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|FAA Commercial||Pilot Program - 192 hours*||Hours|
|Phase I||Private Pilot License||55||$16,880|
|Phase II||Instrument Rating||55||$16,640|
|Phase III||Pre Commercial||55||$12,300|
|Phase IV||Commercial Pilot License||27||$11,505|
|Aircraft Deductible Fee||$255|
|CFA Uniform (Pilot shirt with epaulets, pants and shoes)||$150|
|FAA Written Exam Fees x 3||$525|
|FAA Checkride Examiner Fees x 3||$2,700|
|Total Additional Fees:||$5,035|
*Prices are subject to changes.
The total cost and flight hours vary depending on many factors, and actual cost will vary upon individual student ability, dedication, aptitude, performance, and self-discipline.
Please note that the estimates on the table above are based on a specific number of hours approved by the FAA, and that pilot-students in many cases will need more hours in order to achieve the level of proficiency required to by FAA to become a safe and competent professional pilot.
Consider the following: the minimum hours required by the FAA are 35 or 40 depending on the type of training. CFA’s program is designed for a student to earn the FAA Private Pilot certificate in 55 hours. However, in general, a student pilot may need between 55 and 75 hours to earn a FAA PPL certificate. At CFA, we strongly believe that a student that studies hard, has the right academic mindset, and commits to a rigorous flight training routine, will be able to achieve his or her PPL goals in less than 75 hours.
A student pilot uniform is required for your training and once you arrive here we will give you information on where to purchase them at a local Pilot store.
From time to time, all pricing is subject to adjustments due to cost increases. Typically, price increases will be effective on January 1 for the coming year. Though not currently anticipated, all students will receive at least 90 days’ notice of any other increases.
"I was looking for very good customer service, good location, plenty of airplanes to train in, and good weather. I found everything I was looking for in CFA. When I emailed the school, I received an immediate response from a Captain who was flying in Volaris Airlines. I got very excited!"
“After much research I chose CFA. The friends I made here and the knowledgeable instructors have made it very easy for me to secure my future in the skies. In my opinion, this is the best place to study and to get your license.”
“I just want to say thank you for my whole private pilot training experience. Two months ago I passed my final release check ride and now I’m an Airbus 319 First Officer!”
"CFA was a great experience for me. I had everything to take my first steps in aviation. I'm now a Boeing 737 First Officer!"
"CFA was my choice from the moment I heard about the school. It's the experience I got here that was very valuable."
"I’m glad I chose CFA, because all of the staff and instructors are very humble and kind. All the students here are very friendly, and I have made friends from all over the world. This makes CFA my home away from home."
"My CFA experience was amazing. The instructors are so loving and caring - the best I could have asked for."
"My time at CFA was good - sometimes a bit hard - but I really enjoyed this experience with my friends and the CFA staff."
"CFA has the best weather to fly with good training facilities. The airport is located between mountains so that you learn the instruments and different approaches, which helped me become a great pilot. Now I'm a Boeing 737 First Officer at Miat Mongolian Airlines!"
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We are pleased to announce that all CFA staff and instructors have received the Covid-19 vaccine as of March 26, 2021. We also have vaccines available for students if needed. This means you can rest assured you are training in one of the safest environments in the U.S. We also maintain the highest standards of safety for all our aircraft at or above FAA standards. To learn more about taking that first step into the cockpit in sunny San Diego, please call +1 619 448 2212.