Private Pilot Training

FAA Requirements for Private Pilot

  • Be at least 17 years old
  • Be able to read, speak, write and understand the English language
  • Obtain at least a third-class medical certificate from an Aviation Medical Examiner
  • Pass a computerized aeronautical knowledge test
  • Accumulate and log a specified amount of training and experience, including the following:
    • Solo requirements:
      • 5 hours of solo cross-country time
      • One solo cross-country flight of at least 150 nmi (280 km) total distance, with full-stop landings at a minimum of three points and with one segment of the flight consisting of a straight-line distance of at least 50 nmi (93 km) between the takeoff and landing locations
      • Three solo takeoffs and landings to a full stop at an airport with an operating control tower.
    • Night requirements:
      • 3 hours of night flight training
      • 10 takeoffs and 10 landings to a full stop (with each landing involving a flight in the traffic pattern) at an airport
      • 3 hours of flight training on the control and maneuvering solely by reference to instruments
      • 3 hours of flight training for cross country flights
      • 3 hours of flight training with an authorized instructor in preparation for the practical test, which must have been performed within the preceding 2 calendar months from the month of the test
  • Pass an oral test and flight test administered by an FAA inspector, FAA-designated examiner, or authorized check instructor
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