Cardinal Wings Aviation
Louisville's Elite Flight Training Center

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Private Pilot Course

Private Pilot Training CourseYou have taken your discovery flight and are interested in learning to fly. The first step is the Private Pilot certificate that enables you to fly with passengers but not for hire. Many people perceive learning to fly as difficult, but with one of our experienced instructors along with a structured syllabus, we can train anyone to live their dream of flying. We will meet with you and discuss the best course of action by tailoring your training to accommodate your busy schedule and ability. The FAA requires 40 hours minimum to obtain your license, however the national average is between 60 and 70 hours. We understand that everyone learns differently and with our experience, we will train according to the syllabus, but at the most efficient rate for the student to learn. The amount of time it takes to become proficient, depends on the students’ dedication, background and availability.

Basic Requirements

  • You must be 17 years of age or older.
  • You must be able to read, speak and understand the English language.
  • You must pass a 60 question computerized multiple-choice knowledge test based on the ground training you received and score at least a 70%.
  • You must log 40 hours total time, 20 of which must be flight training and 10 solo time.
  • During this time you will need to accomplish the following:
    – 3 hours of cross country flight training
    – 3 hours of training to fly solely by reference to the instruments
    – 3 hours of night flying experience consisting of: 10 take off and landings to a full stop and a cross country trip of over 100 nautical miles 5 hours of solo cross country time with one trip being 150 miles with
    – 5 hours of solo cross country time

Once completed, you will then take a “check ride” with an FAA Designated Pilot Examiner. This includes an oral exam by the examiner and a flight test where you demonstrate your proficiency in the plane.

Private Pilot Training Costs

This course is intended for those serious about learning to fly. This course will take you from zero time to private pilot using scenario based training to make it fun and efficient. This course includes:

  • 40 Hours of Flight Time including
    – Local Training
    – Cross Country
    – Solo
  • 30 Hours with a Flight Instructor
  • Private Pilot Ground School

Cessna 172M  – See chart below
Cirrus Aircraft – Call for Pricing.


Aircraft Rental* - (40 Hours Rental, 30 dual and 10 solo) $80/hour $3,200.00
Instructor – (30 Hours Dual) $55/hour $1,650.00
Fuel Estimation Costs - for 40 hours aircraft rental $55/hour $2,210.00

*Aircraft is a dry rate rental, does not include fuel. 


*Estimated based on FAA minimum requirements of 40 hours. Note: national average is between 60-70 hours. This estimation does not include additional costs listed below. Rates are subject to Kentucky Sales Tax (6.0%) and Airport Fee (3%). $7,060.00

(Prices below are informational and are not guaranteed)

Private Pilot Study Materials Kit Approximately $400.00
Pilot Headsets (David Clark's) Start at $300.00 - We offer loaners on a first come/first serve basis.
FAA Medical Exam (by AME) Approximately $100.00
Private Pilot Written Exam Approximately $150.00
FAA Private Pilot Checkride Examiners Fee Approximately $500.00

*Note: All Training Costs may vary on Dedication and Commitment of the Student