Private License

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Official Flight training Requirements for Private Pilot License (FAA)

  • You can start training at any time, but you must be 17 years old to be eligible for a pilot’s license.
  • You must be able to read, write, understand and speak English.
    You must visit an FAA flight Surgeon, pass a medical exam and hold an FAA medical certificate prior to your first solo.
  • You must show evidence of U.S. citizenship or receive approval from TSA to begin training.
  • You must have a minimum of 40 hours of flight time in a helicopter including:

20 hours of dual flight instruction, including:

  • 3 hours of dual cross-country flight
  • 3 hours of night flight, including 50 NM x-country and 10 takeoffs and landings
  • 3 hours in preparation for the flight test:
  • 10 hours of solo flight time, including:
    • 3hrs of a cross-country flight, including 75 NM x-country
  • You must complete a course of ground instruction with a Certified Flight or Ground Instructor
  • You must take and pass a written test
  • You must take and pass an FAA oral and practical flight test with an FAA-designated examiner (check-ride)

Student Pilot Rates:

  • R-22 Dual Instruction $400/hr
  • R-44 Dual Instruction $600/hr
  • Ground Instruction $50/hr

How much will it cost to get my private pilot license?

 Instruction Needed / Hours Cost
Dual flight training (30 hours)$   9,150
Solo flight (pilot in command – 10 hrs)$   3,050
Ground instruction (40 Hours)$   1,800
Books and Supplies$      400
Medical Certificate$      100
Written Test$        100
Examiner Fee$      500

Please note that the flight time listed is the minimum needed assuming training in the R-22. The average student generally requires between 50-60 hours of flight time before being ready to take their check ride.

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