9-2170_3Yale Aviation conducts flight training for the Private Pilot certificate, as well as the Instrument rating and the Commercial certificate. Instruction is performed in Yale Aviation aircraft one-on-one with a Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) who may be either a Yale Aviation member or approved by Yale Aviation.


Earning a Private Pilot certificate with Yale Aviation typically requires around 70 hours of flight time in a Piper Cherokee 140, as well as ground school (which may be home study). About ¾ of this time is dual instruction, and the rest is solo flight. It is possible to complete the training in fewer hours, but conversely it sometimes takes longer. It should be noted that more training is required to operate in the busy airspace of the Northeast than might be required to fly in more rural areas. Instructor rates are in the range of $35 to $50 per hour. A student interested in earning a private license should expect to pay between $9,000 and $12,000.

You can download the Club’s application form (PDF) for viewing and printing; you may fill it out before your visit to the airport, or simply fill out a copy once you get there and see what the club is all about!

To learn more about Yale Aviation, flight training, or to schedule an introductory flight, call Charlie Skelton, Chief Pilot:
• Telephone: (203) 640-3580 (leave a message)
• E-mail:

Flight Training Materials

A good pilot keeps learning throughout his/her life. Below are listed some websites and printed material that can be helpful both in flight training and in keeping current with your aviation knowledge:

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
• FAA Homepage:
• AIM (Aeronautical Information Manual):
• FAA Aviation Handbooks and Guides:
• Private Pilot Test Standards:

• NOAA’s Aviation Weather:
• Aviation Digital Data Service (ADDS):
• National Weather Service METAR/TAF Guide:
• UNISYS Weather prediction charts:

AOPA (Airplane Owners and Pilots Association)
• AOPA Homepage:
• Air Safety Foundation:
• Online Safety Courses:

Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA)

Aviation for Women
• Women in Aviation International:
• The Ninety-Nines, International Organization of Women Pilots:

ATC Live (to listen in on tower, approach and pilot radio communications)

Books and Study Guides
Weather Flying (fourth edition), by Robert N. Buck
The Complete Private Pilot, by Bob Gardner
Say Again, Please – Guide to Radio Communications, by Bob Gardner
Stick and Rudder, by Wolfgang Langewiesche
Plane Talk, by Rod Machado (a collection of Rod’s most popular aviation stories and articles)
Gleim Private Pilot Written Exam Study Guide
Jeppesen Private Pilot Practical Test Study Guide