Pilot Training Financing


There are many variables that come in to play when determining training time and cost.  Under FAA regulations part 61, the legal minimum flight time for a Private Pilot's Certificate is 40 hours.  The national average for flight training is about 70 to 80 hours; however, we pride ourselves with an average of 40 to 60 hours. The time spent training is extremely dependent on frequency of your lessons.  We recommend 2 to 3 lessons  per week for the fastest program completion; the more time spent between lessons, the more material will have to be relearned at the beginning of each lesson.  For this reason, flying 2 to 3 times per week will likely yield a complete program in 3 to 6 months and a total flight time close to the legal minimum; with more scarce lessons, total training time will become longer with more flight time.  Despite this recommendation, we do understand the financial and personal challenges with committing so much time to flying and our instructors will work with you to help you complete your training as quickly and efficiently as possible in a manner that meets your needs.

There are many options for paying for flight training that can make flying easy and affordable.  Generally lessons are billed on a pay-as-you-go basis meaning that you pay after each flight for that day's lesson.  Many of our students opt to place money on account with FCA in exchange for an extra credit to their account, this makes billing easy and helps keep you on track toward achieving your aviation goals.  Learning to fly is a thrilling and enlightening experience and the last thing we want our students to worry about is money; however, flying is an investment and the costs associated with flight training must be factored in when beginning lessons.  As mentioned earlier, you want to minimize the time between lessons and definitely do not want to have to put your training on pause for financial reasons.  Many companies offer financing for future pilots to help spread out the cost of flying and make it more affordable while still enabling you to take frequent lessons.  Some such companies are listed below:

Please take the time to research these companies and other options to determine what works best for you so that you can get your license and begin flying.


These Programs at a Glance:

Pilot Finance

AOPA Aviation Loan