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USA Tuition and Financing


Your pursuit of higher education is one of the most important investments you'll make. And once you've decided to take your future to the next level, the first step in financing your education starts with exploring personal and family resources for funding your dreams. After you've identified your personal resources, the next step is to investigate financial aid opportunities, as well as other financial assistance programs that can supplement your financing.

Programs at California Flight Academy are broken up into 4 Phases as highlighted below:

Pro Pilot ProgramHoursCessna 172
Phase IPrivate Pilot License55$18,780
Phase IIInstrument Rating55$18,200
Phase IIIPre Commercial55$13,625
Phase IVCommercial Pilot License27$13,180
Total Courses192$63,785

Additional Courses, Services and Fees are as follows:

Additional Expenses
Medical Fee$175
Aircraft Deductible Fee$255
Head Set$250
CFA Uniform (Pilot shirt with epaulets, pants and shoes)$150
Course Materials$1,005
FAA Written Exam Fees x 3$525
FAA Checkride Examiner Fees$2,700
Total Additional Fees: $5,060
Grand Total$68,845

*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.


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All CFA Staff and Instructors Now Vaccinated

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.