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As a Cessna Pilot Center and a FAA Approved Part 141 flight school, Ocean Aviation is your best choice for all your flight training. Being a Part 141 Flight Academy means we are overseen by the FAA and must maintain a level of professionalism most flight schools do not choose to attain. As a Cessna Pilot Center, we offer a computer-based curriculum that is recognized by the aviation community as one of the finest learning experiences available to prospective students. The Cessna Pilot Center private pilot course is available only at Cessna Pilot Centers.

We believe that the most important rating you will attain is the private pilot certificate, as that is the basis upon which all your other flight training will be built. It is the foundation. Don’t settle for less than professional flight training available at a FAA Approved Cessna Pilot Center. Don’t settle for less than Ocean Aviation.

Train at the Beach

Ocean Aviation is four miles from the world famous resort of Ocean City, Maryland. Live at the beach and train above the most beautiful resort on the east coast. Our weather is perfect for your flight training all year around. Plus, we are less than an hour’s flight time from the most complex airspace in the country. We offer real world flying experience and a vacation lifestyle.

Our Airspace

Ocean Aviation is based at the Ocean City Municipal Airport. When choosing a flight school, so many things should be considered. One of the biggest considerations should be, can I train in the airspace where the flight school is based? Is it overcrowded, is it restricted? Do I have to spend my flight training funds to fly away from the school to somewhere where training is permitted?

At Ocean Aviation, the airspace above and within 50 miles in all directions is class “E” airspace. That means the area around our airport; in fact, right above our airport is perfect for your flight training.

Surprisingly, so many flight schools are based in congested areas where flight training is prohibited. Your time spent in the aircraft flying is costly and should be spent training, not flying away from your school to begin your lesson.

Our Staff

Our staff of FAA and Cessna certified flight instructors are ready to prepare you to become a private pilot and then onwards, toward advanced ratings if you choose. Training with Ocean Aviation will not only prepares you to earn your private pilot license but also to be a safe and competent pilot.

Ocean Aviation’s Cessna Pilot Center curriculum has been recognized by flight training professionals as the absolute best flight training in the world.

Our staff is here to ensure your success. Your flight instructor will be assigned to you on your first day of training and will be available throughout your training. Our one on one instruction is second to none. Our chief flight instructor will ensure consistent training standards are maintained at each of your stage checks.

What You Need To Get Started

The FAA Private Pilot Certificate is a certificate issued by the Federal Aviation Administration, which allows a person to legally operate an aircraft with passengers and baggage.

The transportation Security Administration requires us to make a copy of your birth certificate and photo ID issued by a government agency or a United States Passport to verify that you are a United States citizen. If you are not an American citizen, you will also need to complete a TSA screening process. No worries, we can guide you through that process as well. Once TSA screening is complete, you are ready to enroll in our Part 141 private pilot course.

Now the learning begins..

Before you decide that it seems too difficult, let us assure you that we are there not only to teach but also to guide you. From your initial interview, your first instrument flight, your first instrument cross country, throughout this experience, our professional staff will be there to answer questions and help make this not only a learning experience but a fun experience that will change your life.

  1. Be at least 17 years old to acquire the rating.
  2. Be able to read, write, speak, and understand the English language.
  3. Possess at least a third-class FAA medical examination
  4. Pass the written aeronautical knowledge test.
  5. Receive flight training from a certified flight instructor.
  6. Completion of the training including a minimum of 35 hours of dual flight instruction and a final endorsement from your Certified Flight Instructor stating that you meet all requirements and are prepared for a practical flight test.

Time and Hours

Each student decides what schedule of flight training will work best for their lifestyle. While some choose an accelerated schedule, others may choose to fly just once or twice weekly. The choice is yours. And best of all, unless you are enrolled in the Accelerated Program, you will pay as you go so no large outlay of funds is required. You schedule can be as relaxed as you should be as you live your dream of learning to fly. The Federal Aviation Administration, under part 141 of the Federal Aviation Regulations has set a minimum time for an applicant to obtain the Private Pilot’s License at 35 hours of flight time. The FAA does not set a time frame to accomplish those hours so your training can be as rapid or as relaxed as you would like it to be. Our goal is always to provide the most professional training available.


Cost of The Private Pilot’s License

The cost of your Private Pilot’s License as listed on our website is based upon student enrollment in a Full Time accelerated training program and completion in the FAA minimum number of flight hours. Many of our students chose to train in a more relaxed schedule. As a guide, please see the table below to estimate the cost of your flight training;

ProgramTime to CompletionPrerequisitesTotal Estimated Cost of ProgramPayment Schedule
Accelerated Flight Training - Full Time21 DaysGround Course Completed - Knowledge Test Passed$9,195.00*50% Tuition Due Upon Enrollment
3 Lessons per Week10 WeeksNone$10,067.00*Pay as you go
2 Lessons per Week18 WeeksNone$11,000.00*Pay as you go
1 Lessons per Week42 WeeksNone$11,957.00*Pay as you go
Less than 1 Lessons per Week1 Year+NonePay as you go

Training will be conducted under FAA Part 141. Ocean Aviation reserves the right to train student under part 61 should student not maintain standards. Included in tuition is all dual and solo flight time, enrollment in the Cessna Pilot Center Private Pilot Course, Pre Flight and Post Flight Briefings, Classroom training, sectional chart, and A6B and Plotter. Not included in the course price is cost of FAA medical, cost of knowledge test, flight test, aircraft to be used in the flight test and pilots headset.

Any additional training required is also not included and will be invoiced at our hourly rate.  

 We recommend contacting our enrollment counselors at to discuss your individual needs. They are trained professionals that will take the time to discuss your individual course requirements. They are happy to discuss a schedule and price quote based on your individual needs.

As an eventual career path or simply a way of life, there is nothing quite like the thrill of flying!