Professional Pilot Programs
(U.S. Domestic Students)

By prioritizing safety and minimizing course completion times, Epic Flight Academy’s Professional Pilot programs allow students to go from zero flight experience to a Multi-Engine Commercial Pilot license in as little as 6 to 8 months, which is required to become a professional pilot for a commercial airline. Whether you have had no exposure to pilot training or are transferring from another training facility, we offer qualified students high quality flight training in a new-generation aircraft fleet, preparing them for the aviation careers of their dreams. We also offer a college degree program through Daytona State College for flight students who want to earn an associate’s or bachelor’s degree while learning to fly.

Epic’s Professional Pilot programs are intended for U.S. students that are seeking a career as a commercial pilot; foreign students should review our International Pilot programs. With the growing worldwide airline pilot shortage and the minimum 1,500 hour requirement, most of our U.S. students choose to become a Flight Instructor to build flight time. However, we do offer individual and customized training for students pursuing other professional pilot career opportunities. If you have questions about which program is best for your aviation career goals, contact our Admissions Team directly to determine which flight courses best suit your needs. Financing options are available. Learn more about Epic’s Smart Program that connects student pilots with airlines early in their training.

Single-Engine Commercial Pilot Program Tuition & Hours

Private Pilot Course
Epic Online Virtual Academy – 60 Hours
ASD & Private Pilot Ground School – 200 Hours
Simulator – Cessna 172 w/ Instructor – 15 Hours
Flight – Cessna 172 w/ Instructor – 40 Hours
Solo Flight – Cessna 172 – 10 Hours
One-on-One Ground Instruction – 20 Hours
Pre/Post-Activity Briefing – 6 Hours
Total Course Hours: 351
Total Course Tuition: $17,457.50 

Instrument Pilot Course
Instrument Ground School – 40 Hours
Simulator – Cessna 172 w/ Instructor – 19 Hours
Flight – Cessna 172 w/ Instructor – 24 Hours
One-on-One Ground Instruction – 18 Hours
Pre/Post-Activity Briefing – 5 Hours
Total Course Hours: 106
Total Course Tuition: $10,895.00

Commercial Single-Engine Pilot Course
Commercial Ground School – 40 Hours
Flight – Cessna 172 w/ Instructor – 32 Hours
Time Building Flight – Cessna 172 w/ Partner – 8 Hours
Solo Flight – Cessna 172 – 10 Hours
One-on-One Ground Instruction – 7 Hours
Pre/Post-Activity Briefing – 3 Hours
Total Course Hours: 100
Total Course Tuition: $11,246.54

TOTAL PROGRAM HOURS: 557
TOTAL PROGRAM TUITION: $39,599.04

(All Cessna 172 training flights are conducted in new Technological Advanced Aircraft (TAA). Aircraft delivered after 2016 are also equipped with WAAS-capable instrument-certified GPS approach.)

Multi-Engine Commercial Pilot Program Tuition & Hours

Private Pilot Course
Epic Online Virtual Academy – 60 Hours
ASD & Private Pilot Ground School – 200 Hours
Simulator – Cessna 172 w/ Instructor – 15 Hours
Flight – Cessna 172 w/ Instructor – 40 Hours
Solo Flight – Cessna 172 – 10 Hours
One-on-One Ground Instruction – 20 Hours
Pre/Post-Activity Briefing – 6 Hours
Total Course Hours: 351
Total Course Tuition: $17,457.50

Instrument Pilot Course
Instrument Ground School – 40 Hours
Simulator – Cessna 172 w/ Instructor – 19 Hours
Flight – Cessna 172 w/ Instructor – 24 Hours
One-on-One Ground Instruction – 18 Hours
Pre/Post-Activity Briefing – 5 Hours
Total Course Hours: 106
Total Course Tuition: $10,895.00

Commercial Multi-Engine Pilot Course
Commercial Ground School – 40 Hours
Flight – Cessna 172 w/ Instructor – 3 Hours
Time Building Flight – Cessna 172 – 32.5 Hours
Simulator – Piper PA-44 w/ Instructor – 7 Hours
Flight – Piper PA-44 w/ Instructor – 30 Hours
One-on-One Ground Instruction – 10 Hours
Pre/Post-Activity Briefing – 3 Hours
Total Course Hours: 125.5
Total Course Tuition: $16,751.10

TOTAL PROGRAM HOURS: 582
TOTAL PROGRAM TUITION: $45,103.60

Professional Airline Pilot Program Tuition & Hours

Our most popular track, the Professional Airline Pilot program is an accelerated Part 141 flight training package for students that are consistently able to fly full-time, a minimum of 5 days per week, and 5 hours per day. For students that require scheduling accommodations due to other commitments, such as employment or university education, we offer training under Part 61 instruction, which allows a more flexible schedule, thus extending estimated completion time. The courses required to become a professional pilot for a commercial airline are:

Private Pilot Course
Epic Online Virtual Academy – 60 hours
ASD & Private Pilot Ground School – 200 Hours
Simulator – Cessna 172 w/ Instructor – 15 Hours
Flight – Cessna 172 w/ Instructor – 40 Hours
Solo Flight – Cessna 172 – 10 Hours
One-on-One Ground Instruction – 20 Hours
Pre/Post-Activity Briefing – 6 Hours
Total Course Hours: 351
Total Course Tuition: $17,457.50

Instrument Pilot Course
Instrument Ground School – 40 Hours
Simulator – Cessna 172 w/ Instructor – 19 Hours
Flight – Cessna 172 w/ Instructor – 24 Hours
One-on-One Ground Instruction – 18 Hours
Pre/Post-Activity Briefing – 5 Hours
Total Course Hours: 106
Total Course Tuition: $10,895.00

Commercial Single-Engine Pilot Course
Commercial Ground School – 40 Hours
Flight – Cessna 172 w/ Instructor – 32 Hours
Time Building Flight – Cessna 172 w/ Partner – 8 Hours
Solo Flight – Cessna 172 – 10 Hours
One-on-One Ground Instruction – 7 Hours
Pre/Post-Activity Briefing – 3 Hours
Total Course Hours: 100
Total Course Tuition: $11,246.54

Commercial Multi-Engine Pilot Add-on Course
Simulator – Piper PA-44 w/ Instructor – 3 Hours
Flight – Piper PA-44 w/ Instructor – 5 Hours
One-on-One Ground Instruction – 14 Hours
Pre/Post-Activity Briefing – 4 Hours
Total Course Hours: 26
Total Course Tuition: $3,695.00

Flight Instructor Course
CFI Ground School – 120 Hours
Flight – Cessna 172 w/ Instructor – 15 Hours
One-on-One Ground Instruction – 13 Hours
Pre/Post-Activity Briefing – 3 Hours
Total Course Hours: 151
Total Course Tuition: $7,510.00

Flight Instructor – Instrument Course
Simulator – Cessna 172 w/ Instructor – 10 Hours
Flight – Cessna 172 w/ Instructor – 5 Hours
One-on-One Ground Instruction – 15 Hours
Pre/Post-Activity Briefing – 4 Hours
Total Course Hours: 34
Total Course Tuition: $4,065.00

Multi-Engine Flight Instructor Course
Simulator – Piper PA-44 w/ Instructor – 6 Hours
Flight – Piper PA-44 w/ Instructor – 5 Hours
One-on-One Ground Instruction – 15 Hours
Pre/Post-Activity Briefing – 4 Hours
Total Course Hours: 30
Total Course Tuition: $4,170.00

TOTAL PROGRAM HOURS: 798
TOTAL PROGRAM TUITION: $59,039.04

Non-Tuition Costs:
FAA Written Test: $150
FAA Flight Test: $700
Housing (Based on availability): $750 per month/shared room
Financial-Aid Options

Students from all over the United States and more than 80 countries choose Epic Flight Academy for pilot training in order to pursue their aviation career dreams. Our pilot school began flight training in 1999, and thousands of Epic Professional Pilot graduates are thriving today in their aviation careers with more than 300 airlines worldwide. Learn to fly with us!

International students, please visit our International Pilot program. Our courses are designed to fulfill training requirements for co-licensing our Professional Pilots who operate under their respective Civil Aviation Authorities.

Interested in experiencing your flight training online today? You can take a demo course by visiting Epic Virtual Flight Academy now!