Learn to Fly

Private Pilot

40 HOURS FLIGHT TIME

28 hours dual
10 hours solo
2 hours simulator training

20 HOURS GROUND

Estimated time for ground/classroom instruction

$400 EST. MATERIALS & FEES

Books, exam fees, strainer, headset, fuel hawk, & required chart costs

$6,700 – $7,500 ESTIMATED TOTAL

Time+cost will vary on a per-person basis – determined primarily by how often you fly & how hard you study
Instrument Rating

50 Hours Flight Time

30 hours flight time
20 hours simulator training

30 Hours Ground

Estimated time for ground/classroom instruction

$400 Est. Materials & Fees

Books, exam fees, strainer, headset, fuel hawk, & required chart costs

$10,500 – $12,500 Estimated Total

Time+cost will vary on a per-person basis – determined primarily by how often you fly & how hard you study
Commercial Pilot

250 Hours Flight Time

20 hours dual
160 hours solo
25 hours simulator training

25 Hours Ground

Estimated time for ground/classroom instruction

$1,000 Est. Materials & Fees

Books, exam fees, strainer, headset, fuel hawk, & required chart costs

$29,950 Estimated Total

Time+cost will vary on a per-person basis – determined primarily by how often you fly & how hard you study
CFI Flight Instructor

10 Hours Flight TIme

20 Hours Ground

Estimated time for ground/classroom instruction

$1,500 Est. Materials & Fees

Books, exam fees, strainer, headset, fuel hawk, & required chart costs

$6,500 Estimated Total

Time+cost will vary on a per-person basis – determined primarily by how often you fly & how hard you study
ME Multi-Engine Rating

10 Hours Flight Time

5 Hours Ground

Estimated time for ground/classroom instruction

$250 Est. Materials & Fees

Books, exam fees, strainer, headset, fuel hawk, & required chart costs

$3,500 Estimated Total

Time+cost will vary on a per-person basis – determined primarily by how often you fly & how hard you study
High Performance Endorsement

5 Hours

Required Flight TIme

2 Hours Ground

Estimated time for ground/classroom instruction

$1,200 Estimated Total

Time+cost will vary on a per-person basis – determined primarily by how often you fly & how hard you study
LIGHT SPORT PILOT

30 Hours

Flight Time

25 Hours Ground

Estimated time for ground/classroom instruction

$1,000 Est. Materials & Fees

Books, exam fees, strainer, headset, fuel hawk, & required chart costs

$5,500 Estimated Total

Time+cost will vary on a per-person basis – determined primarily by how often you fly & how hard you study
Rotor-Wing Endorsement

35 hours of helicopter flight time

20 hours Duel

10 hours solo

5 Hours ground/classroom

$9,500 – $10,350 ESTIMATED TOTAL

Time+cost will vary on a per-person basis – determined primarily by how often you fly & how hard you study

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Earn Your Wings With High Sierra Pilots


This section is for people who are NOT interested in learning through the Flying Club but ARE looking for a more traditional flight training experience through our High Sierra Pilots Flight Training School.

If you are looking for information about flight training as a member of the Flying Club then please click here.  Otherwise please continue reading:

We offer a spectacular training experience through our Part 61 flight school for club and non-club members alike. We are always working towards our goal of sharing aviation with the world, and because of that, we do everything we can to help our student pilots excel. HSP is committed to providing student pilots everything they need to feel confident going into their exams, and the real world as a private pilot.

HSP is always working towards our goal of sharing aviation with the world, and because of that, we do everything we can to help our students excel.

Student Pilot and CFI Perform a Pre-Flight

Our Certified Flight Instructors are committed to providing our students everything they need to feel confident going into their exams, and the real world as a pilot.

We have a 100% success rate in training our student pilots, and support them every step of the way, from ground school to their solo cross-country and beyond. In addition to our experienced and patient CFI’s, HSP offers an optional all-inclusive ground school to ensure that our students pass their pre-solo quiz, written FAA exam, and oral exam with exceptionally high marks, and feel that they are truly equipped for life beyond their check-ride.

Student Pilot and CFI after successful Cross-Country Flight!

Our Instructors have a wealth of knowledge and years of experience. They have seen and done it all and can help you through any issue you may encounter on the road to your pilot certificate. Whether it’s running into a roadblock getting your 3rd class medical (color-blindness and some medications can pose problems with the FAA, but with help from an instructor they can be easily taken care of), working with your hectic schedule, or creating a unique training plan for student pilots interested in a career in aviation, no matter how specialized. At HSP, our instructors are dedicated to giving you the flight training you want and need, to cater to your level of knowledge and ability, and even give you a leg-up on your resume for your future aviation profession.

At HSP, we understand that the cost of flight training can seem intimidating, but rest assured, you can learn to fly on any budget. Our staff and Instructors are happy to work with you to help you achieve your goal of solo flight without breaking the bank.

Student Pilot lands after first Solo Flight

Learning to fly might be the best decision you ever make. To get started on the path to achieving your dreams, simply fill out the quick online application by clicking the button below. When we receive your application, we’ll get in touch to learn about your goals as a student pilot, discuss the process of learning to fly, and estimate costs and financing options with you.

High Sierra Pilots wants you to succeed, and we’re willing to do whatever it takes to support you on your way to becoming a pilot. So join today, and spend the rest of your life being happy you did.

We look forward to hearing from you!