Estimated Training Costs

How much does it cost to become a pilot? The answer depends upon several factors including the type of airplane you fly, the privileges you seek and the pace at which you build the knowledge and skills that are necessary to pass the FAA Practical Test (final exam). While we don’t offer any fixed-price packages, the following tables will give you a general idea of how much you can expect to spend on your training. These figures assume a student of average aptitude who is proactive and diligent with home study and flies at least once a week. A reasonable, conservative budget is $10,000 and a year of your time.

We pride ourselves on our efficiency and our commitment to providing you with a safe and fun learning environment. Please keep in mind that these are just estimates based on the FAA minimum requirements for a Private Pilot certificate and your actual training costs may be higher. Ground instruction includes pre- and post-flight briefings, required pre-solo knowledge test review, and practical test review. You can expect to be billed for a minimum of 2 hours of instruction per flight lesson, plus aircraft rental. Estimates do not include third party fees for FAA knowledge tests, practical tests or medical exams. * Solo aircraft rental add 7% sales tax.

Students of all ages are encouraged to apply for one or more of the many flight training scholarships that are available each year through various organizations, including the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA). Also, AOPA offers flexible loan programs for students who wish to finance all or part of their flight training. Click here for more information.

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 Private Pilot: Cessna 150
Cessna 172
Hours Cost Hours Cost
Flight instruction  30 $1,800 30 $1,800
Ground instruction 40 $2,400 40 $2,400
Aircraft Rental – w/CFI 30 $3,150 30 $4,050
Aircraft Rental – Solo* 10 $1,050 10 $1,350
Estimated Training Costs $8,400 $9,600

Our Office

855-14 St. John’s Bluff Road
Suite 3G
Jacksonville, Florida 32225
Directions: From Atlantic Blvd, turn north onto Saint Johns Bluff Road. You will see the airport at the intersection. Turn right into the airport at Craig Drive. Turn left at Charles Lindbergh Drive and continue to the end where you'll see the Craig Air Center straight ahead. Our office is on the left.
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