Charleston Flight Services
Established 2009
Charleston's Finest, Longest Running Flight School

Flight Training

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Private Pilot Flight Training

The cost of flight training varies. How much a student spends depends on which plane s/he uses for training. Other costs include supplies, books and required written knowledge tests. On average, a "ball park estimate" of total costs range between $6,000-$9,000.
At our Part 61 school, students pay as they go after each lesson or purchase flight hours in advance in prepaid flight hour packages.
Students at our flight school can personalize their own training schedule around their own life. 
For more information on FAA license requirements, see PDF links at the bottom of this page.

Per hour training cost (includes plane & instructor):

Cessna 150:
Cessna 172:$174/hour* 

*See Flight Training Packages for reduced prices. 

To purchase:
 click the convenient BUY NOW button located at the bottom of this page.
To schedule: call or send us a text message, (843) 709-1293 or email,


Read the notes provided in the ABOUT US section in order to mentally prepare for flight training. Learning to fly can be fun because of this it's likely that you will want to share your excitement with a friend or member of your family. Although
it is not recommended to bring an additional passenger along on a training flight as friends/family can be a distraction, if you wish to bring a passenger with you to experience your flight training, an additional $50 extra passenger fee will be added to your training session bill.

If you purchase an hour flight in
advance online, note that you will receive two online order confirmation emails. The first email will be for the pre-authorization amount for the one hour flight training session. The second email will reflect the original amount plus $50 for extra passenger. The amount in the second email will be the amount that is charged to your credit card. 

In fairness to fellow student pilots and Aircraft renters we enforce a 2 hour cancellation policy before a given scheduled flight. Meaning: If you cancel your scheduled flight less than 2 hours before your flight time (1) next time you wish to fly, you will need to prepay for your next flight (2) If you have purchased a prepaid flight time package, $50 will be drawn from your account as a "late notice fee."

Prices and content are subject to change without notice at the discretion of Charleston Flight Services, LLC. 

"Thanks again for today. Even better than I imagined would be!" Matt T. 

"Robin. No reason for you to remember our [first] flight training session last week. But thank you. You are a great instructor. I learned more than you would think. Hope I have the 
opportunity to fly with you again. Thx. -Marvin S. 
Frequently Asked Questions-FAA Private Pilot License- click below

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FAA Instrument Rating Requirements: click below

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FAA Private Pilot License Requirements: click below

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