Flight School

Sacramento Aviation's contract flight instructors train using up to date and modern training techniques. To keep up with modern training we require our Private Pilot and above students to utilize an electronic flight bag using the iPad.

iPad (cellular capable)

     - Foreflight Mobile

     - Study Buddy Test Prep from Sporty's Pilot Shop

Kneeboard (Suitable for iPad)

E6B Flight Computer



View Limiting Device

VFR Sectional Chart (San Francisco Sectional)

(You'll use an iPad for most flight planning, but a paper sectional is helpful during Private Pilot Training.

Flight Schedule Pro

Sacramento Aviation is the only local flight school at Sacramento Executive that offers both Online Flight Scheduling and Digital Student Records. 

Student Dress Code

Sacramento Aviation's Flight School students should at all times maintain a professional appearance while in Sacramento Aviation's facilities and aircraft.

Students should wear:

Solid Color Pants or Shorts
Solid Color Polo Shirt
Closed toed shoes

Private Pilot Certificate

The first step in any pilots career is their Private Pilot's Certificate.

FAA Requirements for a Private Pilot Certificate:
- Must be at least 17 years of age
- Be able to read, speak, write and understand the English language
Hold at least a current 3rd Class Medical Certificate
- Pass the FAA Knowledge Test
- Pass the FAA Practical Flight Test and Oral Examination

Your FAA Part 61 flight training will consist of at least:
- 40 Hours of flight time consisting of:
     - at least 20 hours of Dual Flight Instruction
     - at least 10 hours of Solo Flight:
          - 5 Hours of Solo Local Flight
          - 5 Hours of Solo Cross-Country Flight

Private Pilot Instruction rates start at $45 per hour. 

Private Pilot Typical Cost Breakdown
Aircraft Used
 Cessna 172 SP (N124ME)
Dual Flight Training with instructor (30 Hour Minimum FAA Requirement)
Solo Flight (10 Hour Minimum FAA Requirement)
FAA Written Exam
FAA Medical Exam
FAA Practical Test (Checkride)
FAA Practical Test Aircraft Rental (Approx 1.8 Hours)
 Absolute Minimum Cost
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Books Supplies and Headset Estimated Costs. A good place to purchase these is www.sportys.com/pilotshop 
Ground Instruction (30 Hours for the average student)
Dual Flight Instruction with Instructor (Additional 15 Hours for the average student)
 Average Additional Costs
Total Price the AVERAGE student should expect a private pilot certificate to cost.

Please see the what does it cost on the top right of this page for an explanation of the amounts shown.

Instrument Rating

After receiving their Private Pilot Certificate a pilot may receive an Instrument Rating. Instrument Rating allows a pilot to fly in less than ideal weather conditions also known as Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) and fly in airspace above 18,000 MSL (Class A airspace)

In order to obtain an instrument rating, you will need:

Hold at least a Private Pilot License

50 Hours of logged Pilot in Command cross country

At least one cross country flight performed under IFR of at least 250NM, incorporating 3 different types of instrument approaches

Minimum 40 hours of actual or simulated instrument time (of which, 10 hours may be simulated)

Minimum 15 hours of instruction from a certified instrument flight instructor (CFII) – of which 3 hours much have been in the prior 2 months in an appropriate airplane

Successful completion of written knowledge test

Successful completion of oral examination and checkride

Advanced Instruction rates start at $50 per hour.

Other Certificates / Ratings Available

Multi Engine Rating

Advanced Instruction rates start at $50 per hour.

Commercial Pilot Certificate

In order to obtain a commercial pilot license, you will need:

Second Class medical certificate

At least a private pilot certificate

A full list of commercial pilot aeronautical experience requirements can be found in FAR 61.129 – the main requirements are:

At least 250 hours of logged pilot time as a pilot that consists of at least:

100 hours in powered aircraft, of which 50 hours must be in airplanes.

100 hours of pilot-in-command flight time, which includes at least -

50 hours in airplanes; and

50 hours in cross-country flight of which at least 10 hours must be in airplanes

20 hours of training that includes -

10 hours of instrument training

10 hours of training in a complex aircraft

One 2-hour cross country daytime flight (distance more than 100NM)

One 2-hour cross country nighttime flight (distance more than 100NM)

3 hours of single aircraft instruction time by an authorized instructor in the preceding 2 months

10 hours of solo or PIC flight time, that includes -

One cross country flight of not less than 300NM total distance with a minimum 3 landings at three different points, with one leg being a straight line distance of over 250NM from the original departure point.

5 hours of night VFR flying with 10 takeoffs and 10 landings at an airport with an operating control tower

Pass the aeronautical written knowledge test

Pass an oral examination and check ride, which includes advanced performance maneuvers and higher test standards than a private pilot certificate.

Advanced Instruction rates start at $50 per hour.

Certified Flight Instructor

Advanced Instruction rates start at $50 per hour.
Airline Transport Pilot

Advanced Instruction rates start at $50 per hour.

How Much Does It Cost?

The most asked question we get is how much does flight training cost. 

The overall cost of obtaining a certificate will vary from person to person mainly because a student pilot can only obtain a certificate upon demonstrating their complete proficiency in the operation of an aircraft. 

The breakdowns on this page are based on the average student pilot who flies one to two times per week and acquires their certificate in 55 hours. Additionally, this estimate should provide you with an idea of virtually all of the costs associated with obtaining a certificate. We have established these estimates using a fairly conservative approach to avoid unexpected expenses. 

There are schools that are offering private pilot certificates advertised at $6,350. The bottom line is that while it is “possible” to obtain your certificate for as low as $6,350 you would have to do it:

-With Minimum Time

-Lowest Price Aircraft

-Does Not Include Fees or Supplies

The typical cost gives you a more typical expectation of the costs involved so you are better prepared.

If you have questions regarding how our pricing differs from the pricing of our competitors, please feel to ask!