Private Pilot Training

Make your dream of becoming a pilot a reality at Westwind! Our instructors are ready to help you achieve your vision of navigating the skies. Westwind School of Aeronautics, is one of the world’s largest Cessna Pilot Centers. Our state of the art training program integrates computer-based instruction, ground training, and aircraft flight training.

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 makes Deer Valley the airport of choice for training in Arizona.

Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of earth,
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward I’ve climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
Of sun-split clouds, —and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of —Wheeled and soared and swung
— John Gillespie Magee Jr.

How Long Will It Take To Get My Private Pilot Certificate?

Westwind offers a 16-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 preparing more often, you will not need as much review from the previous lesson and will save not only time but also money. For example, a student training 2 to 3 a week will usually earn their Private Pilot Certificate in about 6 months. A student training five times a week can obtain their certificate in as little as 12 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 Pilot Certificate. To begin, you will need to get 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 license to this meeting so we can verify your citizenship in line with the Transportation Security Agency’s flight training security requirements. Once 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 Pilot 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 Pilot Certificate is about 60 hours of flight training. All pricing quoted is only an estimate, and you will only be charged for what you require.