3501 N Lakewood Blvd, Long Beach CA 90808

Getting Started

So you’re ready to pursue your dream of flying, or maybe you just want some more information?

Where do you start?

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You have a few options:

Demo Flight: this is a great way to make sure you’re happy with a few things including the instructor, aircraft and the facility.

Alternatively schedule a time to meet with Aces high management:

Check out the facility, class-rooms and services

Ask as many questions as you can and learn about the entire process

Take a look at the aircraft

Find out all the information regarding everything we have to offer.

Photograph by Sam Cruze

As the owner of Aces High Aviation, I will meet with you directly and try and answer as many questions as you have about flying.

Below are some FAQ’s to get you started.

Are there age restrictions?

There are no restrictions on age limits to learn with an instructor, However you must be 16 years old to fly solo and 17 years old to hold a private certificate.
We’ve had multiple clients ranging from 13 to 75+

How long does it take?

As with a lot of things, you really will most definitely get out what you put in!
It is a significant time investment and you will progress well when not only studying in lessons but taking the time to do so at home.
Our lessons are all 1 to 1 instruction so it will depend on the frequency and consistency of lessons.
We’ve had clients in the past on 5 lessons per week complete their Private in 2 months.

How many flight hours will it take?

The minimum is 40 hours of flight time. However, average in the US is between 60 and 65 hours and this is a good number to base your financial calculations on.
You can reduce this number by taking the time to study in your own time and practice what you’ve been taught.
This can also go the other way however! If you do not study in your own time and complete your homework assignments it can increase the flight time.
The end goal is reaching a proficiency level that will allow you to perform the required tasks to the standard required.

Do I need to enroll? Is it class based?

No there is no enrollment and no monthly or annual fee’s at all, all of our instruction is 1 to 1 with the instructor. You can start anytime and you can schedule as many or as much as you like. All of our instructors set their own schedule so you simply schedule with them when you are both available. Some instructors will start as early as 7-am and anywhere through to the late night.

What tests do I need to complete?

1 written test – Multiple choice 60 Questions and a 70% passing grade
You also need to complete a check ride administered by an FAA designated Examiner (At the end of your training)

What other tasks do I need to complete?

There are a few items you need to acquire, including a student pilot certificate (your instructor will assist you with this) and you also need a to complete a physical exam from a certified medical examiner. (Not required until solo flight)

What does it cost?

This is the question I get asked the most and his depends on a several factors.
You cannot guarantee for a set amount or fixed cost because there are so many variables. As mentioned above the flight hours it takes based on your skill and proficiency at performing the required tasks! However it’s reasonable to give a ball-park estimate based on the averages.

A huge factor is the plane that you choose to fly then using the 60-65 hour averages we talked about above you can start to get a rough idea of the cost.

Factor in the Instructors time, which is charged the same rate whether it’s during flight time or ground and you’ll find these numbers are a reasonable estimate.

Private Pilot
Cessna 152’s are going to be in the $12,000 to $14,000 range
Cessna 172’s are going to be in the $14,000 to $16,000 range

Do you already have your Private?

Schedule a checkout or flight review

Rusty pilot? Spend some time to get back in the air combining a checkout with some recurrency training.

Call our office at (562) 726-3719 let us know what you’d like to do, we are also happy to answer your questions over the phone anytime!

We do not have any membership fees, and once checked out you will have access to Aces High Aviation 24/7.