Obtaining your private pilot's certificate is the first step toward a freedom that you have never before experienced!

Off to San Diego? Two-hour flight time from Phoenix.

Lunch at the Grand Canyon? Two-hour flight time 'round trip from Phoenix to the south rim.

Acquire flight skills in your aircraft or one that's most useful for your lifestyle

Fly on your time and schedule, so you can be home for dinner!

We can make your goal of becoming a private pilot a reality. Whether you plan a career in aviation or want to fly as an exciting and challenging activity, our professional flight educators provide the best training experience possible. Becoming a pilot is a personal challenge and achievement that comes with a lot of awesome benefits! Flying gives you more life!


All training is personalized and customized to fit your schedule. Many hours of patience and practice go into becoming a truly experienced certified flight instructor (CFI). Aerodyne's owner has more than 8,000 hours of professional in-flight instruction time working with clients across the United States.

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Our comprehensive flight training program takes you through every step of the process to make it enjoyable for you to learn how to fly. Read through the detailed steps listed below.


Step 1.  FAA Medical Certification To obtain a medical certificate, potential pilots must visit an FAA-designated Aviation Medical Examiner (AME). At Aerodyne, we meet with you before you complete the online application and schedule an appointment with an AME to make sure that you fully understand how to present your medical history (knowing the difference in phraseology around certain conditions or medications is crucial) and to assure that you meet the required medical standards. We can help you find an AME.

Step 2. FAA Private Pilot Knowledge Test At Aerodyne, we have found that the easiest and quickest way to prepare for the required written exam is to take our 2-Day Private Pilot Test Prep Course. No advance study is required. Our instructor walks you through the material, explains complex concepts, shows how to use an E6B Professional Flight Calculator (allowed during testing) and provides tried-and-true test-taking strategy. See link for additional information about Aerodyne's FAA Written Test Prep.

Step 3. FAA Student Pilot Certificate While it is not necessary to possess a student pilot certificate to take flying lessons, it is necessary before soloing. The FAA estimates a turnaround time of three weeks to approve and return new plastic student pilot certificates to applicants by mail. Therefore, Aerodyne recommends submitting your application as soon as possible. Our certified flight instructors are authorized by the FAA to process your student pilot application, ensuring that it is in order before being forwarded to the FAA for approval.

Step 4. First Stage to Solo Flight Training begins with ground briefings, pre-flight inspections and flight deck familiarization. The first lessons concentrate on aircraft control; climbs and descents; takeoffs, landings and go-arounds; performance maneuvers; ground reference maneuvers; navigation maneuvers; slow flight, stalls and steep turns; communications systems; flight planning and weather briefings; and emergency operations. How quickly a person can solo varies greatly, but generally learning to take off and land a plane by yourself requires around 20 hours of training with an instructor. You must fly a minimum of 10 solo hours to become a private pilot.

Step 5. Second Stage to Cross-Country Flying In addition to solo flight training, a new pilot must complete a minimum of five hours of solo cross-country flight training in a single-engine airplane. By definition, cross-country time includes any flight conducted by a pilot in an aircraft that includes a landing at a point at least 50 nautical miles from the original point of departure. One cross-country flight must be at least 100 nautical miles in total distance. During this phase of the training, you will work with an Aerodyne instructor on dead reckoning and pilotage, opening and closing flight plans, requesting flight following, radio navigation techniques, homing and tracking using visual orientation and how to handle no-tower communications.

Step 6. Preparation for Airman Certification Practical Test A person applying for a private pilot certificate must receive and log ground training from an authorized instructor. During the final phase of training, you will receive a logbook endorsement from one of Aerodyne's certified flight instructors. Our CFI will verify that you have conducted training in all areas of operation and possess the aeronautical knowledge and experience to become a private pilot. During this step, our instructors review all maneuvers, go over questions and work closely with you to assure competency, safety and compliance.

Step 7. Practical Test The final step is to pass a practical test on the areas of operation and demonstrate proficiency by flying with an FAA Designated Examiner. Aerodyne can assist you in scheduling this check ride. The FAA requires a minimum of 40 hours of flight time to become a private pilot. The estimated national average to acquire the skills necessary for the test is 76 flight hours. At Aerodyne, our customers average 50 to 60 flight hours. As with any activity, the more you put into it and the more often you fly, the faster you will become proficient. Training in Aerodyne's Redbird Flight Simulator also enhances the training process and allows you to safely practice skills before demonstrating them in an aircraft. See link for additional information about. Aerodyne's Flight Simulator.

Accelerated Training Programs are available.

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Nothing compares to being a pilot and aircraft ownership!


For approximately $65,000, you can complete your pilot certificate with instrument privileges, get the first year of aircraft insurance coverage and take ownership of a G1000 Cessna 182 (or similar) with estimated monthly payments of $1470. As a full-service aviation company, we can help you purchase an aircraft, insure you and train you.


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