what your ultimate goal in aviation is, you will start by earning a Private Pilot's license.
Beginning Private Pilots – Learning to Fly
- Be at least 16 years old to solo
- Be at least 17
years to take FAA practical test
- Be able to read,
speak, and write in English
- Pass a physical
exam administered by an Aviation Medical Examiner
- Pass a written
exam (at least 70%)
- Complete a
practical test with FAA examiner
Legal Minimum Required Instruction*
- 40 hours total flight time
- 20 hours of flight instruction
- 10 hours of solo
- 3 hours of cross
- 3 hours of night
- 3 hours of
- 3 hours of
preparation for practical test
is approximately 80 hours
3 steps to becoming a Private Pilot
- Pre-Solo - Airplane handling, going to/from a practice area, take-offs and landings,
radio communications (approx. 40 hours).
Navigation to/from distant airports. Advanced take-offs and landings, handling emergencies. (approx 20 hours).
- Practical test:
Preparation for the FAA practical test. (approx. 20 hours).
have earned a Private license, you can work toward other certificates. A Commercial certificate allows you to be paid for your flying. A CFI
(Certificated Flight instructor) certificate enables you to teach
others. An Airline Transport Pilot certificate (ATP) is what you'll need if
you want to fly a commercial airliner. You can also add a variety of
ratings that will allow you to expand your activities to include
piloting multi-engine airplanes and/or navigating using instruments
through the fog and clouds.
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Estimate of Cost for Private Pilot License*
| 70 hours of dual flight time|| $15000|
| 10 hours of solo flight time|| $1500|
| 12 months members dues|| $540|
| FAA practical exam fee|| $500|
| Books and supplies|| $300|
| Ground school|| $200|
| FAA knowledge test|| $150|
| Medical exam|| $110|
| Total|| $18300|
*Assumes typical $150/hr aircraft rate, $65/hr CFI fee. Actual costs vary depending
upon choice of aircraft, CFI, and total hours flown.
Aircraft rentals are available for as low as $94/hr. Instructor rates are available as low as $50 per hour.