To become a private pilot you can pay per hour to build your time. The required hours for a private pilot are 40 but many students require 60 to 80 hours to gain the skill required to pass the test,  I think this is because the Instructors at most schools are recent graduates with only 250 hours, and they do not have the skills to teach you what you need to be confident to fly the airplane. Also, they come and go often because they are there just building time to get the required 1500 hours to move on to a Airline job. We do not use students to instruct,  Ours are full time and available on your schedule. Most commercial flight schools charge $10,000.00 or more for a private pilot upfront. We charge by the hour, so optimally 40 hours at $125.00 for the plane is $5000. and 10 hours at $50.00 for the instructor is $500. plus additional charges, books, etc. $500. the minimum you can do it is $6000. 

WHERE TO START:  Get the medical certificate you may complete all your training and find it is denied because of a medical problem. Drinking and substance abuse can shut you down.

Meet your Flight instructor, ask some stupid questions to see if you can get along well.

Take your ground school training before flying, either online or in a class. You will learn a lot that does not cost as much as learning it during your flight instruction.

Look for a school on a small airport rather than a busy one. You may have to pay to sit in line waiting for your turn to take off for 30 minutes at a busy airport.

Private Pilot

Requirements

- Be at least 16 years of age to start

- obtain ground instruction online or in class

- be able to afford regular training without long delays in between. 

- Be able to read, speak, and understand the English language

- Obtain at least a current third-class medical certificate

-  Log at least 40 hours.

- Pass a knowledge test as well as the practical testhttps://www.faasafety.gov/gslac/ALC/course_content.aspx?cID=42&sID=505&preview=true

Certified Flight Instructor Instrument and commercial licence

 

Requirements

- Be at least 18 years of age

- Hold a commercial pilot certificate

- Hold an instrument rating (for helicopter CFI)

- Be able to read, speak, and understand the English language

- Obtain at least a current third-class medical certificate

- Have logged at least 250 hours (200 for helicopters) and the required        training for the CFI rating per FAA regulations

- Pass a knowledge test as well as the practical test

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Airspace explained

click on the image to the left for a link to the FAA site