TRAINING

PRIVATE PILOT

The foundation of flying

This is where it all begins. You will be tested on two aspects: physically flying the aircraft and your knowledge of flight.

The requirements to become a Private Pilot are:

  • Be 17 years old (but you can solo an airplane at 16). There is no minimum age to start taking lessons.

  • Be able to read, speak, and write the English language

  • Obtain a medical certificate

  • Pass a knowledge exam

  • Fly a minimum of 40 hours, including 20 hours with an instructor, and 10 hours solo in the airplane. Among those 40 hours are a series of sub-
    requirements, including night and long-distance flying.

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INSTRUMENT RATING

Advance your skills

This is where you become a safer and more precise pilot allowing flight in and above the clouds.

To become an instrument pilot, you must:

  • Hold at least a private pilot certificate

  • Be able to read, speak, write, and understand the English language

  • Pass a knowledge exam

  • Log 50hrs cross country time as PIC (10hrs must be in airplanes)

  • Log 15hrs of instrument flight training with an authorized instructor

  • Meet the aeronautical experience requirements of 14 CFR 61.65 (40hrs of actual or simulated instrument time)

  • Pass the Instrument Rating Practical Test

COMMERICAL

You can finally make money flying

  • Commercial pilot candidates must be at least 18 years old

  • Be able to read, speak, write, and understand English

  • Hold at least a private pilot certificate.

  • Acquire a minimum of 250 flight hours with the aeronautical experience listed in FAR 61.129

  • Pass the aeronautical knowledge test

  • Pass the Commercial Rating Practical Test

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GETTING STARTED IN FLIGHT TRAINING

AOPA (Aircraft Owners and Pilot Association) has some incredible resources for pilots. I encourage all my students and anyone interested in flying to join them. Listed below is two great free resources from AOPA.

FREE AOPA 6 MONTH MEMBERSHIP

AOPA Student Pilot Membership

GETTING STARTED FLYING GUIDE

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