CSA, as an FAA Approved Part 141 Flight School, can get you from zero experience to Commercial Pilot Certification in 189 hours while at other part 61 flight schools the FAA requires their students to have 250 hours of flight time prior to taking the Commercial Pilot Certification check ride. That is over 60 hours savings of airplane rental fees.

Traditional Private Pilot Ground School course runs 13 weeks and meets on Saturdays. Traditional Instrument Ground School course runs 7 weeks and meets two nights per week. Cost is anywhere from $48,000 – $65,000 depending on speed of progressing thought the courses and ability of a student. Below is the suggested route but be aware that there are other avenues available with guidance.

Traditional Program

AVERAGE DURATION OF COURSE:  13 Weeks,  2 one-hour sessions,  13 hour course

COMPLETION STANDARD:  FAA Knowledge Exam Passed,  Lesson 1 & 2 in PPL Syllabus,  Attendance in Class

AVERAGE DURATION OF COURSE:  3 months,  2-3 times/week

COMPLETION STANDARD:  PPL Certification,  FAA Checkride

AVERAGE DURATION OF COURSE:  6 weeks,  2 times/week

COMPLETION STANDARD:  Knowledge Exam

AVERAGE DURATION OF COURSE:  3 months,  2 times/week

COMPLETION STANDARD:  Instrument Rating,  FAA Checkride

AVERAGE DURATION OF COURSE:  1 Month

COMPLETION STANDARD:  30.5 Hours

AVERAGE DURATION OF COURSE:  6 Weeks

COMPLETION STANDARD:  Knowledge exam

AVERAGE DURATION OF COURSE:  1 Month

COMPLETION STANDARD:  39 Hours

AVERAGE DURATION OF COURSE:  8 Weeks

COMPLETION STANDARD:  2 Knowledge Exams

AVERAGE DURATION OF COURSE:  1 Week

COMPLETION STANDARD:  N/A

AVERAGE DURATION OF COURSE:  1 Month

COMPLETION STANDARD:  25.5 Hours

AVERAGE DURATION OF COURSE:  3 Weeks

COMPLETION STANDARD:  15 Hours

AVERAGE DURATION OF COURSE:  1 Month

COMPLETION STANDARD:  5-15 hours,  proficiency based

AVERAGE DURATION OF COURSE:  1-2 years

COMPLETION STANDARD:  1500 Hours

AVERAGE DURATION OF COURSE:  2-5 Years

COMPLETION STANDARD:  Airline Transport Pilot Certification

AVERAGE DURATION OF COURSE:  Until age 65

COMPLETION STANDARD:  First Officer to Captain

Fleet Prices

Basic Aircraft:  Cessna 172 SP, Garmin 1000 and G430/KLN94 Avionics,  $171 per hour and $236 with instructor.

Advanced Aircraft:  Cessna 182,  KLN94 Avionics,  $205 per hour and $270 with instructor.

Multi-Engine:  Seneca,  G1000 Avionics,  $316 per hour and $391 with instructor.

AATD:  Redbird AATD Single & Multi,  G1000 & G430 Avionics,  $80 per hour.

CommSim:  ATC Trainer,  $45 per hour and $148 with instructor.

Flight Instruction:  CFI,  $65 per hour.

  • Stage Progress Checks $75 per hour
  • Training in owner’s aircraft $75 per hour
  • CSA Ground School $10-12 per hour

*Prices do not include fuel surcharges.