Anyone who meets the following requirements:
- At least 16 years old for solo flight
- At least 17 years old to take the FAA written test
- Ability to pass a physical exam (administered by an Aviation Medical Examiner)
- Ability to read, speak, and write English
How does the process work?
- Pre-solo: learn to take off/land, maneuvering the airplane, and communicating on the the radios. At the end of this phase is your first solo flight!
- Cross-country: Continue to refine pre-solo skills and learn flight planning and navigation. Most people try to complete their FAA written test during this phase. Concludes with a solo cross-country flight of at least 50 miles.
- Checkride Preparation: Prepare for the your FAA practical exam. Passing this tests means you’re an official private pilot!
How long does the process take?
The national average is approximately 60-70 flight hours over a period of 6-9 months. (Bay Area average is slightly prolonged due to busy and complicated airspace!)
What does it cost?
Rough Estimate ~ $12,000-14,000. This includes instructor cost, aircraft rental fees, SCFC membership, and ground school tuition.
What’s the best plane to learn in?
The Cessna 152′s and 172′s are our preferred training aircraft. They have a prolonged history of proven reliability, stable flight characteristics, and superior visibility in comparison to other training aircraft.
How to prepare for the FAA written test?
The best way to pass the test with flying colors is to enroll in our ongoing Ground School. You will learn in a fun, team-based environment while you gain the knowledge and understanding of the materiel required for the exam, as well as how to pilot an aircraft.