Here are the requirements to earn your private pilot's license in a single engine aircraft for general aviation:

First, find a flight school, instructor, aircraft and price range that you will be able to work with to begin training for your license. Review your schedule and dedicate part of it to weekly chunks of time when you know that you will go fly. Make sure you talk to the flight school and instructor about their prices and what they expect your timeline of completion to be based on the schedule you give them.

A modern plane with fuel is going to cost around $130 per hour plus about $30 to fly with an instructor so it is critical to budget well. To get a private pilot's license from start to finish, you are looking at an investment of about $12,000.

Here are the minimum requirements to get a private pilot's license:

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