The Private Pilot Certificate – or Airplane Single Engine Land (ASEL) – is a lifetime accomplishment which qualifies you to fly an airplane with passengers, day or night, in good weather.

This certificate never expires, providing you complete a flight review every 24 months — a two-hour review of your knowledge and skills with the flight instructor of your choice. You must also meet certain currency requirements, which means you must fly and do three landings to a complete stop every 90 days.

You must be at least 17 years old and possess a current 3rd Class FAA medical certificate.

The course, based on two or three sessions per week, takes about six months.*


How Much Does it Cost?


*Now hold on a moment… that price is using FAA’s absolute minimum training with our current rates. This quote would consider your ability to learn and fly is 100% perfect in every way.

Now let’s talk real-life numbers.

The FAA posts a national average of 65 to 75 flight hours to become a private pilot, which is 24 hours higher than the required hours. That brings your training to an estimated  $19,288.58

As a professional flight training center, we would be doing you a disservice without letting you know that no student is ready at exactly 40 hours. Your hours will vary based on your skills, frequency of flight and effort in studying the materials.

FAA Requirements

  • * Minimum 40 hours (hrs.) total flight time
  • The national average is 65 to 75 hrs
  • 20 hrs. of dual flight time (with an instructor)
    • 3 hrs. of cross-country flight training
    • 3 hrs. at night with 10 takeoffs and landings
    • 100 nautical mile (nm.) night cross-country flight
    • 3 hrs. of instrument training
    • 3 hrs. preparing for the FAA checkride
  • 10 hrs. of solo flight time (without an instructor)
  • 5 hrs. of cross-country flying
  • 150 nm. cross-country flight

Flight Training Sequence

  • Pre-solo
  • Solo (an experience you’ll never forget!)
  • Advanced maneuvers and cross-country flying
  • Solo cross-country flight
  • Instrument and night flying
  • 150 nm. cross-country flight
  • Review for the FAA written test
  • Review for the FAA checkride

Hours of Flight

Hours of Dual Instruction

Miles of Cross-Country Flight

Hours of Instrument and Night Training

Hours of Solo Flight

* Note: FAA time requirements are considerably less than the national average. As a member of the United Nations, the United States must publish those times — grossly inadequate for learning to fly in today’s U.S. airspace — as prescribed by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). To solve that dilemma, the FAA publishes a practical test standard (PTS) for each certificate and rating, which mandates training to proficiency, not flight time. The national average reflects that requirement.