Private Pilot

Aircraft on Landing at Airport

What are the requirements to become a Private Pilot?

  • There are no age requirements to start training, but you must be at least 16 years old to solo, and 17 years old to become a Private Pilot
  • Be able to read, speak, write, and understand the English language
  • Pass the required FAA Knowledge Exam (That’s where this course comes in)
  • Meet the Aeronautical Experience (Flight) Requirements – See Below
  • Pass an FAA Practical Exam that consists of an Oral Exam and a Practical Test with an FAA Examiner or Designated Pilot Examiner (DPE)
  • For a detailed listing of all of the FAA requirements, we have added a link below to the Federal Aviation Regulations which cover licensing requirements for a Private Pilot.

What are the Aeronautical (Flight) Requirements?

A student is required to have a minimum of 40 hours of flight time which is broken down in the following categories:

Dual: 20 hours minimum of flight training with an instructor on the Private Pilot areas of operation including:

  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:
    a) 1 cross country flight of over 100 nm total distance; and
    b) 10 T/O’s and 10 landings to a full stop with each involving a flight in the traffic pattern at an airport.
  3. 3 hours of flight training by reference to instruments in a single engine airplane; and
  4. 3 hours of flight training in a single engine airplane within the 60 days prior to the practical test.

Solo: 10 hours minimum of solo flying in a single engine airplane on the Private Pilot areas of operation including:

  1. 5 hours of solo cross country flying;
  2. 1 solo cross country flight of at least 150nm total distance with full stop landings at 3 points and one segment of at least 50nm between T/O and landings; and
  3. 3 T/O’s and landings to a full stop at an airport with an operating control tower.

Keep in mind while 40 hours of flight time is the minimum, the national average is around 65 hours.

Is there an age limit?

  • There is no age limit for this course or to take the FAA written exam. The only age requirement for pilot training is you must be 16 in order to solo during your flight training and must be 17 for the private pilot license.

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