Private Pilot

Get Started With our Ground School

After the introductory flight lesson and you have discovered that flying is more fun than you have ever dreamed, it is time to earn your Private Pilot Certificate and see the world from a new perspective.

A safe and competent pilot is a result of careful instruction, a solid knowledge base and sound decision making. Your best alternative is to train with a full time, professional flight instructor, who is committed to YOUR success.

It's easier than you think; contact Hillside Aviation and the sky will no longer be a limit.

Prerequisites to Beginning Your Training

  • Read and Write English Language
  • The ability to obtain an FAA third class medical
  • At least 17 years of age at the time of the practical test
  • Provide proof of US citizenship (normally a US passport, or birth certificate). Non-US citizens will need to complete the TSA background check process.



To earn your Private Pilot certificate, you must have at least 35 hours of total flight time (Part 141) or 40 hours of total flight time (Part 61), which must include:

  • 20 Hours of dual flight time with an instructor
  • 3 Hours of simulated instrument time
  • 3 Hours of dual cross country
  • 3 Hours in the preceding 60 days with an instructor before the checkride

3 Hours of night flight, including:

  • A cross country greater than 100nm total distance
  • 10 takeoffs and landings to a full stop

10 hours of solo flight time, including (only 5 for part 141):

  • 5 Hours of solo cross country (only 3 for part 141)
  • 1 solo cross country of at least 150 nautical miles total distance with 3 full stop landings
  • 3 takeoffs and landings to a full stop at a towered airport



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Information and rates on our training program for Private Pilot.

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Hillside Aviation currently offers 2 options for our primary training and rental aircraft. These aircraft are both Cessna 172N models.

We also offer a Bonanza F33A for advanced pilots and training that requires a high performance and/or complex aircraft. For those pilots who desire a multi-engine aircraft, we offer a Cessna 310.

Additional aircraft are currently for scenic flights and instruction only. Check the scenic page for more information.












Ground School

Update: The next class begins in January 2018!

We will be offering a Private Pilot Ground School course, beginning January 2018. The classes will be held 6-9pm on Monday and Wednesday nights, and continue for 12 weeks.

Even if you have not signed up for the course before the first day, are welcome to attend the first class for FREE. This first night will include an overview of the course, and what it takes to become a Private Pilot!

Learn all the required knowlege to pass the FAA Written Exam and earn your Private Pilot Certificate. This FAA Part 141 Approved course follows the syllabus and training manual from Jeppesen, a leader in aviation training materials.

This class is a great way to get started with flight lessons. Ask your instructor for details.


We do ask that you contact us before the first class, so that we have enough extra chairs placed in the room.

The cost of the course is $275, and books will be $75 additional.

Purchase the Cessna Flight training kit with us, and get a $155 discount on the cost of the ground school.

Contact us to Get Started



Quizzes will utilize the actual FAA test questions to get your familiar with the questions to pass the written!

The first day is FREE, and we discuss what it takes to get your certificate, so come out and ask questions!

Topics Include:

  • Overview of what it takes to get your certificate. Costs / time / medical requirements etc.
  • Aircraft Structures / Engines / Electrical / Fuel Systems - how the plane operates
  • Aerodynamics - How a plane flies
  • Airport Operations (runways, taxiways, control towers)
  • Communications
  • Navigation / Flight Planning
  • FAA Regulations
  • Weather / Weather Hazards / Sources of Weather for your flight plan
  • Aeromedical / Human Physiology
  • Aircraft Takeoff, Landing, and Cruise Performance Calculations
  • E-6B Flight Computer


Instrument Pilot

Fly in the clouds.

To earn your Instrument Rating, you must have at least a Private Pilot Certificate and:

  • 50 Hours of cross country flight time as pilot in command
  • 40 Hours of simulated instrument flight time (10 of which can be in our approved simulator* like our Redbird FMX)
  • 15 hours of instrument training from an authorized instructor
  • 3 hours of flight training in the preceding 60 days before the test
  • 1 Cross Country under IFR of at least 250 nm with a different instrument approach at 3 different airports

* Time allowances for simulated instrument time are currently undergoing additional changes. The part 61 times allowed may soon changed to 20 hours allowed. Part 141 training times allow for a much larger portion to be completed in an approved simulator.


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