A Private pilot certificate is like a driver’s license,
allowing you to join a select group of individuals who can fly anywhere in the United States. You can carry any number of passengers, and you can share certain operating expenses with your passengers. Although, there are currency and medical requirements to make sure you stay proficient and healthy, only a few other factors affect when and where you can fly. You might take the family on a trip to see relatives in a distant state or use an airplane to shorten the time it takes to make business trips to another city. Airplanes are readily available for rental once you obtain a pilot certificate or you may even consider owning your own airplane.
To become a Private pilot you must:
- Read, speak, and understand English.
- Hold at least a third-class medical certificate from an Aviation Medical Examiner.
- Pass a Knowledge Test and a Practical Exam.
- Be 16 years old to solo, however training may begin at an earlier age.
- Be 17 years old to receive your pilot certificate.
Training toward a pilot certificate is done in two steps. Step 1 is obtaining the training in the aeronautical knowledge areas required of a Private pilot. This knowledge is tested through an exam taken on a computer (similar to the driver’s license examination). Step 2 is receiving the hands-on flight training to gain proficiency in the piloting skills required of a Private pilot. These skills are then tested by an examiner in the airplane (the practical test) and your pilot certificate is issued.
In order to help our students to prepare for the knowledge test, we offer a Ground School several times throught the year.
Flight Training is broken down into three phases:
- Pre-Solo: Aircraft Control and learning how to land.
- Cross Country Flying: Flying to other airports and night flying.
- Checkride Preperation: Preparing for the Practical Test.
See our Frequenctly Asked Questions.
Cost to Earn Your Private Pilot Certificate
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