Flight Training for High School Students

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Flight program at Randolph-Macon Academy. A private boarding and day school located in Front Royal, Virginia.
R-MA has the only flight training program at the private high school level that offers in-house flight training. The instructors are R-MA employees, and the aircraft used are academy-owned. R-MA student pilots do the majority of their flight training throughout the beautiful Shenandoah Valley. 

Flight Costs

Flight time costs $180 per flight hour regardless of solo or dual flight. Participants pay this low per-hour rate to cover airplane operating costs; the instructor's cost is covered as part of the R-MA tuition.

The private pilot certification test costs include:

  • $160 for the written exam
  • $600 for the practical exam
  • $150 for the medical exam


R-MA's flight training program is based out of the Front Royal/Warren County Airport near the north entrance of Shenandoah National Park.  Students frequently fly to Luray Airport, New Market Airport, Winchester Airport, Martinsburg Airport, Hagerstown Airport, and Shenandoah Valley Airport.  

To Begin Flight Training at R-MA

  • To begin flight training, a US Passport or a US birth certificate along with a US government issued photo ID is needed.
  • Non-United States citizens need to contact the director of flight training for information about the international flight training application.
  • The flight student's parent or guardian must sign our indemnity agreement.

Solo Wings

It is the goal of nearly every R-MA flight student to at least earn his or her solo wings. It is an exhilarating experience for any high school student to reach the goal of flying an aircraft without the presence of a flight instructor. Upon reaching solo status, each student is presented with his or her solo wings during a special ceremony.
The students must meet the following requirements to solo:

  • At least 16 years old
  • Fluent in written and spoken English
  • Able to obtain at least an FAA 3rd class medical
  • Pass a pre-solo written examination

Private Pilot Certificate

To earn a private pilot certificate, a flight student must pass a written, oral and practical exam.  The oral and practical exam are given by an FAA designated examiner.  Candidates must also meet the following requirements:

  • At least 17 years old
  • Fluent in written and spoken English
  • Hold at least an FAA 3rd class medical
  • A minimum of 40 flight hours logged

It must be noted that progress will vary from student to student and additional costs may be incurred in order for each high school student to reach his or her goals. Safety is the primary concern at R-MA, and neither the solo flight nor the private pilot certification is guaranteed, regardless of flight time or costs incurred.