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Private Pilot

Earning your Private Pilot Certificate (PPL) is an investment in a future filled with fun and adventure! Once you achieve your certification, it never expires.  A PPL is also the required first step for a career in aviation.

At Sterling, we can help you stop dreaming, and start flying today. Most students complete the private pilot program in 2-4 months, finishing below the national average due to our one-on-one training methods.

We encourage you to schedule a Discovery Flight with us, or come visit us to tour the facility and view the aircraft that will be used in your training.

Training Requirements

  • Be at least 16 years old to solo
  • Be at least 17 years of age to get your license
  • Able to read, speak, write and understand English
  • Obtain at least a 3rd class medical certificate

Private Pilot License

Minimum Training Package | FAA Requirements
$10,525
  • 36 Hours in a Cessna 172
  • 26 Hours Ground School
  • 29 Hours with an Instructor
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Please note these rates do not include the cost of housing, exams or check rides, and are an estimate based on FAA minimum training requirements. Costs could be more depending on how often you fly and how quickly you absorb and retain the course curriculum.

Rates are based on training in a Cessna 172. The student may request an alternate airplane model, at an additional expense.

Sterling has access to affordable housing solutions. Please contact us for more information.

Finance Your Training

If you need financial assistance for all or some of your training, Sterling Flight recommends utilizing one of our financing partners. If you are a veteran there are options to use your benefits for later ratings and licenses; however, benefits can’t be applied toward a private pilot license.

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Ready to Soar?

Ready to be a Professional Pilot? Want to experience our Redbird FMX Simulator, or join our ranks via your university’s aviation program? Let’s get you in the air.

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