If you already have a pilot certificate, we can add on the additional category and class ratings as soon as you become proficient. The FAA category is Weight Shift Control (WSC) and the classes are Land (WSCL) and Sea (WSCS). We have a network of independent flight instructors who own Cygnet aircraft and provide training in them. Contact us to find your nearest available instructor. They typically charge $50 to $60 for their time and $100 per hour for their aircraft. Sometimes they offer discounts for purchasing blocks of time in advance.
If you do not already have a pilot certificate, you need a minimum of 15 hours of flight time with an instructor and five hours of solo time before you can take your check ride for your Sport Pilot certificate. At typical rates, 15 hours of flight training with an instructor will cost you $2250 in the instructor’s Cygnet. If you provide the aircraft, the cost would be $750 to $900. Also, if you provide the aircraft you have something to solo as soon as you are ready.
Most instructors do not have an insurance policy that will allow you to solo their Cygnet, because it can be expensive to add a student pilot. One way to handle this is to buy an inexpensive used trike to do your solo flying and build your experience. This can be a very basic, old ugly trike as long as it is in airworthy condition. We often get trade-ins that we can sell for $10,000 or less that are ideal for your first solos. When you have gained experience and are ready to step up to your new Cygnet, we can buy your inexpensive used trike back from you for almost what you paid for it. The total cost of this approach is typically less than adding you to the insurance to solo a newer Cygnet.
Contact us and we will put you in contact with an instructor near you. We currently have Cygnet instructors in Florida, Georgia, Arizona, California, Australia and Malaysia.