Private Pilot

Congratulations! You are about to embark on an unparalleled adventure as you journey toward becoming one of the select few who can call themselves Private Pilots. Whether you simply wish to experience the freedom and joy of flight or hope one day to have a career in commercial aviation; this is the place to start. Once earning your Private Pilot Certificate that 3 hour drive to visit family or friends can be cut to 1 hour. Getaways normally considered "too far" to drive for the weekend are easily accessible. The world of general aviation and all of its possibilities is open to you.

Below you will find outlined the steps taken to attain this goal. Your Certified Flight Instructor will guide you every step of the way and be there to answer any questions you may have. We are pleased you have chosen Monroe Aviation and look forward to helping you achieve your goal.


  • Be at least 17 years of age.
  • Read, speak, write, and understand English.

General Requirements

  • Receive flight training and a logbook endorsement from an authorized instructor.
  • Hold a Third Class Medical Certificate (issued after a brief physical by a FAA   Medcal Examiner).
  • Meet the aeronautical experience requirements.
  • Pass the required Knowledge Test.
  • Pass the Practical Test.

Flight Training

  • Flight Training consists of one on one flight instruction with one of our Certified Flight Instructors. Each lesson consists of approximately 15 minutes preflight instruction, 1 to 1 ½ hours of flying, and 15 minutes of debriefing.
  • Each lesson is scheduled directly with your instructor. Prior to leaving, your next lesson is scheduled. We make every attempt to fly when you are scheduled. However, safety is our primary concern and if weather conditions dictate that wenot fly, your instructor will contact you to reschedule.
  • The first several hours of instruction will be spent learning the handling of the aircraft, basic flight maneuvers, and takeoffs and landings.
  • When you and your instructor feel comfortable in your abilities you will fly "solo" for the first time with your instructor monitoring you from the ground.
  • After you solo, your instruction will continue with a mix of "dual" and "solo" flight time. During this time, training will focuson flying to different locations (cross-country), night flying, and practicing all of the maneuvers required for the Practical
  • Test taken at the end of your instruction.

Aeronautical Experience Requirements

  • At least 40 hours of flight time to include at least:
  • 20 hours of instruction and 10 hours of solo time

The training must include at least:

  • 3 hours of cross-country flight training
  • 3 hours of night flight training that includes:
    • One cross-country flight over 100 nautical miles
    • 10 takeoffs and 10 landings to a full stop
  • 3 hours of flight training on the control and maneuvering of an airplane solely by reference to the instruments
  • 3 hours of flight training in preparation for the practical test within the previous 60 days
  • 10 hours of solo flight time consisting of at least:
    • 5 hours of solo cross-country flight
    • One solo cross-country flight of at least 150 nautical miles total distance with full stop landings at a minimumof 3 points with one segment consisting of a straight line distance of at least 50 nautical miles

-3 takeoffs and landings to a full stop at an airport with an operating control tower

Ground School

  • It is required that you pass the FAA Private Pilot Knowledge Test.
  • The test is made up of 60 questions drawn from a bank of over 700 possible questions.
  • Passing is 70% or better.
  • In preparation for the test we suggest that you participate in our Private Pilot Ground School.
  • Ground School consists of eleven 2 ½ hour classes
  • Information covered in the class will prepare you for your Flight lessons, for the Knowledge Test, and for thefinal Practical Test.

Upon completion of the Ground School you can schedule taking your Knowledge Test.

Practical Test (Checkride)

  • At the end of your training your instructor will "sign you off" (recommend you) for your Practical Test.
  • The Practical Test will be administered by a member of the FAA or a FAA Designated Examiner.
  • The Practical Test has two parts: Oral and Flight.
  • For the Oral Test the Examiner will have you plan a cross-country flight, ask various questions about theplanned flight, the aircraft that you are flying, and some general aviation knowledge questions.
  • For the Flight Test you will be asked to demonstrate the maneuvers you and your instructor have practiced.
  • There will be no surprises on the Practical Test. Everything the Examiner might ask you during the Oral Test is containedin an Oral Test Guide and will be reviewed with you by your instructor. All of the maneuvers you will be asked todemonstrate are outlined in the Practical Test Standards and will be taught by and practiced with your instructor.

After successful completion of your Practical Test you will join the ranks of the few who can call themselves Private Pilots!


Ground School-$260.00


  • 27 ½ Hours Instruction
  • Private Pilot Textbook
  • Private Pilot Oral Test Guide
  • Private Pilot Practical Test Standards
  • E6B (Flight Slide Rule)
  • Cross Country Plotter
  • Flight Bag
  • Flight Training-Approximately $5500.00 to $6500.00


Many students complete their training in approximately 50 hours. Of This roughly 30 hours are dual instruction and  20 hours are solo; for example:

Using our Cessna 150 (2 place aircraft)

  • 30 hours dual $3690.00
  • 20 hours solo $1560.00


Using our Cessna 172 (4 place aircraft)

  • 30 hours dual $4290.00
  • 20 hours solo $1960.00


Knowledge Test-$150.00

Practical Test-$150.00-$200.00