Private Pilot Training

Why should you learn to fly?

Flying Careers

Being a pilot is a rewarding and adventurous career path! A pilot can do more than fly for the major airlines. The military, corporations, private jet owners, cargo companies, tour groups, media outlets, and government organizations like the National Park Service and NOAA all need qualified pilots.

Personal Achievement

When you invest in a pilot license, you are not only investing in something that will last a lifetime, but it’s also a huge personal achievement.

Freedom to take your friends and family

Sick of sitting in traffic? Learn to fly and fly yourself. Take your friends and family on a weekend trip down the coast. Learning to fly opens up opportunities for you to enjoy traveling.

Getting your Private Pilot license is the first step in your flight training, and some would say the most important.

During the Private Pilot course, you will gain the aeronautical knowledge and skill to safely operate the airplane in order to obtain your Airplane Single Engine Land (ASEL) rating. While it is a fun experience, flight training is not a passive activity and it involves a big personal commitment for individual study.

The requirements for getting your Private Pilot License are split into two categories: Aeronautical Knowledge and passing the FAA written test, and Aeronautical Experience and passing the FAA practical test in the airplane. To prepare for the written test, you can expect to conduct independent study outside the cockpit known as ground school. There are many options for how to accomplish this including CRAFT’s ground school.

New student pilots often get overwhelmed when starting flight training.

Trying to ingest massive amounts of new information/terminology and trying to fly an airplane at the same time- is often just too much! It is no wonder that the national average for acquiring a Private Pilot License (PPL) is 65-80 hours. With that being said, every hour of airplane instruction represents a large and costly investment. This is where CRAFT becomes a valuable member of a student pilot’s aviation journey.

Imagine a student’s first lessons being in a full-motion simulator, instead of an aircraft.

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The simulator can safely and efficiently repeat tasks and maneuvers over and over again until they become routine; at half the cost of instruction in an aircraft. A student’s savings in time and money are tremendous when you consider that one hour of simulator time can be worth three hours of aircraft time.

At CRAFT, a student pilot can learn a variety of maneuvers in the simulator before having to perform them in an aircraft. These maneuvers include takeoffs, landings, slow flight, steep turns, stalls, s-turns across a road, short and soft-field, in all kinds of winds and weather conditions.

Interested in a Discovery Flight?

If you’ve never flown in a small airplane before, we recommend scheduling a Discovery Flight. This introductory lesson is a real flight lesson and will give you the opportunity to actually fly the airplane and decide whether you want to continue training.



CRAFT has enjoyed great success with its flight courses. We offer Private Pilot, Instrument Flight Rating (IFR), Commercial Single, Commercial Multi, Certified Flight Instructor (CFI), Certified Flight Instructor - Instrument (CFII), Multi-Engine, Multi-Engine Instructor, and an ATP Checkride Prep course.

Private Pilot License  $9,000 - $13,000
The beginning of an Aviation Journey. Can be completed in as little as 2 months. However, most students take about 4-6 months.

Instrument Flight Rules $9,500
The next step and one of the most important. You can’t always count on the weather to be VFR.

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