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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 aircraft 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

  • 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.

  • It’s truly been a blessing that I chose Mach 1 as my flight school. I would recommend them to anyone.

    “I can’t say enough great things about Mach 1 and their staff. Professional and friendly service is all they know how to offer and their flight line is the best on the field. Their facility alone makes it a pleasureable expereience [sic]. My instructor was extremely patient and knowledgeable about not only aviation and instructing, but the aircraft itself. The instructional quality is unprecedented. It’s truly been a blessing that I chose Mach 1 as my flight school. I would recommend them to anyone.”

    J. Sommers

  • Luxury, reliability, safety and most important, a lot of fun.

    “When it was time to upgrade to glass cockpits and luxury aircraft, Mach 1 Aviation was my obvious choice. The cool thing about this operation is that it’s a boutique family run business located inside one of the most prestigious FBO chains in the country and on Van Nuys Airport which is one of the most busiest GA airports in the country. This combination gives you the best of both worlds, personalized customer service (they truly care about you) and world class FBO treatment along with awesome ramp personell [sic]. I got my private pilot’s license at Mach 1 in 2009 and I loved every second of the journey….yes, the Cirrus SR-20 is an expensive aircraft to train in, but you get what you pay for, luxury, reliability, safety and most important, a lot of fun. After all, this is a luxury business, you might as well go all out if you really want to train in a cool airplane. Over time, they’ve expanded and catered to a clientele that is looking for more affordable solutions, by providing a line of single engine Cessnas that range from under $100 to the mid buck fifty. Pretty good price for the latter since it comes with a glass cockpit. Good instructors, good service, good establishment…and the best part of all…..once you get your license, if you wanna show up at 3AM and fly one of their airplanes……you can, because the FBO is open all around the clock. Just make sure you have an account on file and you’re good to go!”

    R. Garay

  • 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.

  • Professional, knowledgeable and personable. I highly recommend both Jason and Mach 1.

    “I have a heavy background in Customer Service (Disney) and can easily distinguish between those who do their job for money vs. those who do it for passion. Jason is definitely the latter. Professional, knowledgeable and personable. I highly recommend both him and Mach 1.”

    Kent

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