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Earning a Private Pilot License is the first step in any aviation career. The Private Pilot License permits the holder to pilot a single-engine aircraft privately. Whether for personal or professional purposes, earning your Private Pilot License will start you down your desired aviation pathway. Private pilots comprise the largest group of pilots and are among the most active flyers. 

 

Requirements: To become a private pilot, one must be at least 17 years old and have a minimum of 40 hours of flight time (the actual average is about 55 hours), including 20 hours of instruction and 10 hours of solo. 

 

After completion of the Private Pilot License, students may begin their Instrument Rating training. The Instrument Rating course trains pilots to fly an aircraft solely by reference to instruments in conditions of low visibility such as rain, low clouds, or heavy haze. When flying in these conditions, pilots follow instrument flight rules (IFR). The instrument rating provides the skills needed to complete flights without visual reference to the ground, except for the takeoff and landing phases. All pilots who fly above 18,000 feet mean sea level (msl) must have an instrument rating.

 

 

Requirements:

  • Hold at least a current private pilot certificate, or be concurrently applying for a private pilot certificate, with an airplane, helicopter, or powered-lift rating appropriate to the instrument rating sought;

  • Be able to read, speak, write, and understand the English language. If the applicant is unable to meet any of these requirements due to a medical condition, the Administrator may place such operating limitations on the applicant’s pilot certificate as are necessary for the safe operation of the aircraft;

  • Receive and log ground training from an authorized instructor or accomplish a home-study course of training on the aeronautical knowledge areas of paragraph (b) of this section that apply to the instrument rating sought.

  • Receive a logbook or training record endorsement from an authorized instructor certifying that the person is prepared to take the required knowledge test;

  • Receive and log training on the areas of operation of paragraph (c) of this section from an authorized instructor in an aircraft, flight simulator, or flight training device that represents an airplane, helicopter, or powered-lift appropriate to the instrument rating sought

  • Receive a logbook or training record endorsement from an authorized instructor certifying that the person is prepared to take the required practical test;

  • Pass the required knowledge test on the aeronautical knowledge areas of paragraph (b) of this section; however, an applicant is not required to take another knowledge test when that person already holds an instrument rating; and

  • Pass the required practical test on the areas of operation.