How Long Does Flight School Take?

Are you wondering how long flight school takes? What are your goals? What is your availability? How committed are you to swift completion? At Paragon Flight, we build custom programs around the plans, schedules, finances, and learning styles of our students.

How Long Does Flight School Take?Paragon Flight accommodates student pilots seeking a wide range of licenses and ratings, including Private Pilot Licenses (PPL), Instrument Flight Ratings (IFR), Multi-Engine Licenses (MEL), Commercial Pilot Licenses, Single-Engine/Multi-Engine (CSEL/CMEL), and Certified Flight Instructors, single-engine/instrument/multi-engine (CFI/II/MEI).

The FAA regulates flight schools through Federal Aviation Regulations (FAR) Parts 61 and 141, and most schools have one authorization or the other. Part 61 allows one-on-one, flexible training that can be adjusted for scheduling and pacing, while Part 141 programs have a rigid structure and full-time schedules. Paragon Flight has both authorizations, so we can provide traditional instruction as well as accelerated programs.

If you want to earn your commercial license quickly and have a strong work ethic, consider the P3 Professional Pilot Program. Participants can earn their Commercial Pilot License, Single-Engine, and Multi-Engine, with flight instructor certification in fewer than ten months.

The P3 Timeline:

0-10 Weeks – Private Pilot License (PPL) – foundational stage for all future aviation training. This training phase allows pilots to learn the basics of aviation and aircraft systems while developing good habits and best practices that will benefit them throughout their careers.

11-18 Weeks – Instrument Flight Rating (IFR) – supplemental to a pilot license. This phase will teach pilots how to use communication and navigation equipment to fly in non-VFR conditions and at higher altitudes. Commercial pilots will use these skills routinely.

19-30 Weeks – Commercial License, Single Engine and Multi Engine (CSEL/CMEL) – This license is essential for professional pilots. Without it, they can’t legally accept a single cent for their work in the cockpit. This phase will prepare you to work in a single-engine or twin-engine plane.

31-38 Weeks – Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) – The last step of the program is training to become a flight instructor. This position will allow you to train others in single-engine flight. The benefits of this license include:

  • Making a wage
  • Sharing your passion
  • Honing your skills
  • Accruing flight hours.

Furthermore, Paragon Flight looks preferentially on flight instructor applicants who’ve completed the P3 program. We already know your degree of skill.

Max Out Your Air Time

Getting in the sky as frequently as possible is essential to accelerated training. The weather has to cooperate, and you have to have access. Paragon Flight has you covered – in both regards. Our three locations promise over 300 days of flight-friendly weather yearly, and they’re located in airports with tower-controlled runways and relatively clear airspaces. Nothing stands in the way of your success at Paragon Flight.

We also provide all of the equipment that you’ll need to find success. For single-engine primary training, we house the Piper PA28 “Pilot,” and we offer the PA-44 Seminole for multi-engine training. Both of these machines are the standards for training in the aviation world. The Cirrus SR20 is available for those seeking high-performance endorsements, primary training, transition/differences training, and rentals. The ALSIM 172 simulator offers something incredible – a cost-effective and safe way to work on your skills without the expense of aircraft time.

Ready to discuss how long flight school takes for someone in your situation and with your plans? Click here or call us at (239) 747-0056.