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Enjoy a variety of learning opportunities at Rock Solid Aviation.

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Private Pilot

We offer the following licenses: sport pilot, private pilot, commercial pilot, instrument pilot, and certified flight instructor.

We currently have five planes for you to train in:
• Two IFR rated (Garmin 430) Cessna 172s.
• Three RV12iS, IFR rated, G3X Touch, autopilot, Technologically advanced, Light Sport.

The cost of the Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) is $75 per hour (from the scheduled time until the session is completed). 

You’re welcome to train in our aircraft or your own.


The private pilot license requires a minimum of 20 hours of flight instruction with a Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) and 40 hours of total flight time. The total time varies based on the student. Most require more than the bare minimum time. The national average to complete the private certificate is 79 hours. We will train you as efficiently as possible but will never compromise safety for expediency. The more you prepare between lessons, the fewer hours it will take to get the private pilot license. We tend to be well below the national average.

The cost is $159 for the plane and $75 for the CFI, $234 while the engine is running, $75 when off. We have two (IFR) Cessna 172s and RV12. Our IFR rated aircraft have Garmin 430 GPS with WAAS. You can train in our aircraft or purchase your own.

As you progress in training, you will need the following:

☑ You will need a Student pilot license. The student license is free! You can start this process by logging into IACRA at The instructor will help you with this process.

☑ You will need a third class medical. Log into Call Dr. Dan Butler (located at Modern Medicine) at 337-564-1589.

☑ You will need to complete a ground school training program to prepare for the FAA PPL exam. You can complete the ground school before or during flight training. Most do it during flight training because it helps keep things interesting. We recommend Sporty’s ground school,

     Once all training and experience requirements are met, an instructor will give you an endorsement to take the practical flight test with an FAA designated pilot examiner. The typical cost is $600 in Lafayette or $900 in Lake Charles. You will then be a private pilot.

EXTRA Useful Information

Learn to do a preflight inspection here:

Lesson plan and radio procedures:

Learn to reserve a plane:

Instrument Rating

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We have two IFR rated (Garmin 430) Cessna 172s and RV12 for rent at $159 per hour (while the engine is running). The cost of the CFI is $75 per hour from the scheduled time until the session is completed. You can train in our aircraft or purchase your own.

Commercial License

The commercial license allows a private pilot to become a professional pilot and receive compensation.

US Army Credentialing Assistance Provider

We are authorized to train US Army, Active, Reserves, and National Guard under the Credentialing assistance program. To apply, click here

Become a Flight Instructor

We can train you to become a CFI or CFII. We have instructors with thousands of time in the right seat giving instruction.

Accelerated Programs

Are you paying ridiculous prices for flight training? You can train here in an accelerated program for any of our ratings. Housing can be provided. Certain restrictions apply, such as must have written completed and scheduled in advance.

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500 Airport Blvd, Lake Charles, LA

Flights/Lessons out of Lake Charles and DeRidder, LA