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How Long Will it Take to Earn My Private Pilot Certificate?

The FAA minimum requirement is 40 hours flight time, but it is not uncommon for students to require more time to be safe, proficient pilots. The national average is 60 to 70 hours and our average at Genesis is 55-60 hours. The typical student schedule is to fly one or two times per week for 1.5 – 2.0 hour lessons, so it will usually take 4 – 8 months to complete the private pilot certification.

Weather, aptitude and other variables may impact your training timeline with the greatest factor being the frequency of your lessons. Students who take 2-3 lessons per week will typically require fewer flight hours than a student who flies once per month. In our experience students who commit to take 2-3 lessons per week earn their private pilot license in as little as 90 days, while others have taken 12-24 months to earn their license.

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Why Choose Genesis Aero?

There are a number of reasons to select Genesis Aero for your flight training:
  • We have an excellent team of professional FAA-certified flight instructors. Our instructors make every effort to accommodate your work and family schedule, including weekdays, weekends, and evenings.  Our instructors coupled with our quality aircraft offer the right combination to help you become a safe, competent pilot in a timely manner.

  • Cessna 172s offer a consistent platform across all 7 of our aircraft to accommodate your training needs.

  • Cirrus SR20s offer the latest in technology, performance, comfort, and safety for private pilot training and beyond.

  • Genesis Aero is located at Georgetown Executive Airport (KGTU), just off  I-35 and Toll 130 we are a quick drive from Austin. Our location offers the benefit of working with air traffic control while efficiently utilizing your time in the aircraft with the small airport feel.

  • We offer the flexibility of an online scheduling system. Students can access our flight schedule  24 hours a day to schedule their instructors and aircraft. The system helps you track your upcoming flights with customizable text and email alerts.

  • Genesis offers an onsite full-service pilot shop for all of your flying needs. We carry the latest aviation products and training materials.

  • We are proud to have an experienced certified A&P mechanic on staff. This ensures superiorly maintained aircraft for our clients and also reduces the time our aircraft are on the ground. Our aircraft are inspected every 50 hours to ensure the highest quality and safety on every flight.
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What Do I Need to Begin Flight Training?

To begin flight training you will need:
  1. Proof of U.S. citizenship in the form of a U.S. birth certificate OR current U.S.-issued passport.

  3. Current driver’s license OR government-issued photo ID that includes your physical residential address, date of birth, and signature.

  5. A signed copy of the Genesis Aero Rental Agreement

  7. Before your first solo flight, you will need an FAA medical certificate,  student pilot certificate, and renters’ insurance. Additional details will be provided at your first appointment.
    *Additional documentation must be submitted to TSA if you are not a U.S. citizen. For assistance or more information on the TSA procedures, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
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