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Private Pilot Certificate

Private Pilot Certificate
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A private pilot can fly a large number of aircraft from small single engine airplanes to larger multi-engine aircraft if they have obtained the required training, ratings and endorsements for the aircraft they wish to fly.  They may also carry passengers, fly during the day or night, and are not subject to altitude or additional airspace restrictions.   Private pilots may not fly for compensation or hire but can share the cost of a flight with passengers.

To become a private pilot you must first become a student pilot.  Your student pilot certificate is issued by the FAA; we will help you fill out the application using IACRA. You will also have to obtain a Third Class Medical certificate. You can start flying without a student pilot certificate or your medical certificate, but you must have both to fly solo.  Student pilots receive flight and ground training from a Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) preparing the student for the private pilot written and practical exams.

When you have completed your training you will take the private pilot practical exam with a FAA Designated Examiner.  You are now a private pilot!


- 17 Years Old 

- 16 Years Old for Solo flight

- 40 Hours of Flight Time

- Solo Flight Time - 10 Hours

- Night Time - 3 Hours

- Be able to read, speak, and understand the English language

- Obtain at least a current third-class medical certificate

- Pass a knowledge test as well as the practical test

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