We've Got Your Wings
Learning to fly will change your life forever, while opening up a world of possibilities to you….and the exhilarating sensation of flight is more fun than you ever imagined! You’re confidence will soar as you master challenging skills. Imagine flying to a nearby community for breakfast or dinner, following your favorite team to away games, and taking your friends or family on a weekend getaway and still having plenty of weekend left to enjoy!
You’ve always dreamed of flying and it’s easy, affordable, accessible and safe. You will need to meet a few basic requirements to become a private pilot. You must be at least 17 years old to receive your pilot’s certificate, but you can begin lessons at any age and solo at 16. You must also be able to speak, read and write English and pass a basic medical examination.
If you’re ready to begin flight training, call us to schedule your first lesson. We are here to help answer your questions and teach you to become a safe and well trained pilot.
At Jefferson City Flying Service our private flight and ground school lessons work together for maximum retention. Almost every lesson will begin with ground instruction followed by a flight. You’ll learn flight rules and regulations, flight planning, navigation, radio procedures, weather, flight safety, airports, aeronautical charts, airspace and air traffic control services including the use of radar.
The fun starts the first time you are learning to fly the airplane. You’ll be in the left seat during your very first lesson and you’ll be doing most of the flying. Our certified flight instructor will be in the right seat with its own complete set of flight controls. The first thing you’ll do is learn how to handle the plane on the ground. In the air, you’ll begin with the four fundamentals – climbs, descents, turns and straight and level flight. Then you’ll master takeoffs, learn maneuvers that refine your skills and teach you how to correct for the effects of wind and learn how to land the airplane. You’ll repeat these skills until they become second nature to you…gradually taking on more and more responsibility, until you are ready to fly the airplane alone.
Your First Solo Flight
After about 15-20 hours of training, you’ll be ready to take your first solo flight! Everything you have learned has prepared you to take this exciting step in your aviation training. The weather and traffic conditions will be just right; your instructor will complete the proper paperwork and get out of the airplane. You are on your own and this is the day that you truly become a pilot.
Cross Country Flying
After mastering the basics, you’ll learn how to go somewhere in the plane. You’ll plan a “cross-country” flight between two distant airports and how to navigate in the air. You’ll use nautical charts, navigational instruments and how to fly at night and find your way around. You’ll learn about weather and determine whether it’s safe to fly before you ever leave the ground. As you make multiple solo flights to numerous destinations in the local area and cross-country, your confidence will increase and you’ll be well on your way to becoming a competent pilot.
Getting Your Certificate
It is now time for you to take your FAA tests. There is a knowledge test that consists of 60 multiple choice questions that evaluate your knowledge of the ground school material and a practical test with an FAA designated pilot examiner. The practical includes both an oral and flight portion. When you successfully complete these tests you will receive your private pilot certificate and be able to take your friends and family on their first airplane ride with you at the controls.
Private Pilot Certificate
You can now fly solo, carry passengers, fly during the day or night and fly to any of the 12,000 airports across the country. You can share the cost of your airplane rental with your passengers, as long as you pay an equal share—but you cannot receive compensation for your piloting unless you earn a Commercial Pilot certificate.
You can continue to rent an airplane each time you fly, or many pilots choose to own their aircraft.
Good pilots are always learning, so many continue to improve their skills and expand their flying options by pursuing an instrument rating that allows you to fly in the clouds or in low visibility conditions. You could also pursue a commercial certificate that permits you to fly for hire.
How Long Will It Take?
The Private Pilot Course at JCFS could be completed in as little as 60 days. On the average you can expect to complete this program in five months. There are no time restrictions as to how long a student takes to complete their training. 45 – 60 hours is the average amount of time it takes to complete the course.
What You Will Fly
At JCFS, our training fleet includes a Cessna 150, Cessna 172, Piper Arrow, Piper Aztec, and two Piper Warrior 160s. Our aircraft are impeccably maintained from nose to tail. These aircraft are perfect for flight training. They’re easy to fly, stable, sporty and fun! The interiors offer great visibility, comfortable seating, are IFR Certified and have GPS technology.
What Does It Cost?
Click on any of the following flight school courses for breakdown of cost.
Please note that sales tax is charged for airplane rental and material only. Payments can be made "as you go" with cash, check, or credit card. You can pay in advance and have each flight deducted from an account. Average lessons are approximately 2.0 hours.
- 40 hours Piper PA-28 (Warrior) at $130.00 per flight hour - $5,200.00
- 30 hours of flight instruction time at $55.00 - $1,650.00
- Jeppesen private pilot kit - $298.00
- Written test fee (paid to testing center) - $150.00
- Medical examination (paid to medical office) - $170.00
- Final flight test fee (paid to FAA examiner) - $450.00
Total is $7,918.00
The Instrument Rating Course will permit the licensed pilot to operate a single-engine airplane in the environment of instrument flight rules. While most flying is done “on top”, in blue skies and sunshine, the instrument pilot is prepared for flight in the clouds from take-off to the touchdown. Once you receive your Instrument Rating, to act as “Pilot -in- Command “during IFR conditions certain currency requirements come into effect.
The Instrument Rating Course offered by Jefferson City Flying Service could be completed in as little as 45 days. There is no time restriction as to how long a student takes to complete their training. Your training is setup to whatever best fits your schedule and financing.
We have priced this course using 50 hours as the standard. The following price list contains all minimum costs, including costs (FAA written test & FAA checkride) not paid directly to Jefferson City Flying Service.
- 50 hours Piper PA-28 (Warrior) at $130.00 per flight hour - $6,500.00
- 50 hours of flight instruction time at $55.00 - $2,750.00
- Jeppesen instrument pilot kit - $2,750.00
- Written test fee (paid to testing center) - $170.00
- Final flight test fee (paid to FAA examiner) - $450.00
Total is $10,168.00
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