Let’s face it, learning to fly is not a cheap endeavor.  Time between lessons, the time you dedicate to individual study and your own learning curve all contribute to the time it takes for you to earn your ratings, and can affect your total cost of training. Keep in mind that you do not need to pay for all of your flight training up front, you can pay as you go.  However you will get a price break for paying for a block of lessons in advance.  Click the ratings below to view cost estimates.

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Estimates

Private

The private pilot rating is where you’ll begin your flying adventure. With a private pilot rating you may fly in visual flight rules (VFR) weather, carry passengers and even share the cost of aircraft operation with your passengers.  The FAA requires a minimum of 40 hours of flight time.  You must be 16 years old to solo and 17 years old to get a pilot’s license.  You must pass a basic medical exam.

The below ESTIMATES are based on the average student at Vista Air. These figures should only be used as guidelines for planning your training, not fixed package prices. (Prices do not include tax)

50 Hours of Aircraft Rental @ $107/hr -  $5,350,00

30 Hours of Flight Instruction @ $35/hr – $1050.00

Vista Air  Headset – $99.00  (many other choices are available)

Cessna Multimedia Private Pilot Kit – $359.00

CATS Written Test – $150.00 (AOPA Discount Available)

FAA Practical Test – $500.00

Renters Insurance $10,000 Limit – $155.00+$95.00

TOTAL $7,758.00

 

Sport

Airmen who currently hold a recreational, private, commercial, or airline transport pilot certificate and a valid medical will be able to fly light sport aircraft and aircraft that meet the definition of light sport aircraft provided they have the appropriate category and class ratings.

Airmen who currently hold a recreational, private, commercial, or airline transport pilot certificate but do not hold a valid and effective FAA medical certificate may fly light sport aircraft and aircraft that meet the definition of light sport aircraft provided they have the appropriate category and class ratings, have a valid U.S. driver’s license, and provided they meet the medical criteria listed above.

The ESTIMATES below are based on the average student at Vista Air. These figures should only be used as guidelines for planning your training, not fixed package prices. (Prices do not include tax)

30 Hours of Aircraft Rental @ $127/hr -  $3,810

15 Hours of Flight Instruction @ $35/hr – $525.00

Vista Air  Headset – $99.00  (many other choices are available)

Cessna Multimedia Private Pilot Kit – $359.00

CATS Written Test – $150.00 (AOPA Discount Available)

FAA Practical Test – $500.00

Renters Insurance $10,000 Limit – $155.00+$95.00

TOTAL $5693.00

 

Instrument

Ever wanted to play around in the clouds? Your instrument rating opens up the skies for all-season flying by using instruments to navigate.

The ESTIMATES below are based on the average student at Vista Air. These figures should only be used as guidelines for planning your training, not fixed package prices. (Prices do not include tax)

40 Hours of Aircraft Rental @ $137/hr – $5,480.00

40 Hours of Flight Instruction @ $37/hr – $1,480.00

Cessna Multimedia Instrument Kit – $359.00

CATS Written Test – $150.00 (AOPA Discount Available)

FAA Practical Test – $500.00

TOTAL $7,969.00

 

Commercial

So you’ve decided the only work you want to do at a desk is filing your flight plan…. Looks like you’re ready for your commercial rating.  This rating allows you to be paid for your flying.

The ESTIMATES below are based on the average student at Vista Air. These figures should only be used as guidelines for planning your training, not fixed package prices.  (Prices do not include tax)

10 Hours of Complex Rental @ $135.00/hr – $1,350.00

10 Hours of Flight Instruction @ $40/hr – $400.00

Cessna Multimedia Commercial Kit – $359.00

CATS Written Test – $150.00 (AOPA Discount Available)

FAA Practical Test – $500.00

TOTAL $2,759.00

 

Certified Flight Instructor (CFI)

Being a Certified Flight Instructor is the ultimate accomplishment. Instructing others to fly and you get paid for doing something you love!!

The ESTIMATES below are based on the average student at Vista Air. These figures should only be used as guidelines for planning your training, not fixed package prices.

15 Hours of Aircraft Rental @ $137.00/hr – $2055.00

40 Hours of Instruction @ $40.00/hr – $1600.00

Cats Testing – 2 Tests, FAA Test $800.00

TOTAL $ 4,455.00