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All courses are alligned to FAA requirements for each individual certificate or rating. The Flight Times reflect the minimums that each aviator is required to meet, prior to receiving their FAA checkride.

Illinois Aviation Academy’s instructors are all full time employees of the corporation. This means you will receive the best quality training available from some of the greatest instructors in the industry. We pride ourselves on making our students feel like part of the IAA family while flight training and continue with us afterwards.

While training at Illinois Aviation Academy you will have access to some of the industry’s leading aircraft. IAA continually invests in updating the aircraft fleet including new paint on aircraft, new interiors, Garmin 430W avionics, 100hr inspections, and much more. IAA  also has a FAA approved simulator that can be used during Instrument training.

Illinois Aviation Academy’s 141 career program can get you to where you want to be and quickly. If you dream of becoming a commercial, corporate, or freight pilot, let the IAA 141 career program accelerate you to your goals. From zero time to captain never felt this good.

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The following highlight FAA minimum requirements for each course taken; bear in mind that the national average for completion places students at slightly higher training hours.

Private Pilot Course

Private Pilot Course: 35 Flight Hours

Whether you are beginning your career path to the airlines or just looking for a recreational taste of aviation, this course is the primary base for aviation aspirations and careers. This license is your initial certification from the FAA and it entitles you to act as the pilot of an aircraft and carry passengers in a private capacity (not for pay). This license is limited to flight below cloud ceilings and VFR conditions (typically 18,000 ft in the US).

Admission Requirements.

  • No Minimum Age to Initiate Training
  • Must be least 16 years old to Solo
  • Must be 17 years old to Graduate
  • Must be able to read, speak, and understand English
  • Must hold at least a current third-class medical certificate
  • Must attend an IAA Entrance interview
  • Must hold a high school Diploma or GED

35 Flight Hours which includes;

PRIVATE PILOT COURSE RATES

Pricing

30 Flight Hours with Instructor;          Plane ($125) + Instructor ($55) = 180/Hr

$5,400

5 Solo Flight Hours;                                  Plane ($125/Hr)

$625

30 hours of ground school (optional)

$230

FAA Medical

$125

Written Exam

$165

Final Exam Fees

$700

Related Cessna Kit & Materials

$600

Estimated Total

$7,845

Instrument Rating Course

(After Obtaining Private Pilot Certificate)

INSTRUMENT RATING

This course prepares a pilot for flight conditions under IFR (Instrument Flight rules) and requires additional instruction structured towards intensive training in flight solely by reference to instruments. This rating entitles the pilot to fly when visibility and ceilings are low and weather conditions are marginal. It is not a pre-requisite for a commercial license but having IFR rating expands your possibilities. You must however have a Private Pilot’s license prior to attempting instrument rating.

Admission Requirements

  • Private Pilot License
  • Must be at least 16 years old
  • Must be able to read, speak, and understand English
  • Must hold at least a current third-class medical certificate
  • Attend an IAA Entrance interview
  • Hold a high school diploma or GED

35 Flight Hours Required:

35 Flight Hours with Instructor; Plane ($125) + Instructor ($55) = $180/Hr

$6,300

10 Hours Flight Instruction in Simulator; Simulator ($65) + ($55) = $120/Hr

$1200

30 hours of ground school (optional)

$230

Written Exam

$165

Final Exam Fees

$700

Related Cessna Kit and Materials

$500

Estimated Total

$ 9,095

Commercial Certificate Course

(After Obtaining Private Certificate with Instrument Rating)

Commercial Certificate: 55 Flight Hours

This course focuses on applying aeronautical knowledge and skills including a thorough knowledge of aircraft systems. This license enables the  pilot to be hired for certain types of operation like banner towing, agricultural operations and photography; however it doesn’t entitle the pilot to fly IFR without an instrument rating certificate, or fly for the airlines without an ATP rating in the US.

Admission Requirements

  • Private Pilot License
  • Instrument rating (recommended)
  • Must be at least 18 years old
  • Must be able to read, speak, and understand English
  • Must hold at least a current second-class medical certificate
  • Attend an IAA Entrance interview
COMMERCIAL PILOT COURSE Pricing

10 Hours of Flight Hours in Complex Aircraft; Plane ($195) + Insturctor ($65) = $260/Hr

$2,600

45 Hours Flight Hours in Cessna 172M;  Plane ($125) + Instructor ($65) = $180/Hr

$8,100

30 hours of ground school (optional)

$230

Written Exam

$165

Final Exam Fees

$700

Related Cessna Kit and Materials

$500
Estimate Total $12,380
Flight Instructor Course

FLIGHT INSTRUCTOR: Flight Hours 10, CFII: 25, MEI: 20

This course entitles pilots to teach other individuals to fly an aircraft and become private or commercial pilots. CFI’s serve to enhance and evaluate the skill level and proficiency of aviators in pursuit of a higher pilot license, certificate or rating. Flight Instructor ratings come in three categories:

  • CFI: entitles an instructor to give training, endorsements and perform flight reviews
  • CFII: entitles an instructor to give training and endorsements for an instrument rating
  • MEI: authorizes a CFI to provide training, instruction and endorsement for a multi-engine rating

Admission Requirements

  • Hold a valid commercial pilot’s license
  • Must be at least 18 years old
  • Must be able to read, speak, and understand English
  • Must hold at least a current second-class medical certificate
  • Attend an IAA Entrance interview
  • High school Diploma or GED

FLIGHT INSTRUCTOR COURSE RATES

Pricing

10 Flight Hours in Complex (Right Seat) Plane ($195) + Instructor ($85) = $280

$2,800

30 hours ground instruction @ $65

$1,950

(2) Written exams ($165)

$330

Related books and materials

$300

Final exam fees

$1,000

Estimated Total

$6,350

 

Multi-Engine Rating Course

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MULTI-ENGINE : 15 Flight Hours

This course introduces students to multi-engine aerodynamics, operating procedures, systems, performance considerations, and emergency procedures.  This rating also entitles the pilot to fly various aircraft for compensation. The minimum requirements include a commercial certificate and instrument rating, to pursue the multi-engine course.

Admission Requirements

  • Commercial License
  • Must be at least 18 years old
  • Must be able to read, speak, and understand English
  • Must hold at least a current second-class medical certificate
  • Attend an IAA Entrance interview
  • High school Diploma or GED

MULTI-ENGINE COURSE RATES

Pricing

15 Flight Hours with Instructor Plane ($275) + Instructor ($65) = $340

$5,100

4 hours of ground instruction @ $65

$260

Final Exam fees

$1,000

Related books and materials

$100

Estimated Total

$6,460

Ground School

Private Pilot Ground School Class : 14 weeks

Are you interested in taking that first step to completing your dream of becoming a pilot.  Then let Illinois Aviation Academy help you reach your dream.  Our fun and dynamic ground school classes are taught by experienced flight instructors of IAA.

This course will cover the many facets of aviation including: aerodynamics, airplane systems, airspace, meteorology, airplane performance, navigation and much more.  This course is designed to prepare you for the Private Pilot Written Test and introduce you to topics in the Private Pilot Oral and Flight Exam.  During the class you will meet other inspiring pilots and be able to work together to accomplish your goal.  Classes are offered on weekends and weekdays throughout the year.  Stop wishing you were a pilot and start training today at IAA.

Admission Requirements:

  • Must be least 16 years old
  • Must be able to read, speak, and understand English

PRIVATE PILOT GROUND SCHOOL CLASS RATE

Prices

Ground Training

$230

Ground School Work Book and Written exam

$300

Total Cost:

$530

Additional fees may apply based upon individual student progress.

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We have broken down the process of becoming a pilot below.

1. First Flight

Your first step in becoming an pilot will be to accomplish an intro flight. On this first flight you will already be flying the plane with your qualified instructor right next to you to help at anytime. This allows you to meet your FAA approved Flight Instructor. This first flight will be logged in your log book and you will be ready for lesson two the next time you fly.

2. Aviation Medical

You will be required to get a FAA medical to be able to fly an aircraft solo and to get your Pilot Certificate. Getting your Flight Medical is very easy, and one of our courteous Flight Instructors will walk you through the application process at our facility. An Aviation Medical is typically good for 5 years depending on age and your medical history.

3. Basic Flight Training

During your Flight Training you will learn how fly the aircraft in different configurations. The FAA mandates we teach students certain maneuvers and those tasks will be accomplished during this phase. Illinois Aviation Academy places a special emphasis on practicing simulated emergency scenarios to help develop you into a quality pilot.

4. First Solo

It’s every humans nature to look up at the birds as they fly by. On this special date you will become part of the 1% of individuals who have left the earth behind and piloted an aircraft by themselves. This is a special occasion and will be celebrated with the pilots tradition of cutting the tail off the shirt, lots of pictures and high fives.

5. Cross Country Flight

During this phase of training you will be working on flying to other airports. In order to do this safely, you must learn about flight planning, system malfunctions, weather, and much more. Cross country flights are defined by the FAA as over 50 nautical miles away. You will finish this section of the course by accomplishing a solo cross country to an airport.

6. Fine Tuning Your Skills

As a student of Illinois Aviation Academy you will have the ability to fly solo at your leisure to practice and fine tune your flying skills. During these solo flights you will be getting your maneuvers up to the FAA standards in order to pass the FAA Final Exam. You can fly solo as much as you would like; however, you are not allowed to fly with passengers.

7. Written Exam

There is a written exam that must be completed before you can apply for your pilots license. This exam is 60 questions that covers all the things you have learned throughout your flight training. Illinois Aviation Academy has the facilities to administer the test, so when you are ready, we will sign you up and you can take the exam at IAA.

8. Checkride

This is your big day. The FAA designated Pilot Examiner will meet you at our facility to administer the test. The test starts will oral questioning and after that you will go fly with the examiner. Total test time will normally take most of the day; however, its well worth it. After accomplishing the exam you will receive your Temporary Pilot Certificate.