Private Pilot License

There is often an impression that general aviation is elite and expensive - a fantasy or a pipe dream out of reach for the average person. The reality is that just about anyone can become a pilot with an investment of time, money, and personal commitment.

Learning to fly opens up a whole new world of adventure and will teach you more than you imagined about yourself along the journey. You are never too old to learn, and almost never too young!

How do I become a private pilot?

The ingredients to becoming a pilot are:

1. An investment of your time. The FAA specifies a minimum amount of required training, but  the standards for completion are performance-based, not time-based. The total hours required for you to meet the standards for certification will depend on your time available to dedicate to training as well as your personal aptitude and consistency. In general, the more frequently you can fly, the faster you will acquire the required skills.

 

2. A dedication to learning. In addition to each hour spent at the airport, you can expect to spend three to four hours studying at home. You will have much to learn about aircraft systems, regulations, navigation, weather, the national airspace system, and more. These materials can be learned independently, through an online course, through a structured in-person ground school, or one-on-one with your flight instructor. 

3. Becoming a pilot will cost you some of your hard-earned money — expect to pay anywhere from $12,000 to $15,000 (or more) to complete your training, which can take six months to a year or even longer, depending on your choice of training aircraft, personal progress, and available time. No flight school can guarantee a fixed time or cost. Our fleet, instructors, and facilities will be your primary resources, but your commitment to steps one and two above will determine your outcome. Visit us and we can help you arrive at a reasonable estimate based on your circumstances.

4. You will have to pass a routine medical examination. Depending on whether you intend to fly for a career, there are different levels of medicals. A private pilot needs only to be in good health and have good eyesight. Some medications may be prohibited, so please refer to this page for more information before you begin your journey. 

 

5. Last but not least, you will have to pass several tests: an informal written exam before your first solo, a computerized multiple-choice FAA knowledge exam, and a checkride with the FAA Designated Pilot Examiner. The checkride includes an oral exam and a flight test, both of which are guided by the performance criteria set out in the Airman Certification Standards.  

 

How Do I Pay for Flight Training?

 

There are several options for financing your flight training. FL Aviation Center offers two monthly payment plans, and an hourly rate. 

  • Six month plan: $2249/month for 6 months includes

    • Two lessons per week, totaling 45 hours of flight time

    • Ground school classes with different topics every weekend

    • 5 hours in the Redbird

    • All pre- and post-flight ground instruction as specified in our custom syllabus

    • A coupon for supplies in our pilot shop

    • Any additional hours required for your training at a steeply discounted rate of $223 per hour (dual)

  • Three month plan: $4498/month for 3 months includes

    • Four lessons per week, totaling 45 hours of flight time

    • Ground school classes with different topics every weekend

    • 5 hours in the Redbird

    • All pre- and post-flight ground instruction as specified in our custom syllabus

    • A coupon for supplies in our pilot shop

    • Any additional hours required for your training at a steeply discounted rate of $223 per hour (dual)

  • Pay-as-you-go: $249/hr for dual instruction and $174/hr for solo aircraft rental

Are you a college, university, or high school student in Tallahassee?

Check out our Student Programs designed to correlate with your school's semester schedule. 

 

You can also obtain a personal loan for your flight training, either through your own bank, or through a bank that specializes in flight training loans. Several options include:

AOPA Finance

Pilot Finance

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There are also hundreds of thousands of dollars given away every year in flight training scholarships. AOPA, EAA, and WAI are among organizations that offer the most scholarships, but new scholarships pop up all the time – so search frequently, and apply often. 

 AOPA

WIA

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