Private Pilot Eligibility Requirements?
- Be 16 years of age to become a Student Pilot.
- Be 17 years of age to become a Private Pilot.
- Be able to read, speak, write, and understand the English language.
- Be a U.S. citizen or receive clearance from the TSA under the Alien Flight Student Program (AFSP).
- Hold at least a third-class medical certificate.
What Are the Steps to Become a Private Pilot?
To become a Private Pilot, you must complete the following:
- An aeronautical knowledge exam, administered by the FAA
- Pre-solo training with an authorized instructor
- Solo training
- Cross-country flight training
- Solo cross-country flying
- Practical test preparation
- Practical test (checkride)
What Aeronautical Experience is Required?
Minimum of forty (40) hours of flight time, including:
- Twenty (20) hours of flight training from an authorized instructor, including:
- Three (3) hours of cross-country training
- Three (3) hours of night flight training, including:
- A cross-country flight over 100 nautical miles total distance, and
- Ten (10) takeoffs and landings to a full stop
- Three (3) hours of flight training by reference to instruments
- Three (3) hours of flight training with an authorized instructor within two (2) calendar months prior to the date of the checkride
- Ten (10) hours of solo flight time, including:
- at least five (5) hours of solo cross-country time, including:
- one solo cross-country flight of 150 nautical miles total distance with full-stop landings at three (3) airports
- Three (3) takeoffs and landings to a full stop at an airport with an operating control tower