How much does it cost to get a private pilot certificate?
Many schools will show you a cost breakdown that adds up to around $5000 to $7000. That is very deceptive because it is an unrealistic amount that assumes a student can finish in the minimum hours, doesn’t include monthly dues or sign up fees, and does not include any instructor time on the ground. We like to give a more conservative estimate of $8,000 to $11,000 for the certificate. Some students learn quicker than others, and preparedness and frequency of flight lessons have a great impact on the total cost of your training. The best indicator of how much a license will cost at a particular school is to find out how much the last five or so students spent on their training.