top of page
IMG_4335.jpg

Personal
Flight
Training:


Private Pilot Certificate

If you are an aspiring pilot who wants to learn to fly for personal or business reasons, a Private Pilot certificate is where you want to start. It is most pilots' first, and often most memorable, flight training program.  

 

At Summit Flight Academy we love to help aspiring pilots learn to fly and earn their pilot's certificate.  With your initial private pilot certificate you can fly most single engine piston US registered aircraft in good weather just about any anywhere in the world.​ We offer you flexibility to complete your private pilot certificate on terms that work for you. 

 

We have a fleet of well maintained Piper aircraft to train you in.  Our staff of full-time flight instructors means you have someone dedicated to your learning and available with a variety of scheduling options. ​As Lee's Summit's largest flight school we have everything you need to be successful and look forward to helping you meet your aviation goals.

Requirements and learning plan:

The FAA has the following requirements to become a private pilot:

 

  • Be at least 17 years of age (16 years of age to solo an airplane)

  • Be able to read, speak, write, and understand English

  • Hold a U.S. student, sport, or recreational pilot certificate

  • Hold at least a third-class medical certificate

  • Meet the aeronautical experience requirements

  • Pass a knowledge test

  • Pass the practical test (aka checkride)

Is a private pilot certificate right for you?

 

A private pilot certificate is best for pilots that:

 

  • Want to fly a wide variety of general aviation aircraft, including those with more than one passenger seat.

  • Can meet the class three FAA medical certification standards

  • Aspire to earn additional certificates or ratings.

  • Want or need to fly at night.

  • Want to fly outside US airspace

Some of what you'll learn and do:

Complete ground school (online + instructor): Upon completion you will take a FAA knowledge exam on aviation topics such as aircraft systems, weather, flight planning, aviation regulations, private pilot privileges and limitations.

Pre-solo flight training:  You'll learn to prepare an aircraft for flight, control an aircraft in all phases of flight, perform essential maneuvers, and safely takeoff and land. One complete, you will be ready to start making some flights solo, under careful supervision of your instructor.

Cross country flight training:  You'll leave the local airport area and start learning how to navigate and fly to new places!

Night flight training:  Night flying is usually calm, fun and offers fantastic views. It does change the game a bit and you'll learn how to safety fly at night.

Basic instrument training:  You'll learn how to avoid getting caught in the clouds and the best ways to get out and recover if you accidentally do.

Checkride preparation:  Once all the FAA requirements are competed, you'll begin to focus on bringing it all together. You'll work with your instructor to prep for the oral portion of your checkride and fly together to ensure all your flight tasks meet the FAA airmen certification standards for private pilots.

Private Pilot Training Packages

There is not a one size fits all approach to flight training.  We offer three training programs to help set a realistic timeline and budget for your training.

We expect you to find our packages an honest picture of what is typically needed to earn your private pilot certificate, based on frequency of lessons.  Please look carefully at packages between flight schools to ensure you are getting an apples to apples comparison.

 

_____________________________________________

What's included in our packages:

Aircraft flight time

Instructor services, including checkride prep

Online ground school course

Basic Pilot Supplies: Bag, headset, logbook, etc.

Electronic chart subscription

Non-owned Insurance

_______________________________________________

.

Once you earn your private pilot certificate, many personal aviators look to earn their instrument training to be able to fly in weather conditions that may keep a private pilot on the ground.   

 

Learn more about our instrument training!

 

For aspirating aviations looking to complete their private pilot certificate and instrument rating together, check out our private + instrument package to obtain the most efficiency in time and cost!

Expedited 
Pack
age

Our three month* private pilot training package is perfect for those looking to earn their pilot certificate over the summer or anytime where full time effort can be applied.

Students will take their ground school month one, then fly the next two months.  Students must have the FAA medical certificate in hand prior to scheduling a start date. 
Your course schedule is planned in advance and you can expect to fly and study five days a week.

________________________________________

Installment plan:  

$4,500/month (paid in months

one through three)

Pre-paid plan:

$13,000

(paid at enrollment, $500 savings)

________________________________________

What's included in our expedited package:

48 hours of aircraft time

Instructor services, including checkride prep

Basic Pilot Supplies: passive headset, bag,

kneeboard, etc.

Online Sporty's ground school course

ForeFlight Electronic chart subscription

ASA Oral Exam Prep Book

FAA Private Pilot ACS Standards Book

Non-owned Insurance

__________________________________________

*Three months is the expected program length.  Extensions may be needed to due weather, learning speed, illness or mechanical issues and will be managed to ensure your completion as close as possible to the stated timeframe.  No additional charges will apply unless the student exceeds the hours provided. Excess hours will be available at a program discounted rate, if needed.

Efficient 
Package

Our five month* private pilot training package is perfect for the majority of students. This program expects a student can commit to coming to the airport an average of 2-3 times a week to fly with various ground school assignments between lessons.

Students will take their ground school and pass the FAA knowledge test prior to solo.  Students will generally schedule out a month at a time to ensure their program progresses on schedule.

________________________________________

Installment plan:  

$3500 First month fee (paid at scheduling for month one)

$2,925/month paid in months two - five)

Pre-paid plan:

$14,900

(paid at enrollment, $500 savings)

 

________________________________________

What's included in our efficient package:

58 hours of aircraft time

Instructor services, including checkride prep

Basic Pilot Supplies: passive headset, bag,

kneeboard, etc.

Online Sporty's ground school course

ForeFlight Electronic chart subscription

ASA Oral Exam Prep Book

FAA Private Pilot ACS Standards Book

Non-owned Insurance

__________________________________________

*Five months is the expected program length.  Extensions may be needed to due weather, learning speed, illness or mechanical issues and will be managed to ensure your completion as close as possible to the stated timeframe.  No additional charges will apply unless the student exceeds the hours provided. Excess hours will be available at a program discounted rate, if needed.

Extended 
Package

Our nine month* private pilot training package is recommended only for those students with more limited availability to learn to fly.  The monthly cost is less, but the overall cost is more due to more flight hours needed for this pace of learning.

Students will take their ground school and pass the FAA knowledge test prior to solo.  Students will generally schedule out a month at a time, 1-2 lessons per week, to ensure their program progresses on schedule.

________________________________________

Installment plan:  

$3500 First month fee (paid at scheduling for month one)

$1,738/month paid in months two - nine)

Pre-paid plan:

$16,900

(paid at enrollment, $500 savings)

 

________________________________________

What's included in our extended package:

67 hours of aircraft time

Instructor services, including checkride prep

Basic Pilot Supplies: passive headset, bag,

kneeboard, etc.

Online Sporty's ground school course

ForeFlight Electronic chart subscription

ASA Oral Exam Prep Book

FAA Private Pilot ACS Standards Book

Non-owned Insurance

__________________________________________

*Nine months is the expected program length.  Extensions may be needed to due weather, learning speed, illness or mechanical issues and will be managed to ensure your completion as close as possible to the stated timeframe.  No additional charges will apply unless the student exceeds the hours provided. Excess hours will be available at a program discounted rate, if needed.

Private Pilot Package FAQs

Why packages?

We offer our best pricing with these packages because it allows us to manage our aircraft and instructor workloads more predictably and efficiently.  They also offer you the best structure for finishing what you started.  Additionally, many financing options require packaging to structure a loan for students needing that option.

How often will I fly with these packages?  

Our expedited program is a full-time effort for three months.  Our efficient program is designed to be completed in five months, flying 2-3 times a week.  Our extended program is designed for 1-2 lessons per week over nine months.

What happens if I don't use all my flight hours?

This generally does not occur as we have built our packages with the averages in mind. However, in the event it does we will gladly move those hours into another package or you may use them for rental purposes within 90 days of your checkride.

What happens if I exceed my allocated flight hours?

We really strive for this not to happen by providing average flight hours that are needed for the program length you select. However, in the event this happens we will provide you additional aircraft and/or instructor hour at an agreed upon discounted rate. 

What Pilot supplies are included:

Your choice of two pilot bags, a Faro passive headset, logbook, basic kneeboard, ASA Oral Exam guide, a hard copy of the FAA Private Pilot ACS, and ForeFlight Subscription.  As a Lightspeed dealer, we do have an upgrade option available to a noise cancelling headset.  Some supplies like a flight computer and foggles can be borrowed from school inventory.   Optional items will be discussed with your instructor to help you keep costs manageable.

What happens if I need to quit or defer my training?

Life happens, we get it.  If you need to defer your training you may pause payments and elect a future restart date.  If you have paid off your program, but have not completed it, your program remains valid for six months after the initial program end date. Upon restart, you may receive a new instructor and experience the need to fly additional hours to complete your certificate, but we will provide all hours originally paid for by your package.  After six months, the cash value of your program remains for another six months.  However, we may need to reprice your package if costs have increased.

If you need to completely withdrawal from your program, there is no obligation beyond a 10% administrative fee of the unearned remaining program value. This serves to reimburse Summit Flight for the package discounts afforded in your training package. For example, if you are one month into the expedited program and need to cancel, the fee to cancel is $900 on an outstanding $9000 balance.  Insurance, ground school, pilot supplies, and Foreflight fees are, unfortunately, non-refundable. Any remaining money on account will be refunded within 7 days of written notice of withdrawal.  If your account is in deficit, we will need the balance paid off at time of cancellation. 

IMG_3313.JPG

Are you ready or have more questions?

Call, come by our school or click the button below to start the enrollment process or speak to a member of our team for more information!

bottom of page