Answer by Thomas Zerbarini:
You're looking at $10,000 to $14,000.
Private Pilot Rating (FAA)
- Flight & Ground Instruction
- Checkride Included
- Books and Supplies Included
- 2 Months Housing Included
There are many great schools out there. If you are merely interested in a private for your own personal use in your local area, I would recommend a local school near you. You'll want to get a few estimates and meet a few instructors to pick the one right for you.
If you're interested in a professional career, I'd recommend doing your homework on all the part 141 schools in the US associated with a University. I did most of my training with Aviator.
They were originally located Addison TX when I attended. Now, they are in Flroida and have a great program with the local University. The attraction to Aviator for me was the enormous amount of multi-engine time and long cross country IFR I came away with when I finished. It's experience that gained that no other program could match.
Here's a great article from AOPA Flight Training Magazine on How to Choose a Flight School:
Here's the link for the AOPA Flight Training Magazine on searching the 141 school database:
Here is the Aviation College Database Search: