Where to begin

young aviator in full captain suit, hat, and sunglasses

If you've never been up in a General Aviation airplane, we'd love to show you how incredibly exciting and beautiful it can be. One of the best cubicles to work from on the planet, we think!

We offer a single "Discovery" flight to anyone interested in going up to help decide if they'd like to persue it. Whether for business, pleasure, or both.

New? Start here

Click a tab to learn more.

Are you eligible?

The minimum requirements to become a student are straight forward, see below:

To be eligible for a student pilot certificate, an applicant must:

  • (a) Be at least 16 years of age* for other than the operation of a glider or balloon.
  • (b) NA; does not apply to airplanes
  • (c) Be able to read, speak, write, and understand the English language. If the applicant is unable to meet one of these requirements due to medical reasons, then the Administrator may place such operating limitations on that applicant's pilot certificate as are necessary for the safe operation of the aircraft.

Discovery Flight

Come fly with us, and see if this is your dream come true!

Although there is no minimum age to begin learning about aviation here with us, we require students be at least 16 years of age at the time of enrollment in a flight training programs. For those under 18, we do allow a parent/guardian to ride along and even encourage it! We will do our best to accommodate within our operating limitations.

Discovery flights are priced at $100 and times are tracked from a timer onboard the aircraft. The flight will typically last between 20-30 minutes. We don't charge anything extra for that variable as sometimes it's beyond anyone's control, don't worry.

We require a VALID, SIGNED, U.S. PASSPORT prior to beginning any flight training. This is a requirement of The Security Administration to ensure citizenship.

Ready to begin?

Here are the basic steps to getting started

Enrollment Fee

This applies for any new student at Explore Aviation is $300. This administrative cost covers us covering you. Logbook reviews, government paperwork applications, citizenship verification, your training course outline, study material, and curriculum.

We offer fixed wing pilot training.

Aircraft

Our modest fleet of training aircraft

The Trainers

We fly a couple 1977 172N Model aircraft out of the Orange County Municipal Airport. We also utilize a PA-28-181 Piper Archer out of KBMT (Beaumont Municial). Call for pricing. It's a quiet, well kept airstrip with a friendly staff and active, happy aviation community.

Come join our little family!

We offer only fixed wing pilot training.

Wanna be a pilot?

Documents & Identification


Bring the following official documents with you for check-in on day one:
Identification Un-expired, Valid US Passport (Blue), OR Original or Certified Copy of Government-Issued Birth Certificate (Birth certificate must meet acceptable criteria.) FAA Medical Certificate (please speak with your advisor prior to submitting application) (Find a qualified Aeromedical Examiner at FAA.gov)


We Will Provide Cessna 172 POH & Supplement
Piper Archer POH & Supplement
Cross-Country Flight Planning Worksheets
ForeFlight & Chart Training Supplement
FAA Airman Certification Standards (ACS) / Practical Test Standards (PTS):

  • Private Pilot
  • Instrument
  • Commercial



Gear: Manual Flight Computer
Rotating Azimuth Plotter
Pilot Logbook (issued by us during enrollment)
Flight Crew Bag


FAA Handbooks (we issue digitally): Pilot's Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge
Airplane Flying Handbook
Instrument Flying Handbook
Federal Aviation Handbook / Aeronautical Info Manual


You will also need this pilot gear, available on PilotMall.com, Sportys.com, Amazon.com, or similar:

Headset
Kneeboard suitable for iPad
Flashlight (Recommend MagLite or Smith & Wesson brands. Flashlights with colored lenses recommended to protect night vision.)
Overngiht Bag
View Limiting Device
VFR & TAC Charts
Facility Directory
(You’ll use your iPad for most flight planning, but a paper sectional is helpful during Private Pilot training.)
First, let's clear the air on the actual definition of a certificated "private pilot". This is basically the same thing as getting a Class C state Driver's License, meaning zero commercial operations. § 61.113 Private pilot privileges and limitations: Pilot in command.

This regulation states that 'no person who holds a private pilot certificate may act as pilot in command of an aircraft that is carrying passengers or property for compensation or hire; nor may that person, for compensation or hire, act as pilot in command of an aircraft.' This rule does have a few caveauts, but if you plan to conduct commercial operations, just stick with us and obtain your commercial certificate as well!


The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) sets forth a list of minimum eligibility requirements to even become a student pilot in order to even train towards an FAA Private Pilot Certificate.

Program info.


Enrollment Fee

This applies for any new student at Explore Aviation is $300. This administrative cost covers us covering you. Logbook reviews, government paperwork applications, citizenship verification, your training course outline, study material, and curriculum.

We offer fixed wing pilot training.

Programs

Click a tab to learn more.

Student

§ 61.83 Eligibility requirements for student pilots.

To be eligible for a student pilot certificate, an applicant must:

  • (a) Be at least 16 years of age* for other than the operation of a glider or balloon.
  • (b) NA; does not apply to airplanes
  • (c) Be able to read, speak, write, and understand the English language. If the applicant is unable to meet one of these requirements due to medical reasons, then the Administrator may place such operating limitations on that applicant's pilot certificate as are necessary for the safe operation of the aircraft.

Once all eligibility requirements are met the aspiring aviator will schedule an appointment with us for a Discovery Flight, or to begin pre-enrollment and advisement over a face-to-face meeting about scheduling, enrollment, applying for an FAA medical certificate, etc. We have all of this information pre-packaged and specific referrals whenever the time comes, so don't fret.

CHILDREN ARE QUITE LITERALLY OUR FUTURE. AND SOME OF THEM KNOW THEY WANT TO BE AROUND AIRPLANES IN SOME CAPACITY EVEN AT A VERY YOUNG AGE. WE LOVE TO HOST THESE LITTLE EXPLORER'S EVENTS ONCE A MONTH THAT COVERS THE SAME INFORMATION ANY PILOT WOULD NEED TO KNOW, BUT IN A WAY THAT'S FUN AND MEMORABLE FOR THE KIDS.

Private

FAA PVT Pilot Certificate

You can count on this program costing you a minimum of $10,500 +/- just to hit the minimum requirement. Other requirements include the following:
40 Total flight hours is the FAA minimum requirement, but in reality the national average in our experience is 60-70 flight hours. Are you driven? You can do it sooner. We have students that do it monthly!

  • FAA PAR Written Test

    There is a proctored, computer generated 60 question mutiple choice exam that must be taken at a approved testing center. Minimum passing score is 70%. We don't endorse you to take this test unless we see >90 percentile on multiple exams. Be the best at what you do!

  • Oral Exam

    Finally once you've met the Aeronatuical Experience requirements and are eligible, safe, and proficient there is a 'checkride'. A final exam that includes an oral examination, and a practical exam with a Designated Pilot Examiner.

  • Practical Exam

    So you've breezed through the writtens, the oral quizzing, and now it's time to prove you have the stick and rudder skills to be earn that certificate you've applied for! Tolerances, manuevers, and all guidance is public knowledge and trained not only to proficiency, but to perfection prior to your checkride. Don't worry. We ensure you're well prepared!

Instrument

One of the most important, life saving ratings you can ever earn.
This program requires a minimum of 50 hours of Pilot in Command hours cross-county (>50 NM straight line distance). In addition, you will have to acquire 40 hours of total Simulated or Actual instrument flight time by using a view limiting device. Among other requirements, those are the largest ones, with the rest being broken down amongst those flights.

  • FAA PAR Written Test

    There is a proctored, computer generated mutiple choice exam that must be taken at a approved testing center. Minimum passing score is 70%. We don't endorse you to take this test unless we see >90 percentile on multiple exams. Be the best at what you do!

  • Oral Exam

    Finally once you've met the Aeronatuical Experience requirements and are eligible, safe, and proficient there is a 'checkride'. A final exam that includes an oral examination, and a practical exam with a Designated Pilot Examiner.

  • Practical Exam

    So you've breezed through the writtens, the oral quizzing, and now it's time to prove you have the stick and rudder skills to be earn that certificate you've applied for! Tolerances, manuevers, and all guidance is public knowledge and trained not only to proficiency, but to perfection prior to your checkride. Don't worry. We ensure you're well prepared!

Commercial

This is the certificate that allows you to FINALLY be compensated for hire to carry persons or property as a pilot!

  • FAA PAR Written Test

    There is a proctored, computer generated mutiple choice exam that must be taken at a approved testing center. Minimum passing score is 70%. We don't endorse you to take this test unless we see >90 percentile on multiple exams. Be the best at what you do!

  • Oral Exam

    Finally once you've met the Aeronatuical Experience requirements and are eligible, safe, and proficient there is a 'checkride'. A final exam that includes an oral examination, and a practical exam with a Designated Pilot Examiner.

  • Practical Exam

    So you've breezed through the writtens, the oral quizzing, and now it's time to prove you have the stick and rudder skills to be earn that certificate you've applied for! Tolerances, manuevers, and all guidance is public knowledge and trained not only to proficiency, but to perfection prior to your checkride. Don't worry. We ensure you're well prepared!

Commercial

This is the certificate that allows you to FINALLY be compensated for hire to carry persons or property as a pilot!

  • FAA PAR Written Test

    There is a proctored, computer generated mutiple choice exam that must be taken at a approved testing center. Minimum passing score is 70%. We don't endorse you to take this test unless we see >90 percentile on multiple exams. Be the best at what you do!

  • Oral Exam

    Finally once you've met the Aeronatuical Experience requirements and are eligible, safe, and proficient there is a 'checkride'. A final exam that includes an oral examination, and a practical exam with a Designated Pilot Examiner.

  • Practical Exam

    So you've breezed through the writtens, the oral quizzing, and now it's time to prove you have the stick and rudder skills to be earn that certificate you've applied for! Tolerances, manuevers, and all guidance is public knowledge and trained not only to proficiency, but to perfection prior to your checkride. Don't worry. We ensure you're well prepared!

  • Flight Reviews, Instrument Proficiency Checks, and insurance required training / checkouts are also available.

Monthly Tuition

We offer many variations of personalized and goal oriented flight and ground training programs, but it doesn't change our pricing. For any initial rating or primary full-time student currently enrolled the cost is $1500 per month. This is broken down to assume 2 days per week of training at 3 hour blocks, or potentially a single long session per week with your instructor pilot. Because most of the programs should not take more than 6 months given due diligence we like to schedule you by the month and give students our undivided attention for each lesson. Now, please note that the time accrued is deducted as it is used and does notinclude aircraft, it's fuel and related costs. Solo rental for qualified students is acceptable with proper insurance and aircraft checkout.


Children are quite literally our future. And some of them know they want to be around airplanes in some capacity even at a very young age. We love to host these Little Explorer's events once a month that covers the same information any pilot would need to know, but in a way that's fun and memorable for the kids.

SETX Aviation Directory

Pilots, examiners, mechanics, fbos..and first-hand reviews by locals!

NamePositionBaseAgeStart dateReviews
Peyton E. Designated Pilot Examiner Lafayette, LA (KLFT) 90% ***** 2009/01/12 $86,000
Michael Silva Marketing Designer London 66 2012/11/27 $198,500
Jackson Bradshaw Director New York 65 2008/09/26 $645,750
Paul Byrd Chief Financial Officer (CFO) New York 64 2010/06/09 $725,000
Olivia Liang Support Engineer Singapore 64 2011/02/03 $234,500
NamePositionOfficeAgeStart dateSalary
Showing 1 to 10 of 57 entries