Getting Started

One hurdle that many face is figuring out how to get started. It’s easier than you think! Generally, you’ll buy the materials for a ground course (or subscribe to one online) for self-study in parallel with actual flight time from a certified instructor (see below). You’ll be in the air on your first day! When your instructor thinks you’re ready, you’ll be flying solo while you build up your flight hours through practice.

Once you learn your ground school material, you’ll register to take your FAA knowledge test at a local testing facility. When you have enough flight hours, experience and confidence, your flight instructor will sign you off to take your oral and practical examinations (checkride). Pass that and you’re good to go!

All things considered, the cost to get your private pilot’s license is roughly $10,000 and is directly dependent on how much time you’re willing to dedicate to the process. If you fly 2-3 times per week, you can save some money. However, if you stretch it out over multiple years, you’ll be kicking yourself when you exceed that figure. Dedicate time to the task and knock your knowledge test out early. You’ll be a pilot in no time.

Choose Your Own Flight Instructor

Club members may choose any flight instructor they wish as long as that instructor is approved by the Board of Directors. We recommend the following:

Mike Nickeson, CFI, CFII – $50/hr
(563) 451-6246

If you’d prefer to send a message via email, please use the form below.

If you’re a flight instructor around the Dubuque region and would like to see your name here, please contact us and provide your certifications, rates and contact information.