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Private Pilot Program

Program Description

The Private Pilot Program is the first step on your way to becoming a pilot. With your Private Pilot License, you can take family, friends, and co-workers onboard your aircraft or the aircraft you are renting while acting as Pilot in Command. This course will familiarize you with the helicopter, its controls, and flight characteristics, as well as teach you all the basic and emergency maneuvers necessary to pass your private pilot exam. One restriction to acting as a Private Pilot is that you are not allowed by the FAA to be compensated for your skills. You must carry a Commercial Rating for compensation for hire. Please refer to our Commercial Pilot page for details.

No previous aviation experience is necessary to start training!


  • Be able to read, speak, write, and understand the English language.

  • Minimum of 17 Years old to obtain a license 

  • Can Begin Training at Any Age


Skybound Helicopters is a Part 61 Program. The minimum flight time requirements to obtain a Private Pilot’s License under FAA Part 61 are as follows:

40 Hours (Minimum) Total Pilot Time in Helicopters Must Include:

  • 30 hours of “dual” flight instruction and 10 hours of “solo” flight

  • 3 hours of dual cross-country flight training

  • 3 hours of Cross-Country Solo flight

  • 3 hours dual instruction at night

While 40 hours is the minimum time required by the FAA, most pilots take between 50-80 hours to get their private license. This largely depends on frequency of flight. In our Part 61 program, you can move at your own pace. To view the medical or certification requirements in greater detail, please refer to the Federal Aviation Administration Regulations at or contact us to learn more.


Due to the variance in hours necessary to pass your licenses, it is difficult to give a true estimate of the total cost. You can expect between 40-80 hours of flight instruction and 30-50 hours of ground instruction for the private pilot program. This typically brings the total cost for your Private Pilot License to $20,000-$35,000. Scholarships and financing are available through various other sources. For current hourly pricing, please refer to our pricing page.

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