14 CFR 61.109 requires minimum 40 hours of flight time for a Private Pilot Certificate. This required time includes:
20 hours of flight instruction, including:
3 hours of cross country
3 hours of night instruction
3 hours of flight by reference to instruments
10 hours solo flight time, including:
5 hours solo cross country
For the complete requirements see 14 CFR, § 61, Subpart E—Private Pilots
Note: The above hours are the absolute minimum amount of training in each area as required for a Private Pilot Certificate by the FAA. It is not unusual for a student pilot to require more hours to become a safe and proficient pilot.
The minimum total estimated cost of training in a Archer II is as follows:
* Cost does not include training supplies.