Pilot Training FAR Part 61 

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Private Pilot Training

 

Private Pilot Training Eligibility Requirements:

  • Provide proof of US citizenship or complete the TSA flight training application

  • Although flight education may begin before age 16, be at least 16 years of age to solo and at least 17 years of age to receive the license

  • Be able to read, write, speak, and understand the English language

  • Obtain at least a 3rd class FAA Medical Certificate

  • Satisfactorily complete an FAA Private Pilot Knowledge Test

  • Complete a minimum of 40 hours of flight time including 10 hours of solo experience

  • Satisfactorily complete an FAA Check Ride

 

Cost Estimate

 

Hours   Description                         Rate        Total

38         Cessna-172                         $155/hr    $5890

2           Simulator                            $35/hr      $70

40         Flight Instruction                $45/hr      $1,800

10         Ground Instruction             $45/hr      $450

             Private Kit                            $250         $250

             Ground School Software   $100          $100

 

                                                               Total    $8,560

*This estimate based on the FAA minimum requirements. Student pilot proficiency can vary and some may incur additional hours.
Savings opportunity: Active WOSC or military discount: $5/Hobbs Hr. Create a block account with 10 hours paid in advance and receive a $10 per hour discount on aircraft rental.

Instrument Pilot Training

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Provide proof of US citizenship or complete the TSA flight training application

  • Hold at least a current private pilot certificate

  • Be able to read, write, speak, and understand the English language

  • Obtain at least a 3rd class FAA Medical Certificate

  • Satisfactorily complete an FAA Instrument Rating Knowledge Test

  • Accumulate 50 hours of pilot-in-command cross country experience

  • Accumulate 40 hours of actual or simulated instrument time

  • Satisfactorily complete an FAA Check Ride

Cost Estimate

Hours    Description                               Rate          Total

3            Cessna 172                                $155/hr     $465

10          Simulator                                   $35/hr       $350

13          Flight Instruction-advanced     $55/hr       $715

15          Ground Instruction                    $55/hr       $825

                                                                       Total     $2,355

*This estimate based on the FAA minimum requirements. Pilot proficiency can vary and some may incur additional hours as each applicant's situation will be different. Specific expected costs will be determined at time of application.
Savings opportunity: Active WOSC or military discount: $5/Hobbs Hr.

Commercial Pilot Training - Single Engine (see FAR 61.129)

 

Eligibility Requirements:

  • 18 years of age

  • Be able to read, write, speak, and understand the English language

  • Obtain at least a 2nd class FAA Medical Certificate

  • Satisfactorily complete an FAA Commercial Rating Knowledge Test

  • Accumulate 250 hours of total flight experience

  • Accumulate 100 hours pilot-in-command

  • Accumulate 10 hours of instrument training

  • Accumulate 10 hours in "complex" airplanes

  • Satisfactorily complete an FAA Check Ride

 

Cost Estimate

Hours    Description                               Rate          Total

10          Aircraft  (complex)                   $205/hr     $2,050

10          Flight Instruction-advanced     $55/hr       $550

10          Ground Instruction                    $55/hr      $550

 

                                                                     Total      $3,150

*This estimate based on the FAA minimum requirements. Pilot proficiency can vary and some may incur additional hours.
Savings opportunity: Active  military discount: $5/Hobbs Hr. Create a block account with 10 hours paid in advance and receive a $10 per hour discount on aircraft rental.

Certified Flight Instructor Training

Eligibility Requirements:

  • 18 years of age

  • Be able to read, write, speak, and understand the English language

  • Obtain at least a 3rd class FAA Medical Certificate

  • Hold at least a Commercial Pilot Certificate or Airline Transport Pilot Certificate with an Instrument Rating

  • Satisfactorily complete an FAA CFI Knowledge Test

  • Satisfactorily complete an FAA Fundamentals of Instruction Knowledge Test

  • Satisfactorily complete an FAA Check Ride

 

Cost Estimate

Hours     Description                               Rate         Total

10           Cessna 172                               $155/hr    $1,550

20           Flight Instruction-advanced    $55/hr      $1,100

10           Ground Instruction                  $45/hr       $450

                                                                     Total     $3,200

*This estimate based on the FAA minimum requirements. Pilot proficiency can vary and some may incur additional hours.

Multi-Engine Add On Course - TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED -

 

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Hold at least a Private Pilot or Commercial Pilot license

  • Complete flight maneuvers to PTS standards

  • Satisfactorily complete an FAA Check Ride

 

Cost Estimate

Hours     Description                               Rate        Total

10           Aircraft                                     $450/hr   $4,500

10           Flight Instruction-advanced    $55/hr.     $550

5             Ground Instruction                   $45/hr.     $225

 

                                                                      Total    $5,325

                                                                      *proficiency can vary and some may incur additional hours.


Savings opportunity: Create a block account with 10 hours paid in advance and receive a $10 per hour discount on aircraft rental.

ATP   - TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED -  (pending FAA approval of training credit application)

 

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must complete ATP-CTP Written Exam prior to starting

  • ATP candidates must meet the requirements outlined in 14 CFR 61.153, 155, 156 (if applicable), 157, 159 and 160 (if applicable).
    Slight variations exist in age, training and experience requirements based on the education background and flight experience of each candidate. Please contact Red River Flight Academy to help you ascertain your specific requirements in order to be eligible to pursue this certificate.

 

Cost Estimate

 

Hours     Description 

6.5          Beechcraft Duchess

4.5          Flight Instruction

4.5          Ground Instruction

3.0          Duchess simulator

 

Prepaid Special Package based on above hours: $3,500 plus FAA DPE fee.

*This estimate based on the FAA minimum requirements. Pilot proficiency can vary and some may incur additional hours.

Complex Transition

To earn a complex endorsement, a pilot must train with a Certified Flight Instructor. There is no hourly requirement or written examination, just an instructor endorsement stating the pilot is proficient and safe in the operation of complex aircraft. The pilot may hold either a PRIVATE or COMMERCIAL Pilot certificate.