To earn a private pilot license, you will have to log at least 40 hours of flight time. You will be required to fly 20 hours with your instructor and 10 hours solo. The other 10 hours can be solo or dual depending on your training needs. This is the minimum time required, most people take a little more time than this.

To be eligible for a private pilot certificate a person must:

1. Be at least 17 years of age.

2. Be able to read, speak, and write the English Language.

3. Hold a student pilot certificate.

4. Receive flight training and logbook endorsements form an authorized instructor.

5. Meet all of the aeronautical experience requirements required for the aircraft rating.

6. Pass a practical test.

7. Hold at least a class 3 medical certificate.

Your training will start by meeting with your instructor and determining your goals. This will help us to tailor the training to each individual. You will start flying right away with your instructor and will be assigned ground lessons to study on your own.

You will need to schedule a medical exam with an Aviation Medical Examiner (AME) to get your medical certificate before you are eligible to fly by yourself. There are 3 classes of medical certificates, Class 1, 2 and 3. If you do not every intend to fly for hire then a class 3 certificate is all that you will need. CLICK HERE to find the closest AME to you. 

A written exam and a practical test will be required. The written test will be 60 multi choice questions and has to be passed before you will be eligible to take you practical test. It is preferred that you pass this test by the time you are half way through your flight training. Don’t worry, this may seem intimidating but we will help prepare you to pass this test.

You will take the practical test at the very end; this will be a one on one oral and flight test with an FAA designated examiner. This test usually takes about 3 to 4 hours with about 1 to 2 hours of this being in the airplane.

Estimated cost to earn your PPL:

Total aircraft rental fees: $6,400 – $8,500

Total Instructor fees: $1,900 – $3500

Ground School and supplies: $325

Total: $8,625 – $12,325