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The Private Pilot Program is intended for people who may be learning to fly as a hobby, personal business or who are planning to purchase their own aircraft. It is also the first step on your way to becoming a career pilot. With your Private Pilot License, you can take family, friends and co-workers on board your aircraft or the aircraft you are renting while acting as Pilot in Command. The only restriction to acting as a Private Pilot is that you are not allowed by the FAA to be compensated for your skills. You must carry a Commercial Rating for compensation for hire.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Be able to read, speak, write, and understand the English language.
  • Must be at least 17 years old to obtain license. You may begin training at any age.

To view the medical or certification requirements in greater detail, please contact the Federal Aviation Administration at

Minimum Flight Requirements:

Ascent Aeronautical Academy is a Part 141 Program. The minimum flight time requirements to obtain a Private Pilot’s License under FAA Part 141 are as follows:

  • 35 hours minimum of flight time, which must include 20 hours of flight instruction.
  • 3 hours of Cross-Country flight training
  • 3 hours of night flying
  • 5 hours of solo flight time
  • 3 hours training in preparation for the flight test (within 60 days of exam).

Cost Estimate:

While the FAA minimum flight hours are set at 35, the average time needed before testing is closer to between 50-60 hours. Our pricing estimate reflects this expectation.

Private  Costs  Amount    Total 
Flight Instruction 46 $495.00 $22,770.00
Solo Flight 10.5 $495.00 $5,197.50
Ground School 45 $65.00 $2,925.00
Pre & Post Flight Briefing 20.8 $65.00 $1,352.00
Book Kit 1 $630.00 $630.00
FAA Examiner Fee 1 $800.00 $800.00
Aircraft Rental for Check Ride 1.5 $495.00 $742.50
FAA Medical Exam 1 $90.00 $90.00
Written Exam Test 1 $150.00 $150.00
Ground Software 1 $39.99 $39.99
TOTAL $34,696.99 


NOTE: All numbers and prices are subject to change.

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