Learn To Fly

The TAEFC operates as an FAA Certified Part 141 Flight School. Typical students at the TAEFC begin their ground school training using the Cessna Online Private Pilot/Sport Pilot Course training materials. The course was produced by Cessna aircraft in conjunction with King Schools. This course offers online access to the Private Pilot/Sport Pilot Course labs where students learn from full screen and full motion digital video segments, followed by a series of interactive questions that are presented in a fun-to-use style.

Students complete their flight training with a TAEFC approved, FAA Certificated Flight Instructor (CFI). The minimum hours to complete training in our curriculum is 35. However, an average person should conservatively anticipate receiving a Private Pilot Certificate in approximately 70* flight hours.

So, how much does it cost? Here's the breakdown for Private Pilot (please note that these are estimates only):

172 Rental (70 hours* at $72.50/hr + Tax) $5,460
Aircraft Scheduling Fee (approx. 1.5 hours scheduled per flight hour at $4/hr) $420
Instructor Fee (60 hours at $40/hr) $2,400
Ground School (includes Private Pilot Online Course and Classroom Ground School+ taxes) $395
Checkride and Examiners Fee $500
12 mos. TAEFC Dues ($35/mo) $420
FAA 3rd Class Medical Exam $150
FAA Knowledge Test $175
ESTIMATED COST FOR PRIVATE CERTIFICATE BEFORE REIMBURSEMENTS $9,920
Cessna Tuition Assistance (includes ground school and online course, knowledge test and checkride examiner's fee) -$1,070
Cessna Flight Training Bonus Program (net $3,000 for solo and $5,000 for private certificate) -$8,000
TOTAL ESTIMATED COST FOR PRIVATE CERTIFICATE AFTER REIMBURSEMENTS $850
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* The national average is 55 to 70 flight hours to complete the private pilot certificate. The minimum per FAR 141 is 35 hours.