion budget from about $7000 to $9000, real world requirements and completion times are higher. (most flight schools try to hide this fact). Estimating completion times and budgets that are impossible to reach does not help, I am sure you will agree.
The cost for the private pilot certificate is affected by a lot of factors.
- the airplane you choose (from $125/hr to $174/hr)
- how many instruction hours you require. We charge $58-69/hr for ground/flight instruction.
- how well you study and how talented you are (and therefore how many instruction hours you require)
- we use flight simulators extensively to reduce your flight training cost overall. Our special three HD screen visual simulator will help you practice skills very economically before trying them in the aircraft
- the time frame you complete the training in is a factor as well (90 to 120 days being more effective and thus more efficient financially, 360 days can also work given the right schedule)
Given all that, program cost can vary from $13,000 to $15,000, for some as much a $17,000 and we have seen people spend even more than that.
Please keep in mind your progress and completion time(and therefore your training cost) much depends on your talent, enthusiasm and your study habits.
just a basic medical exam (approx. $75) "Class 3" is needed.
For a list of approved aviation medical examiners (AME) please visit http://www.faa.gov/
Basic information on a pilot medical is available here:
The FAA computer multiple choice test has to be completed, the testing fee currently is $150, paid directly to the test center.
There are many different ways to study for this including online training. You need to complete this test at the very latest before your actual flight test.
Completing the test earlier will make your training more efficient.
Final Flight Test:
Never too early to find out that the actual final FAA flight test fee is currently $800.
Paid directly to your friendly FAA examiner.
Books and equipment:
Our book package is $229 including online ground school and online test prep software. Misc. equipment, manuals and charts about another $150.
In case you are not a US citizen, the US government agency TSA requires additional processing. Please let us know if this applies and we can help you with this. The government application fee is $130 currently, finger printing approx. another $100.
The TSA requires you to provide a current Visa, Lawful Permanent Resident Card, I-20, ESTA, or other document and to list the information to support continued legal presence in the United States.
Starting flight training:
You can start your training with us anytime. Flight training is paid as you go, there is no need for advance payments.
Any time during daylight hours, any day, weekends, holidays.
We are very flexible and you can arrange a schedule to suit your requirements.
If you consider accelerating your training schedule to several times per week or even every day, you need to accelerate your study effort accordingly.
To start, schedule a one hour introductory flight with us:
Call our office at (818) 731 7064 to arrange your first flight with us please.