Obtaining a Private Pilot Certificate is the first step for people who are looking to fly an aircraft. A Private Pilot Certificate will allow you to fly with passengers as well as at night. There are many aircraft that you can fly with this rating.
The minimum requirements needed to be eligible for a Private Pilot Certificate are:
- No age requirement for flight instruction but you must:
- Be 16 years old to solo
- Be 17 years old to receive your pilot certificate
- Read, speak and understand English
- Hold at least a third-class medical/student pilot certificate
Learning to fly is a combination of acquiring aeronautical knowledge, flight proficiency, and experience. Of the more than 600,000 pilots in the United States today, almost half hold private pilot certificates. The process to obtaining your private pilot certificate includes:
- Pre-solo training
- Solo flight time
- Cross-country training
- Solo cross-country flights
- FAA aeronautical knowledge test*
- Practical Test preparation
- Practical Test
*Aeronautical knowledge encompasses various subjects like aerodynamics, how the systems of the airplane that you are flying work, weather, FAA regulations, principles of navigation, aeronautical factors, aeronautical decision making, stall/spin awareness, and National Transportation and Safety Board incident/accident reporting requirements. We offer an online based training course that includes all of the necessary information needed to pass the FAA aeronautical knowledge test.