Private Pilot Certificate

CIP Code

49.0102

Private pilots are able to fly with passengers aboard an aircraft and have no limitations on where they can fly.

This is the first FAA certificate students obtain if they eventually want to upgrade to higher certificates and ratings. Content includes basic maneuvering flight, takeoffs, landings, and cross-country flying. Ground training includes in-depth training on meteorology, aerodynamics, national airspace structure and navigation, and aircraft systems.

Employability Requirements

To be employed as a professional pilot, at the minimum, one must possess a commercial pilot certificate. This certificate is obtained by passing a Federal Aviation Administration written test and flight test and obtaining a Federal Aviation Administration medical certificate.

Program Length

This certificate program is approximately two quarters long, depending on the time students need to satisfactorily complete all graduation requirements.

Admission Dates

Summer, fall, winter, and spring quarters.

Rates

*Professional Pilot Aircraft Rental Rates

Plane

Rate

Fuel Cost Per Gallon

Fuel Consumption Rate

Hourly Rate with Fuel

Non-Complex Aircraft

$83.39

$4.29

9 GPH

$122.00

Complex Aircraft

$129.44

$4.29

14 GPH

$189.50

*Aircraft costs are aligned with current fuel market prices.

*Private Pilot Certificate

Flight Hours Hourly Rate with Fuel Total
Aircraft Rental 60 minimum hours $122.00 $7,320.00
Pre and Post Briefings 60 hours $12.00 $720.00
Dual Instruction 47 hours $50.00 $2,350.00
Total Flight Fee Costs $10,390.00

*Aircraft costs are aligned with current fuel market prices.

Other Exams

FAA Knowledge Test – 1 @ $175.00 each
Check for current cost with instructor.
$175.00 
FAA Medical Exam
Check with FAA examiner for current cost. FAA medical and examiner fee paid to provider.
$150.00
FAA Check Ride – 1 @ Examiner Fee (Approximately $600.00 each) $600.00
FAA Check Ride – 1 @ Aircraft Rental Fee (Approximately $200.00 each)
$200.00

Completion Requirements

Prerequisite(s)

  • Must be at least 16 1/2 years of age.
  • Must obtain a second-class FAA medical examination and comply with FAA licensing standards.
  • The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) requires that U.S. citizens prove citizenship status before beginning flight training by providing a current passport or birth certificate and driver’s license. Non-U.S. citizen students must submit to a background and fingerprint check from the TSA prior to beginning training. 
  • Please note that many students need additional training hours to master the required competencies.
  • 60 hours of total flight time: 47 hours of dual and 13 hours of solo. Ground instruction—60 hours. Pre- and post-flight briefings—60 hours.
  • Industry average flight time for Private Pilot certification is 60-75 hours.

Program Course List

AVP 105Private Pilot I

4

AVP 110Private Pilot II

4

AVP 115Private Pilot III

4

AVP 125Private Pilot IV

4

AVP 130Private Pilot V

4

AVP 135CAPPrivate Pilot VI

4

COLL 102College Success for All

3

Total Credit Hours:27

Optional Elective Courses

AVP 118Private Pilot Practical Test Standards I

4

AVP 138Private Pilot Practical Test Standards II

4

Note: Students often complete their program requirements at different rates due to their own skills and abilities and the availability of aircraft and suitable weather. Thus, the number of quarters needed to satisfactorily complete all of the requirements may exceed those listed above in some cases.

Flight Training Hours

1st Quarter
AVP 105
Hood DUAL SOLO
FLT 1 2
FLT 2 2
FLT 3 0.2 2
FLT 4 0.2 2
FLT 5 0.2 2
0.6 10
AVP 110
Hood DUAL SOLO
FLT 6 2
FLT 7 0.2 2
FLT 8 0.2 2.5
FLT 1-9 FLT 9 2 0.5
STAGE CHECK FLT 10 1.5
0.4 10 0.5
AVP 115
Hood DUAL SOLO
FLT 11 1.5
FLT 12 1
FLT 13 1
FLT 14 0.5 1.5
FLT 15 0.5 1.5
FLT 16N 1
FLT 17C 2
1 7.5 2

 

2nd Quarter
AVP 125
Hood DUAL SOLO
FLT 17c 0.5 2
FLT 18nc 0.5 2
FLT 11-19c FLT 19c 2.5
STAGE CHECK FLT 20 1.5
FLT 21c 2
1 5.5 4.5
AVP 130
Hood DUAL SOLO
FLT 22c* 4
FLT 23 0.2 4
FLT 23B 2
0.2 4 6
AVP 135
Hood DUAL SOLO
FLT 21c-24A FLT 24A 0.2/as req 4
STAGE CHECK FLT 25 0.2 1.5
FLT 24B 0.2/as req 3
EOC FLT 26 0.2 1.5
0.8 10

 

Night Flight only dual

Bold = Stage check

*Long XC Check syllabus for requirements

4 hours of Hood time required

c = cross country (XC)

Check syllabus for each flights requirement

INCOMPLETE POLICY

For each AVP class taken there must be a minimum number of lessons completed in order for an incomplete to be issued. Attached is a document that has all flight lessons for each AVP class. Each lesson with a black box next to it must be completed if the student wants an incomplete for that AVP class. All lessons in all previous AVP classes must also be completed for an incomplete to be issued. If a student fails to complete those flights, a failing grade will be issued for that AVP class. For an incomplete to be issued for AVP 135, AVP 170 and AVP 255 all Jeppesen knowledge testing and FAA knowledge test must have been completed with a passing grade. All students with an incomplete issued are required to be in ground school class for the corresponding incomplete issued.