You can learn to fly!
Take that big step and ’boldly go’ where you’ve never been before…. up there behind the controls, cruising around the sky like a great soaring bird… a Tropicbird!!!
Earning your Private Pilot License is truly an adventure of a lifetime. You are about to take a journey that will put your self-discipline to the test and challenge you to grow. You will be amazed at what you can accomplish when given the right training and a great coach to guide you. People of all ages and backgrounds have proudly earned their wings. Perhaps you started your training years ago but life got in the way. Now is the time to restart that dream and start flying again.
Here's the Ticket!
The Private Pilot license is where all pilots get their start. It forms the foundation for all the professional pilot certifications. Once you earn your license, you will be able to fly most light single engine airplanes and take friends and passengers up for a ride in the sky. You may even use an aircraft for your own personal business. With further experience and your Commercial Pilot certificate, you can then pursue a rewarding career in a myriad of different flying jobs that await your exploration!
What will I learn?
Learning to fly involves much more that being behind the controls. You will learn the basics of airplane systems, aerodynamics, airport operations and airspace, meteorology, charts and navigation, and aeronautical decision-making skills …..to name a few!.
Putting it all together will take hard work and good study habits. Your training will consist of a combination of guided self-study time, and scheduled one on one classroom and flight training sessions with your instructor. You will have many resources to help you on this journey. Tropicbird uses the Jeppesen Guided Flight Discovery training system. It is a state of the art training package that comes complete with excellent textbooks and all the training materials you will need to become a pilot. Yes, it’s back to school, but what a view out the window of your classroom!
Earning your wings!
Private Pilot License Requirements: FAR 61.102
1. Minimum age requirement, 17.
2. Read speak, write and understand the English Language.
3. Pass an FAA Class three flight physical exam.
4. Complete a ground training course.
5. Complete required flight training.
6. Pass the FAA Private Pilot written test.
7. Take and pass the FAA final Practical Test.
Minimum Flight Experience Requirements:
The FAA regulations require that students complete a total of 40 hours of flight training, with a minimum of 20 hours with an instructor and 10 hours solo flight time. Most students require additional hours of training to truly be proficient and be ready to pass the Practical Test. When the time comes, you will be more than ready to pass that test with flying colors!
So what will it cost?
You will not find more value for your investment in flight training anywhere on the Big Island. Tropicbird is solely dedicated to flight training. Chief Flight Instructor, Mike Lauro has many years of flying and teaching experience to pass along to you. The cost of earning any of the pilot certificates ultimately depends on how well you bring it all together and progress through your training. Ideally the best formula for success is to carefully plan out your time and finances to concentrate on your goals at hand. The most efficient and cost effective plan would be to attend classes two or three times a week and put in a few hours of study every day. If you have the means, we can set up an accelerated training program around your personal schedule and complete your training in as little as four to six weeks. Basically,
we have the flexibility to set up a training program that will fit into your busy life. It will be well worth the effort!
Estimated Cost of Private Pilot Training
|40 hours DA-20 aircraft rental||$8,000|
|30 hours flight instruction||$3,000|
|25 hours ground instruction||$2,500|
|Jeppesen Flight Discovery Training Kit||$200|
|Total estimated cost of Private Pilot training||$13,700|