GETTING STARTED

What does it take to become a pilot?

Some people believe that becoming a pilot is reserved for only a chosen few lucky people who have their own airplanes or a whole lot of money. Others don't even believe they have what it takes to pursue the dream of flight. At Schultz Aviation, we're here to tell you that flying is much more achievable than you think. From getting your private pilot certificate to instrument and commercial tickets and beyond, we can get you there.

Discovery/Intro Flight

This experience is a quick immersion into what it is like to pursue a pilot license - flying, knowledge, the surface of the aviation world.
Chances are, by the end of it, you'll have found the love of your life. Plus, your time spent flying during this experience will count towards the hours needed for your private pilot license!

Private Pilot License (PPL)

  • This is what it takes to get you flying on your own. Following are the minimum requirements:
  • Be at least 16 years old to fly solo
  • Be at least 17 years old to obtain a private pilot certificate
  • Be able to read, write, and understand English Language
  • Obtain at least a 3rd class medical certificate
  • Minimum hours total flight time: 40
    • Dual instruction hour minimum: 20, including 3 hours cross-country
    • 10 solo hours, 5 cross-country
    • 3 hours night
    • 3 hours instrument
  • Pass a written knowledge test
  • Receive an endorsement from your instructor for the practical exam
  • Pass an oral and flight exam (known as a Checkride) with a Designated Pilot Examiner (DPE)
What you really want to know:

Typical number of hours it takes: The national average is 60-75 hours of instruction to obtain the private pilot license.

How long does it take? That’s completely up to you. The more often you fly, the quicker it will happen, not only because you are flying more often, but because more of each lesson is spent advancing, rather than reviewing the last lesson. If you fly 2-3 times per week, it can be done in 4-6 months. If you can only fly once a week , it may take 12-18 months.

How much does it cost? That’s also up to you. The more often you fly, the more the cost up front, but the faster you progress, and the less instruction you’ll need, the less the total cost. Since the national average is 60-75 hours (part of which is with an instructor), the total cost can range from $7,000 to $13,000.

Instrument Rating

This is the next step after PPL. Why should you get it? In short, because it makes you a better, safer pilot. In our opinion, the FAA should require this for all private pilots; as such, we will recommend it for all our students, even if it’s not pursued with us.

What's Required:
  • Hold at least PPL certificate
  • Hold at least a 3rd class medical
  • Pass a written knowledge test
  • Obtain a minimum of 40 hours of total instrument flight time (simulated or actual)
  • 50 hours PIC cross country time
  • Receive an endorsement from your instructor for the practical exam
  • Pass an oral and flight exam with a designated pilot examiner (DPE)

Commercial Rating

This is the next step after the instrument rating. Why? Again, because it makes you a better pilot. Specifically, it teaches you more about your abilities and limitations and how to determine those of your aircraft

What's Required:
  • Minimum of 18 years of age
  • Hold at least a PPL
  • Hold at least a 3rd class medical
  • Pass a written a knowledge test
  • Obtain at least 250 hours total flight time
  • 10 hours of technically-advanced, complex, and/or turbine-driven aircraft time
  • Receive an endorsement from your instructor for the practical exam
  • Pass an oral and flight exam with a designated flight examiner (DPE)

Our greatest goal is to make you the safest pilot possible.