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Recreational pilots may fly larger aircraft than sport pilots, but they have more limitations on where they may fly. The recreational pilot certificate requires fewer training hours than the private certificate; as a recreational pilot you receive fewer hours of cross-country navigation training because you must remain within 50 nautical miles of your home base unless you have additional endorsements. You also won't have to learn to fly in airspace requiring communications with air traffic control. And night operations and flight by reference to instruments, which are part of the private pilot training, are eliminated from the recreational pilot's curriculum.
Flight Training Costs in Cessna 150:
Aircraft Cost: 30 hours @ $100 per hour $3000
Instructor Cost: 15 hours @$45 per hour $675
Examiner Fee(not controlled by school) $450
FAA Exam: $150
Private Pilot Kit: $200
FAA Third Class Medical: $100
Headset(not needed initially) $150
** Costs are based on 30 hours of training. The national average is 30-50 hours of training to obtain certificate. Prices subject to change at anytime**