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Certificates & Ratings

Flight Training will be broken down into easy to understand blocks of instruction. Once a block has been successfully completed you move on to the next in logical sequence. After training flights, you will have post flight de-briefings on the areas you need work on and the areas you excelled in. You will also be given notice of what the next lesson will cover and the materials you need to review or complete in order to be properly prepared. This integrated training method is proven and the skills you learn will transfer to other more sophisticated aircraft and ratings.

• Private Pilot

• Instrument Rating

• Commercial Pilot Single-Engine

• Commercial Pilot Multi-Engine

• Multi-Engine Add-on

• Single-Engine Add-on

• Certified Flight Instructor (CFI)

• Certified Instrument Flight Instructor (CFII)

• Certified Multi-Engine Flight Instructor (MEI)

• Tailwheel Endorsement

The training programs extend from the initial Private Pilot Certificate, Instrument Rating, through Commercial Single and Multi-Engine aircraft ratings. Each course is highly structured, and you will receive a course outline which integrates both ground and flight instruction. For each period of training, we will use a syllabus with specific objectives, your progress will be evident throughout your training and you will advance at your own pace. Instruction is on a one-to-one basis to ensure that you receive the full benefit of expertise, whatever your level of experience.

FAA General Requirements:

• Be 17 years of age for the Private Pilot License (16 to fly solo).

• Be 18 years of age for the Commercial Pilot License.

• Pass the appropriate FAA medical examination.

• You must be able to read, speak and     understand the English language. 

Aircraft used for flight training are maintained to FAA standards and beyond. Inspections completed are 50 hour, 100 hour, and annual. Dual controls are fitted in every aircraft to ensure compliance with FAA regulations and increased safety.


At first, you will fly a Cessna 172 or Piper Archer II airplane. We have two Cessna 172N airplanes and five Piper Archer II airplanes. You can fly either one during your initial training to see which one you prefer. However, you will need to decide which one to focus on before you receive an endorsement from an instructor to fly your first solo flight.


All aircraft have dual VHF communications radios, VORs, ILS receiver, and DME. Some airplanes have GPS. Instrument training is completed in fully IFR-equipped aircraft, while multi-engine aircraft, like the twin engine six seat Piper Seneca, are used in the later stages of advanced training. You can enter a program at any level. We will tailor a course to meet your exact needs and build on any previous experience.

How much does flight training cost?

Learn To Fly San Diego rates per hour:

Instruction: $75

Elite RC-1 Enclosed Simulator AATD: $45

Cessna 140 Tailwheel: $150essna

Cessna 172: $165

Cessna 172 with Garmin 430w: $175 

Piper Archer: $165

Piper Archer with Garmin 430w: $175

Piper Seneca Multi-Engine Garmin 430w: $275

Prices include fuel (wet).

There are no dues, enrollment fees, or fuel surcharges.

You are not required to pay in advance, or maintain a minimum balance. You can "pay as you go." You are asked to pay at the end of every lesson.

A typical lesson would last about 1.2 hours of flight with .5 of pre/post flight ground briefing and cost about $300.

The overall costs vary depending on the aircraft you fly and the hours that you need. If you were to complete the Private Pilot in the FAA minimum 40 hours in a Piper Archer or Cessna 172 with 30 hours of dual instruction and at least 10 hours of additional ground instruction, the cost would be $9600. Then there is the cost of the check ride examiner ($900), ground school supplies ($200), and additional pilot supplies (headset, charts, kneeboard, fuel tester; approximately $250). So even though it is possible to complete the Private for around $11,000, it is recommended to have a budget available of at least $13,000 to allow for sufficient extra practice time to gain the proficiency and confidence to pass the check ride. But remember you can pay as you go and you are not required to place funds on account prior to your training.

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