Accelerated Flight Training

By taking an accelerated flight training course at Western Air Flight Academy and Aspen Flying Club, pilots are provided all the flight training resources needed to help the student save both time and money. Choosing to do an accelerated course is the best way to maximize a pilot’s overall efficiency during their flight training.

Each individual who decides to undertake an accelerated flight training course will work with one of Aspen Flying Club’s professional and dedicated full-time flight instructors. Accelerated training requires flying twice per day and studying the subject matter each evening. Being fully immersed in both flying and ground studies for a shorter period of time will increase the effectiveness of learning. At Aspen Flying Club, accelerated students finish their training in approximately 20% fewer hours than the traditional training program.

By working with an instructor, flying twice per day, and studying the ground-school materials each evening, a student can achieve a Sport Pilot Certificate in as little as 11 days. To accomplish this Aspen recommends that students complete their ground school and pass the FAA Sport Pilot Knowledge test PRIOR to starting their flight training. An additional 4 days is required if the ground school hasn’t been completed.

Aspen’s Sport Pilot package is 30 hours of aircraft and instructor time. The FAA requires a minimum of 20 hours of flight experience prior to taking the flight test. It’s rare for a student to be ready for the flight test in the minimum time. The average flight time on an accelerated course is 26 hours. A flight test usually takes 1.5 hours. After completing the course, pilots are encouraged to use the remaining paid aircraft rental hours to build experience and solidify their flying skills.

Package Price

  Hours Cost
30 hours in a Light Sport Airplane 30 x $109 $3,270
30 hours instructor time 30 x $45 $1,350
Flight Test Fee 1 x $600 $600
Pilot supplies, headset $500 $500
Total   $5,720*

* Assumes FAA Sport Pilot Knowledge Test passed prior to arrival * Training must be completed in one calendar month or less

If FAA Knowledge Test hasn’t been completed prior to arrival, add;

  Hours Cost
Jeppesen Online Ground School 1 x $199 $199
10 hrs of Instructor time 10 x $45 $450
FAA Knowledge test exam 1 x $160 $160
Total   $809 **

** Allow an extra 4 days to complete the ground course

Aspen Flying Club can take a student from zero experience to Private Pilot in as little as 23 days, assuming the student arrives having already passed their written exam. Flying with an instructor twice per day, and studying coursework each evening, rapid progress can be made through the Private Pilot course.

Aspen’s Private Pilot package is 55 hours of aircraft and instructor time. The FAA requires a minimum of 40 hours of flight experience prior to taking the flight test. It is rare for a candidate to present a for flight test in the minimum time. The average on an accelerated course is 50 hours. A flight test usually takes 1.5 hours. After completing the course, pilots are encouraged to use the remaining paid aircraft rental hours to build experience and solidify their flying skills.

Package Price

  Hours Cost
55 hours airplane rental 55 x $125 $6,875
55 hours instructor time 55 x $45 $2,475
Flight Test Fee 1 x $600 $600
Pilot supplies, headset $500 $500
Medical exam 1 x $120 $120
Total   $10,570*

* Assumes FAA Private Pilot Knowledge Test passed prior to arrival

If FAA Knowledge Test hasn’t been completed prior to arrival, add;

  Hours Cost
Jeppesen Online Ground School 1 x $239 $239
10 hrs of Instructor time 10 x $50 $500
FAA Knowledge test exam 1 x $160 $160
Total   $899 **

** Allow an extra 4 days to complete the ground course

Aspen’s accelerated instrument pilot program is geared for the busy pilot who wants to achieve their rating in a few short days, not over the course of several months. Typically it takes 7-10 days of flying for a proficient pilot who has passed the FAA instrument pilot knowledge exam prior to starting. Aspen is committed to accommodating the candidate’s schedule. It’s possible to start each day at 5:00 AM or 12:00 PM, whichever fits a candidate’s schedule for that day. Instrument training success is due to the quality of Aspen’s Instrument Flight Instructors and the dedication of the student. Aspen Flying Club’s instructors are highly experienced IFR veterans. Each candidate is interviewed prior to training to customize the course to their needs and be assigned an instructor that is totally dedicated to the student and their schedule. The Accelerated Instrument course takes 7-10 days depending on the candidate. The course includes:

  Hours Cost
35 hours Plane rental 35 x $125 $4,375
15 hours of Redbird Simulator rental 15 x $49 $735
60 hours instructor time 60 x $50 $3,000
Test Fee 1 x $600 $600
Total   $8,710*

* Assumes FAA Private Pilot Knowledge Test passed prior to arrival * Training must be completed in one calendar month or less * Not Included: Charts, maps, approach plates

Extra if FAA Knowledge Test hasn’t been completed prior to arrival.

  Hours Cost
Jeppesen Online Ground School 1 x $259 $259
10 hrs of Instructor time 10 x $50 $500
FAA Knowledge test exam 1 x $160 $160
Total   $919 **

** Allow an extra 4 days to complete the ground course

Obtaining a commercial pilot certificate is essential for those planning a career in aviation. For pilots that plan to purchase their own aircraft, a Commercial Pilot certificate is recommended as it lowers insurance rates.

Western uses a Cessna 182RG for commercial training. The FAA requires 10 hours in a retractable gear aircraft prior to taking the test. Working with a dedicated instructor, a commercial certificate usually takes 5 days.

This course takes 5-7 days depending on the candidate. Aspen Flying Club’s course includes:

  Hours Cost
10 hours Rental C182RG 10 x $145 $1,450
15 hours of instructor time 15 x $55 $825
Aircraft Rental for checkride 1.5 x $145 $217.50
FAA practical Test fee 1 x $600 $600
Total   $3,092.50*

* Assumes FAA Private Pilot Knowledge Test passed prior to arrival
* Training must be completed in one calendar month or less

Extra if FAA Knowledge Test hasn’t been completed prior to arrival.

  Hours Cost
Jeppesen Online Ground School 1 x $199 $199
10 hrs of Instructor time 10 x $55 $550
FAA Knowledge test exam 1 x $160 $160
Total   $909 **

** Allow an extra 4 days to complete the ground course