Airplane Training Offered:

  • Private Pilot

  • Instrument Rating

  • Commercial Pilot

  • Biannual Flight Reviews (BFR)

  • Instrument Proficiency Check

  • Simulator Emergency Scenario Training

  • Pilot Proficiency Recurrent Training (PPRT)

  • Cross-Country Advanced Skills

  • Transitioning to Complex Airplanes

  • Written Test Preparation

  • FAA Checkride Preparation

  • Online Ground School through GLEIM Aviation

  • Time Building

  • Airline Pilot Interview Preparation

Why Choose FlyBayArea?

  • FREE Membership! Unlike other flying clubs, paid membership is NOT required to learn to fly with us.

  • Dedicated Training Airplanes at Competitive Rates. We are a training facility and not just another flying club!

  • Professional and Experienced Flight Instructors. We handpick our instructors for their teaching ability and experience. Our instructors are NOT independent contractors! We monitor the quality of their training so you get the most out of your time and money.

  • Online Ground School and GLEIM Aviation Syllabus. All our students are enrolled in the online course offered through GLEIM Aviation. Every one of our instructors follows this syllabus. This means you can fly with any of our instructors to keep you on track to finish your license in a reasonable timeframe!

  • Online Syllabus Tracker: We are one of the only flight schools to offer Online Tracking for your Training. No more paper and pencil and binders that don’t get filled out properly! You and your instructors will know EXACTLY where you fall in your training. Each flight AND ground lesson is graded online so you know the areas you need to focus on! No more wondering, “When am I going to finish?”

Great Pilots aren't born. They are made.

Interested in Becoming a Pilot? The open sky awaits.  Our Private Pilot Course will give you all you need to get your license and start flying.

Never flown before? Don't sweat it. Our Private Pilot Course is designed to get you comfortable on an airplane and give you the skills you need to fly with confidence.  

Learn to fly in San Carlos, California at the San Carlos Airport.  The Private Pilot Course provides you with expert guidance from experienced FAA Certified Flight Instructors in the San Francisco Bay Area.

In the classroom, you'll get to know the airplane you'll be flying and learn the basics of flying safety skills.  

In the air, you'll learn takeoffs and landings, along with maneuvers like turns, climbs, and descents. When you're finished you'll earn an FAA Private Pilot Certificate.  Your certificate does not expire and is valid throughout the United States and recognized by most countries around the world.

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Take and Introductory Flight Lesson!

1-Hour Intro Flight Lesson

For those serious about learning to fly, here's your chance to try an actual flight lesson with an FAA Certified Flight Instructor.  This flight is an actual flying lesson for one person only and does not include any sightseeing or touring.  If you are interested in an Air Tour please visit our U-Fly or Air Tours pages.

The 1-Hour Intro Flight Lesson Includes:

  • One 1-Hour Intro Flying Lesson

  • Approximately 30 minute flight time in a Cessna 152 or Cessna 172

  • Approximately 30 minute ground training, including preflight and postflight briefiengs.

  • Pilot Logbook

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Purchase your Online Ground School!

Gleim Deluxe Private Pilot Kit (Part 61) with Audio Review

he Private Pilot Kit is an all-in-one program designed to expedite training for the Private Pilot certificate. Included upgrades:

  • Online Ground School

  • Audio Review

  • Bonus: Online Communications Course

  • Bonus: Security Related Airspace Course

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1) How much will it cost?

The cost to get your Private Pilot's Certificate will be approximately $15,600.00 based on approximately 60 hours total time.  The final cost will depend on a number of factors including pilot ability, training frequency, weather, airspace congestion, and the complexity of the aircraft used for the training.

2) How long will it take?

Typically training can be completed in as little as 4 to 5 months if you train 2-3 days per week.

3) What will I need to register?

You will need proof of U.S. Citizenship or TSA approval letter prior to commencing your training.  Prior to your first flight alone in the airplane (first solo flight) you will need to pass a physical examination with an aeromedical examiner to obtain your medical certificate. 

4) Do I need any special gear?

You will need a flight bag to keep all your things, including an aviation headset, charts, airport directories, flight computer, plotter, and FAA textbooks and GLEIM Online Ground School materials.  The costs of these materials are extra.

5) Which airplane will I fly?

You will be flying either a Cessna 152 or a Cessna 172SP during your initial training.

6) Are there any additional costs?

Aside from the aircraft and instructor fees, you can join FlyBayArea as a paid member to obtain lower rates. Paid membership options range from $49 to $149/month. The cost of the FAA checkride is not included in the estimate above and can range from $400 -$500.  

7) ARE THERE ANY Other REQUIREMENTS for signing up?

Students must provide proof of U.S Citizenship or obtain TSA Approval if you are not a U.S. Citizen prior to starting the 3-Lesson Starter Package.  Please visit for more information.

For Additional Questions Please see our Learn to Fly Page