Training FAQ

FlyCarolina offers FAA Part 61 Flight Training at each of our locations. This training program allows us to work at your pace and around your schedule. Talk with one of our certified flight instructors to develop a training schedule that works for you. FlyCarolina offers the following training programs:

  • Private Pilot Certificate
  • Instrument Rating
  • Commercial Pilot Certificate
  • Multi-engine training
  • ATP (Airline Transport Pilot)
  • CFI (Certified Flight Instructor)
  • CFII (Certified Flight Instructor – Instrument)
  • MEI (Multi-Engine Instructor)

How do I get started?

Come experience an introductory flight! You'll fly locally with one of our certified flight instructors. Take the controls and get a feel for the airplane. This will be a great opportunity for you to ask a knowledgeable instructor about the planes and training programs. FlyCarolina offers two options: 30-minute introductory flight for $119, or a 1-hour introductory flight for $199.


How long does it take to earn a pilot certificate?

The FAA requires 40 hours in order to become a private pilot. Most people will do between 50-70 hours. The average time it takes to obtain a Private Pilot Certificate is between 6-9 months. We recommend our students schedule to fly at least 2-3 times per week which is a good balance for productive and efficient continuous learning. We understand not everyone can fly 2-3 times per week which is absolutely fine; it will just take you longer than average to complete your certificate. An important factor in completing timely and cost effectively is to continuously study the material assigned by your instructor. You must pass the FAA written exam before your practical exam with the FAA examiner!!! Bring any questions you may have to your instructors’ attention.


What type of plane will I fly?

We offer aircraft appropriate for each of our training programs. You will typically start flight training in one of our Cessna 172s. We offer a variety of complex, high-performance and multi-engine aircraft for advanced training. See our full list of training and club aircraft
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How much will flight training cost?

The national average cost for a private pilot certificate is between $9,000 - $12,000. Put simply, the more you fly plus the more time you dedicate to studying will reduce the time it will take you to complete your certificate which will essentially reduce the cost.Our flight school operates on pay-per-use payment schedule which means that you will pay after each flight with a credit card you provide to us to store with your account.We do not provide financing but it is available through a third party provider. Keep in mind that interest rates for flight training are high.

Here are the minimum costs for earning your private pilot certificate. Actual hours of ground and flight training depend on how frequently you're able to train and how prepared you are for each lesson.
QuantityItemCost
1FAA Medical Examination$80
3Aviation Charts: Sectional, TAC, AFD$25
10Hours ground instruction$500
30Hours of flight instruction in a Cessna 172$5250
10Hours of SOLO flight time$1250
1FAA Written Exam$150
3Hours Practical Test Prep$150
1FAA Check Ride (examiner fee)$450
1.5Checkride aircraft rental$190
$8,045

What do I need to buy to start my training?

FlyCarolina students use Sporty’s 'Learn to Fly' Course. Here are a few other items we recommend purchasing:

ItemCost
Gleim Private Pilot Test Prep Software$55
Logbook$20
FAR/AIM$20
Airplane Information Manual - Cessna 172$20
Aviation Headset$100 - $1000
E6B computer$15
Plotter$15
Kneeboard$20
Flightbag$45
Flashlight with red/white lens$20

Is there an age requirement?

There is no age requirement to begin flight training; however, in order to solo the student must be at least 16 years old. In order to become a private pilot, the student must be at least 17 years old.


How much time can I log in a Simulator?

Our Redbird FMX simulator located in Rock Hill is a Full Motion Simulator and is FAA approved for logging time towards your training. Private Pilot students can log up to 2.5 hours, Instrument students can log up to 20 hours, and Commercial students can log up to 50 hours towards their rating.


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