You can make your own schedule. 

If you fly once per week it will take about a year to finish your PPL training.

At Horizon Aviation, you can make your own training schedule. You should try to fly as frequently as your lifestyle and budget will allow. The goal is get your training completed in the fewest amount of flight hours it takes for you to become a safe and proficient pilot. Flying more frequently will help keep your total number of flight hours down, which means you will spend less overall. Spreading out your training over a longer time frame will mean an increased amount of flight hours, which means a higher cost to complete the training. 

Many of our students fly once per week. At this pace it will take roughly a year to complete the training. 

If you can only fly less frequently, that is okay, too. Your progress through your training will be a little slower because you will have to spend time reviewing things you’ve already covered, making sure you remember how to do things, before moving on to new material and maneuvers. Don’t let this stop you, though. The owner of Horizon Aviation was only able to fly once per month when he was learning how to fly. He stuck with it and now he gets to make flying his living.

Horizon Aviation is open 7 days per week and starts flying at 8am. We can work with just about schedule you would like to follow. 

Average cost per lesson: $220 – $300

Average cost to complete Private Pilot Training: $12,500.

The average cost of a license varies from student to student. The biggest factor is the amount of hours it takes to complete the training. There are many ways that you can keep those hours low, including flying more frequently, and coming to your lessons prepared. We’ve prepared this article with our top 10 ways to save money on your flight training.

You do not pay up front for your training. You pay at the conclusion of each lesson. The average price per lesson is between $220 and $300. There are two items you are billed for each time you have a lesson: the instructor and the airplane. You only pay for what you use. So, let’s say you meet your instructor at 8am. You fly with your instructor in a Cessna 152 for 90 minutes, and then review the flight together once you’re back on the ground. You’re out the door at 10am. Your invoice from that day would be for 2 hours of time with the instructor, and 1.5 hours of airplane time.

If each lesson is between $220 and $300, and you want to fly once per week, you’ll need to budget about $1200 per month to maintain that pace of training. 

There are some other costs you’ll encounter regardless of where you conduct your flight training. These are your written and practical exam fees, books and training supplies, and the cost for your medical certificate. 

Get your FAA medical certificate early in your training to avoid delays.

One of the biggest milestones you will reach while learning how to fly, will be making your first solo flight. This is when the instructor sends you to perform three take offs and landings completely by yourself. It is thrilling and one of those events you never forget.

In order to do that, and to further exercise your privileges as a Private Pilot, you must have a valid FAA Airman’s Medical Certificate. The FAA wants to make sure you are healthy enough to fly. Getting a medical consists of visiting any number of Airman Medical Examiners (AME) and undergoing a basic flight physical. An AME is usually a local doctor or physician that has this special designation from the FAA.

Things that they look at include your visual acuity, color vision, blood pressure, blood glucose levels, and medical history. If you are over the age of 40 you will also undergo a EKG. Most people are able to walk out of the AME’s office with their medical in hand. Others may have an issue with one of the areas listed above that requires some investigation.

You should get your medical before you begin your flight training, or at least very early on during your flight training. You do not want to get to the point where you are ready to solo only to have to wait 6 months while you clear up a medical obstacle.

Important: If you have any questions about anything in your medical history, call our Warwick, RI location before you make an appointment with a local AME. We have helped many students navigate through the obstacle of a medical certificate.