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How to Schedule

* The schedule is currently set to Read-Only while we transition from a paper system to computer system. You may view the schedule to check availability, but to schedule, please call (908) 534-4000 Ext. 1.

Scheduling Times

Lessons and rentals begin at 9:00 and operate for 1hr, 45min. This gives time for a 1.0-1.5 flight with pre-flight and post-flight briefings. The scheduler will automatically default to 105 minute blocks, but please make sure if you are also scheduling an instructor, that you select that instructor for the same time period. Rental and solo flights do not need to be as strictly adhered to the schedule below, but may be changed to meet the needs of the school, please plan accordingly.

  • 9:00-10:45
  • 10:45-12:30
  • 13:00-14:45
  • 14:45-16:30
  • 16:30-18:15 (Fall/Spring/Summer Only)
  • 18:15-20:00 (Summer Only)
  • Night blocks as directed

Conditions

  • $50 Cancellation fee will be applied to cancellations with less than 24-hours notice
  • Lessons, rentals and solo flights are weather permitting
  • Introductory lessons and first time students must call (908) 534-4000 Ext. 1 to schedule
  • Bookings may be adjusted or moved to meet training requirements, always confirm your schedule

Your Roadmap to Becoming an FAA Licensed Pilot

Your initial certification is the Private Pilot. The Private Pilot Certificate is the gateway to aviation for recreational pilots as well as for aspiring career pilots. Private Pilot training comprises the majority of training that we do at Solberg. Quite simply, it’s what we do best. With a Private Pilot Certificate, you will be able to fly during both day and night as long as you remain clear of clouds while operating under visual flight rules (VFR). You will be able to take your friends and family for rides and trips. Imagine the feeling of flying over a congested roadway on your way to a beach weekend! A Private Pilot is limited, however, because he or she may not be compensated for their flying. If you desire the ability to fly in inclement weather under instrument flight rules (IFR) or to be compensated for your flying, Solberg also offers training towards both your Instrument Rating and Commercial Pilot Certificate. These are often the next step after a new pilot earns the Private. Solberg Aviation Co., Inc. is a Cessna Pilot Center and we train using their reliable aircraft as well as their methods and curriculum.

Step 1: Introductory Flight Lesson

This flight will be your first taste of the skies and you will get to handle the controls! Your instructor will first show you the importance of safety and how to accomplish all the preflight safety checks on the airplane during a thorough preflight inspection. Next, you will get into the left-seat, or captain’s seat, and go for a short flight with your instructor while they instruct you on how the airplane flies. No experience necessary! No age requirement! All flight time can be logged and used toward meeting the requirements of the Private Pilot Certificate.

* For people who are already serious about pursuing an FAA Certificate, we recommend starting with a 1-hour lesson. Gift Certificates available!

Step 2: Enroll in the Program

Our program is a combination of flight and ground training. The flight training is paid hourly as you go. For ground training, or the academics, we use the Cessna Training Kit. This should be purchased as soon as possible once you begin your lessons as it will also allow us to track your training on our computer system. TSA verification is also required for US and non-US Citizens–please contact us for more information.

Step 3: Your Flight and Ground Training

The first part of the program is learning how to maneuver the airplane and master your takeoff and landing techniques with the goal of your first solo. Once your instructor feels that your flight and ground training are at the appropriate levels, you will accomplish your first solo. It is an amazing feeling! You are now able to schedule the aircraft and practice on your own under certain restrictions. Your lessons with your instructor will now focus on cross-country planning, night flying, simulated instrument flight, and perfecting your basic pre-solo skills. On the ground training side, when your instructor feels you are ready, you will take your FAA Computerized Written Exam. As far as flight training, after your solo cross-country flights and the other requirements are completed, you will prepare with your instructor to take your check ride with an FAA Designated Examiner.

Step 4: The Check Ride

The Checkride is the culmination of all your hard work, studying and practice. An FAA Designated Examiner will join you on a flight for an evaluation. At this point, you will be so confident in your skills that you won’t be able to wait to show the examiner your knowledge and skills!

Frequently Asked Questions

Can anyone take an introductory flight lesson?

YES! No experience is necessary–come on out for a flight with us! Bring your friends!

What can I do with a Private Pilot Certificate?

You can fly anywhere under visual flight rules (VFR). This simply means that you will be navigating and controlling the aircraft using visual references outside the plane. Imagine the feeling when you pull up to your own plane, load your family or friends, and fly over all the traffic as you head to vacation. That is the freedom you can plan on when you have your Private Pilot Certificate. Don’t wait–schedule your introductory flight lesson and get started now!

Do you offer gift certificates?

YES! Introductory flight lessons and scenic airplane rides make great gifts for people of all ages. Check out our online store to get started, or call (908) 534-4000.

Is there a minimum or maximum age to take flying lessons?

Nope! Anyone can take lessons and we’ve had both young and less young. The only requirement is that the pilot must be 16 years old to solo and 17 years old to earn the Private Pilot Certificate.

Are there any physical requirements?

Pilots must be able to obtain an FAA Third Class Medical Certificate before they are able to fly solo.

What type of airplanes do you use for training?

Solberg is a Cessna Pilot Center, so we primarily train using Cessna Aircraft using their curriculum. We have a fleet that consists of Cessna 152’s 172, and 162 Skycatcher. They are maintained above FAA required standards. Click here to see them!

How long will it take to complete my training?

The Private Pilot Certificate can take as little as a month or two, or as long as years. it really depends how often you are able to take lessons and how much time you can devote to your ground training. We have found that if you fly three times per week, it will be a couple months. If you can only devote one flight per week, it will take closer to the year. The certificate is good forever, so even if it takes two years, you never lose it!

What are the requirements for earning a Private Pilot Certificate?

Basic Requirements (Consult FAR 61.102 for full list of requirements):
  • Be at least 17 years old (but you can start training at any age!)
  • Be able to read, speak, write and understand the English language
  • Obtain at least a third class medical certificate from an Aviation Medical Examiner
  • Pass an FAA Knowledge test, receive an endorsement from an FAA Certified Flight Instructor, and possess the aeronautical experience below:
  • 40 hours total flight time
  • 20 hours dual instruction with an authorized instructor
  • 10 hours solo flight

How much will it cost to earn my Private Pilot Certificate?

Total costs will vary and some schools will estimate based on the FAA minimum requirements. These are not realistic for most people. Our average is around 60 hours total flight time.

  1. Flight Instruction ………………………….. 50 hours @ $39.95/hr = $2000
  2. Aircraft Rental, Cessna 152 …………….. 60 hours @ $84.95/hr = $5100
  3. Ground Instruction ……………………….. 20 hours @ $39.95/hr = $800
  4. FAA Medical Exam ……………………………………………………………… $100
  5. Cessna Private Pilot Kit ……………………………………………………….. $349
  6. FAA Knowledge Test ……………………………………………………………. $150
  7. Checkride Examiner Fee ………………………………………………………. $350

TOTAL ESTIMATE = $8,849

The Cessna Training Kit Materials

Continue to Learn and Sharpen Your Skills

Congratulations! The Private Pilot Certificate is gateway to all that you will accomplish in aviation. For some, it is the only certificate you will earn. For others, it is the beginning of a career or new life. Whichever route you take, continual practice and training is key to your success as an aviator. Solberg offers many additional certificates and ratings as well as signoffs and recurrent training. Solberg Airport is also a place that you are always welcome. We are a family-run establishment and as a student-pilot, you are now part of the family!