Private Pilot Training

Westwind offers flexible training options for the Private Pilot Certificate on your terms and schedule.

What is Westwind’s Approach to Flight Training?

So, you want to learn to fly. But you just can’t find the time in a busy schedule. And, you want to do this training on your terms. No problem. Whatever your lifestyle, Westwind can design a customized flight-training program to fit your needs. You’ll be trained to the highest standards in aviation. And, you’ll do it in some of the most modern aircraft with experienced instructors. Westwind is open on weekdays, evenings, and weekends so you can train on your schedule.

Westwind School of Aeronautics, as one of the world’s largest Cessna Pilot Centers, has adopted the “Cleared for Takeoff™” Computer Based instruction (CBI) program for Private Pilot training. Our state of the art training program utilizes a FAA approved syllabus that integrates the ground school with the actual flight training. This program was developed in close cooperation with Cessna Aircraft Company, King Schools and the FAA. Because the course is internet based, you can do your ground school on your own computer, at your own pace, and at your selected time.

The flight training is conducted at the Deer Valley Municipal Airport. Deer Valley is one of the finest training airports in the U.S. Its two runways, nearby practice area and a training-oriented FAA Control Tower make Deer Valley the airport of choice for training in Arizona.

How long will it take me to get my Pilot Certificate?

Westwind offers an 10-week Private Pilot Course for those students that can dedicate five days a week to flight training. We realize that most individuals that have a full time work schedule cannot train five days a week. For those individuals Westwind also offers a flexible training schedule. Lessons are usually about 3 hours long and we recommend that students train 2 to 3 times a week. By training more often, you will not need as much review from the previous lesson and will not only save time but also money. For example: a student training 2 to 3 a week will usually earn their Private Pilot Certificate in about 4 months. A student training 5 times a week can usually earn his/her certificate in as little as 10 weeks.

What Do I Need To Do To Get Started?

All you need is some dedication and a little guidance from our admissions staff. You can start at any age, although you must be 16 to solo and 17 to obtain your Private Certificate. To begin, you will need to obtain a third class medical certificate, which will serve as your student pilot certificate until you receive your actual Private Pilot Certificate. Next, make an appointment with the admissions staff to complete some enrollment paperwork. Please bring a passport or Birth certificate and drivers licence to this meeting so we may verify your citizenship inline with the Transportation Security Agency’s flight training security requirements. Once this is completed, we will assign you an instructor and your training can begin.

How Much Does It Cost?

The FAA requires a minimum of 40 flight hours to qualify for the Private Certificate. Many schools estimate the price of their flight-training program on FAA minimums. Westwind prefers to quote a more realistic amount. For example, the national average to obtain a Private Certificate is about 60 hours of flight training. All pricing quoted is only an estimate and you will only be charged for what you actually require.

Private Pilot Certificate
1FAA Medical
1Application Fee
1Private Multimedia Computer Based Ground Instruction Kit
1Books and Supplies
1FAA Computerized Written Test
50Hours Dual Instruction in Cessna 172N/P
10Hours Solo in Cessna 172N/P
48Hours Individual One on One Ground Instruction
1.5Hours in Cessna 172N/P for FAA Private Pilot Checkride
1Private Pilot Checkride Examiner Fee
Estimated Cost$15,000