Flight Training : Achieving Your Dream 

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Are you ready for an unforgettable journey? A journey that less than 0.2% of the U.S population have traveled? That journey, earning your pilot certificate, is one of the most rewarding activities that many people just dream about. That dream, the freedom of flight, the excitement, enjoyment and prestige is within your reach at Black Hound Aviation.



Some of the first questions that aspiring pilots ask are; "How much will it cost, and how long will it take?" Unfortunately, there is no prescribed answer. While the minimum flying hour requirement for a private pilot certificate is 40 hours of flight time, the U.S. national average is about 70 hours. While many of our students receive their Private Pilot certificate in accordance with the national average, some are closer to the minimum and some take significantly longer. Work, family responsibilities, and budget are all factors that determine the rate at which a student can take lessons. We encourage you to budget the time and money to concentrate your training time, which generally decreases the total time and money spent to achieve your goal.

Black Hound Aviation uses a three-pronged approach to training for the Private Pilot certificate. First, we use a highly recognized training syllabus from King schools. This ensures consistency among our instructor staff and provides the student with transparency into the flight training process. Second, we require all new students to enroll in the Gold Seal Private Pilot ground school. The Gold Seal course has an instructor portal capability. This way we monitor your progress, identify weak areas or topics, and ensure you are fully prepared for your knowledge exam. Third, our instructor staff will work with you on several one-on-one ground training sessions, provide recommendations for additional reading and study, and provide critical and constructive mentoring at each phase of your training.

Cost is a big factor in obtaining a pilot certificate. The national average for a Private Pilot is about $10,000. Black Hound Aviation can work with you to explain our different rate structures and some methods for reducing these costs, including financing (click below). This AOPA web page has more information about the specific steps to become a pilot. Come train with Black Hound Aviation and realize your dream of becoming a Pilot.

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Our office is located at the

San Marcos Regional Airport (KHYI) 

Formerly Redbird Skyport FBO 

2080 Airport Dr, San Marcos, TX 78666


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