Private Pilot Requirements

To be eligible for your Private Pilot certificate you must:

  • Be at least 17 years of age. Refer to FAQ page
  • Be able to read, speak, write and understand the English language
  • Pass an FAA medical exam
  • Be proficient in flight experience (your instructor will provide training and guidance)
  • Pass a knowledge test (CATS)
  • Pass a practical test (a one-on-one oral quiz and flight test with an FAA examiner)

Minimum flight training requirements:
40 hours total flight experience, of which:

  • 20 hours with your instructor
  • 10 hours Solo
  • 10 hours Practice with or without your instructor

Additional items:

  • Ground instruction
  • Books, plotters, charts, and log book
  • Aviation headsets
    Pricing: (Prices shown are based on average aircraft rental at $119/hr, instruction $65/hr)
     
 
   
C-17240 hours (minimum)
$4,760
Instructor time20 hours
$1,300
Pre / Post Briefings, Ground Instruction/ Checkride test prep40 Hours (average)
$2,600
Books, Materials and Home Study Course 
$450
FAA Medical Exam 
$150
FAA Knowledge Exam (CATS) 
$150
FAA Practical Exam Testing Fee (AKA “Checkride”) 
$550

Grand Total: (projected) 
$ 9,960

Note: Training hours and costs reflect FAA minimum flight time requirements for part 61. Price varies depending on client’s individual ability and additional flight time, if needed. Prices are subject to change without notice.