Learn to Fly: Private Pilot License

357149-26416-23Ever daydream of flying while sitting in a classroom or office? Well, here's your chance to make a dream become reality! Since the Wright Brothers first powered flight on 17 December 1903, mankind's dream of taking to the skies has roared to life. Earning your Private Pilot Certificate is a stimulating and rewarding experience. Our passion is flying and everything related to aeronautical education. Whether you want to approach aviation as a hobby, or you are looking to to develop a career as a pilot in the industry, we're here to help you meet your goals!
AeroVenture Flight Center is focused upon giving our students
  • * the best flight instruction available in a relaxed yet professional training environment
  • * affordable aircraft maintained at the highest standards by in-house mechanics
  • * personable experienced flight instructors enthusiastic about passing on the legend of flight
  • * self-paced one-on-one training and interactive ground schools and seminars

In order to attain your Private Pilot certificate, we recommend students fly as often as possible — twice a week, for example. Although you can fly as often or as little as you like, flying more frequently will help you attain your certificate faster and save money in the end. Consistency is the key to your progression.
  We also recommend purchasing a flight simulator, or using the flight simulator available at AeroVenture. Simulators help with memory retention and allow you to sharpen your skills by practicing and reviewing the fundamentals of flight and the concepts you will be learning. This saves you money, ultimately making you more confident in the cockpit and a safer pilot.  

Check out this excellent video by our friend Rob Reider at Sporty's for more about the joy, practicality, excitement, challenge, and fulfillment from pursuing the art of flight!

inflightThe basic breakdown of the training sequence is divided up into Five Stages.

    • Stage 0: Discovery Flight or Top Gun Starter Program
    • Stage 1: Pre-Solo Flight Training
    • Stage 2: Stage Check + First Solo Flight
    • Stage 3: Dual + Solo Cross Country Flight Training
    • Stage 4: Test Prep + Practical Examination

Prior to solo, students will be required to take a pre-solo written exam administered by their flight instructor. Before you are eligible to take your FAA Check Ride, you must also pass the FAA Private Pilot Airman Knowledge Written Exam.

Total Time: 40 hours minimum (note: national average is between 55-65 hrs) which consists of at least:

Dual: 20 hours minimum of flight training with an instructor on the Private Pilot areas of operation including:
    1. 3 hours of cross country flight training in a single engine airplane;
    2. 3 hours of night flight training in a single engine airplane, that includes at least: a) 1 cross country flight of over 100 nm total distance; and b) 10 T/O’s and 10 landings to a full stop with each involving a flight in the traffic pattern at an airport.
    3. 3 hours of flight training by reference to instruments in a single engine airplane; and
    4. 3 hours of flight training in a single engine airplane within the 60 days prior to the practical test.
 
Solo: 10 hours minimum of solo flying in a single engine airplane on the Private Pilot areas of operation including:
  1. 5 hours of solo cross country flying;
  2. 1 solo cross country flight of at least 150nm total distance with full stop landings at 3 points and one segment of at least 50nm between T/O and landings; and
  3. 3 T/O’s and landings to a full stop at an airport with an operating control tower.

What class of medical certificate must I hold and how long is it valid?medical


    A third-class airman medical certificate is required to exercise the privileges of a private pilot certificate, recreational pilot certificate, or a student pilot certificate. A third-class airman medical certificate is valid for 5 years plus the remainder of the days in the month of examination for pilots under age 40 or for 2 years plus the remainder of the days in the month of examination for those pilots age 40 and over.

    Whether you have passed an FAA medical or are a Sport Pilot and do not require one, it is important that all pilots police themselves when it comes to deciding if their body is “airworthy” prior to all flights. We know that there can be many factors which can affect our ability to safely conduct flight. A thorough Pre-Flight goes far beyond the airplane!

    To obtain a medical certificate, please contact one of our local Airman Medical Examiners (AME):

    Dr. Arnold Hill
    Marlborough Office
    320 Bolton Street, #100
    Marlborough, MA 01752
    Phone: (508) 485-0104

  • For students who may seek to obtain higher airman certificates, please note the following medical requirements.

    A first-class airman medical certificate is required to exercise the privileges of an airline transport pilot certificate. A first-class airman medical certificate is valid for 12 months plus the remainder of the days in the month of examination for pilots under age 40 or for 6 months plus the remainder of the days in the month of examination for those pilots age 40 and over.

    A second-class airman medical certificate is required for commercial, non-airline duties (e.g., for crop dusters, corporate pilots) and is valid for 1 year plus the remainder of the days in the month of examination. Those exercising the privileges of a flight engineer certificate, a flight navigator certificate, or acting as air traffic control tower operator must hold a second-class airman medical certificate.
pplkitFollow the links below to download these excellent (and FREE) guides from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) website:

(1) Airplane Flying Handbook

(2) Pilot's Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge

(3) Airman Certification Standards for Airplane (SEL, MEL, SES, MES)

For new current students pursuing the Private Pilot License, we also recommend purchasing the Part 61 Jeppesen Private Pilot Kit (pictured right). We also suggest shopping around for the best price; many kits can be found perusing Amazon.com.

(4) Part 61 Jeppesen Private Pilot Kitsimulator1

We also recommend purchasing a flight simulator, or using the flight simulator available at AeroVenture. Simulators help with memory retention and allow you to sharpen your skills by practicing and reviewing the fundamentals of flight and the concepts you will be learning. This not only saves you money, but ultimately makes you more confident in the cockpit and a safer pilot.

(5) Saitek Flight Simulator + Microsoft Bundle Package
AeroVenture staff and instructors make every effort to train you as safely and efficiently as possible in order to save you money. Students are required to pay per hour and can fly as much as their budget will allow. Also ask one of our instructors about various finance options.

Costs are approximate and will vary according to each individual student.

~50 hrs Flight + Ground Instruction -- $60hr $3,000
~60 hrs Aircraft Rental $130hr -- $7,800
FAA Written Exam -- -- $150
FAA Practical Exam TBD -- $500 + Aircraft Rental
1 Private Pilot Kit (Optional) -- -- $250
1 Aviation Headset -- -- $299
Approximate Total -- -- $11,999

If you need money for flight training, here are some scholarships you may apply for:


AeroVenture also utilizes Pilot Financing, a specialized lender for aviators-in-training:
Pilot Finance