Private Pilot Certificate

Requirements

 Private Pilot - Airplane Single Engine Land
To be eligible for a private pilot certificate a person must:

  • • Be 17 years of age or older

  • • Be able to read, speak, write and understand the English language

  • • Valid 3rd Class Medical Certificate Required

  • • Minimum 40 hours total flight time

  • • Minimum 20 hours flight instruction (including the following):

    • · 3 hours of cross country flight

    • · 3 hours of flight on control and maneuvering by reference to instruments

    • · 3 hours within 60 calendar days prior to the date of the practical test

    • · 3 hours night flight

      • · Over 100 NM night cross-country

      • · 10 night landings to a full stop

  • • Minimum of 10 total solo flight hours (including the following):

    • · 5 hours solo cross-country flight

    • · 1 solo cross-country of at least 150 NM

      • · Full stop landings at 3 points

      • · 1 route segment more than 50 NM

    • · 3 takeoffs and full stop landings at an airport with a control tower

      Endorsements and Exams

  • • A current knowledge test

  • • Deficient areas of the knowledge (if any)

  • • Prepared for the practical test

  • • FAA Form 8710-1 endorsement

  • • Additional training if the applicant has failed the test

  • • Current solo endorsement

  • • US citizen endorsement or TSA approval

Private Pilot Requirements Chart

Foreign Student Information

Foreign Student TSA Form

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Notes:

  • FAA Minimum flight time is 40 hours before testing ($6,090 for FAA minimum time).

  • Average cost is with current fuel prices.

  • Most students require 45-60 hours of flight time before their flight test.

  • The majority of ground training can be accomplished at home doing a self study program (accounted for in books and supplies estimate).

  • An average flight lesson consists of a pre-flight briefing, about 1 hour, and a post-flight debriefing, about 2 hours long costing of approximately $180.00.