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  • Carry no more than one passenger.
  • Additional endorsement for flight beyond 50 miles.
  • Daylight and VFR flight only 
  • Additional endorsement for flight into certain airspace.
  • 4 seats and 180 horse power or less.
  • 10,000 feet or less and visibility must be 3 miles or greater.
  • Retractable gear aircraft not authorized
  • No flights outside the United States authorized

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.  


  • Be 16 years old to fly solo.
  • Be 17 years old to receive your pilot certificate.
  • Be a U.S. Citizen or acquire TSA Clearance
  • Read, speak, and understand English.
  • Hold at least a third-class medical certificate for private and recreational certificates.

Recreational Pilot

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

Total:                                                                                          $4725   

** 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** 

Training Requirements 

  • 30 hours of flight training 
  • 15 hours of dual instruction
  • 3 hours of solo flight 
  • 2 hours of cross country flight of 25nm or greater
  • 3 hours of preparation for practical test