Flight Training Courses: Cost Breakdowns

FAR Part 61 (61.103, 61.109)

**Note: This list is not supposed to serve as a complete list; use the included links in this section to learn more.

Basic Requirements

  • Be at least 17 years of age
  • Be able to read, speak, write, and understand the English language
  • Pass the required knowledge test on the aeronautical knowledge areas listed in §61.105(b)
  • Pass a practical test on the areas of operation listed in §61.107(b) of this part that apply to the aircraft rating sought.
  • Hold a U.S. student pilot certificate

Flight Training Required & Cost (*For a single-engine airplane rating)

Minimum Requirements (61.109)

  • 20 Hours Dual Instruction in Sport 150 @ $202/hr: $4,040
  • 10 Hours Solo Flight in Sport 150 @ $143/hr: $1,430
  • *40 Hours of total flight time: $7,490
  • FAA Knowledge Test: $150
  • Private Pilot Kit/Study Materials: $250
  • Practical Test Fee: $500

**Total Minimum Cost: $8,400

*To obtain the total amount of 40 hours, typically more than the minimum amount of dual instruction is required. This figure includes 30 hours of dual instruction in addition to the 10 hours of solo.

**This is the absolute minimum cost, based on the FAA’s minimum requirements for a Private Pilot Certificate, single-engine airplane land rating. The national average of flight hours needed to obtain the private pilot, single-engine airplane certificate is 65 hours of flight time. This figure also assumes the applicant will complete a home-study course, as there is no ground instruction factored into this figure. Ground Instruction = $62/hr.

FAR Part 61 (§61.65)

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Basic Requirements

  • Hold at least a current private pilot certificate
  • Be able to read, speak, write, and understand the English language
  • Pass the required knowledge test on the aeronautical knowledge areas listed in §61.65(b)
  • Pass a practical test on the areas of operation listed in §61.65(c) of this part that apply to the aircraft rating sought.
  • A person applying for a instrument rating (i.e. “on the day of the checkride”) must have logged at least 50 hours of ‘cross-country’ flight time as Pilot-in-Command.

Flight Training Required & Cost (*For an airplane rating)

Minimum Requirements (61.65(c))

  • 40 Hours of actual or simulated “Instrument Flying Time” in Beech Sundowner @ $218/hr = $8,720
    • 15 of the hours must be training received from an authorized instrument instructor (CFII)
  • FAA Knowledge Test: $150
  • Study Materials: $150
  • Practical Test Fee: $500

**Total Minimum Cost: $9,530

**This is the absolute minimum cost, based on the FAA’s minimum requirements for a Instrument-Airplane Rating. The national average for obtaining this rating is 60 hours of flight time. This figure also assumes the applicant will complete a home-study course, as there is no ground instruction factored into this figure. Ground Instruction = $62/hr.

FAR Part 61 (§61.121)

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Basic Requirements (§61.123)

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Hold at least a current private pilot certificate
  • Be able to read, speak, write, and understand the English language
  • Pass the required knowledge test on the aeronautical knowledge areas listed in §61.125
  • Pass a practical test on the areas of operation listed in §61.127(b) of this part that apply to the aircraft rating sought.
  • A person who applies for a commercial pilot certificate, single-engine airplane rating under this Part must have logged at least 250 hours of total flight time that consists of 100 hours of PIC time which includes at least 50 hours of cross-country flight time.

Flight Training Required & Cost (*For an airplane rating)

Minimum Requirements (§61.127(b))

  • *20 Hours of Dual Instruction
    • **10 Hours Dual Instruction in Beech Sundowner @ $218/hr = $2,180
      • **This 10 hours of Dual Instruction is not required if the applicant is Instrument Rated
    • *10 hours of Complex Airplane in Beech Sierra @ $270/hr = $2,700
  • 10 Hours of Solo flight in Beech Sundowner @ $156/hr = $1,560
  • FAA Knowledge Test: $150
  • Study Materials: $150
  • Practical Test Fee: $500

**Total Minimum Cost: $7,250

**This is the absolute minimum cost, based on the FAA’s minimum requirements for a Commercial Pilot Certificate, Single-Engine Airplane Rating. This figure also assumes the applicant will complete a home-study course, as there is no ground instruction factored into this figure. Ground Instruction = $62/hr.