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Private Pilot Training

Coast Flight Training's Private Pilot Training Program offers the most experienced flight instructors dedicated to crafting the best pilots. Your flying lessons will take you to new destinations, and our program will guide you through the process to assure your course completion and get your private, commercial, instructor or multi-engine pilot license.

The number of airports and air spaces within reach is extensive throughout Southern California and Texas. With a Private Pilot Certificate you are cleared to fly a US-registered aircraft anywhere in the world, day or night, weather conditions permitting. Our Scenario-Based Flying Lessons help accomplish this by designing your training around the actual flight patterns airline employers use. While training to get your private, commercial, instructor or multi-engine pilot license You will travel to different locations and experience different air spaces to become a well-rounded pilot capable of becoming a successful airline pilot.

The Private Pilot Training consists of the following FAA requirements:

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Flight Time: 40 Hrs

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Pass FAA Written

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Cross-Country Time: 5 hrs

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Solo/PIC Time: 10 hrs

Coast Flight Training | Flight Ratings | FAA Requirements

Pass FAA Checkride

When you complete your Private Pilot Training at Coast Flight Training, you will be confident in your abilities and ready to advance to your next rating program. A Private Pilot Certificate allows you to fly in Visual Flight Rule (VFR) conditions, which is the absence of clouds and other meteorological disturbances. In order to fly an aircraft in adverse weather conditions a private, commercial, instructor or multi-engine pilot license won’t be enough, you must have your Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) rating to be Pilot in Command during a non-VFR flight.


Instrument Flight Rules (IFR Rating)

The Instrument Flight Rules Rating (IFR) Program is designed to quickly and efficiently transform a Private Pilot into one who can take on clouds and adverse weather conditions. You will train at one of our flight schools in San Diego or San Marcos in busy and complex airspaces that will build your confidence as a Pilot in Command. This flight rating will enable you to fly the aircraft with little to no visibility, an airline industry standard. Gain a distinct advantage in your flying lessons with the modern features in the Cirrus aircraft including; Multiple Moving Map Displays, Terrain and Traffic Warning Systems and XM weather.

IFR requirements are:

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PIC Cross-Country Time: 50 hrs

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Pass FAA Written

Coast Flight Training | Flight Ratings | IFR Requirements

Pass Instrument Written

After earning your IFR Certificate, you will fly confidently in clear or cloudy skies. You will also be eligible to begin your Commercial Pilot’s Certificate Program.


Commercial Pilot Training

Upon receiving your Commercial Pilot Certificate, you can be hired to fly! Ensure you are a high-quality prospect for major airlines by training with the best at Coast Flight. Know you have trained in the busiest airspaces in Southern California at our San Diego flight school while using the same techniques in your flying lessons as the Airlines and Military.

Our Scenario-Based Training in the most advanced training aircraft available will prepare you to be the future of Commercial Aviation. Not all flight training hours are created equal; Coast Flight’s program instills confidence to pass through busy airspace with composure and control over your critical decisions.

By completing your program with Coast Flight Training you will be a step ahead of the rest, prepared to take advantage of the currently expanding Aviation Industry. The Pilot shortage and FAA-regulation changes make now the best possible time to earn you flight ratings.

The requirements for your Commercial Pilot Certificate are:

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PIC Time: 250 hrs

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Pass Commercial Written


Instructor Ratings

Coast Flight Training offers Instructor Ratings to advance our students into their time building phase to reach airline standards. Employers seek quality pilots that demonstrate a deep working knowledge of the aircraft and procedures related. Flight Instructors are considered higher qualified because they are relearning and teaching someone the intricacies of the aircraft on a daily basis. They are constantly being challenged and tested as they guide an aspiring pilot through their flight training from private pilot licenses to their own flight instructor training. Coast offers the following Instructor ratings that allow full growth potential for all our pilots.

The requirements for your Flight Instructor Certificate are:

The Certified Flight Instructor Certification Course qualifies you to instruct in single engine aircraft. This course of training is a highly structured and comprehensively designed to prepare commercial pilots for their role as flight instructors.

CFI – Certified Flight Instructor

Applicant will receive 15 hours of flight training and 130 hours of classroom instruction Ground school training includes all of the subject areas included in the Private and Commercial program including; the learning process; elements of effective teaching; student evaluation; course development; lesson planning; psychology of learning; night training techniques; classroom instruction techniques; maintaining student records; and authorizations and limitations.

CFII – Certified Flight Instructor Instrument

The Instrument Flight Instructor Certification Course at our flight schools is the ultimate asset as an instructor. It offers another source of income and increases your professionalism. Development of the skills and other tools are necessary to effectively instruct students seeking an instrument rating.

MEI – Multi-Engine Instructor

Coast’s multi-engine instructor rating program adds multi-engine privileges to your existing Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) Certificate. This program provides all necessary ground and flight instruction for tasks required by the Multi-Engine Instructor Practical Test Standards.

This program provides the low multi-engine experience pilot with the multi-engine flying lesson time necessary to meet the MEI flight time requirement of 15 hours multi-PIC.


Multi-Engine Flight Training

The multi-engine pilot is in ever increasing demand. Our Multi-Engine Course is designed to make you a competent multi-engine pilot with major emphasis on proficiency and flying a multi engine aircraft safely.

You will receive around 15 hours of flight instruction in multi-engine aircraft, 5 hours in the advanced flight training device (simulator), and 7 hours of ground and or classroom training at one of our flight schools in San Marcos, TX or San Diego, CA.

Ground school training includes preflight preparation and procedures; aerodynamics; complex aircraft systems; airplane performance and limitations; aero medical factors; stall and spin awareness; flight maneuvers; emergency procedures; simulated emergency procedures and limitations; and ground operations.


Redbird Flight Simulator

At Coast Flight we use our Redbird Simulator as an integral part of our flight training lessons. The Redbird is an Advanced Aviation Training Device (AATD) and can be logged as flight time for most licenses, ratings and proficiency training.

Our simulator training programs have been designed and implemented under the guidance of a 40-year aviation veteran. During his career, Jeff Bushnell has been in charge of developing and operating simulator programs for both the Air Force and the airline industry. We have incorporated the same methodology to make our simulator training programs the most advanced in civil aviation.

Basic Training

Consisting of normal procedures in the aircraft, pilots learn how to properly complete checklists and flows. Airport and radio procedures are also completed during this training. Pilots are taught the correct way to communicate with ATC as well the best times to contact them for entering airport environments. Pilots will also learn flying lessons in the simulator such as the most efficient way to setup the aircraft for different flight maneuvers including landings.

Advanced Training

This training primarily consists of emergency procedures. Pilots will learn the best way to handle all of the different abnormal and emergency procedures they might face with real-world flying. During this training, pilots will be faced with many different scenarios which will build skill and knowledge on how to properly handle these emergencies. The simulator allows pilots to be prepared for just about anything!