Private Pilot License Training NY/NJ

You have a dream to fly. Sometimes it can be overwhelming to get started. Or it’s inhibited mid-training by physical limitations.

Here is our guide for new pilots to start the journey of Flight Training:

I was a student pilot and had 50 hours of instructional experience. A friend suggested it as a good way to resume my flight instruction after a 6 year lapse.
The equipment is state of the art and realistically simulates actual flight. He was very helpful in reacquainting me with the principles of flight, instruments, etc.
I probably would not have resumed my flight lessons since it was not convenient to go to an airport at that point for lessons.
Within a year after I took my first lesson, I passed my written exam, soloed and earned my private pilot certificate.
Gary H.

Back in 2019 I decided to take my first step towards learning to fly. I wasn’t quite ready to get into a real airplane just yet. I knew there were concepts,  procedures, and general aviation knowledge I could learn in a simulator, at my own pace, and for a fraction of the cost. After doing a little research I discovered Simtech aviation based out of NYC —

I took an introductory 2 hour lesson with Julian. I must say I was skeptical about how realistic the sim would be but after my intro lesson I was reassured how much value I could get out of it.

[expand]Within the first couple of hours I learned basic flight theory (four forces of flight), flying attitudes, basic comms, and how to taxi to runway. I walked away with a great experience and I was eager to learn more.

Don’t get me wrong, a sim is a sim, and eventually nothing will be like the real thing and while I’m not looking to simulate what flying feels like, instead, I’m interested in learning things that are pretty much the same and make no difference if I’m sitting in a real plane or a sim cockpit. Things like radio communication, understanding flight controls, creating flight plans, learning how to use the g1000, interacting with ground or air traffic control — real deal concepts I can learn safely without being flustered in the air. I rather spend time learning how to actually fly once I’m in a real plane, bringing all the general knowledge I’ve learned in the sim.

Truthfully, I’m a believer this is the right way to learn how to fly. Perhaps technology has caught up and is now more accessible. What was once only available to really expensive rigs for commercial pilots is now available to the everyday consumer, and even home gaming enthusiasts.

It’s been a few months since my last sim lesson; COVID is to blame for that. Now that businesses are opening and nyc has reached phase 4, I am eager to get back on schedule with training. If all the right measures are taken (sanitizing equipment between lessons, speakers instead of headsets, fixed mic away from face, plexiglass between teacher and student) I would feel comfortable with getting back in the sim. I would even be open to remote lessons since I have a basic sim at home to practice.

In summary, I’m really happy I discovered SimTech. Everything from the experience, the staff, the technology, and the knowledge makes it a no brainer for me to continue my training.[/expand]

Jordan S.

Private Pilot License Training Benefits

Using a simulator while working on your private pilot training is a great way to supplement your flight experience.


You’ll have more time to train, learn faster, and earn your private pilot licenses sooner.


You’ll learn the same flight discipline active airline pilots use.


Commute time, weather, and air traffic conditions are no longer a problem.

“...student pilots can obtain a pilot certificate in 40 hours under Part 141, but in reality they can be chalking up 100 or even 200 hours to get there, thanks to a variety of reasons."-AOPA

Extra Perks of Training with a Flight Simulator


A simulator allows you to experience different aircraft with Garmin G1000 during the training for your Private Pilot License (that would normally cost $$$ to rent).


You’ll master radio communication skills like a pro pilot.


Your instructor can give you more personalized instruction since they don’t have to split their focus with the aircraft operation.

We Care about Quality Instruction


Each of our instructors are FAA Airline Pilots.

We know how impactful good mentorship can be.
As a member at Simtech Aviation, you’ll get personalized instruction from aviation professionals who care about your success.

Read Our Flight Training Blog!

Find a Flight School


FIND A FLIGHT SCHOOL (sorry, we only work with simulators) AOPA has a flight school Finder

We encourage you to interview different flight schools.

There may be multiple flight schools in your local area but, do you know what questions to ask? We created a Flight School Interview Checklist!


Pilot Logbook is included with each first lesson

Because the Simulator and the instructor is FAA Certified, each lesson counts as Aeronautical Experience, towards your Private Pilot Certificate. If they already have one, make sure you bring it to the lesson!

At the end of the lesson, the instructor will make a entry on the pilot logbook!

Need a Mentor?

Book a 15-min phone consultation to see if it's right for you. Consultation fee credited towards your first lesson.

When You’re Happy, We’re Happy


Flexible Cancellation Policy

Get a full refund if you cancel at least 24 hours before the lesson.

First Lesson Satisfaction Guarantee

Not happy with your first lesson? We’ll refund your lesson.