Obtaining a Private Pilot certificate allow you to fly cross-country or international with passengers in visual weather conditions day or night, for business or recreation. Call today to take a Discovery Flight for only $79!
  1. At least 17 years of age when finished with training.
  2. At least a 3rd class medical certificate prior to solo.
  3. Ability to read, speak, write and understand English.
  1. A minimum of 40 hours of total flight time to include:
    • 20 hours dual instruction
    • 10 hours solo
    • 3 hours solo cross-country flight
    • 3 hours night
    • 3 hours instrument
    • 3 hours flight test preparation within two calendar months of the test.
  2. Pass the FAA written (knowledge) test.
  3. Pass the FAA practical (flight) test.
Cost Estimates*
FAA 3rd class medical/student pilot certificate $100
Ground School $245
FAA Written Examination $165
40 Hours Aircraft Rental @ $125/hour** $5000
25 Hours Flight Instruction @ $40/hour $1000
15 Hours Ground Instruction @ $40/hour $600
Renters Insurance (per year) $175
FAA Practical (flight) test & aircraft rental $500
Total: $7,785
* These costs are only an estimate based on FAA minimum requirements. Most students will require more time to complete the Private Pilot Certification Course.
** The aircraft rental rate is $105/hour when you are a member of the Smith Field Flyers organization. Discuss related fees and other payment options with an instructor.