The Cost of Learning to Fly

Flight Time Requirements

The following is a summary of the minimum flight time required by the FAA:

  • 40 hours total flight time
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  • 20 hours flight instruction
    • 3 hours cross-country
    • 3 hours night flight
    • 3 hours instrument training
    • 3 hours checkride preparation
  • 10 hours solo
    • 5 hours cross-country

Estimated Costs

Aircraft Rental (40 Hours x $115) $4,600
Flight Instruction (20 Hours x $55) $1,100
Ground Instruction (15 Hours x $35) $525
Flight Physical $100
Headset $150
Home Study Course $150
Knowledge Test Fee $150
Flight Examiner's Fee $300
Renter's Insurance (estimated) $450
Estimated Total $7,525

Figures shown are based on minimum flight time. Prices are not guaranteed and are subject to change without notice.