Fixed Wing Flight Training

Our goal is simple...

We strive to provide the safest, most comprehensive, flight training possible.

All of our training programs are conducted in a one-on-one basis between the instructor and the student. The scheduling, and curriculum, is tailored for the student to enjoy a safe, fun, and expeditious learning experience. Whether you're looking to start a career in aviation, need to get around faster for a business, or simply wish to learn something new and exciting; your professional flight training starts here!

Private Pilot

Private Pilot

(Single-Engine Land)

Generally, the first step for most pilots is the private pilot certificate. This certificate will allow the pilot to fly most small, single-engine airplanes to almost any destination, as long as certain weather minimums are adhered to. If the pilot wishes to fly larger single-engine aircraft, the transition is relatively easy. Depending on the aircraft, it may only require the pilot to be trained in that specific type of aircraft.

Eligibility...

Federal Aviation Regulation 61.83
Eligibility requirements for a Student Pilot Certificate:

  1. Be at least 16 years of age
  2. Be able to read, speak, write, and understand English
  3. Hold at least a current third-class medical certificate
Note: Due to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) requirements, you must provide proof of U.S. citizenship before any training may occur. Such documentation may include a valid passport or birth certificate. If you are not a U.S. citizen and wish to receive flight training, please contact Austin Aeroflight for information on the steps necessary to obtain TSA approval.

Federal Aviation Regulation 61.96 and 61.103
Eligibility requirements for Private Pilot Certificates:

  1. Be at least 17 years of age
  2. Be able to read, speak, write, and understand English
  3. Hold at least a current third-class medical certificate
  4. Pass a written test
  5. Pass an oral and flight test
  6. Receive flight and ground instruction

The Lessons...

Each lesson is approximately two hours in length consisting of both ground training and in-flight training. As training progresses, some lessons may require different arrangements to accommodate training requirements.

Ground School...

Our ground training, in preparation for the written exam, is a guided self-study program. The student will be required to read the material on their own time. The key elements of the material will be covered in-depth with the instructor.

Scheduling...

Our schedule is based on YOUR schedule. The individual lessons are provided on a first-come-first-serve basis.

Requirements...

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requires that a private pilot applicant meet certain aeronautical experience requirements. The student must log a minimum of 40 hours of flight time which includes at least 20 hours of instruction and at least 10 hours of solo time. Although this is the minimum amount required, the average student becomes proficient enough to pass the practical exam after 50 or 60 hours of flight time. This includes a mixture of both dual instruction and solo flying time. Along with the specified training requirements, a private pilot applicant is also required to pass a written exam and a practical exam. The practical exam involves one-on-one questioning from a designated examiner along with an in-flight demonstration of abilities.

Cost...

The cost of a private pilot certificate can essentially be broken down into two elements: aircraft rental; and instruction. Our Cessna 172 rents for $95.00 per hour, and our instruction rate is $35.00 per hour for both in-flight and on the ground instruction. The overall cost of a pilot's certificate is based on the exact number of hours spent training.

Below is an estimate of your investment in a private pilot certificate based on the total number of flight hours at the completion of the training:

40 Hours Min.50 Hours60 Hours72 Hours Max.
Aircraft rental/hour:$95.00$3,800.00$4,750.00$5,700.00$6,840.00
Tax @ 7.375%:$280.25$350.31$420.38$504.45
Flt Instruction/hour:$35.00$700.00$875.00$1,050.00$1,260.00
Gnd Instruction/hour:$35.00$525.00$595.00$700.00$805.00
Pilot Supplies/Manual:$275.15$275.15$275.15$275.15
Tax @ 7.375%:$20.29$20.29$20.29$20.29
Flight Physical:$250.00$250.00$250.00$250.00
Written Test:$150.00$150.00$150.00$150.00
Check Ride:Examiner$400.00$400.00$400.00$400.00
Aircraft$190.00$190.00$190.00$190.00
Tax$14.01$14.01$14.01$14.01
Total:$6,604.70$7,869.77$9,169.83$10,708.90

Payments for Flight Training and Aircraft Rental may be made with cash, Discover, MasterCard, Visa, or approved credit.
Prices are subject to change without notice. These prices are only estimates. Actual training times and cost may vary.

Instrument Rating (Airplane)

Instrument Rating (Airplane)

The instrument rating is typically the second step taken after receiving a private pilot's certificate. Instrument training teaches the pilot to safely conduct flight operations in less than VFR (Visual Flight Rules) conditions. The instrument rating is a must have for those who have a more demanding schedule while flying. Without an instrument rating the pilot is required to fly in good weather conditions. This may be difficult if trying to fly cross country. With an instrument rating weather becomes a much smaller hindrance.

Eligibility and Requirements...

Federal Aviation Regulation 61.65
Instrument Rating Requirements:

  1. Hold at least a private pilot certificate
  2. Acquired 50 hours of cross country time as Pilot In Command
  3. Be able to read, speak, write, and understand English
  4. Pass a written test
  5. Pass an oral and flight test
  6. Receive flight and ground instruction


The applicant must also meet certain aeronautical experience requirements; which includes a minimum of 15 hours of training from an instructor and 40 hours of actual or simulated instrument time. It is recommended that the applicant already have the 50 hours of cross country time completed before starting the instrument training. This is not a requirement however, and cross country flights may be incorporated into the instrument training curriculum.

Since only 15 hours of instruction, but 40 hours of instrument time are required for this rating, the majority of the practice may be completed with a safety pilot. A safety pilot's purpose is to ensure the safety of the flight while the student is in simulated instrument conditions. To qualify as a safety pilot, one must have a private pilot certificate or higher, and be current to act as pilot in command of the aircraft that is flown. There are several pilots in the Austin area that are willing to act as a safety pilot for your training. This method of practice will reduce the overall cost of getting the instrument rating.

Ground School...

Our ground training in preparation for the written exam is a guided self-study program. The student will be required to read the material on their own time. The key elements of the material will be covered in-depth with the instructor.

Scheduling...

Our schedule is based on YOUR schedule. The individual lessons are provided on a first-come-first-serve basis.

Cost...

Here is an estimate of the cost to receive the instrument rating:

This estimate assumes that the applicant has a private pilot's certificate with only 5 hours of cross country PIC, and that they require 20 hours of instruction to achieve the necessary proficiency to pass the practical exam. This also assumes that the applicant will practice with a safety pilot for 20 hours of simulated instrument.

Aircraft rental/hour$95.00$6,650.0070 hours
Tax @ 7.375%:$490.44
Flt Instruction/hour:$40.00$800.0020 hours
Gnd Instruction/hour:$40.00$800.0020 hours
Pilot Supplies/Manual:$202.78
Tax @ 7.375%:$14.96
Written Test:$150.00
Check Ride:Examiner$375.00
Aircraft$190.002 hours
Tax$14.01
Total:$9,686.79

Payments for Flight Training and Aircraft Rental may be made with cash, Discover, MasterCard, Visa, or approved credit.
Prices are subject to change without notice. These prices are only estimates. Actual training times and cost may vary.

The following estimate assumes that the applicant has a private pilot's certificate, has met the 50 hour cross country PIC requirement, and requires 20 hours of instruction to achieve the necessary proficiency to pass the practical exam. This also assumes that the applicant will practice with a safety pilot for 20 hours of simulated instrument.

Aircraft rental/hour$95.00$3,800.0040 hours
Tax @ 7.375%:$280.25
Flt Instruction/hour:$40.00$800.0020 hours
Gnd Instruction/hour:$40.00$800.0020 hours
Pilot Supplies/Manual:$202.78
Tax @ 7.375%:$14.96
Written Test:$150.00
Check Ride:Examiner$375.00
Aircraft$190.002 hours
Tax$14.01
Total:$6,627.00

Payments for Flight Training and Aircraft Rental may be made with cash, Discover, MasterCard, Visa, or approved credit.
Prices are subject to change without notice. These prices are only estimates. Actual training times and cost may vary.