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 Shannon School of Aeronautics

Private Pilot Costs

The first question on everyone's mind seems to be "how much does it cost?" This page will provide specific aircraft costs and some general estimates for course costs.


Aircraft rental costs have been fluctuating recently with the variable (and lately increasing) cost of aviation fuel. Be sure when you compare costs that you inquire about fuel surcharges. At Shannon School of Aeronautics, we choose to provide aircraft costs inclusive of all charges. 


Aircraft Cost  Per  Hour Instructor GPS Installed
C-152    $140  $65   GNS-430W (IFR Certified)
C-172M    $170  $65   GNS-430W (IFR Certified)
C-172N    $170  $65   GNS-430W (IFR Certified)



If you are investigating the cost of a private pilot's license, there are two important factors you must consider.

  • You should be aware that there are no set costs for the license. The cost of the course is based on how long (flight time and ground instruction) it takes you to learn the material and become proficient in the maneuvers required to pass the flight test, also known as a Practical Test. Time to completion varies. The FAA minimum is 40 hours of flight time. The national average is about 70 hours.
  • You can have an impact on the amount of time it takes you to finish. The major considerations are the number of times per week that you fly, how well you prepare for each lesson, and the quality of your flight instruction. A good benchmark is to initially fly as often as you can adequately prepare for a lesson. Three times a week until solo flight usually sufficient, then twice a week after that.

The table below sums the general costs for a license based a student who requires 40, 55 or 70 hours to become proficient enough to pass the practical (flight) test. These costs include all the items for which you would normally expect incur a cost. Note that the below costs are indicative of a C-172M or C-172N model. 


Item Sub Item

40 Hours



55 Hours



70 Hours


Dual Instruction  Plane (C172) 30 $5,100 45 $7,650 60 $10,200
  Instructor 30 $1950 40 $2925 60 $3900
Ground Instruction Flight Procedures 8 $520 10 $650 15 $975
  Pre and Post 10 $650  12  $780  15  $975
Solo Flight   10 $1700 10 $1700 10 $1700
GIFT Software     $500   $500   $500
Supplies Books, etc   $250   $250   $250
  Headset   $200   $200   $200
  AFD, Sectionals   $30   $30   $30
Class III Medical     $125   $125   $125
Written Test     $165   $165   $165
Practical Test Examiner   $500   $500   $500
  Aircraft 1.5 $255  1.5 $255  1.5 $255
Total Cost   40 hours  $12,020  55 hours  $15,805  70 hours