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Private Pilot Training Course in St. Louis, MO
Comprehensive Training for the Real World Pilot
Whats the Point if its not Fun??
At Piston Aviation our Aim is to prepare you for how you will want to fly once you have your license. We want you to become a safe competent and confident pilot.
While safety is always paramount, we firmly believe that Flying should ALWAYS be FUN!! We will not only train you but foster the sense of adventure and fun that flying has always been.
How it Works
Our Private pilot program is built to take you from absolutely no flying experience to a confident pilot who can easily and safely fly friends and family on cross-country adventures.
The United States has an approximate population of 332,000,000 people. Of those only 407,408 hold a pilots license! Be Number 407,409!! and be part of the a very exclusive and may I add very cool .001% of the population!
We only Hire the Best
As a Part 61 Flight School We serve two very important roles in the General Aviation Community. First We train New Pilots! Second we hire and help build the careers of young Pilots, before they go onto Charter or Airline jobs. We diligently vet our Certified Flight Instructors to make sure they will foster the Fun learning environment we have created at Piston Aviation, and that they are exceptional pilots as well. We pay our instructors higher then industry average wages so that we only attract the best of the best!
Ways to Pay
Dual: 20 hours minimum of flight training with an instructor on the Private Pilot areas of operation including:
- 3 hours of cross country flight training in a single engine airplane;
- 3 hours of night flight training in a single engine airplane, that includes at least:
a) 1 cross country flight of over 100 nm total distance; and
b) 10 T/O’s and 10 landings to a full stop with each involving a flight in the traffic pattern at an airport.
- 3 hours of flight training by reference to instruments in a single engine airplane; and
- 3 hours of flight training in a single engine airplane within the 60 days prior to the practical test.
Solo: 10 hours minimum of solo flying in a single engine airplane on the Private Pilot areas of operation including:
- 5 hours of solo cross country flying;
- 1 solo cross country flight of at least 150nm total distance with full stop landings at 3 points and one segment of at least 50nm between T/O and landings; and
- 3 T/O’s and landings to a full stop at an airport with an operating control tower.
- FAA knowledge test Private Pilot – Airplane
- FAA practical test
You can Flight Train with an instructor at any Age**
Must be 16 years of Age to Solo
Must be 17 years of Age to receive Pilot’s License
**For students under the age of 15 and a half we recommend a training regement of 1 training flight per month.
You will be required to obtain a 3rd Class Medical Certificate from an Aviation Medical Examiner (AME). </br>
Dr. Matthew Miriani
This is a Part 61 program which means it is self directed at your speed and on your schedule. Your time for completion will be largely based on how aggressively you are willing to schedule flights.
If you schedule 2 to 3 flights per week you can expect to finish the program in 4 to 6 months. If you schedule 3 to 4 flights per week you can expect to be a pilot in 3 to 4 months.
If you are interested in making a career out of Aviation, we encourage you to look at our zero to hero financing program.
Also check out our Financing Options Page.