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PPL Requirements – Check, Flight School Selection – Check, Happy Flying – Check

PPL Requirements - Check, Flight School Selection - Check, Happy Flying – CheckPrivate pilot courses prepare students to pass Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) exams and earn a Private Pilot Certificate. In addition, FAA, the government agency that oversees civilian aviation in the United States, doesn’t require individuals to have certain educational credentials before beginning pilot training. However, to begin civilian pilot training in the United States, individuals must be at least 16 years old and be able to read, write, speak and understand English.

Basic Requirements for PPL

Here are just a few of the basics requirements for the Private Pilot License.

  • You must be able to read, speak, write, and understand the English Language
  • You must be able to obtain at least a 3rd class FAA medical certificate
  • You must be 16 years old to get your student pilot license
  • You must to be 17 years old to get your private pilot license
  • You have to acquire 40 hours total flying time
  • 10 hours of the 40 hours must be solo (alone) flight time
  • 5 hours of the 10 solo must be cross- country (flying from one airport to another)
  • You must pass the FAA Private Pilot written exam
  • You must pass the Private Pilot Oral and Practical Exam
The Student Pilot License & Medical Certificates

Your can get your student pilot license at the same time you apply for a medical certificate. They are combined into one certificate for student pilots and they share a common application. Your flight instructor can give you a list of FAA certified medical examiners in your area, and they take care of all the necessary paper work after the exam. At the end of the exam the doctor removes a portion of the form you filed out and this serves as both your student pilot license and medical certificate.

Check List For Choosing Flight School

A major misconception about earning a pilot certificate is that candidates need an aviation background prior to joining pilot training school. Enrollment in an FAA-approved flight school usually ensures a high quality of training. FAA-approved schools meet prescribed standards with respect to equipment, facilities, personnel, and curricula. There are over 1400 flight schools in this country so there is a big selection out there and finding the right flight training school can be difficult.

Before beginning any sort of flight training you really need to do some homework on flight schools you would like to attend. The best way to ‘interview’ any potential flight school is to visit the school in person. Talk with the instructors and students, and then most importantly ask to see the maintenance hangar.

Checklist to consider:

  • Find out where the school is based. Is it within a reasonable distance from your home?
  • Take the opportunity to visit the various school’s in person.
  • Check the costs of training at different school’s.
  • Check whether ground school costs are included within the price quoted.
  • Ask what type of fleet the school has and are the aircraft well maintained.
  • Ask what the aircraft availability is like.
  • Ask the school whether you will have a personal instructor or different instructors throughout your training.
  • When visiting the school make sure you feel comfortable within that particular environment.
  • Try and speak to other students that have used or are using the school and get their opinion.

Whether your goal is to fly for a major airline company or improve your flying skills, the flight school you choose will give you the solid foundation you need to achieve your goals in becoming a professional pilot. Do your research to start your career as pilot right. Happy flying!

Why Choose Aviator Flight School For Your Pilot Training

Licensed by the State of Florida Commission For Independent Education License #4155
Aviator Flight Training Academy is a Division of Aviator College of Aeronautical Science & Technology, which is licensed by the State of Florida Commission for Independent Education and Accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges.

  • 27 Years in the Flight Training Industry
  • To date, Aviator has trained over 5000 pilots for the commercial airline industry
  • Only School Offering 200 Hours of Multi-Engine Time
  • Aviator is the only flight school that has a full 200 hours of multi-engine time included in our program
  • No Flight Training Devices (Simulators)
  • FTDs are not used towards your flight time for any ratings
  • Approved by the Federal Department of Education to offer Title IV Loans
  • Aviator has the ability to offer students federal funding on approved accredited programs
  • Job Placement Assistance with Regional Airlines
  • Aviator offers job placement assistance for our graduates
  • “A” Rating with United States Better Business Bureau
  • Classroom Environment – All classes taught in our educational center, NOT online



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Toll Free 1-800-635-9032

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