Private Pilots License

The FAA requires 40 hours of flight training for the PPL. 20 hours of dual instruction(with an instructor), and 10 hours of solo flight(you alone). The FAA collects data on all PPL applicants that is publicly available via their website. According to the FAA website, the typical applicant takes 60-70 hours to finish their rating. You are also required to pass a written test, read, speak, write, and understand english, and get an FAA Medical Certificate. Three things have heavy effects on how long it will take you to finish.

1.Frequency of training. If you fly once per week, don’t expect to finish by the average. In fact, 20-30% of students that fly once per week end up quitting because of their lack of progress. They don’t see the results they expected because they’re not flying enough. It is very difficult to learn a new trait when only practicing once per week. We recommend 2-3 lessons per week.

2. Quality of instruction. Quality of instruction has several factors involved. Does your instructor have leadership and guidance from a seasoned veteran that has made all his mistakes? The benefit of your instructor having guidance from a senior instructor is mistakes will be avoided. Mistakes cost money and time. Does your instructor have ulterior motives? Is he time building at your expense? One dead give away is when a student walks into our school and mentions he wasn’t able to complete his training elsewhere. When we review his logbook and notice the student is practicing cross countries at 5 hours of training, something isn’t right. Now the student has wasted thousands of dollars and has to start learning material that should have been taught from day 1. Our schools leadership and guidance prevents this type of abuse. Imagine wanting to go to law school but deciding to just learn the material from a new lawyer that promises he can teach it to you in his spare time. Just to save you a few bucks. That would be insane. You need to treat your training the same way. Go to a reputable school that stands behind their training.

3. Student Effort. If you come in and fly, but don’t study the course materials, you won’t pass. If you come in for ground school but go home and never open a book, you won’t pass. The student has to put in as much effort as he/she wants out of the training. Put yourself in a position to pass! Study. Ask questions. Go looking for answers. Every questions answer is available at your keyboard. Our chief pilot and instructors are always available to help guide you before, during, and after your training. Use them as a resource.

Instrument Rating

The instrument rating is a rating added on to your private pilot certificate. It trains the pilot how to fly in to the clouds, or in other words, by reference to instruments. The FAA requires the applicant have logged at least 40 hours of instrument time to qualify for the test. 15 of those hours are required to be with an Instructor with an instrument rating, referred to as a CFII. (Certified Flight Instructor – Instrument) The applicant must also have at least 50 hours of pilot in command experience flying in the cross country category. The FAA defines cross country flying as flying from point A to point B with at least 50 NM straight line distance between the two points.

Commercial Pilots License

The commercial pilots license allows the pilot to fly for hire. The applicant must have at least 250 hours of flight time, 100 hours of Pilot in Command time, and 50 hours of Cross County time. You must also have at least 10 hours of flight time in a complex aircraft. The FAA defines a complex aircraft as an airplane with adjustable flaps, a constant speed propeller, and retractable landing gear. A common misconception is that when you earn your commercial pilots license you can buy an airplane and start flying people around for compensation, which is referred to as charter flying. That is NOT what the commercial license allows you to do. In fact, if the FAA catches you doing this, they would revoke all of your licenses and possibly file legal action against you. The commercial license gives you the ability to fly for hire. Some examples of this are:

1. Charter pilot for a FAA approved charter company
2. Banner Towing
3. Airline Pilot(outside the USA)

In 2009, Continental Connection(Colgan Air) crashed in Buffalo, NY killing all passengers onboard. After an investigation, one cause of the crash was blamed on the pilots lack of experience. As a result, in 2013, Congress passed a law that now requires airline pilots to have at least 1500 hours of flight time in order to work as a airline pilot. Most pilots attain these hours by becoming Flight Instructors. This law does not exist outside the USA.

Certified Flight Instructor

The FAA requires you pass a written test, have a commercial license, and have a 3rd class medical. The FAA only allows instructors with a minimum of 2 years experience to administer the training. In other words, if your instructor got his license 6 months ago, he can’t give you training on how to be a CFI. Our school can give you this training. We also partner with SkyWest Airlines. Once you become an instructor for our school, SkyWest Airlines will fly you to Salt Lake City for cadet enrollment. You will receive a employee number and start accruing seniority for SkyWest, even though you are teaching for our school. When you start ground school at SkyWest with 50 other pilots, you will be the most senior of that class. When your number is called to upgrade to captain, you will be called before those 50 other pilots! You will be ahead of them when bidding for vacation time. You will be ahead of them when bidding on your monthly schedule. Those are benefits that greatly improve your quality of life while at SkyWest Airlines.

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Why Choose OC Flight Lessons?

With extensive experience ranging from professional flight instructors to corporate pilots to airline pilots, we have developed programs that allow students to learn difficult material in no time and with ease! Our experience and personable instructors make learning easy and fun! We are committed to helping all forms of fixed-wing (airplane) pilots.


The best rental rates in Southern California! All of our aircraft maintain a high level of maintenance. Our professional flight instructors are rated in all airplanes and will help you find the airplane that is best suited for you (if you are new to flying). Unlike other flight schools, all of our prices are wet and represent the final rate! There are no hidden costs (no club fees, no fuel surcharge, no tax, etc.). Pilots have the options to pay in advance for 10 hours (cash or check) to receive the block rate that is listed below. Furthermore, all active military personnel automatically qualify for our military discount. With the best maintained airplanes at the best rates, why would you go anywhere else?

Pricing

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If you can not commit to 3-4 days per week for training, please do not select this option.
The U.S national average is roughly 60 hours to complete their license.
Factors such as consistency of training, studying course material at home, and commitment of time play key factors in cost of training.

Our Fleet

Cessna 152

Cessna 152

The Cessna 152 is the best choice for those with a budget. With dual Nav/Com radios and clean interior, it makes for one of the best Cessna 152’s around.

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Cessna 152

Cessna 172 P

The Cessna 172P is quite possibly the most used aircraft in flight training history. Our aircraft has everything that is standard to training with a standard 6-pack flight instrument setup and dual nav/com radios.

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Cessna 152

Cessna 172 RG

The Cessna 172RG is the best choice for those seeking to become a Commercial Pilot and those looking to get their complex endorsement. For those looking for a little extra speed, this C172RG has 180HP and has a cruising speed of 135KTAS. With dual Nav/Com radios and clean interior, it makes for one of the best Cessna 172RG’s around.

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Cessna 152

Cessna 172 SP

The Cessna 172S is by far the most technologically advanced training aircraft on the market. This Cessna is fully equipped with WAAS and a dual-axis autopilot. The biggest benefits of the Cessna is its safety features.

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Cessna 152

2014 Cirrus SR22 GTS

The Cirrus is one of the best 4-seaters on the market! Equipped with a pristine interior, and clean panel with a touchscreen G1000, this Cirrus is a pilot’s dream. With a 315HP engine and a cruise speed of 190 KTAS, the Cirrus is the ideal airplane for taking friends and family on trips.

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2010 Piper Sport

2010 Piper Sport

Our Piper Pipersport comes equipped with an autopilot, GPS, parachute, and many other modern features.

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