What Is Required?

When my dad learned to fly, it was a different world!  His generation of pilots could look at clouds, tell you what the winds were going to do, and know when to park it without the weather guy's advice.  Nowadays, I think only farmers and fishermen know these things.  But we try very hard to incorporate these "old lessons" from the early pilots, into the new modern world of GPS navigation, computers, as well as the myriad of regulations that just did not exist when he learned.  Oftentimes, I think we are cranking out very 'book smart' pilots, but sadly, pilots who cannot 'think' when the time calls for it.  Our goal at SRFC is to make you as well-rounded as we can.  It starts with ground school, and does not end...ever! 

PRIVATE PILOT-AIRPLANE LAND, these are the minimums as found in Part 61 of the regulations.

           40 HOURS TOTAL TIME (The national average is closer to 70 hours)

20 hrs Dual (with instructor, signed off in your logbook)

*3 hours at night (including a night XC)

*3 hours of simulated instrument ('hood')

*3 hours of cross country flying (any trip of 50 nm+, landing at both ends)

 10 hrs Solo (which you have entered into your logbook)

*3 takeoffs/landings at towered airport, solo (Boise, in our case)

*5 hours solo cross country

*1 solo xc of over 150 nm total length, 3 landings

Pass the Pre-Solo written test for the type plane you will be soloing (given in-house, no charge)

Pass the Written Test

Pass the Oral and Practical Tests

You Will Need A Flight Physical Too!

Private Pilots need a Third Class medical in order to solo - so please arrange for your medical soon after beginning training. Click below for information.


Private Pilot License, then add:

50 hrs of Cross Country flying (this does not need to be with an instructor on board)

40 hrs of simulated or actual instrument flying Remember - you can ONLY go in the clouds if you are flying with an instructor. You may NEVER go into clouds before your checkride is passed. Simulated instrument flying can be done with an appropriately licensed, rated and current pilot riding with you as a Safety Pilot. (Again though, this MUST be done in VFR conditions.)

15 hrs with an Instrument Instructor

One cross country of at least 250 nm with an instructor, and 3 different types of instrument approaches into the airports, completed during the flight, and the maneuvers defined in FAR 61.65(c)

Pass the Written Test

Pass the Oral and Practical Tests


Click on purple box above for more thorough information regarding a renter pilot policy.

All Snake River Flying Club LLC aircraft come with Full Hull and Liability insurance coverage.  All rates are wet (include the fuel) and we never charge for headphone rental. It is strongly suggested you purchase your own Renter's Policy for insurance - SRFC LLC carries full insurance for the protection of the LLC and the aircraft owners and instructors, but due to the extremely high cost of rental airplane insurance, we are unable to provide protection for the renters for possible liabilities that might arise.  We apologize for this, but it is an industry-wide problem, post 9/11.