We would like to welcome you to Pinnacle Aviation Academy. I clearly recall all of the fun and excitement of earning my private pilot certificate. There was hard work with hours of study and flight lessons, but one of the most exciting times of my life was my first solo flight. After a series of takeoffs and landings in the airport traffic pattern, I taxied in to my tiedown spot with the widest grin imaginable. I returned to the flight school and my instructor cut the back of my shirt off and applied artwork and words of wisdom to the shirt-tail. This has become a custom since the beginning of manned flight. A few months later, I completed the curriculum and passed my private pilot checkride.
You are likely contemplating a similar challenge. You will have many of the same questions that I had prior to starting my lessons. Our staff at Pinnacle Aviation Academy or I will be pleased to answer all of your questions. The following information may also be helpful.
Even though there are only about 650,000 licensed pilots in the United States (which is less than 1% of the population) flying does not require superhuman talents and degrees in math and science. Normal people just like you and I learn to fly everyday. Learning to fly does take some study but it is very worthwhile when you join that very small, but distinguished group known as aviators.
How do you get started? Well it’s easy! The first step is to come out to the airport and interview (yes interview) flight schools. You will want to find a school with friendly, knowledgeable people and quality aircraft. We hope you will choose Pinnacle Aviation Academy!
The private pilot curriculum is made up of two types of learning, study of all aspects of aviation and learning to fly an aircraft. Pilots learn faster by simultaneously studying the materials and flying aircraft. ( Sort of the lecture / lab concept.) Many people choose to train in a Cessna 152 or a 172. The Cessna 152 is a two-seat trainer and is designed for people training for their private pilot certificates. Some people choose to fly the larger Cessna 172. Normally you will want to fly 2 to 3 times per week. Some people fly less some more. The more frequently you fly, the faster you learn (least number of total hours) because we all tend to forget details over time. If you fly less frequently, it will generally take a greater number of hours to complete the Private Pilot curriculum because your instructor will likely need to provide more review time in each lesson prior to introducing new material. We will have more on this later.
The study portion of the curriculum may be completed by several methods. If you would like college credit for your ground school training, classes are available at Palomar College. Palomar College is a semester course, which is available in the aeronautical sciences department. You will get college credit for flight training at Pinnacle Aviation Academy, if you enroll in the Palomar ground school classes. There are also "weekend" ground schools for accelerated learning (and sometimes accelerated forgetting). We do not recommend the "weekend" accelerated method because the objective of these courses is to pass the written test, not develop a long lasting knowledge required in aviation. Another method, which we highly recommend, is the use of computerized self-study at your own pace.
Cessna proudly announces the all new scenario-based flight training course, developed exclusively for Cessna Pilot Centers. This web-based course provides everything you need to obtain your Sport or Private Pilot Certificate. It's been designed to provide you with the knowledge, skills and confidence to embrace your future in aviation. Cessna courses are the only way to go! They are an interactive training program which not only provides the Ground School training, but also previews each flight lesson. The flight lesson previews allow you to see what you will be learning in the air – before you go fly.
As you complete your study of the materials, there are sample tests in the course to prepare you for the required FAA written test. We find the score you get on the practice tests is very close to the score you will get on the FAA test. When you are ready to take the test, your instructor will arrange a time and date with our computer-testing center located Pinnacle Aviation Academy. Upon completion of the test, it will be graded instantly and you will receive your certificate before you leave the testing center. Completion of the FAA written test is not required for solo flight, but it is required prior to your final check ride.
You may register for a demo version of the Cessna Sport/ Private course by clicking on the following link and inputting your email address: www.cessnaflighttraining.com Please note that if you purchase the course at Pinnacle Aviation Academy, the price is only $389 + tax (prices subject to change without notice).
Now for the fun part! You may now take passengers flying and rent aircraft to visit friends, relatives and travel to other fun places. Many pilots choose to check out in different types and larger aircraft for this part of their flying career. In ever increasing numbers, after some experience, many pilots choose to return to Pinnacle Aviation Academy to add advance certificates and ratings such as learning instrument flying.
First, the FAA has two minimum time requirements depending if you choose the standard method of training which is described in the Federal Aviation Regulations (FAR) Part 61 or you attend a FAA approved school which is described in FAR Part 141. Pinnacle Aviation Academy is a FAA approved school (FAR Part 141), however we also offer training under FAR Part 61 for special circumstances (Usually for students with prior flight experience). Either Part 61 or Part 141, flight training at Pinnacle assures the safest, most complete and professional approach towards achieving your aviation goals.
The FAA requires a minimum total flight time of 35 hours for FAR Part 141 and a minimum total flight time of 40 hours for FAR Part 61. Having reviewed the minimum FAA requirements, it is important for you to know that most people take substantially longer than the minimum requirements to become proficient in our higher density Southern California air traffic and airspace system. If you fly in Southern California, you are qualified to fly anywhere in the United States. This is not always true for people who learn to fly with the minimum hours in a sparsely populated area.
We find the average Southern California pilot will require around 55 hours to become proficient. For budgetary purposes we have two examples of flight training costs. We hope you find this information informative and choose to train with us at Pinnacle Aviation Academy. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our friendly staff.
|35 hours - Cessna 152 @ $109/hr.||$3,815|
|15 hours - Flight Instruction time @ $70/hr.||1050|
|05 hours - Ground Instruction time @ $70/hr.||350|
|10 hours - Stage Check time @ $80/hr.||800|
|Total Training Cost **||$6,015|
|55 hours - Cessna 152 @ $109/hr.||$5,995|
|30 hours - Flight Instruction time @ $70/hr.||2100|
|20 hours - Ground Instruction time @ $70hr/.||1400|
|10 hours - Stage Check time @ $80hr/.||800|
|Total Training Cost **||* $10,295|
The above totals do not include the study materials and pilot supplies ($350.00 to $400.00) FAA written test fee (approx. $150.00), the FAA medical examination fee (approx. $80.00) and the End of Course Check ($ 700 ) . Remember, the cost of instruction and flight time is pay as you learn basis. The above costs are typically spread over a four to six month period. Our average part-time student completes the Private Pilot Training in 6 months and 55 hours. Our average full-time student completes the Private Pilot Training in 6 weeks and 45 hours.
To begin work toward earning your Private Pilot Certificate contact us today at
760-929-1009 and schedule one of our introductory flight lessons.
* The actual training cost depends on the rate of learning of each student.
** In each of the above examples, the cost of study materials, charts and examiner's fee are in addition to the flight training expense.