4-Step Enrollment Process

Partnering with airlines and colleges has enabled us to create a unique training experience, which delivers fast=-paced training that is designed to meet the FAA requirements.

At McAir, you can rest assured knowing that our 4-step process helps you prepare to start training for a career as a commercial pilot.

  • Age and Valid Identification Documents
    • Although the FAA allows you to start flying as early as 14 years old, you are required to be 17 years old to obtain your Private Pilot certification (“License”). Also, you must be able to provide a valid passport and/or driver’s license. If you are an international student, the FAA requires that you can read, write, understand, and speak English. Also, you will need an I-20 Visa.
  • FAA Third Class Medical Certificate
    • An exam from an FAA-designated Airman Medical Examiner (AME) is needed to receive your First-Class Medical Certificate. Our team can provide a list of local AMEs for you, or you can choose your own.
  • In-Person Tour and Interview
    • Visit our training center to tour our facilities and have an in-person interview with our team.
  • Financing
    • Our flight training operates on a "pay-as-you-go" basis, allowing you the flexibility to either arrange a cash payment agreement or explore financing options through a lender to cover the training costs. McAir can furnish a list of potential lenders offering financing specifically for flight training to eligible individuals. It's important to note that McAir is not directly involved in any external funding arrangements. Regardless of your choice, our dedicated team is available to address any queries you may have. Discover more details here. 

Outside of weather-related events, McAir conducts flight training 7 days a week, 363 days per year (closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas). Your flight training schedule can be tailored to what works best for you - on your own schedule and at your own pace. 

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Your Written and Practical Test

You can take the written test when you have completed your studies. The test for the private pilot license consists of 60 random multiple-choice questions. The practical test is a flight with an FAA Designated Examiner. You’ll have the opportunity to take a mock check ride with our Chief Flight Instructor.

Schedule Your Flight Training

Once you have met with an instructor, the two of you will schedule your lessons together, around your schedule. Generally, each flight lesson takes about 2 hours: an hour or more in the airplane and the remaining time for pre and post flight. There is some ground instruction time giving you the opportunity to ask questions, review that day’s flight lesson, and plan your next flight.


~13 Months

In as few as 13 months**, you can train for a career as a Commercially Rated Pilot*
(Private Pilot Airplane, Single-Engine Instrument Rating, Commercial Pilot Certificate Airplane Single-Engine, Commercial Pilot Certificate Airplane Multi-Engine, Certified Flight Instructor Certificate, Certified Flight Instructor Instrument)

363 Days

McAir Conducts Flight Training

*McAir Aviation does not guarantee third-party certifications/ratings or employment.

**Assumes full time flying schedule.

***Additional flight hours and certification required to be eligible to apply for airline pilot positions.

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