• Course summary
    Course summary
    • Cost: from $12,875
    • Status: Part-time
    • Duration: 40hrs of flight time (minimum)
    • Required experience: None
    • Training aircraft: Cessna 172 SP (Other aircraft available at additional cost)
    • Location: Orlando Sanford International Airport
  • Graduation qualifications
    Graduation qualifications
    • Private Pilot License

Pilot training programs and courses

Private Pilot License (PPL) Training

Whether you’re seeking a career in aviation or just want to learn for fun, our Part 61 Private Pilot License (PPL) training will provide you with the theoretical resources and practical skills necessary to take to the skies and earn your Private Pilot License (PPL).

Takes to the skies with Private Pilot License (PPL) training

A Private Pilot License (PPL) allows you to take to the skies, day or night, in visual flight conditions. With a PPL you can fly solo or take passengers, however, you may not be compensated or paid to fly. The L3Harris Part 61 Private Pilot Course teaches the skills required to become a proficient pilot and is a great first step if you are interested in a career as an airline pilot or just want to fly for fun!

Course summary

  • Cost: from $12,875
  • Status: Part-time
  • Duration: 40hrs of flight time (minimum)
  • Required experience: None
  • Training aircraft: Cessna 172 SP (Other aircraft available at additional cost)
  • Location: Orlando Sanford International Airport

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Private Pilot License (PPL) Training

What are my career prospects?

Upon successful completion of your Private Pilot License you can fly in and out of all civil airports. You can fly a plane as a hobby, meaning you can take friends & family out for non-commercial reasons without compensation on an aircraft which you are appropriately rated, in visual flight conditions.

After getting your Private Pilot License, you may want to continue your flight training and become a commercial pilot or a Certified Flight Instructor. In this case, there are many different courses you can consider at the L3Harris Flight Academy including our commercial pilot training Professional Pilot Program or our Airline Pilot Track and Commercial Pilot Track programs.

Courses and programs

What are the admission requirements?

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Private Pilot License (PPL) Training

PPL training admissions requirements

Minimum admission requirements are as follows, for additional requirements please contact admissions.

Age

Applicants must be at least 17 years and 6 months old at the start of the program.

Medical

All applicants must provide a photocopy of an FAA Medical Certificate.

Selection

Cadets must complete a Wonderlic assessment and meet or exceed the minimum score requirement of 17.

How much does it cost?

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Private Pilot License (PPL) Training

Cost of this Private Pilot License program

This PPL training program is paid as you go, so the amount of time required to earn your Private Pilot License may vary. Below is a breakdown of the estimated costs using the minimum required flight time to earn your PPL. For any additional PPL flight training time required, you can calculate the cost using the per hour pricing below.

 

Cost (per hour)

Time

Total

Aircraft rental - for training with instructor (Cessna 172SP) 

$165

30 hours

$4,950

Solo time (Cessna 172SP)

$165

10 hours

$1,650

Flight instruction

$85

30 hours

$2,550

Flight briefing

$85

15 hours

$1,275

Ground instruction

$85

20 hours

$1,700

FAA examiner fee

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$600

FAA written exam fee

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$150

TOTAL

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$12,875

 

If you dream of learning to fly and need financial support for your PPL training, there are various funding options available including aviation scholarships and flight school loans and grants - if eligible, these funding options can help you pay for some or all of your pilot training.

Please, get in touch with our financial aid department for more information: usfinancialaid.cts@l3harris.com.

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Private Pilot License (PPL) Training

Take a trial flight

Undertaking any form of aviation training is a large personal and financial investment. If you have never had the chance to fly a plane before then booking a trial flight is a great way to see if it is the right choice for you.

During a trial flight a Certified Flight Instructor can explain what is involved in becoming a pilot and give you a flavor of life in the air.

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    those who qualify
  • 11 affiliate airline
    partners
  • 96% graduates stay with us 
    to build flight hours
  • 100+ single and multi-engine
    aircraft

PPL training FAQs

How long does it take to complete Private Pilot License training?

The length of time it takes to complete your PPL training can vary and is dependent on factors such as weather conditions, availability and finances.

You are required to complete a minimum of 40 hours of flight time as part of your Private Pilot License. However, at our Orlando campus, your training shouldn’t be as disrupted by weather conditions as Florida provides over 300 flyable days a year!

Our PPL training program is paid as you go, allowing you to stagger the course costs and learn at your own pace.

What aircraft can I fly with a Private Pilot License?

If you have a PPL, you are allowed to fly an aircraft which you are appropriately rated, such as a single-engine aircraft for leisure purposes.

At the L3Harris Flight Academy in Florida, we have a fleet of over 100 aircraft consisting of:

  • Piper Seminole
  • Piper Archer
  • Cessna 172P & 172SP
  • Cirrus SR20

This means you can act as pilot-in-command in any single-engine aircraft such as a Piper Archer and complete responsibility of the aircraft operations and safety of yourself and your passenger(s).

How can I fund my Private Pilot License training?

If you need help funding your PPL training, there are various funding options. These include aviation scholarships, flight school loans and grants. For more information on funding options, please read about our pilot training costs or get in touch with our Financial Aid department - usfinancialaid.cts@l3harris.com.

Where will I complete my Private Pilot License training?

You will complete your PPL training at our L3Harris Flight Academy in Orlando, Florida. You have access to:

  • 5 Flight Training Devices (FTDs)
  • 8 Flight Simulators
  • 100+ aircraft fleet
  • 100+ Flight Instructors
  • State-of-the-art facilities such as high-intensity runway lighting, AWOS weather reporting system, FAA control tower, pre-and-post-flight briefing areas and a dispatch center

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Take your first step towards becoming an airline pilot and apply today. Good luck and we look forward to welcoming you to our Flight Academy!

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