If you live in the Tampa Bay area including Brandon, Lakeland, Valrico, Plant City, etc., and if you are interested in learning to pilot an airplane, you’ve come to the right place. Plant City Airport is a great flight school choice!

The Private Pilot Certificate (PPL) is like your Driver’s license. As a private pilot you can fly an airplane and carry passengers (friends, family, co-workers, etc) but not for compensation or hire. However, you can share the operating expenses with your passengers. The private pilot certificate is the first step for those interested in a career in aviation. This extensive training program will give students a solid foundation in aerodynamics, meteorology, and hands-on flight experience.

How long will it take to get my Private Pilot License?

Most people who dedicate their time to obtaining a pilot’s license do so within a 2 month period. If you have a regular job and can only dedicate a few hours a week, then it may take about four(4) to six(6) months to accomplish it. You can set whatever pace you desire.

Click here to see a former student’s training blog – every flight during 5.5 months of training in detail

Can I take a short flight first to see if I like it?

Absolutely, Plant City Airport Services offers Discovery Flights which are about 30 minutes long. On such a flight, you will go out in the pilot’s seat with a certified flight instructor in the co-pilot’s seat. You will take-off from Plant City airport and fly around Plant City and Brandon. On your first flight you will learn to maintain the airplane in straight and level flight while enjoying the view!

When do courses start?

Flight training is conducted on a one-on-one basis. Students and instructors are paired together according to compatible schedules; weekdays, weekends, mornings, or evenings. Private Pilot Ground courses are on-going and generally begin monthly. The ground course is where you learn all the basics such as Aerodynamics, FAA Regulations, Meteorology and Navigation. Ground school classes are usually 2 to 6 students in size guaranteeing that receive plenty of special attention. Home study courses are also available from multiple souces for those that have a hard time committing to a regular weekly class meeting. Your instructor can suggest alternatives.

Do I have to pay for the course up front?

No, you can pay lesson by lesson as you progress.

Is advanced training available?

Yes, you can continue your training after you receive your private pilot’s license to earn your instrument rating and then the commercial rating.

Ok! How do I start?

Call us! You could be taking your first flight today! There is no up front commitment. You pay as you go.  The first flight only cost $49!


Tons of additional information on learning to fly can be found at the following sites:

So You Wanna Get A Pilot’s License AOPA’s – Learn to Fly!
BeAPilot.com GA Serving America – information about general aviation