This is where it all begins. Your private pilot certificate is the foundation of your entire aviation experience, whether you are flying for fun

or moving on to become a career pilot.



Applicants must be able to read, speak, write and understand English and be at least 17 years of age.



As a Private Pilot, you are now able to take to the skies with friends and family. You are also able to fly any single-engine, piston driven aircraft

anywhere in the United States. Although you can share the magic of flight, you are restricted from flying for hire or compensation. This means that

you cannot be paid or compensated in any way to fly.


For anyone interested in flying for hire, or to open more doors for your aviation experience, the Instrument Rating and/or Commercial Certificate is the next step beyond the Private Pilot Certificate.




There are three areas that you must be proficient in to be qualified to be a private pilot. These areas are as follows:


You must be deemed medically fit by an Aviation Medical Examiner to fly solo (without an instructor) in an aircraft. A Private Pilot must hold at least a Third Class Medical. Click here to find an area Aviation Medical Examiner.



Before you can take the FAA Oral Exam and Checkride, students must prepare for and pass the FAA Private Pilot Written Exam. Students can prepare for it on their own or by taking one of our offered ground schools.


Practical Skills

One of the most important aspects of being a pilot is operating the aircraft. The majority of flight training is learning to not only fly an aircraft, but do it while under certain conditions and scenarios. Upon completion of the training requirements, students will take a Practical Test with a FAA authorized examiner.


Training Hour Requirements


To achieve a private pilot certificate, students must follow a curriculum set up by Northwest Flight School that requires the following hours to be logged:


Dual (with instructor):      20 hours

Solo (without instructor)

        Local:                             5 hours

        Cross Country:            10 hours

        Total:                            35 hours


Note that this is the minimum hours required. You can expect to fly more, as the national average is 55 hours.

Cost Breakdown

(Based on National Average Hours)


55 Hours Flight Time - $159/hour


20 Hours Solo Flight Time


35 Hours Dual Flight Time - $65/hour


20 Hours Pre/Post Time


Supplements Costs





This cost is based on current club rates and the national average of Private Pilot Students. Individual training cost may vary.













Supplemental Cost Breakdown


3rd Class Medical


Private Pilot Ground School Kit


Private Pilot Ground School w/ FAA

Written Exam


Private Pilot Checkride














The Northwest Flight School Private Pilot Ground Course is designed to for both new and experienced student pilots seeking a Private Pilot License.


It provides a structured Part 141 learning course in a classroom environment, allowing for students to gain helpful knowledge from our experienced flight and ground instructors.


Our Private Pilot Ground Course is unique, as it continually runs throughout the year, one course after another. It is broken into three individual stages, each of which must be taken to complete the course, but not in order. This means that if a new student is seeking to join the ground school they only have to wait for the current stage to be completed and join the next stage.



This course fee is a one-time fee, meaning that students are able to take the Private Pilot Ground Course an unlimited number of times without paying the fee again.  The course fee also includes the price of the FAA Written Exam that is administered at the end of the course.

Club Member


Non-Club Member


Private Pilot Kit

$175 +TAX



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