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.


Carry passengers

Fly Day or Night

Travel any Distance

Must maintain certain visual requirements

Flight Experience

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

Ground School:

Jeppesen Training System

Jeppesen Deluxe 141 Kit

Additional Ground Training