The first stage of Private Pilot training is referred to as the Pre-Solo Stage. Clients must be taught to control the airplane at altitude. Students learn to fly a wide range of airspeeds and bank angles, as well as emergency procedures. Once a reasonable degree of proficiency is developed, the focus shifts to learning to land. This second phase is the most difficult part of the training, and leads to the most rewarding event of the process... your solo. When you are soloed, your instructor will get out of the plane, and then you will perform several landings by your self! At this time you will likely have somewhere between 20 and 30 hours.


The Post Solo/Pre-Cross Country Stage follows. During this time you will complete a couple of hours of landings by your self under an instructor's supervision from the ground. During your next dual lessons, you will learn to take off and land on short runways, and you will simulate operations to grass fields. You are also introduced to flying purely off of the instruments with no outside visual reference, simulating inadvertent prolonged flight in clouds or over featureless terrain at night or over water. Finally, we perform ten night landings.


Some time during this stage you should complete the FAA Written Test, which is a 60 question multiple choice test that is given by computer. Preparing for the test is relatively straight forward, but requires time to study the review book for an hour and a half a night for two to three weeks before the test, as needed. During your self study, your instructor is available to help you with material you do not understand.


The Cross Country Stage begins after the Post Solo Stage, during which we perform at least three hours of navigation flights to destinations that are at least 50 NM away from your departure point. One of these navigation flights must also be a two hour round trip at night. Following these dual training flights, you will perform 5 or more hours of solo navigations during daylight to similar destinations. (Typically Lancaster PA, or Salisbury, MD.)


Finally, comes the Pre Private Stage, during which we review for the final exam. The final exam is performed by a Designated Examiner, who will sit down with you for an hour and verbally test your aeronautical knowledge. You will then fly for an hour and a half and demonstrate the maneuvers that you have learned in training. To review for this event, we will perform several practice flights and go over all the pre-solo, pre-cross country, and cross country maneuvers. We will also review all of the knowledge areas so that your retention of the material can be confirmed. If you operate in a smooth and safe manner you will become the proud owner of a new Private Pilot Certificate once you land. Congratulations!




  Prices assume an experienced CFI billed at $65.00 per hour

and an averaged "Base/Rewards" rental rate.

Pre-Solo Stage
25 Flight Hours x $127.50 & 6% Use Tax $3187.50 + $191.25
25 hours Flight Instruction, 25 hours Ground $3250
Stage Total $6,628.75
Post Solo & Pre Cross Country Stage
7 hours flight time  x $127.05 (3 are Solo) & 6% Use Tax $892.5 + $53.55
4 hours Flight Instruction, 4 hours Ground $520
Stage Total $1,291.69
Cross Country Stage
10 hours flight time x $127.5  (5 Solo) & 6% Use Tax $1,275.00 + $76.50
6 hours Flight Instruction, 6 hours Ground $780
Stage Total $2,131.50
Final Review Stage
8 Flight Hours x $127.50  (2 are Solo) & 6% Use Tax $1,020 +$61.20
6 hours Flight Instruction, 8 hours Ground $910
2 hours Final exam solo rental $255.00 + $15.30
Stage Total $2,261.50
Text books, Charts, and Class Materials Free Online.  Headset Provided A Tablet Is Required
FAA Written Test $90
FAA Medical Test $90
Examiner's Fees $600
Above added costs $780.00
Grand Total $13,093.44


The above is a detailed estimate for a client who completes training with 40 hours of dual flight time, 10 hours of solo flight time, and 20 hours of ground school. This is not a quote and prices are subject to change. The Estimate is figured at Rates in the Socata Tampico. Total training cost may be more or less than the numbers provided here. A headset is always made available for students throughout their training.