• What is required to get a pilot license?
    • You can start taking lessons at the age of 16, but must be at least 17 to obtain your license
    • Read, speak, and understand English
    • Pass a medical examination given by an FAA approved physician (we have one in our building)
    • Have a valid US birth certificate/current US Passport
    • Must pass a knowledge test and a practical flight test
  • How long does it take to get your license?
    • Plan on about 3 to 6 months based on training twice a week and studying the material seriously.
    • Your flight training will be 35-40 hours. Of that training, you must perform at least:
    • 3 hours of cross country, instrument, and night flying
    • 1 cross country of at least 100 miles
    • 10 night takeoffs and landings
    • 10 hours of solo flight and
    • 5 hours cross country solo
  • How much does it cost to learn to fly?
    • Getting your license costs far less than any college education and can lead to a career in aviation.
    • Like learning to drive, sail a boat, or becoming good at skiing, the cost will depend on how quickly you learn and how often you train.
    • Your cost at TAA to obtain your license should be about $7,725. This is based on 35 hours and includes:
    • Rent an airplane (about $130/hr)
    • Hire an instructor for flight and ground school (about $50/hr)
    • Of course, if you need a little more time to gain experience necessary to pass your exams, the cost would vary accordingly.
    • Beyond the training you take at TAA, you will need to:
    • Training Books and Materials (about $300)
    • Obtain a medical exam ($100)
    • Pass an FAA written exam ($150)
    • Pass an FAA flight exam ($400)
  • What financial aid programs are available?
    • You may use your veteran benefits
    • We accept financial tuition assistance programs
    • A Pilot Finance program is available (an independent company not affiliated with TAA) that offers financing for as little as $250 per month
    • Other financial savings plans may apply
    • The Part 141 Certification may give you additional options