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The Real Cost of Becoming a Private Pilot

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

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Hitting the books is part of getting your wings for a private pilot's certificate. "You need more than just stick and rudder skills," says Keins. "You'll also need to understand aerodynamics." You'll likely take courses to learn, for instance, techniques to scan for other aircrafts at night. At Executive Flyers, ground school training includes an online course developed in part by Cessna. It runs $400 and includes a kit that comes with a pilot's operating handbook, a fuel tester, a log book, and a loaner headset.