Private Pilot Training Course

aboutTHE course

The private pilot license is the license that will allow you to take to the skies with family and friends. You are not allowed to fly for hire however if you are looking to become a commercial pilot or an airline pilot this is the first step. The national average of flight time to receive a private pilot license is 60 hours. With our structured training course and leading team of certified flight instructors we estimate most students will be closer to 50 hours.  Average course completion is 3 Months. 

FLY KDSM’s private pilot course is designed for career focused pilots. This curriculum based course teaches students the fundamentals of flight, navigation, and meteorology. Successful graduates will receive their FAA private pilot license and be qualified to start FLY KDSM’s instrument rating course.

Class size is limited to 7 students to ensure the highest quality of training with adequate instructor to student ratio. Classes begin the first week of each month. 

Scholarships are available on a first come first serve basis. 

What's It Take to Get Your Private Pilot License?

To apply for a private pilot license in the airplane category you must log at least 40 hours of flight time which must include at least 20 hours of flight training from a certified flight instructor and at least 10 hours of solo flight time. The training must meet the following minimums:

  • 3 hours of cross-country flight training.
  • 3 hours of night flight training including:
    • One cross-country flight of over 100 nautical miles total distance
    • 10 takeoffs and 10 landings to a full stop (with each landing involving a flight in the traffic pattern) at an airport
  • 3 hours of flight training on the control and maneuvering of an airplane solely by reference to instruments
  • 3 hours of flight training with an authorized instructor in preparation for the practical test
  • 10 hours of solo flight time consisting of at least:
    • 5 hours of solo cross-country time
    • One solo cross country flight of 150 nautical miles total distance with full-stop landings at three points
    • Three takeoffs and three landings to a full stop at an airport with an operating control tower

These are minimums per federal regulation to apply. Most students will require more time than the minimum to be checkride ready. 

FLY KDSM Private Pilot Cost Comparison


Solo Rate
$ 130
  • Aircraft With Fuel Price (Wet)
Best Rate

FLY KDSM Pay As You Go

Solo Rate
$ 135
  • Aircraft With Fuel Price (Wet)


Solo Rate
$ 140 Per Hour
  • Aircraft With Fuel Price (Wet)


Dual Instruction
$ 170 Per Hour
  • Fuel Included (Wet)
Best Rate

FLY KDSM Pay As You Go

Dual Instruction
$ 175 Per Hour
  • Fuel Included (Wet)


Dual Instruction
$ 185 Per Hour
  • Fuel Included (Wet)

Taxes are not included in prices listed. 

How Long Does It Take to Get Your Private Pilot License?

Too often we hear about people who get off to a great start in their flight training only to get caught up in life half way into their training and putting it on hold. More often than not these people never make the time to finish their training and follow their dreams. For this reason we have put together fast track style training with three options to suit different schedules. All three options allow you to receive your license sooner than the average school, greatly reducing the chance of putting a pause on training and never finishing. 

Hour Commitment Average Time to Get License
10+ Hours Per Week 1 - 2 Months
6 - 8 Hours Per Week 2 Months
4 - 5 Hours Per Week 3 Months

Hour Commitment Reflects Flight Time Only. To hit average time to get license will require additional commitment to ground training with an instructor and additional time spent with home study.

What Does The Course Schedule Look Like?

You have two options for attending ground classes. Option 1 is Monday, Wednesday, Friday. Option 2 is Saturday Sunday.

Flight Portions are scheduled out 1 week in advance with your flight instructor. Weekend availability may become limited with full classes.  

What Are The Perquisites to Enroll ln the Private Pilot Training Program?

  • Be able to read, write speak, and understand the English language.
  • Must be 17 years or older.
  • Must be able to receive a minimum of a 3rd Class FAA Medical. (1st Class for Career Focused Training)
  • Have available for use an Ipad or Ipad Mini for Electronic Flight Charts

Is Financing Available for the Program?

Yes! There is financing available through the following third parties. 

Pilot Finance Inc.


How Do I Enroll in the Private Pilot Course?

The first step to enroll in the private pilot program is to simply fill out the following form. A member from our team will be in touch with the next steps.  Once the $500 Deposit is received your spot for the next available class date will be reserved. Full payment is due before your first class date. 

Classes are limited to 7 Students!