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Why learn to fly?

  • Travel for business? Far less hassle then driving to Sacramento, parking, security lines, and waiting at the gate.
  • Keep in touch with family and friends! Those 7 hour car rides can quickly turn into a 2 hour flight; there and back in the same day!
  • Explore new destinations! America's 5,400 public-use airports, many of which are co-located with other fun recreational facilities and cultural activities like golfing, skiing, hiking, amusement parks, museums, and art galleries
  • Challenge your skills! From that first flight, to your first solo, a good pilot is always learning, and that's one of the exciting things about aviation. There is always something more to learn!
  • Career Options! There are many pilot careers in aviation, including flying for the airlines, government and military, business aviation, charters, agriculture, and fire fighting!

How do I earn a pilot certificate?

Every certificate has specific requirements, but generally you will need to:

  • Obtain a Student Pilot and Medical Certificate from an Aviation Medical Examiner
  • Receive flight and ground instruction from flight instructor on required areas of training
  • Study pilot manuals, guides and Federal Aviation Regulations
  • Perform solo flights on required areas of training
  • Successfully pass a knowledge exam on required subject areas
  • Receive a recommendation from a flight instructor, and successfully complete a practical exam, which consists of an oral exam and flight test with an FAA inspector or designated examiner.

What flight training can I obtain at Placerville Aviation?

First Flight Experiences

We offer two introductory flight package experiences to get you off the ground!

Our First Flight Experience ($99) package includes:

  • Half hour of instruction from an FAA certificated Flight Instructor on the ground, explaining how airplanes fly!
  • Half an hour in a Diamond Eclipse with an instructor, which includes a short flight around Placerville with you at the controls!
  • A logbook with your first flight training entry!
  • Student Pilot Guide to help you prepare for training for your first certificate.
  • A photograph to commemorate the experience!

Our Lunch and a Lesson ($230) package includes:

  • One hour flight lesson to a local airport that has a restaurant!
  • Lunch with one of our flight instructors, with great conversation about learning to fly!
  • A logbook with your first flight training entry!
  • Student Pilot Guide to help you prepare for training for your first certificate.
  • A photograph to commemorate the experience!

Private Pilot Flight Training Package

Ready to commit? We offer a comprehensive flight training package to help you achieve the FAA Private Pilot Certificate. Our package includes just about everything you'll need, including:

  • 50 hours in a Diamond Eclipse (wet rate - includes fuel)
  • 35 hours of dual flight instruction
  • 25 hours of pre & post flight briefing, including oral prep for the practical exam
  • Study materials including private pilot training flight manual, study and maneuver guides, logbook, and other flight training tools.

See "Other things you'll need along the way" below for additional items you'll acquire along your journey of becoming a private pilot.

Package cost to train in the Diamond Eclipse: $8065

Package cost to train in the Cessna 172 M: $8400

Package cost to train in the Cessna 172F: $8302

Notes: Fuel surcharges may apply if the price of fuel rises above the price at the time the package is purchased. Program payments are made in thirds, with $2500 due at program start, additional deposits made as funds are used). 5% discount off instruction and rental rates if additional time is needed to achieve certificate.

Instrument Rating Flight Training Package

Ready to take your skills to the next level? Earn the instrument rating to improve your piloting skills, and add utility with the ability to pilot an airplane in the clouds.

Our instrument rating flight training package includes:

  • 45 hours in a Cessna 172 SP(wet rate - includes fuel)
  • 45 hours of dual flight instruction
  • 12 hours of pre and post flight briefings, including oral prep for the practical exam
  • Study materials

Package cost to train in a Diamond Eclipse (DA20-C1): $7428

Package cost to train in a Cessna 172M: $8080

Package cost to train in a Cessna 172 SP: $8646

Notes: Fuel surcharges may apply if the price of fuel rises above the price at the time the package is purchased. Program payments are made in thirds, with $2500 due at program start, additional deposits made as funds are used). 5% discount off instruction and rental rates if additional time is needed to achieve certificate.

Hourly instruction

If you're looking for additional instruction once you've received your certificate, need a BFR, or want to pay as you go towards training for your certificate, we offer hourly instruction.

  • Flight Instruction $50/hr
  • Advanced Instruction in pilots own aircraft $55/hr

Other things you'll need along the way

  • Student Pilot Certificate and Third Class Medical certificate ($100). See Aviation Medical Examiners.
  • Headset ($150-1050)
  • Pilot Operating Handbooks ($30-80)
  • Flight Plan Logs ($5)
  • Aeronautical Sectional Charts ($8-$11)
  • Airport Facility Directory ($6)
  • Kneeboard ($20)
  • Knowledge Exam Fee ($150)
  • Practical Test Examiner Fee ($350-400)

All costs are approximate. Your mileage may vary. Charts can be obtained from commercial sources as a subscription service.

Resources

Pilot Radio Script

AOPA's Learn to Fly website

Aircraft Owners Group (Cessna and Piper), www.aircraftownergroup.com

Aircraft Owners and Pilots association, www.aopa.org

American Bonanza Society, www.bonanza.org

The Aviation Home Page, www.avhome.com

AVweb, www.avweb.com

Be a Pilot, www.beapilot.com

Cessna Pilots Association, www.cessna.org

Citabria Owners Group, www.citabria.com

The Ercoupe Network, www.ercoupe.net

GTE Duat, www.duats.com

Mooney Aircraft Pilots Association, www.mooneyapa.com

The Ninety-Nines, International Organization of Women Pilots, ninety-nines.org


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