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Getting your Private Pilot License is one of the most gratifying accomplishments you will make. It is the first step in your aviation future, whether for personal pleasure or to pursue an aviation career. Your first flight will be an introduction lesson and a flight in a training airplane of your choice. During your training you will learn all aspects of becoming a pilot including aerodynamics, weather, and aircraft systems. After 10 to 20 hours of flight training, you will be authorized to solo. Further training will consist of cross-country flying and becoming more competent with the different flight maneuvers required. Your final training will prepare you for your checkride with the FAA, which includes an oral and flight test.

The FAA Guidelines that must be met to obtain a Private Pilot License are as follows:

1. Be at least 17 years of age (when you finish your training).

2. Be able to read, speak, write, and converse fluently in English.

3. Obtain at least a third class FAA Medical certificate and student pilot certificate.

4. Pass the Pilot Knowledge test with a score of 70 percent or better. All FAA tests are administered at FAA-designated computer testing centers.

5. Meet the following FAA lesson requirements for Private License:

  • 40 total hours which must include at least
  • 20 dual hours with an instructor
  • 10 solo hours
  • 3 hours of night dual to include:
  • Night dual cross-country over 100 nm
  • 10 takeoffs and landings performed to a full stop
  • 3 hours of simulated or actual instrument flight
  • 3 hours of practical test prep in the previous 60 days
  • 1 solo cross-country at least 150nm long, with landings at 3 separate airports

6. Complete a Flight Test which will be given as a final exam by an FAA-designated pilot examiner.

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