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Professional Pilot Course

Start a Career

You’ve decided to become a career pilot, and you want to get there quickly. What does that process look like? How long will it take? Most importantly… How much will it cost? HOVA has a course that will get you to where you need to be Quickly,Easily, and at one of the Lowest Prices you will find!

Our Professional Pilot Course is designed to get you your ratings, help you build time, gain needed experience, valuable multi-engine time, and do it in airplanes that are modern and new, not some refurbished 1970’s trainer. We will get all of your ratings, and GUARANTEE that it will cost less than almost every other program you will find.

Frequently Asked Questions

How Much Does it Cost to get a Private Pilot Certificate?

The time and therefore the cost to learn to fly is based on things such as the individual amount of effort put forth, how often you schedule lessons, and individual aptitude. An average investment is around $10,000. Ask us, and we’ll be happy to share cost cutting strategies.

How Long Does it Take?

At HOVA, we have plenty of aircraft and instructors to ensure that you can move through the course as rapidly as you like. The FAA requires a minimum of 40 flight training hours, although most students require more. It’s possible to finish the training in 14 days, providing you come to us with your knowledge test completed. A more typical part time schedule flying only 2-3 times per week is 4-6 months.

Do You Use a Curriculum?

Yes! We use respected Gleim training materials and curriculum, tailored to your individual needs.

Should I Use a Part 161 or Part 141 Curriculum?

At HOVA, you can use either a Part 61 or 141 curriculum. A Part 141 program is one that is government approved. Such approval comes with many restrictions that may not be appropriate for all students. Unless you are a veteran using VA benefits or a foreign student, we recommend the more flexible Part 61 program.

Will I be Assigned a Flight Instructor?

Yes, we believe that having a single flight instructor shepherding you through through your learning make smoother learning, though we do periodically schedule you with other instructors to confirm your progress and give you a different perspective.

How Often Should I Fly?

As much as possible! Taking your lessons as often as possible with result in you learning better, in fewer flight hours, spending less money.

FAA Requirements for Private Pilot

  • Be at least 17 years old (May start training at any age)
  • Be able to read, speak, write and understand the English language
  • Obtain at least a third class medical certificate from an Aviation Medical Examiner
  • Pass a computerized aeronautical knowledge test
  • Accumulate and log a specified amount of training and experience, including the following:
    • If training under Part 61, Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) section 61.109, requires at least 40 hours of flight time, including 20 hours of flight with an instructor and 10 hours of solo flight (i.e., by yourself), and other requirements including cross-country flight, which include
      • Solo requirements:
        1. 5 hours of solo cross-country time
        2. One solo cross-country flight of at least 150 nmi (280 km) total distance, with full-stop landings at a minimum of three points and with one segment of the flight consisting of a straight-line distance of at least 50 nmi (93 km) between the takeoff and landing locations
        3. Three solo takeoffs and landings to a full stop at an airport with an operating control tower.
      • Night requirements:
        1. 3 hours of night flight training
        2. 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 solely by reference to instruments
      • 3 hours of flight training for cross country flights
      • 3 hours of flight training with an authorized instructor in preparation for the practical test, which must have been performed within the preceding 2 calendar months from the month of the test
    • If training under Part 141, at least 35 hours of piloting time including 20 hours with an instructor and 5 hours of solo flight, and other requirements including cross-country and night flights
  • Pass an oral test and flight test administered by an FAA inspector, FAA-designated examiner, or authorized check instructor

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