Private Pilot Certification

Thank you for inquiring about getting your Private Pilot Certificate! Federal Regulations mandate 40 hours of aeronautical experience (Flight Time) for the private pilot certificate of which a minimum of 20 hours of training is with an instructor and 10 hours of solo flight. Training and solo time follow a strict training syllabus to insure you not only learn what is necessary, but feel the joy of flying!

History, though, has shown that the national average is honestly 56 (+) hours to attain the skills to attain the certificate.  However, our experience at Chinook Flight is 42 hours; we insist our customers plan on training a minimum of three times per week to maximize skill development and educational retention.  This helps reduce the amount of time, and, money, it cost YOU to get the license.

We employ the Redbird FMX Simulator to aid in developing those skills!  This is the best simulation equipment bar none!  So much so that even the FAA uses these exclusively for their training!

Here is a breakdown of the time and costs to acquire a Private Pilot Certificate:
Instruction (with materials and charts) and aircraft are separated.  In this plan, the amount you pay for training is fixed and will never go up!  You may spend a bit more time in airplane rental but the instruction time and materials will never cost more.


The typical cost

WhatAmountIndividual costTotal cost
Flight Instruction30 hours$80.00 per hour$2,400.00
Pre & Post Reviews45 hours$80.00 per hour$3,600.00
Simulator Time5 hours$72.75 per hour$363.75
Private Pilot King Schools Ground school1$279.00$279.00



Our rate for instruction & stuff is a fixed rate!
Flat Rate$6,500.00
Down Payment$1,500.00
Five Payments$1000.00


The “other” costs

Private Pilot Practical Test (Check-ride)~$500.00
Non-owners aircraft ("renters") insurance~$600.00
Aviation Medical Exam~$150.00
(optional) Personal headset~$350.00



All Students become student members of Puget Sound Flyers Club!
The following is an estimate of the cost using one of the clubs airplanes at club rates:

AircraftAverage hours requiredCost per hourTotal estimated cost
Cessna 15042$113.00$4,746.00 (plus tax)
Cessna 17242$130.00$5,460.00 (plus tax)