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Piper Tomahawk


The Private Pilot Certificate is the goal of the recreational pilot and the first step in a career pilot program. To earn an FAA Private Pilot Certificate a pilot must be knowledgeable, proficient and experienced in 12 important pilot operations which are required by Federal Air Regulations. Knowledge is gained through ground school and demonstrated on both an FAA Written Exam and an oral examination at the completion of training; proficiency is acquired through the use of a guided step by step flight training syllabus; and experience is gained through actual in-flight practice both with an instructor and solo. 

The training course is divided into three stages of training with the following objectives: Stage I - Initial Solo, Stage II - Solo Cross-country, and Stage III - Private Pilot Certification by an FAA Designated Pilot Examiner.


The following Private Pilot Certification Course is based on FAA minimums for Certification with no prior experience. The actual completion time and price may vary 20% or more depending on flying frequency and individual aptitude and motivation. 

Enrollment Prerequisites 

  • At least 17 years of age 

  • FAA third class medical certificate

  • Read, speak, write and understand English

Minimum Course Requirements per FAR 141


  • 30.0 Hrs PA38 flight instruction

  • 5.0 Hrs PA38 solo practice

  • 35.0 Hrs ground instruction              


Course Price (35 flight hrs)



Note - The course price includes course texts and materials ($295). The FAA Written Test ($175) and Pilot Examiner fees ($700) are not included in the course price. Airplane rental for the FAA Flight Test is also not included and is approximately $225.


Course Completion Time

3 to 4 months    

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