Private Pilot Training

The private pilot course generally takes 45-60 hours of flight time (airplane and simulator). How long depends on the individual student. To obtain the Private License a student must pass a physical, a written test and a flight test. We recommend a “formal” ground school to learn about the basic aviation subject knowledge required of a private pilot. See “Training” tab for ground school info.

Private Pilot Requirements

To be eligible for a Private Pilot Certificate, a person must:

  • Be at least 17 years of age.
  • Be able to speak, read, write and understand the English language.
  • Hold a current FAA issued medical certificate and student pilot certificate. A third-class medical certificate is valid for 5 years if the date of the examination was before the 40th birthday, or 2 years if the date of the examination was on or after the 40th birthday. The medical certificate expires on the last day of the month issued.
  • Pass a written exam with at least 70%.
  • Written exam certification must be current. It is valid 2 years from the date of test. Must have an original certificate.
  • Receive a log book endorsement from a flight instructor referencing FAR 61.107(b)
  • Possess a valid drivers license, military ID card or passport as proof of identity.
  • Pass a practical test consisting of an oral and flight exam to be conducted by either a FAA inspector or designated pilot examiner.

FAR Part 61 Minimum Course Requirements

Flight Training:

  • 40 hours total time
  • 20 hours dual instruction, including:
  • 3 hours cross-country training
  • 3 hours instrument training
  • 3 hours night training
  • 10 night take-offs and landings to a full stop
  • Night cross-country over 100 NM total distance
  • 3 hours of prep within 60 days of practical test
  • 10 hours of solo flight including:
  • 5 hours of cross-country
  • 1 cross-country of at least 150 NM with one straight-line distance of 50 NM and 3 separate landing to a full stop.

Ground Training:

  • Must receive and log ground training from an authorized instructor or complete a home study course on the aeronautical knowledge required under Part 61.105(b)(1-13)
  • To take the written test the applicant must have a logbook endorsement from a flight or ground instructor per FAR 61.103(d)(1 & 2)
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