Private Pilot Course


Private Pilot

Our President has 23 years of aviation experience.  This includes giving over 4000 hours of instruction to hundreds of pilots.  Our team at has what it takes to make you successful in aviation and earn your license.  It is expected to take 6 -12 weeks to earn your Private Pilot License depending on how often you fly.

You may begin flight training while enrolled in the ground school.    

As long as you do your part, you will graduate with your Private Pilot License. Our success rate – following our program – is over 97% first time pass rate.

The estimated minimum cost for Private Pilot is listed below.  You may need more than the minimum time.  

  • 30 Hours Cessna 172 with CFI- $6600
  • 10 Hours Solo time in 172 -         $1450
  • 10 Hours Ground Instruction -   $500
  • 2 hours Aircraft for Checkride - $290
  • Total Estimate in Cessna 172 - $8340

Ground Instruction

This critical phase is necessary to build the foundation of knowledge.  After successfully completing the ground school, you are likely ready to take your Private Pilot Knowledge Exam at a testing center.

Your FAA Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) will help you supplement your knowledge through one-on-one or small group instruction.  

Flight Training Syllabus

Flight training is broken into 3 stages.  Each stage makes sure you have gained the required knowledge and skills to progress to the next stage.  At the end of all the stages, you will be ready for your Private Pilot License.   After each phase, the student will take a stage check with the Chief Pilot before progressing to the next stage.

Stage 1

During this stage, the student obtains the foundation for all future aviation training.  The student becomes familiar with the training airplane and learns how use the airplane controls to establish and maintain specific flight attitudes and ground tracks.  The student learns how to recognize and recover from stalls and gains the proficiency to solo the training airplane in the traffic pattern.

Stage 2

During Stage 2, the student expands the skills learned in the previous stage.  The student is introduced to short field and soft field takeoff and landing procedures, as well as night operations, which are important steps in preparation for cross country training.  Additionally, the student will increase proficiency in performing maneuvers and procedures solely by reference to the instruments.  In the cross country phase, the student learns to effectively plan and conduct cross country flights in the National Airspace System using pilotage, dead reckoning, VOR and GPS navigation systems.  

Stage 3

During this stage, the student will gain additional proficiency in solo cross country operations, and will receive instruction in preparation for the End-of-Course Flight Check.  This stage will be complete when the students demonstrates performance of private pilot operations at a standard that meets or exceeds the criteria established in the FAA Private Pilot - Airplane Airman Certification Standards.  


After all phases are complete, you will take a checkride with a Designated Pilot Examiner (DPE).  He or she will begin the checkride with an oral / verbal exam.  This is a one-on-one conversation where the DPE will quiz you on material that you learned.  He will also have you prepare a flight plan ahead of time and you will discuss various elements of it with him.  After the oral exam is complete, your will then proceed to the airplane and do the flight portion of the test.  The examiner will have you do many of the maneuvers your learned during your training.  He will be assessing your skills and decision making throughout the process.

If all is successful, he will print out your Private Pilot Certificate right there on the spot! 



We are partnered with Pilot Finance to offer you the opportunity for flight training as well.   If you choose to take flight lessons,  you can finance both the flight training AND this course that meets at the High School.  Payments as low as $250 per month.   We have a special discount available for our students.  

Private Pilot FAQ's


What is the first step?

Contact us to set up a flight schedule.  You will be matched with a Flight Instructor that will guide you through your training.

How long will it take it to earn my license?

That depends on how frequently you fly.  You will have the choice of a three or four day a week schedule.  If you fly two - three days per week you will finish in about 8-12 weeks.  If you fly 3-4 days per week, you will finish in about 5-6 weeks.

How long is each lesson?

Each flight is about 90 minutes.  You will spend about 30 minutes with your instructor for valuable pre and post flight briefings.  Expect about 2 hours for each session.  As you move into cross country flying, expect to spend about 3 hours per session.  

How do I pay for the flight training?

Purchase a block of time. We will go over options with you.  Financing is available.  

How much will the flight training cost?

The average flight is about $250.  There are 27 scheduled flights.  

This is based on FAA minimums.  Each student learns differently.  Additional time may be required.  

Are there any other fees?

Aviation Medical Exam 

A Third Class medical exam is required for students.  It is similar in nature to a sports physical but more comprehensive. This must be performed by a special Aviation Medical Examiner.


We require all students to carry no owned aircraft (rental) insurance.  Cost varies with coverage.   Average $225 per year

Testing Fee

The testing centers are proctored.  The average fee is $175

Check Ride Fee

The Designated Pilot Examiner (DPE)  is a private individual contracted though the FAA.  Fees vary but average is $600.

Aviation Headset

You will need a special aviation headset.  They protect your hearing  and make communications easier to understand. These vary in price, quality and features.   $150 and up.  

Other notes

  • You must be at least 16 years old to fly solo in an airplane.    
  • You must be 17 to take the check ride and obtain your license.    
  • This means you may begin training at almost any age, but have to be 17 before you take the check ride.
  • You must be a US Citizen and be able to show a valid US Passport, Birth Certificate or other approved document per TSA regulations.
  • If you are not a US Citizen, please contact us for more information. 
  • Receive parental /legal guardian consent if under 18
  • Speak English language to a specific standard
  • Obtain a third class medical exam from an Aviation Medical Examiner.
  • Receive parental /legal guardian consent if under 18
  • Each student is different and may need more training and experience than the minimum listed in the syllabus.   This is billed at an hourly rate depending of the stage of training.
  • The numbers above are shown based on current rates and may change.
  • You may pay per session or pre-pay for part or all of the course.  Please contact us if you wish to pre-pay.  
  • Training is conducted under Part 61 of the Code of Federal Regulations.
  • If you have a plane,  it may be possible to train in it.  Please contact us.