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My son and I went to CP for a week in October of 2011, to take aerobatics. My instructor was Judy, and she deserves every bit of being a Master CFI. Judy is really good at instruction, not only in the air but on the ground as well. She even invited us to attend the award ceremony when she received Master CFI for the 2nd time. I learned a whole lot, and even came away with a Spin Endorsement. I also learned a lot on tail wheel techniques. I didn’t get signed off because i was there for aerobatics. I am thinking of returning there as now i can drive there in a day to finish my tail wheel, and i will pay the extra for Judy, as she is worth it. She has lots of patience with her students and is always plesant, and in sync with her students. You cannot go wrong taking lessons from CP. Ron
Ronald Malavotte
Using the Michael E. Blackstone Memorial Scholarship from the Fullerton 99s was an AERODYNAMICALLY ENLIGHTENING experience. Couldn't ask for finer aircraft or instructor and cannot wait to complete Module 3! Thanks Judy :-)
Dana Glidden
So for my 40th birthday my lady got me an aerobatic flight. Something I had always wanted to do. So it was scheduled for my birthday, we showed up and everyone in the front office was simply down to earth, friendly and kind. I meet my pilot Mark, now that guy is one funny person. He is an amazing pilot! I had the best birthday ever thanks to everyone at CP aviation! Hands down the best experience ever!
Jon conley

Needed my spin endorsement for my CFI rating. Mark King did my instruction and he was wonderful. Fun to fly with and very knowledgeable. A highly recommended "eye-opener" course that I believe everyone should do at least once (better still regularly).

Ian Shere
Had an introductory Aerobatics flight with CP. Fantastic facilities and Instruction.
Peter Hodgkins

CP Aviation FAQs

How much does a Private Pilot Certificate cost?

Sample Cost Estimate For a Private Pilot Certificate

55 hours rental for a Cessna 150: $5,335.00

60 hours instructor time $3,600

Check ride, Medical Certificate, Written Exam $900.00

Books and Supplies $425.00

Estimated Cost $10,260.00

The FAA has a number of very helpful free resources for Student Pilots, starting with The Student Pilot’s Guide This guide outlines what you can expect of a good flight school, a good flight instructor, and what you need to be prepared to bring to your flight training experience.

How Much Will It Cost, Really?

The complete cost of your training is subject to a lot of different variables. The average cost of flight training in the US is between $7,000-10,000. It can be broken down into different categories: Aircraft Rental, Instructor Time, and Supplies. In addition, you will need to pay for a physical examination to obtain your Medical Certificate/Student Pilot License, and you will pay fees for taking your knowledge test and practical examination.

The cost of aircraft rental varies depending on the type of aircraft you are training in, and how many hours you need to train in that aircraft, which varies from one student pilot to the next. The minimum number of hours required by the FAA for the Private Pilot certificate is 40 hours. The average number of hours, according to the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) is 40 to 70 hours. It is important to develop a realistic set of expectations for yourself, based on your own learning style and lifestyle.

The cost of primary flight instruction is $60.00 per hour at CP Aviation. Instruction takes place both in flight, and on the ground in our classroom area. The FAA requires a minimum number of hours of dual flight instruction, and some hours of ground instruction. In addition, you should plan additional time to study on your own.

Materials you will need to purchase include sectional aeronautical charts, books, and an E6B and plotter for making flight plans. Headsets are available for rent at CP, or you may wish to purchase your own.

Who can learn?

Surprisingly, almost ANYONE can learn to fly! Men and women, young and old, from all walks of life, have mastered the secrets of flight. You must be at least 16 years old to fly solo, and you must be 17 years old to earn a private pilot license. TSA requires us to obtain proof of your right to obtain flight training in the US. All you need is good overall health, motivation, and a personal commitment to learning the skills you need to fly!

What Airplane Do I Learn to Fly In?

Primary flight training is done in one of the following airplanes: the Cessna 150, Cessna 152, or Cessna 172.

Must I Own An Airplane?

No! Unless you fly a lot, it’s more cost effective to rent airplanes from a flight school. Renting an airplane is similar to renting a car, without the hassle!

Who Will Be Teaching Me?

Specially trained pilots, designated as Certified Flight Instructors by the Federal Aviation Administration, will teach you how to fly. As a group, CP Aviation’s instructors have accumulated many thousands of hours of flight experience. They are noted for the sincere and individual attention they give each and every student!

See our Instructor Bios.

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