There are a lot of variables that affect the cost of learning to fly, including aptitude, the frequency of flight lessons, weather, the type of aircraft in which you are training and its availability for scheduling. A reasonable estimate would range between $9,000 and $13,000 for a Private Pilot Certificate. EFI has a number of affordable flight training packages and financing options.

Don’t be fooled by schools who base their cost estimates on the minimum time required by the FAA – only a small fraction of people seeking their pilot’s certificate complete it in under 45 hrs. Sure, you can do it in that short of time, but only if you have no constraints on time or budget.