Private Pilots License

A private pilot certificate is a license that permits the holder to act as the pilot of an aircraft privately(not for hire). In order to obtain a PPL, certain flight time requirements must be accomplished and all maneuvers must be performed to FAA standards. We are now FAA part 141 certified for private licenses. The private course is flown to a structured syllabus to help the student understand what comes next. The minimum flight time requirements are as follows:

  • 40 hours total flight time
  • 20 hours dual flight training which must include
  • 3 hours of cross-country flight training
  • 3 hours of night flight training
  • 3 Hours of flight training in preparation for the practical test
  • 10 hours of solo flight which must include
  • 3 hours cross country time

These hours represent minimum requirements set by the FAA. However, most pilots require roughly 55-65 hours to complete training. You can start training at any age, but you must be 16 years of age to solo, and 17 years of age to be licensed. You must be able to read, speak, write, and understand the English language.

Once all flight time requirements are met, all maneuvers are to FAA standards, and an FAA written exam is passed, it is time to take the FAA practical exam (check ride) with a designated pilot examiner. This consists of an oral examination and a flight in which you must demonstrate all the maneuvers that you have learned. Unlike most flight schools, once you have earned your PPL, we allow you to rent our aircraft to take friends and family for rides and show them your piloting skills.

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