To obtain a Private Pilot Certificate, the FAA requires the applicant to hold at least a Third Class Medical Certificate and pass both a written, oral and a practical flight test. An applicant must have gained at least the following minimum flight experience:

40 hours of flight instruction, (per FAA CFR Part 61) including:

  • 20 hours of dual instruction time
  • 10 hours minimum solo time (5 hours of cross-country)

These minimums are established by the FAA. Realistically, the average person will require more than these minimum hours to complete the rating due to the increased number of subject areas in which a pilot must be proficient. The national average is about 76 flight hours. Expect pre and post flight one-on-one ground sessions with your flight instructor that is independent of the formal classroom Ground School, (see below).

The approximate cost for obtaining the private pilot certificate (based on 60 hours of flight time) can be estimated to be as follows:

  • 60 hours of flight time in a C172 @$143/hour ................ $8,580
  • 30 hours of dual instruction @ $60/hour ............................$1,800
  • Third class medical certificate ................................................. $ 125
  • Miscellaneous Pilot Supplies .................................................... $ 300
  • Seven months Dues and Insurance @ $110/month .........$ 770
  • Membership, Initiation Fee & Advance Dues (Class I).....$ 710
  • Sales taxes on flight time ............................................................ $ 858
  • FAA Written Exam ........................................................................$ 160
  • Flight Test Exam ............................................................................ $ 300

  • Estimated Total Cost............................................................... $13,603

Unforeseen events can expand the flight time required. No allowance was made above for the following:

  • flight lesson frequency schedule – (10 hours per month minimum flight hours recommended)
  • Private Pilot Ground School is recommended; home study is an option
  • possible weather delays
  • aircraft maintenance
  • student adaptation to the flight environment
GROUND SCHOOL

Formal Ground School can be done with home/online study. Preferred, if able, is formal classroom instruction. If a Boeing employee, Boeing covers tuition for their employees who take approved Ground School classroom curriculum through  accredited  colleges, such as Renton Technical College (RTC) or Everett Community College (ECC).

RTC and ECC have BEFA designed specific 60 hour evening or day (3 hrs/day, 2 days a week) ground school classes. These qualify for full tuition reimbursement with C or better final grade. (These classes were previously offered in the old Boeing internal Off-Hours LEAD program). Employees, see your Boeing LTP for voucher.

These classes are now also open to the retirees, family members and the general public as they are at Renton Technical College and Everett Community College. The course includes all books and supplies needed for the class. Contact the colleges for enrollment. Boeing nor BEFA enrolls students, this is done through the respective college now. Green River CC, (GRCC) also has  a Boeing employee vouched Ground School class.