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Frequently Asked Questions

At Mach 1 Aviation in Los Angeles, we provide comprehensive guidance and services for those in the aviation industry. Below are some common questions and answers that we often receive from our clients.

To discuss your particular question, just give us a call at (877) 960-0511.

How much does a Private Pilot License cost?

The FAA requires a minimum of 40 hours of flight time to qualify for your private pilot checkride, however, the national average is closer to 65 hours before someone is ready to take on the responsibilities of Pilot in Command. Cost of a PPL depends on which aircraft you fly, how often you fly, your study habits, and your aptitude for flying in general. An average budget for your PPL is around $15,000.

How long does it take to get your pilot's license?

The frequency of training will greatly affect how long it takes to get your Private Pilot License. The more often you train the more information you will retain and the less time it will take. We recommend 3 times per week as optimal frequency.

Do I have to pay all up front?

No. You may pay after each lesson or put a “block” payment on account which also gives you a discounted rate on all our aircraft. You may choose to pay for your entire license up front but we do not recommend it.

Which airplane should I learn to fly in?

This is a personal choice. We use both Cirrus and Cessna and they are both wonderful aircrafts that many people learn to fly in. Neither is more difficult than the other but each aircraft type is different. We recommend learning to fly in whichever aircraft you will want to use when your training is complete.

Can I rent your aircraft overnight?

Approved renters may reserve any aircraft for any length of time they wish. A daily minimum may apply.

If you have questions about our aircraft services, feel free to contact us at (877) 960-0511.

Hear What Other
Pilots Have to Say

  • My wings and license are not only backed by my hard work but also by all those at Mach 1 who sat in the right seat and taught me how to fly. I am lucky and privileged to be a part of the Mach 1 Aviation family

    “Lately, all sectors of the aviation industry have been criticized for unfriendly customer service and outdated aircraft and systems. Fortunately, this stereotype is not every passenger or pilot’s reality; Mach 1 Aviation proves that businesses operating in the skies can actually be friendly. When I made the decision to go ahead and get my Private Pilot License, Mach 1 struck me as the perfect group to work with. It is important to understand that all flight schools offer the same foundation: a plane to train in. The Cirrus aircraft parked on the flight line certainly were an enticing foundation, but when making a flight school choice the decision came down to the people. Mach 1’s “secret sauce” is not so much a secret but rather a rarity in today’s world; above and below the wing they have a great team. Jason and the entire Mach 1 family helped me earn my license on budget and ahead of schedule- try getting that kind of service from a large, national flight school. Coming out of Private Pilot training and moving into my next chapter, Instrument Certification, I do not feel like a product fresh off a conveyor belt but rather a pilot who can wear his wings proudly. My wings and license are not only backed by my hard work but also by all those at Mach 1 who sat in the right seat and taught me how to fly. I am lucky and privileged to be a part of the Mach 1 Aviation family”

    R. Lidow

  • Mach 1 Aviation is the ultimate flight school in the San Fernando Valley. After renting for over 20 years, I finally found home. Mach 1 has modern “like new” state-of-the art aircraft which are well maintained and always clean.

    “Mach 1 Aviation is the ultimate flight school in the San Fernando Valley. After renting for over 20 years, I finally found home. Mach 1 has modern “like new” state-of-the art aircraft which are well maintained and always clean. The terminal is impressive, the amenities from the coffee to the pilots lounge are exceptional. Above all, the entire staff is super friendly, professional, and truly a pleasure. I feel privileged to be part of Mach 1 and wish you much success! Thank you for your great service.”

    Gabriel (Commercial Pilot)

  • One of the most knowledgeable CFIs I have ever flown with

    “Decided to actually finish my private pilot training and was looking around for a school. I have about 65 hours in a Cessna but was thinking about finishing in a Cirrus. That is what attracted me to Mach 1. After talking with a couple friends who fly they talked me out of the Cirrus for now and convinced me to finish on the Cessna. My first lesson didn’t happen. The student from the day before left the master switch on and the battery was dead. Not the fault of the school. So I had a choice to go home or fly. So we went and got the keys to an SR20 and took a nice stroll though the skies over So Cal. The Cirrus was amazing but not really something that I am ready to convert to. I scheduled another flight with Jason and he might be one of the most knowledgeable CFIs I have ever flown with. He pointed out some really important bad habits that I have that only a real professional would know. We were up for almost 2 hours and it felt great. I was pretty rusty but it is like riding a bike. My first power off stall was great. I slammed the yoke in a little hard and we were diving at a 75 degree angle. Their planes are the newest fleet at KVNY. It was my first time flying with an all glass cockpit and it was so much nicer than I could have ever imagine. Everything is clean and well maintained. Tanks were full and ready so there wasn’t much time wasted. Looking forward to my next appointment tomorrow. Going to take one of the triplets who has never been in a plane before. I think I am more excited than him!”

    Dennis O.

  • They are the only pros around teaching in the Cirrus. I wouldn't go anywhere else.

    “Mach 1 is a truly amazing and professional flying school. I have flown all over with many different instructors from Florida to NY to here in California. Jason the owner and his instructors have an extremely high level of competence but they also make the experience fun. In addition, I love flying out of Van Nuys it's a lot safer statistically than Santa Monica. The aircraft is really nice at Mach 1. They are the only pros around teaching in the Cirrus. I wouldn't go anywhere else.”

    Sarah E.

  • A very professional place is the simplest way for me to explain how my experience was. I will recommend Mach 1 to all my flying buddies.

    “A very professional place is the simplest way for me to explain how my experience was. Located in the same building as signature west, it was a bit overwhelming having lots of professional pilots and lots of expensive jets all around you; nevertheless, it was still welcoming and friendly. Best hour or so training I had in a while from any flight instructor. Defiantly [sic] ask for Tony as an instructor, he is down to earth, safe, knowledgeable, and friendly. Prices could be a little more then they should be but considering the fact that airplanes are thousands of dollar aircraft, I didn’t mind it so much. As we all know, the four force acting in a plane is thrust ( Money), Drag (reality)..etc. I will recommend Mach 1 to all my flying buddies and more importantly a good review any where I can.”

    Arturo C.

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