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Posted on: March 29, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Are You Interested in Becoming a Private Pilot?

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Want to be a Private Pilot? Here's how you start!

To begin you will need:

  1. FAA Medical Certificate
  2. Proof of U.S. citizenship (passport or birth certificate are most common, copies are not allowed)

Prior to your first solo flight, you will need:

  1. FAA Student Pilot Certificate (we will do this with you on the day of enrollment)
  2. Be 16 years old

Before your FAA practical exam, you will need to meet all applicable requirements of FAA Federal Regulations 14 CFR part 61 (includes but not limited to):

  1. Be 17 years old
  2. Have a minimum of 40 hours flight time to include 20 hours of flight instruction and 10 hours of solo flight
  3. Pass the FAA Private Pilot aeronautical written exam
  4. Learn aeronautical decision-making, safety of flight considerations, aviation weather, aerodynamics, airport operations, etc. according to 14 CFR part 61
  5. Learn basic flight maneuvers, take-offs and landings, cross country flying, pilotage, dead reckoning, VOR navigation, GPS navigation, basic instrument flying, etc. according to 14 CFR part 61

What can you do as a Private Pilot?

A private pilot certificate allows you to be the pilot in command (PIC) of any aircraft that weighs less than 12,500 pounds (a specific rating may be required for certain aircraft). As a private pilot you are allowed to fly under visual flight rules (VFR) any time of day with respect to civilian approved airspace. A private pilot is allowed to carry passengers as well as fly in furtherance of a business so long as the private pilot is not receiving compensation or goods for services as a pilot. According to federal regulations passengers of the aircraft are only allowed to pay a pro-rata equal share of the flight expenses, for items such as fuel, oil, aircraft rental costs, hangar fees, and airport expenditures.

 How much will it Cost?

(Numbers based off of Minimum FAA requirements)

 Plane Rental Fee ($126.00 p/h): $5,040.00

Instructor Fee ($45.00 p/h): $900.00

Written test: $160.00

Checkride: $350.00 to $800.00

Total cost: $6,450.00 to $6,900.00

 Please Note: This is a Minimum Estimate for people who complete training within the FAA minimum requirements. We at Flightline estimate it will cost anywhere between $7,000.00 to $10,000.00

 For More Information Please Contact:

 Flightline LFS at (307) 686-7000


 Hunter Weekly (Flight Instructor) at (307) 231-4994

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