Most people that want to become a pilot begin by working on their private pilot license. Becoming a private pilot is a great achievement but achieving that goal demands hard work and dedication. Federal aviation regulations require a minimum of 40 hours of flight training to become a private pilot. This is the absolute minimum number of hours required by the FAA. Most people do not complete their private pilot training at the 40 hour point, more commonly the private pilot license is achieved after 50 to 60 hours of flight training.

Requirements for Private Pilot – 40 Hours Minimum

  • 20 Hours with an authorized instructor
    • 3 hours of cross-country flight training in a single-engine airplane
    • 3 hours night flying which includes:
    • 1 night cross country at least 100 nautical miles total distance
    • 10 takeoffs and landings to a full stop
    • 3 hours flight solely by reference to instruments
    • 3 hours of flight training in preparation for the practical test within 60 days preceding the date of the test
  • 10 hours of solo flight training
    • 5 hours of solo cross-country time
    • One solo cross-country flight of at least 150 nautical miles total distance with. Landings at a minimum of three points, and one segment of the flight consisting of a straight-line distance of at least 50 nautical miles between the takeoff and landing locations
    • 3 takeoffs and 3 landings to a full stop at an airport with an operating control tower

Estimated Private Pilot Training Cost:

(Does not include aircraft costs)

10 days Dual Flight/Ground Instruction$ 6,500.00
Written Examination$ 100.00
3rd Class Medical$ 100.00
FAA Practical Examination$ 500.00
Training Materials$ 300.00
Estimated Total$7,500.00