What is a Private Pilot Certificate?
As a private pilot you are authorized to carry passengers in single-engine aircraft, under visual flight rules – day or night.
How long does it take to become a Private Pilot?
The FAA requires a minimum of 40 flight hours to apply for a private pilot certificate (license). The national average is in the 70-80 hour range. However, with consistent and uninterrupted training it is possible to reach your goal in an amount of time closer to the required minimum.
How Often Will I Take Lessons?
The most efficient training will involve a minimum of one or more lessons each week. Since the flight knowledge is cumulative, the more frequently and consistently you can take lessons, the quicker you will see results.
You will work one on one with your instructor integrating the ground training curriculum with the flight lesson. The ground school material will not only help to prepare you for each flight training session but also with the knowledge needed to pass the FAA Knowledge Test.
Accelerated training is available for the student who wants to obtain their certificate as soon as possible and is able to devote several days a week to training.
How Much Does It Cost?
The overall cost is determined by the type of aircraft, number of rental hours and the amount of time you spend with your flight instructor (flight and ground) plus training materials, pilot supplies, and required tests.
There are many variables that will affect the overall cost of training… including fluctuations in fuel prices, weather, life events, your aptitude of grasping new concepts. However, if you are of average ability, come prepared for each lesson, fly at least once a week, study your assignments, pass the FAA knowledge test in the required time, and have no prolonged breaks while you are in training, then you can expect to invest approximately $10,000 – 12,000 for your private pilot certificate.
1 – Pay As You Go (Cash, check or credit card kept on file)
2 – Creative Financing (Personal Loan, Home Equity Loan etc.)
3 – Flight Training Financing via AOPA or Pilot Finance