Private Pilot Certification Requirements

Quite often, prospective students inquire as to the specific requirements to get their Private Pilot's License.  In addition to ground school and passing the written test (both of which we facilitate), the following are the minimum air-work requirements per the Federal Aviation Administration.  

For a Single Engine Airplane Rating:

Total Time: 40 hours which consists of at least:
  1. Dual: 20 hours of flight training with an instructor on the Private Pilot areas of operation that includes:
    1. 3 hours of cross-country flight training in a single engine airplane;
    2. 3 hours of night flight training in a single engine airplane, that includes at least-
      1. 1 cross-country flight of over 100 nm. total distance; and
      2. 10 takeoffs and 10 landings with each involving a flight in the traffic pattern.
    3. 3 hours of flight training by reference to instruments in a single engine airplane; and (See Note)
    4. 3 hours of flight training in a single engine airplane within the preceding 60 days prior to the practical test.
  2. Solo: 10 hours of solo flying in a single engine airplane on the Private Pilot areas of operation, that includes:
    1. 5 hours of solo cross-country flying;
    2. 1 solo cross-country flight of at least 150 nm. total distance with 3 points and one segment of at least 50 nm. between takeoff and landings; and
    3. 3 takeoffs and landings at a controlled airport.