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The Real Cost of Becoming a Private Pilot

By Bloomberg Rankings - 2012-03-08T22:04:05Z

Photograph by Adrian Weinbrecht/Getty Images

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Final Cost

Costs vary depending on where you learn to fly, how quickly you learn, and the kind of plane you use. Total expense will range from $8,000 to $13,000. "I tell everyone that getting my certificate was a defining moment in my life," says Presley. "Now I just have to be careful that is not the defining moment -- I still have to do something bigger and better."

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