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Private Pilot Certification

your first step in aviation

In a light airplane, you travel further and faster — and you have fun getting wherever you’re going. That means you might start looking forward to business trips for a change. Or, you’ll add some spice to your weekends with day trips you never imagined were possible. One of the best times to travel by air is during the holidays when you can look down and see all the traffic stuck on the highway. Look through this section to learn about how flying can complement your life – with travel, new challenges, aircraft ownership, or even a flying career.

Requirements

To earn a private pilot certificate, a pilot must:

  • Be 17 years of age

  • Read, speak, write, and understand the English language

  • Receive flight training and a logbook endorsement from an authorized instructor

  • Pass a practical test

  • Hold third-class medical certification 

14 CFR §61.103 for a complete listing of all requirements.

Training Steps

STEP 1: TAKE AN INTRODUCTORY FLIGHT

We invite you to go for your first flight to see how much fun you’ll have flying. Our dedicated instructor will be next to you the whole time, and they’ll perform the take-off and landing. But once in the air, you will be at the controls! You’ll get a feel for straight and level flight, turns, climbs, and descents. And the views are incredible!

STEP 2: ELIGIBILITY

Before investing in flight training find out if you meet the eligibility requirements to get your Student Pilot & Medical Certificates. You will need a Student Pilot Certificate to fly solo and a Medical Certificate to get your Private or Recreational Pilot's license. Our staff is always happy to help with these steps.

STEP 3: STUDENT CERTIFICATE

Fill out a few forms and mail them in and the FAA will send you your Student Pilot Certificate, which is valid for two years. There is no need to wait at home for it either, as you can continue flying and practicing until it arrives.

STEP 4: YOUR FIRST SOLO

When you finish the basic flight training and written tests, and your instructor feels you are ready to fly by yourself, you’ll be ready to solo! Don’t forget your camera because this is a day you will never forget.

STEP 5: CROSS-COUNTRY TRAINING

During this stage, you will attain the skills needed to leave the local area and fly to other airports. You will learn to navigate, check weather reports and forecasts, file a flight plan with a weather briefer, and learn more about aircraft performance. There are a lot of interesting places to fly during this phase and you’ll see things you never saw before.

STEP 6: NIGHT FLIGHTS

Flying at night is a very different experience than flying during daylight hours, and many people really prefer to fly at night. With less traffic and unbelievable views, this is an exciting time to fly. You will need at least 10 hours of night flight and for some of those hours, you’ll be flying to other airports in the area.

STEP 7: KNOWLEDGE TEST

The FAA Private Pilot Knowledge Test is your written exam covering all the aspects of aviation theory and practices. The exam is a 60-question, multiple-choice type test, and the results are valid for two years. A minimum passing score is 70% and this test must be completed before you can go for your final Practical Test, also known as the Check Ride.

STEP 8: CHECK RIDE

An Oral Knowledge Test followed by a Practical Flight Test is performed by an FAA Designated Examiner. After this, you are a certified Private Pilot with all the rights and privileges!

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