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“Man must rise above the Earth, to the top of the atmosphere and beyond, for only thus will he fully understand the world in which he lives." - Socrates

The private pilot certificate is the equivalent of a regular driver's license. It allows you to fly almost anywhere within the 5 million square miles of United States airspace, giving you access to over 5,000 public-use airports. You may use this certificate to fly both at daytime and nighttime while carrying passengers. However, without an instrument rating, you will be restricted to fair-weather flying. 

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FAA Certification Requirements

  • Must be at least 17 years of age (16 to solo, and training may begin at any age)
  • Be able to read, write, and understand English
  • Hold a current 3rd class medical or greater
  • Accumulate 40 hours of flight time
  • Pass the FAA knowledge test and practical test

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What to Expect in the Course

The training follows a structured syllabus, but it may be easily tailored to the individual student as needed. The training includes both classroom and flight training and is broken up into 3 stages, each with different core objectives. The following are partial lists of what to expect in each stage:

Stage 1

Stage 1

Stage 1

Basic aircraft control
Aerodynamics
Aircraft systems
Weather Theory
Emergencies
Takeoffs and landings


Core Objective: Complete your first solo flight

Stage 2

Stage 1

Stage 1

Navigation
Cross-country flight planning
Flying by reference to only instruments
Flying at night
Operations at towered airports



Core Objective: Complete a series of solo cross-country flights

Stage 3

Stage 1

Stage 3

Further develop flying skills
Build knowledge in all subject matter areas
Pass the FAA knowledge test
Demonstrate proficiency during an end-of-course check



Core Objective: Pass the Private Pilot practical test

Approximate Cost

$10,000 - $15,000

Approximate Time Commitment

3 months - 1 year

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