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-17270 hours (average)
$8,330
Instructor time55 hours (average)
$3,575
Pre / Post Briefings, Ground Instruction/ Checkride test prep20 Hours (average)
$1,300
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) 
$14,505

Note: Training hours and costs vary depending on client’s individual ability and additional flight time, if needed. Prices are subject to change without notice. 

Training syllabus is based on the FAA Privte Pilot Airman Certification Standards: https://www.faa.gov/training_testing/testing/acs/media/private_airplane_...