The Midwest Regional Pilots Academy will help you achieve your goals through our accelerated flight training programs, driven by expert, full-time instruction. We offer flat-rate pricing for instruction and will provide all the training that you need until the completion of your course.
How it works
Once you schedule your start date, we email you an information packet that includes a course outline with tentative schedule, a listing of the materials you need to bring, and information regarding accommodations and transportation while in South Bend. When you arrive on your scheduled start date, we spend about an hour in orientation, during which we verify previous completion of prerequisites, preview the course, and complete the detailed planning of your training schedule. From there, we begin your training and work with you until you have completed the course.
Please note that training toward the knowledge test is not included; however, we will provide training for a knowledge test endorsement for additional cost if needed. Also, bear in mind that prices quoted are for instruction only; aircraft costs are additional and information is provided in the following section.
Private Pilot Course (Approximately 3 ½ to 5 weeks)
Instruction fee: $2650
Optional ground course: $250
Aircraft rental: Cessna 172 rental rates apply. We offer block rates in 10- or 20-hour blocks.
Training materials: Approximately $200. Headset can be provided at no extra charge.
Testing fees: Not payable to Midwest Pilots – amount to approximately $500. The Knowledge Test fee is currently $150; most examiners currently charge $350 for the practical test.
Commercial Pilot Course (Six to Eight days)
Instruction fee: $1250 without VFR cross-countries
$1490 if you need to complete the commercial VFR cross-countries [see 61.129(3) (iii) and (iv) for details on VFR cross-country training]
Ground course fee: $250 if needed
Aircraft rental is additional. We have several options for the use of complex aircraft. Pricing ranges from approximately $150/hour to $220/hour for Piper Arrow or Lance.
Testing fees, which are not payable to Midwest Pilots, amount to approximately $500, including knowledge test and practical test.
Instrument Rating Course (Ten to Twelve days)
Ground Course: $250 if needed
Aircraft rental additional
Course prerequisite: Hold a private pilot certificate. We recommend that you have a minimum of 40 hours of cross-country pilot-in-command time prior to beginning the course.
Testing fees: The Knowledge Test fee is currently $150; most examiners currently charge $350 for the practical test.
Flight Instructor Course (Twelve to Fifteen days)
Ground Courses: $150 for FOI if needed; $200 for CFI-A if needed
Aircraft rental is additional. We have several options for the use of complex aircraft. Pricing ranges from approximately $150/hour to $220/hour for Piper Arrow or Lance. Expect to fly approximately 12 hours including the checkride.