The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requires a minimum of forty flight hours to obtain a private pilot's license. However, in reality the national average flight time as a student pilot is approximately 50 hours. Your actual flight time required, and the resulting cost of training, are dependent on your abilities, frequency of flight lessons, and the weather. Our experience shows that the average student needs about six months and 50 to 55 flight hours to complete training and earn their private pilot certificate.
Once you have taken a medical examination and received an FAA medical certificate you are ready to begin your training and preparation for solo flight. All flight instruction is on an individual basis and can be scheduled at your convenience. There is no requirement to enroll in a formal ground school and ground training does not necessarily have to be completed before your first flight lesson. The ground training is in conjunction with your flight training and will prepare you to pass a national standardized written test.
Flight training is structured to teach you those skills that will allow you to operate an aircraft safely as a private pilot. The final phase of your training is a practical flight test in an aircraft that includes an oral exam on the knowledge you have gained during training.
General aviation is a fun, exciting, and safe avocation. We hope to see you in the air soon!
Private Pilot Requirements
To become a private pilot, you must:
- Be at least 17 years of age, 16 to solo
- Log at least 40 hours in the air
- At least 20 hours with and instructor
- At least 10 hours of solo flight
- 3 hours of cross-country flight
- 3 hours of night flight
- 3 hours of instrument time
- at least 10 takeoffs and landings
- 100 NM + cross country
- 5 hours of solo cross country
- 150 NM + 3-leg solo cross country
- control tower operations with 3 takeoffs and landings
- Pass an FAA administered written airmen knowledge exam
- Possess a Third Class FAA Medical Certificate, or better
- Pass a Private Pilot Practical Test, flight and oral, with a pilot examiner
PRIVATE PILOT COURSE PRICING ESTIMATE BASED ON 50 HOURS
|Charts (AFD, Sectionals)
|FAA Check ride
Remember...40 hours is the absolute minimum. Most students require between 50 and 70 hours to become proficient enough to be a SAFE pilot.
**This price does not include sales tax for solo flights.
This price is just a sample of what you could expect to pay to get this license.
Call us at (407) 898 - 5050 or e-mail us
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