What do you need to start PRIVATE PILOT flight lessons?

You can start flying with us anytime!

We can arrange a flight training schedule that fits your requirements.

For some flight students our 14 day accelerated Private Pilot course is ideal, for others much more time and flexibility is needed.

We offer our Private Pilot course on Weekdays, evenings, weekends or anything in between.

While a full time schedule (or even the 14 day pilot schedule) is very quick most students will require a more moderate pace.

There are no prerequisites, simply arrange for your first flesson and onward and upward we go.

What kind of tests do I need to take?

Becoming a pilot is not that hard. There are no tests to get started.

You will undergo a very basic and simple medical exam at some point in your training.

There is a knowledge test (multiple choice with three answer choices) of 60 questions at one stage in your training.

Once you are fully prepared and have completed all FAA requirements we will setup your flight exam with a designated FAA examiner.

Flight training cost for the Private Pilot Certificate:

Although the FAA legally required minimums would put your Private Pilot cost budget from about $7000 to $9000, real world requirements and completion times are higher (most flight schools try to hide this fact).

  • The cost for the Private Pilot certificate is affected by a lot of factors:
    - the airplane you choose (from $145/hr to $169/hr)
    - how many instruction hours you require.
    - 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.

    The time frame is a factor as well (90 to 120 days being more effective and thus more efficient financially)
    Given all that, program cost can vary from $15,000 to $17,000, for some as much a $19,000.
    Please keep in mind your progress and completion time (and therefore your training cost) much depends on your talent, enthusiasm and your study habits.
    Important: Flight instruction is paid as you go, there is no need for and we do not accept advance payments.

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  • Visit our YouTube channel to see a video summary about how to get started.
  • To start, schedule a one hour introductory flight with us:

    Call our office at (818) 769 1503 to arrange your first flight with us please.

  • Your first flight lesson (also as gift certificate) - BUY IT IN OUR SHOP