Obtaining a Private Pilot Certificate allows you to fly for your own leisure and carry passengers onboard an aircraft. It also provides the necessary foundation to complete higher-level courses. The private pilot certificate is typically the first “Pilot’s License” an aspiring pilot will obtain. This certificate enables you to act as Pilot in Command of an aircraft (typically single engine, however it is possible get a multi-engine certificate first).
It’s never too late to become a private pilot. In fact, Your wings already exist, All you have to do is fly.
Fly Day or Night
Travel any Distance
Must maintain certain visual requirements
60 Hours of total flight time
50 Hours of flight training from an authorized instructor
10 Hours of solo flight
5 Hours solo cross-country (at least 50 NM)
150 NM solo cross-country with three full stops (one 50+ NM leg)
3 Takeoffs and 3 landings to a full stop (involving flight in the traffic pattern) at an airport with an operating control tower.
3 Hours of cross-country flight training
3 Hours of night flight training
100 NM total distance cross-country flight
10 Takeoffs and 10 landings to a full stop (each involving flight in the traffic pattern).
3 Hours of instrument training
3 Hours in preparation for the practical test within 60 days prior to the test date.
Pass FAA written examination
Pass FAA check ride
Ability to read, write and speak English
Ability to pass an FAA medical examination
16 years of age for solo flight
17 years of age for pilot license
Third class medical certificate
Jeppesen Training System
Jeppesen Deluxe 141 Kit
Additional Ground Training