Training at Pacific Skies Aviation is an excellent value.  Our world-class instruction and well-maintained aircraft are competitively priced.  Our location is only a five-minute flight to the Palos Verdes practice area, which maximizes airborne instruction.

We encourage you to take a look at training costs at other flight schools in Southern California, and you will discover that Pacific Skies Aviation will give you more for your flight training dollar. Financial Aid is also available – see further down the page.

While there no guarantees about how quickly you will earn your Private Pilot license, the FAA required minimum is 40 hours of flight training.

See the our breakdown of costs below. We have included all the associated costs of training to give you a realistic idea of what the various certificates and ratings cost.

Private Pilot Certificate

Instrument Rating

Commercial Certificate

Certified Flying Instructor

Certified Flying Instructor Instruments 

The hourly (actual time spent with the engine running) rates for renting our aircraft for training ranges from $125 – $205 – Straight (“wet” which includes fuel)
Our current instructor rate is $85/hr. for classroom and/or flight instruction. You can reduce your training costs by self-study. We can craft a personalized self-study program to help keep you on track and progressing.

There are also some basic costs for study material and flight exams in addition to your training costs. Keep in mind that consistency is one of the most important factors to your training, and scheduling less than two or three lessons per week will typically extend the duration of training beyond the required 40 hours.

Financial Aid is available!

Pacific Skies Aviation works closely with two local Credit Unions, SkyOne Credit Union and CalCom Federal Credit Union to provide students financing options to make flight training a reality. They are:


Debbie Chang – Loans up to $25,000

CalCom Federal Credit Union

3748 Bayer Ave, Unit 104

Long Beach, CA 90808

Ph: 855-922-5266 x 1703


Monique DeLuca – Loans up to $50,000

SkyOne Credit Union

14600 Aviation Blvd

Hawthorne, CA 90250

Ph: 310-491-7622


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