Edit 2/13/18 - It took 25 hours for me to solo and now that I'm at this point I realized the hours don't mean anything. I didn't understand this starting out. Now that I am at this point it makes a lot more sense. Also I pay $150/Hobbs Hour for a 172, and $50/CFI Hour Roughly I have spent $6,000 in flight training at this point and i have 31 hours in my logbook. Almost all requirements are met minus Solo XC. I was able to Start Training December 3, 2018, and Solo'd Feb 1, 2019 so roughly 2 Months to get to solo when I was flying 2-3 times a week. --------------- Hello All, I have just begun flight training and I'm attempting to make a spreadsheet budgeting the amount I will be shelling out per 2 hour flight session until I get to my solo level. I asked my CFI the average and he said that he had students who did it in 10 hours and some who took 100 hours it all depends on the student. I have already completed ground school before I got in left seat. I have only had two sessions in the 172s and I already have accomplished: Basic Turns Taxiing (Still needs some work because I need to get my feet in a good position on the pedals) Full Checklisting Altitude Management (power not pitch) Slow Flight Takeoff (without rudder control) Roughly each 2 hour session costs $300 with C172S and CFI. My CFI says I'm making good progress so far, he said he will show me more maneuvers, possibly start into engine on and engine off stalls next session, following by takeoff/landing, and finally cross country. I know many pilots spend $8k-$10k for their private license all in, but from where I am at I'm hoping to have my Solo by 20 Hours aka $3,000. Any input would be appreciated, and I know, Never compare yourself to another pilot.