The private pilot certificate is typically the first “pilot’s license” an aspiring pilot will obtain. This certificate enables you to act as Pilot in Command of an aircraft (typically single engine, however it is possible get a multi-engine certificate first).
The overall cost of obtaining a certificate will vary from person to person mainly because a student pilot can only obtain a certificate upon demonstrating his / her complete proficiency in the operation of an aircraft. The following breakdown is based on the average student pilot who flies one to two times per week and acquires his / her certificate in 40 hours. Please note that this breakdown is based on our Piper Warrior or Cessna 172. Additionally, this estimate should provide you with an idea of virtually all of the costs associated with obtaining a certificate. We have established this estimate using a fairly conservative approach to avoid unexpected expenses. If you have questions regarding how our pricing differs from the pricing of our competitors please feel free to contact us!
Private Pilot Cost Breakdown
|Dual Flight (20 Hour FAA Requirement)||$ 2,980|
|Dual Flight (10 Additional for Average)||$ 1,490|
|Solo Flight (10 Hour FAA Requirement)||$ 990|
|Books / Supplies (Private Pilot Kit)||$ 179|
|FAA Written Exam||$ 150|
|FAA Medical (Estimate)||$ 100|
|FAA Practical Test (Examiner Fee)||$ 600|
|FAA Practical Test (Aircraft Rental Approx. 1.5 Hours)||$ 148|
|Total (40 Hour Private Pilot)||$ 6,637|
(*Based on average students and computed using maximum dual flight)