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PhantomAir
12-20-2006, 05:17 AM
How long did it take you to get your Private Pilot License and how much did it cost you?


FlyerJosh
12-20-2006, 05:28 AM
Started January 17th. Soloed February 20th. Checkride May 1st.

47.6 hours of flight time. About $6000 (1997 dollars) with all costs included (books, fees, airplane, instructor, etc)

Ottopilot
12-20-2006, 05:35 AM
About 45 hours over two years. It costs me about $1500. I took two years because I didn't have the $1500 and I was only making $2.80 an hour working part-time. At least I was the only kid in high school with a pilot's certificate. :D


Speedbird172
12-20-2006, 05:45 AM
Took a couple years for me too, finally got it in April 1999. It was a free program for high school students, offered by the college I ended up attending. I was juggling that part time in between school, homework, part time job, etc etc so it took a long time for a PPL but it was well worth the effort for not spending any $$! I wanted to get it before high school graduation too, and made it by a couple months :-)

Obviously there are plenty of programs out there that are cost effective and can get done in a relatively short amount of time if you're looking.

Quagmire
12-20-2006, 05:58 AM
How long did it take you to get your Private Pilot License and how much did it cost you?

I would say that most people get it with 50-60 hours. One of my students had 41.2 hours when I sent him, another one had 130. It has everything to do with how motivated and determined you are and how often you fly.

Fly 3 times a week. There will be times when training is so frustrating you want to quit, don't. Keep flying. Study every chance you get. 80% of my students drove me crazy because they would not study. They are the ones who spent a fortune on ground school with me. The ones who actually studied all the time were by far the easiest on me, and they probably paid for 2.5 hours of ground the whole time.

Price is all relative to where you live. Where I live, getting your ppl costs from $4k to $10k depending on the equipment you decide to use.

AVIVIII
12-20-2006, 06:11 AM
8 months elapsed time and 52 hours

Pilotpip
12-20-2006, 07:14 AM
18 months and about 75 hours. Sounds like a lot doesn't it?

My PVT checkride was first scheduled on 9/12/01. Needless to say it didn't happen. I did my training at an airport under class B airspace so I couldn't fly for about 3 months while they figured out that it wasn't a Tampico that rammed the buildings. By the time I got back in the airplane it took about 10 hours to get back up to speed.

Slice
12-20-2006, 12:22 PM
My logbook isn't with me but approx: $5500, 50 hrs, 10 weeks. Circa 1993.

Zach
12-20-2006, 02:03 PM
8 months and 50hrs.

FlyingGuide
12-20-2006, 02:16 PM
8 months 53 hours. With a delay after 9/11.

NE_Pilot
12-20-2006, 02:16 PM
About 60 hours in 2 years. Not quite sure on the cost, I worked at the FBO I took lessons from so my paycheck went straight to my flying account, and I flew at a discounted rate because I worked there. Took a two years because I was still in High School, so I could not fly as often as I wanted to.

sigep_nm
12-20-2006, 03:00 PM
42 hours and 2 and half months. Soloed after 3 weeks, checkride end of Oct. 1999, $4000 (UND)

Turbinebound
01-03-2007, 03:02 PM
Took me about 12 months ( Wanted the whole well rounded training ...;) and took my check ride at about 50 hrs

JSchraub
01-03-2007, 09:54 PM
5 months, 60 hours, $5200

rickair7777
01-04-2007, 08:20 AM
3 years, 80 hours, probably $6000.

Working full time, w/ time out for military leave and injuries.

I spent about a year of that just doing fun solos in the local area... :rolleyes: Eventually decided it would be better if I could bring my GF along, so I went ahead and finished it up...

MedicRyan
01-04-2007, 08:25 AM
2 months, 42.2 hours, but I was flying like 3-4 days per week. $4850

WhiteH2O
01-04-2007, 03:06 PM
About 3 months, 41.2 hours and flying 3-4 times a week as well. I don't remember the exact cost, but it was JUST under $5000.

rambo
01-09-2007, 02:28 PM
18 months, 54 hrs, and about $4400.

flyflorida2001
01-10-2007, 01:41 PM
6 weeks, 6000 bucks (2001 dollars), 37.5 hours (it was a 141 program before you start telling me that's not possible).

Having said that, I've had private students go for their ride from 41-150 hours. The 150 finally gave up...I transfered her to another instructor after 55 hours and no solo, he flew with her for 50 or so more and gave her to an assistant chief instructor...he still couldn't get her through and she finally quit.

National average is 65 hours.

EarlyFlier
01-11-2007, 02:30 PM
Started in May of 2005, was ready for Checkride in August of 2005, but had to go to school, completed in January 2006 with 55 hours. I was away from home for school, so I could only fly once a month.