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What does it cost to learn to fly?

This important question is affected by these things:


  • Whether you are training at a flight school or being trained by an independent flight instructor.

  • The quality of the training curriculum.

  • The experience of the flight instructors.

  • The price of the airplane, simulator, flight instructors and other school resources.


Aileron Aviation offers packages based on minimum flight time requirements. A big benefit to packages is locking in the aircraft hourly cost, which fluctuates with the price of fuel and insurance:

(1) Assumes student will do self-study ground training. Does not include examination fees.

(2) Assumes student has completed Aileron Aviation Private Pilot Certificate course.

Cost Breakdown for Private Pilot Certificate

The cost for obtaining a private pilot certificate is mostly based on number of training hours. The FAA requires a minimum level of experience and requires specific training activities. However, most students take longer than the minimums. The following table outlines an estimated cost to earn a private pilot certificate at the FAA minimum level of experience and the typical level of experience.

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