The aviation industry provides many different career options. With a multitude of ways to achieve your goals, we are committed to working with each of our students in a way which fits their schedule and learning style. Before starting your flight training, let us know what your goals are, whether its airline flying, corporate, or recreational.
If you just want to get in the air and experience the gift of flight, consider going on a discovery flight! The purpose of a discovery flight is to introduce to a student what flying is all about. The flight portion is about 35-40 minutes and the instructor will let the student fly the airplane for the majority of the time.
Private Pilot License
The Private Pilot License is the most popular of FAA pilot certifications and also the first license in your pathway to a flying career. This license allows pilots to fly airplanes in day and night VFR (visual flight) conditions. With a Private Pilot Certificate, you may not fly people or property for compensation or hire, however you can take passengers flying and split costs among yourself and your passengers. The FAA requires a minimum of 40 hours flight time to be eligible for the Private Pilot License. The industry average is currently around 65-70 flight hours.
The chart below outlines the approximate cost to obtain a PPL (Private Pilot License)
Cessna 172S Skyhawk
Cost based on FAA minimums (40 hrs)
Cost based on industry average (65 hrs)
Ground & Flight Instruction
Online Test Prep Course
Books & Supplies
(sales tax not included)
$100 (annual subscription)
$100 (annual subscription)
An instrument rating allows a pilot to fly in IMC (instrument meteorological conditions) under IFR (instrument flight rules). An instrument rating adds a high level of precision to a pilots flying skills and Aeronautical Decision Making. To be eligible for the instrument rating, A pilot must log a minimum of 50 hours PIC cross country time, receive 40 hours of flight time in actual or simulated instrument conditions, and receive applicable endorsements from a Certified Flight Instructor.
Commercial Pilot License
The FAA Commercial Pilot License is the key to earning money for your flying.
To be eligible to pursue a Commercial Pilot License, you must
(1) Be at least 18 years old
(2) Read, speak, write, and understand the English Language
(3) Hold at least a Private Pilot Certificate
Certified Flight Instructor Ratings (CFI, CFI-I)
To obtain a CFI rating, a pilot must hold at least a Commercial Pilot Certificate or an Airline Transport Pilot Certificate (ATP), and obtain applicable endorsements from a Certified Flight Instructor
Flight Review (BFR)
A flight review consists of a minimum of 1 hour ground instruction and 1 hour flight instruction.
Aircraft and instructor rates apply.
Instrument Proficiency Check (IPC)
Pilots who have not met the instrument proficiency requirements within the last 12 months may not exercise instrument rating privileges until having passed an instrument proficiency check.