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Private Pilot Certificate Requirements

Minimum Requirements:
  • Be at least 17 years of age
  • Read, speak, write, and understand English
  • Pass the required knowledge test
  • 40 hours of total flight time
            Min. 20 hours flight training
            Min. 10 hours solo flying
  • Pass the practical test with an FAA examiner
* While the minimum number of hours required by the FAA is 40, aspiring pilots should keep in mind that the average number of hours to complete a private pilot certificate is about 60. Flying more often and more regularly can speed up flight training, as can diligent home study habits and using training aids like flight simulator software.

Cost to get a Private Pilot Certificate


There are many factors that can affect the cost of your flight training such as: frequency of training, prior preparation, and weather. Each person is different with regards to how much time and money it takes to obtain their private pilot certificate.  

Below is an estimated cost example.



 Private Pilot Estimate in a:                 Cessna 152


 Flight Training (Approx. 40 hours)          $2000

 Ground Training  (Approx. 15 hours)      $1470

 Aircraft Rental (Approx. 40 hours)           $3920   

 Private Pilot Supplies                                  $250

 Ground Instruction                                      $840

 Examination Fees                                         $500                                             

 Estimated Total                                           $8980

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