Private Pilot Training
Private Pilot training is accomplished in the Cessna 172 a proven airplane that has taught many pilots how to fly. Below is a general outline of the requirements that must be accomplished to earn a private pilot certificate.
Be sure to have a look at the frequently asked questions page.
Private Pilot Eligibility:
- Be at least 17 years of age.
- Be able to read, speak, write, and understand English.
Private Pilot Limitations:
- May not carry passengers or property for compensation or hire.
Before you solo you will need to have:
- Student pilot certificate.
- Medical certificate.
- Passed a pre-solo written test.
- Complete all pre-solo flight training including, but not limited to:
- emergency procedures
- Flight instructor endorsements.
- Be able to competently and safely fly the airplane in the local area.
There is no minimum flight hour requirement for solo flight, but your solo flight privileges are at your flight instructors discretion.
Before the practical test you will need to:
- Completed all pre-solo requirements.
- Passed the private pilot aeronautical knowledge test with a score of 70% or better.
- Completed at minimum 40 hours of flight time.
- Flight instructors endorsements.
40 Hour Flight Time Break Down
20 hours of flight training which includes:
- 8 hour of various maneuvers and procedures.
- 3 hours of cross-country flight.
- 3 hours of night flight.
- One cross-country flight over 100 nautical miles total distance.
- Ten night landings to a full stop.
- 3 hours of flight by reference to the instruments including the use of radio communication, navigation systems and radar facilities.
- 3 hours of preparation within the 60 days of the practical test.
10 hours of solo flight of which includes:
- 5 hours hour of various maneuvers and procedures.
- 3 solo takeoffs and landings to a full stop at an airport with an operating control.
- 5 hours cross-country flight time.
- One flight of at least 150 nautical miles with 3 landings, including one leg of at least 50 nautical miles straight line distance from takeoff to landing.
10 hours of any various combination of the above.
While the regulations require a minimum of 40 hours of flight time, 50 to 70 hours is more likely. As with your solo flight it is up to you and your flight instructors discretion when you take the practical test.