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Private Pilot License PPL

Private Pilot License PPLMore than 600,000 people in the United States are licensed to fly an aircraft, and of those, some 250,000 have private pilot certificates [source: Aircraft Owner and Pilots Association.

PPL Eligibility and Flight Time Requirements

To be certified by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) as a private pilot, student pilots must be at least 17 years old (for most types of aircraft), although they can begin training when they’re younger than that. They must be able to communicate in English — read, write, speak and understand the language. Student pilots also need to enlist a certified flight instructor (CFI) to oversee their training and endorse their logbooks. That means when they acquire certain skill sets or complete important new maneuvers, their instructor makes note of it in his or her logbooks. When the student is ready for solo flight, the instructor will note that, too.

Private pilots usually must complete a minimum 40 hours of flight time, though some flight schools are more meticulously structured and rigorously certified by the FAA, so their minimum is 35. Most student pilots, however, still need more than the 35 to 40 hours before they’re fully prepared. Estimates vary, but many fall within the range of 60 to 75 hours [source: FAA]. At a minimum, 20 of those hours are flown with the instructor — who can take over if necessary with newer students — and 10 of those hours are flown as supervised solos.

Here are the basic steps to follow for getting your private pilot license (source).

  1. Be at least 9-13 years of age. Must be 17 to take test but training can start anytime you’re tall enough to reach the rudder pedals.
  2. Be able to read, speak, write and understand English.
  3. Obtain a Class 3 FAA physical from a certified FAA medical examiner. Go to FAA.gov for a list of doctors in your area
  4. Enroll in a licensed flight school. Costs averages range from $7,000 to $9,000 for both ground school and flight training.
  5. Complete ground training. From a ground school, your flight instructor or online or even home study (books and video)
  6. After your instructor signs you off, take the written test which consists of 60 multiple-choice questions and can be taken at FAA testing centers or with licensed test providers. (usually at the FBO where you are taking your flight training) You must get at least 70% right to pass the written knowledge test
  7. Complete a minimum of forty hours of total flight time with at least 20 hours of instructed flight time.(average person takes 55-65 hours)
  8. Complete 10 hours of “solo” flight time, or flight time that you take without an instructor on board. Your instructor will decide when you are ready but is usually after about 20 to 25 hours of instructed flight time.
  9. Do a cross country flight that has a total length of 100 nautical miles and has at least 1 point of landing 50 nautical miles straight line distance form the airport of origin. Complete 3 solo cross country flights after that.
  10. Complete 5 hours of night instruction flight time (exactly as the name implies)
  11. After your instructor feels you are ready, complete your final exam or “check ride” accompanied by an FAA-certified examiner who will ask you questions and assess your abilities.
  12. Receive your private pilot’s license with a visual flight rules rating. This allows you to pilot a single-engine aircraft in good visibility during the day or at night as long as you abide by the FAR’s (federal aviation regulations) pertaining to your license.
  13. Check your local FBO, Google your airport and then tack on “FBO” and it should take you to the websites of the FBO/s at your local airport, there you can check if they have a pilot training program where you can get your Private Pilots License.

You can upgrade PPL license to further advanced certificates and licenses, such as CPL, ATP.

Flight School Pro Pilot Programs

The programs at Aviator Flight School Academy is designed to provide what the airline industry demands of future commercial pilots. The training you will receive at Aviator is one of the most intensive and challenging programs offered in aviation flight training today.

During your flight training you will fly a total of 259 hours, of which 200 hours will be in a multi-engine aircraft. No flight simulators are used for total flight time. The ground school portion is in a structured classroom environment.

You will receive a minimum of 643 instructional hours for Professional Pilot Program. 484 instructional hours for Commercial Pilot Program. The instructional hours includes all ground and flight training. 6 months of housing is included in the program.

If you come with a PPL 5 months will be included. Commercial Pilot program includes 4 months of housing, if you come with a PPL 3 months will be included.

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To speak with an instructor contact the college at 772-672-8222.

Distributed by Viestly

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