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  • Be 16 years old to fly solo.
  • Be 17 years old to receive your pilot certificate.
  • Be a U.S. Citizen or acquire TSA Clearance
  • Read, speak, and understand English.
  • Hold at least a third-class medical certificate for private and recreational certificates.

The majority of pilots hold a private pilot license. Private pilots may not fly for compensation or hire. However, they may carry passengers as long as the pilot has the appropriate training, ratings, and endorsements. Less than one percent of the U.S. population holds a Private Pilot Certificate. Just by visiting our site, you have taken the first step towards becoming a private pilot. Training to become a Private Pilot can be challenging, but with our certified flight instructors helping you along the way, you will become a private pilot. 


The process can be broken down into the following subjects:

  • Aeronautical knowledge and FAA knowledge test
  • Pre-solo training in the airplane
  • Solo training
  • Flying to other airports (cross-county training)
  • Solo cross-county training
  • Practical test preparation
  • Practical test


From the AOPA Website -    A private pilot certificate is like a driver's license. It allows you to fly almost anywhere in the United States and even outside the United States when you comply with regulations of the foreign country where the aircraft is operated. You can carry any number of passengers, and you can share certain operating expenses with your passengers. A private pilot has fewer limitations than a recreational or sport pilot. 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. Once you earn your license, you are free to wander around in the skies below 18,000 feet to your heart's content. 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.

Private Pilot - Airplane Single Engine Land
To be eligible for a private pilot certificate a person must:

Flight Training Hours:
A minimum 20 hours flight instruction (including the following):

3 hours of cross-country flight
3 hours of flight on control and maneuvering by reference to instruments
3 hours within 60 calendar days prior to date of the practical test
3 hours of night flight

Over 100 Nautical Mile (NM) night cross-country
10 night landings to a full stop

A minimum of 10 total solo flight hours (including the following):

5 hours solo cross-country flight
1 solo cross-country of at least 150 NM

Full stop landings at 3 points
1 route segment more than 50 NM

3 takeoffs and full stop landings at an airport with a control tower

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