Waco Flight School

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Pilot Training 

Private Pilot Certification

A Private Pilot Certification is internationally referred to as a PPL (Private Pilot License). This is the first certification that you will take as a pilot, and serves as a foundational building block as you seek more certifications and ratings. With this certification you can fly both day and night, in optimal flight conditions.

Minimum Hours Required: 40 Hours

Must also meet requirements under 14 CFR § 61.109

Estimated $12,000 to $15,000 over the course of 6 to 12 months 

Instrument Rating

After earning a Private Pilot Certification, a pilot is eligible to earn their Instrument Rating. This Rating is the next step in each pilot’s journey and expands flying capacities by teaching pilots how to safely fly in inclement weather and low visibility situations.

Minimum Hours Required: 50 Hours (90 Cumulative Hours)

Must also meet requirements under 14 CFR § 61.65

Estimated $9,000 to $11,000 over the course of 3 to 6 months 

Commercial Pilot Certification

A Commercial Pilot Certification qualifies pilots to fly for compensation. Unlike the Private Pilot Certification, which is only suitable for recreational use, this certification allows pilot’s to earn money through their service.

Minimum Hours Required: 250 Cumulative Hours

Must also meet requirements under 14 CFR § 61.129

Estimated $12,000 to $20,000 over the course of 8 to 12 months 

Instructor Certification

At this time, we offer two levels of Instructor Certification: the Certified Flight Instructor Certification (CFI), and the Certified Flight Instructor – Instrument Certification (CFII).

Becoming a Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) allows a pilot to teach Private Pilot and Commercial Single Engine Students the basics of flying, furthering their own knowledge and setting them up for the next step in the airline industry.

Estimated $4,000 to $5,000 over the course of 2 to 3 months 

Must meet requirements under 14 CFR § 61.183

The Certified Flight Instructor-Instrument Certification (CFII) allows pilots to teach instrument rating courses. If you’re already a professional pilot then this is the best way to expand your skills.

Estimated $2,500 over the course of 1 to 2 months 

Must meet requirements under 14 CFR § 61.183


Chiota Aviation has an in-house pilot examiner. We offer check rides ranging from private pilot through ATP. We also offer CFI renewels, 14 CFR § 61.55 SIC Type Ratings.

Contact us for specialized pricing, as well as information and availability. 

Additional Training

Discovery Flight

Are you interested in becoming a pilot, but not sure if it’s for you? Take a local flight with one of our certified instructors to check it out! We would love to share our passion with you.

If you are interested in flight training, we offer one FREE Discovery Flight! Contact us for more information.

Recurrent Training

Chiota Aviation offers recurrent training to help certified pilots maintain their FAA and private insurance carrier regulations. These trainings include mandatory FAA regulated flight reviews, as well as Instrument Proficiency Checks (IPC).

Contact us for more information and pricing.

Spin Awareness Training

Spin training teaches a pilot prevention measures, as well as how to quickly and effectively recover from a spin. Chiota Aviation offers in-house spin training with our certified instructors.

Training is completed over the course of one day, with a cost of $600.

Contract & Rental

Contract Pilot Services

You can take advantage of the incredible services of general aviation even if you’re not a pilot. Chiota Aviation offers a full range of services by contracting out our certified pilots.

View our pricing by aircraft here!

Plane Rental

Our fleet undergoes annual and 100-hour maintenance checks to ensure the highest level of safety. Both of our aircraft are insured for day/night and VFR/IFR flying.

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Other Services

Aviation Consultant

Purchasing an aircraft is a daunting task. With state-of-the-art technology, it’s difficult to know exactly which aircraft is right for you. With a combined 50 years of aviation experience, Chiota can provide consultation regarding which aircraft is suitable for your personal needs.

Contact us for more information and pricing.

Aircraft Management

If you’ve bought a plane and are seeking assistance in aircraft management and maintenence, you’ve come to the right place.

Contact us for more information and pricing.

Why Choose Chiota?

Satisfaction Guarantee

Chiota has over 50 years of combined experience in the aviation industry, setting us apart from the rest. Our instructors are knowledgable about their trade and are eager to help you learn.

A One-Stop Shop

With Chiota Aviation you’ll have the ease of completing your trainings, check rides, certifications, and recurrent training all in one place.

Here to Help

Are you unsure whether flight training, plane rental, or purchasing an aircraft is right for you? Our staff would be happy to help you decide. Please contact us below. 

Contact Us 

If would like more information or would like to schedule a service, please send us a message.

If you don’t see the service that you are looking for, please don’t hesitate to reach out. We would love to see how we can help you.