60 Hour Course for Private Pilot

Who can take the course?

To qualify for this course, you must be 17 years old on the day of the flight test.  You must be reasonably healthy and have enough endurance to fly daily for 21 days.  You must read, speak, and write English,  You must be a US Citizen, or obtain clearance from the Transportation Security Administration.  A US Passport or Birth Certificate, and Government Photo ID is required.  You must obtain an FAA Third Class Medical prior to arriving for the course.  You must apply for and receive an .Plastic  FAA Student Pilot Certificate prior to beginning training.  The application process for a student pilot certificate should begin a minimum of 2 weeks before starting the course.  Failure to obtain an FAA Medical and/or Student Pilot Certificate, or completing the written test prior to arrival, will make it impossible to complete the training in the time alloted, and will result in loss of any tuition paid and the $1800 deposit.

This course is for the student that would like more time to become proficient and comfortable with flying while with an instructor, and in many cases, is more realistic for the average student pilot.  All flight requirements and training for the 43 hour course are included, with an additional 17 hours to practice and prepare for the checkride.  Additional time can be spent doing solo flight or instruction, including more advanced cross country and controlled field training.  Additional practical training is recommended for the new pilot that intends to start flying cross country with friends or family right away. 

The course includes use of the aircraft for 60 hours, and up to 46 hours of instruction, 10 hours of solo, and 4 hours to complete the FAA Checkride.  All fuel, oil, headsets, charts, etc.  are included, there are no hidden surcharges.

  The examiner's flight test fee is an additional $850, which is paid directly to the examiner in cash at the end of the training.

  Exclusive use of the airport cottage is included for up to 21 nights.

It is possible to finish this course in less than 21 days, if weather, and student ability allows.  It is expected that we will fly a minimum of 4 hours per day on every day that weather allows us to do so safely.  If weather causes delays cause us to get behind, we can fly up to 8 hours per day at the students descretion.   It is also expected that there will be days that we can not fly due to maintenance or weather.  Days off can be spent studying, doing ground, or just relaxing in the beautiful mountains of North Carolina.

It is required that the student will have studied ground material, including the FAA Handbook Of Aeronautical Knowledge, The FAA Airplane Flying Handbook, The Cessna C172M POH, the applicable portions of the FAR/AIM, and the ASA Private Pilot Oral Guide, and to complete the required FAA Knowledge Test prior to arriving for the course.

There is an extensive list of excellent ground school resources located here.    

Course Payment Breakdown


An initial deposit of $1800, plus an examiner booking fee of $150, is required to reserve course dates.  Depsosits are not refundable as significant time is locked out on the instructor's schedule, the cottage, and the examiner.  If sufficient notice is given, it may be possible, at the sole discretion of Blue Ridge Sport Flight LLC to shift dates to accomodate unforseen delays.  If for any reason the course cannot be provided due to the fault of Blue Ridge Sport Flight, the deposit will be fully refunded.

5 business days prior to arrival - 1/2 of the remaining balance, and the full lodging cost, is earned, due, and payable to Blue Ridge Sport Flight LLC - $7705.  Payment can be made by check, and mailed to:  Blue Ridge Sport Flight LLC, 1194 Eastbrook Dr, Hendersonville NC 28792 in time to arrive 5 business days prior to training start.  Failure to pay initial tuition by 5 business prior to training will result in cancellation of the training event and forfeiture of any deposit made. 

At the completion of 26 hours, the remaining balance of $6170- is due.

The $1800 deposit is used to cover the last 8 hours of training, at the completion of the full 60 course.  If the student elects to discontinue training at any time, and for any reason, any tuition paid is forfeited.  Blue Ridge Sport Flight guarantees to provide an instructor and aircraft.  If for any reason, the aircraft or instructor becomes unavailable for an extended period of time at the fault of Blue Ridge Sport Flight LLC, any unused tuition will be refunded.  It is expected and agreed that there will be a day of two of maintenance required during the 21 days that may interfere with training.  Blue Ridge Sport Flight will make every effort to complete unscheduled maintenance as quickly as possible.  Weather delays are not uncommon, and are very much a part of general aviation flight.  In the event that a prolonged period of weather causes delays, the student may reschedule any remaining training during the next available schedule opening.   Blue Ridge Sport Flight will make every reasonable effort to ensure the student gets done.


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