If you are hoping to fly for a career, have the least amount of restrictions, or attain advanced ratings, the private pilot certificate is your first step.
After taking a discovery flight (which can be applied as a training event) you will work with one of our Certified Flight Instructors to utilize our syllabus and scheduling program to plan your training.
The FAA requires a minimum of 40 hours (35 if enrolled in our approved 141 program). The national average for a student attaining their private certificate is around 80 flight hours. A common question is, "What is the total cost to become a pilot?" Including the costs of testing, aircraft rental, check ride, ground instruction and supplies, a student pilot can expect to spend around $8,000. This can vary based on your choices of aircraft and frequency of flight.
There are 3 major milestones in getting your private pilot certificate: solo, cross-country solo, and checkride. With each of these milestones you will take part in a "stage check" with one of our approved check instructors to ensure you are safe to move on to the next stage of training.
After attaining your private pilot certificate you can rent from Summit, fly your own plane, or continue training to attain other ratings. Whatever you decide, we will be here to help :)