Private Pilot Certificate

A private pilot certificate allows you to:

  • Allowed to fly day or night, in VFR (Visual Flight Rules – flight by outside visual references).
  • Allows you to carry passengers with a limitless range of where you want to go.

To hold a private pilot certificate you must meet the following requirements:

  • Pass a basic medical exam.
  • Be at least 17 years old to obtain your license – but you may begin training at any age!
  • Must be a citizen of the U.S. (or obtain TSA approval before training – PSA will assist in qualifying)

Training Requirements:

While the FAA prescribes a minimum flight time requirement of 40 hours, the national average time for a Private Pilot is between 65 to 75 hours. Below we have laid out costing for the minimum (40 hours) and the average time (70 hours) to give you a realistic look at what it costs to train.

  • 30 Hours of Dual Training to include:
    • 3 hours of Cross Country
    • 3 hours of Night Training
    • 3 hours of Instrument Training
    • 3 hours in preparation of flight test
  • 10 hours of solo flight to include:
    • 5 hours of cross-country (airport over 50 miles from departure point)
    • 3 takeoff and landings at an airport with an operating control tower
Private Pilot Training in the Cessna 172S
Private Pilot Training in the Cessna 172
Cessna 172 $160
Instructor $70
Sim $80
Private Pilot Training - Minimum Time (40 hours) Private Pilot Training - Average Time (70 hours)
Hours Trg Device Cost / Hr Total Hours Trg Device Cost / Hr Total
10 SIM  $150.00  $1,500.00 10 SIM  $150.00  $1,500.00
30 CE 172 Dual  $230.00  $6,900.00 50 CE 172 Dual  $230.00  $11,500.00
10 CE 172 Solo  $160.00  $1,600.00 10 CE 172 Solo  $160.00  $1,600.00
15 Ground  $70.00  $1,050.00 30 Ground  $70.00  $2,100.00
  Pilot Supplies    $300.00   Pilot Supplies    $300.00
  Knowledge Test    $150.00   Knowledge Test    $150.00
  Practical Test    $750   Practical Test    $750.00
       
Total     $12,250.00 Total     $17,900.00
   
Private Pilot Training in the Cessna 152
Private Pilot Training in the Cessna 152
Cessna 152 $110
Instructor $70
Sim $80
Private Pilot Training - Minimum Time (40 hours) Private Pilot Training - Average Time (70 hours)
Hours Trg Device Cost / Hr Total Hours Trg Device Cost / Hr Total
10 SIM  $150.00  $1,500.00 10 SIM  $150.00  $1,500.00
30 CE 152 Dual  $180.00  $5,400.00 50 CE 152 Dual  $180.00  $9,000.00
10 CE 152 Solo  $110.00  $1,100.00 10 CE 152 Solo  $110.00  $1,100.00
15 Ground  $70.00  $1,050.00 30 Ground  $70.00  $2,100.00
  Pilot Supplies   $300.00   Pilot Supplies   $300.00
  Knowledge Test   $150.00   Knowledge Test   $150.00
  Final Exam   $750.00   Knowledge Test   $750.00 
 Total Cost     $10,250.00   Total Cost   $14,900.00
       

What can I do after I have my Private Pilot Certificate?

Instrument Rating

Complex and High Performance Endorsement

Commercial Certificate