Private Pilot Requirements

Student Pilot Melody Knokey Keeping everyone safe is a top priority when flying a plane, so the FAA has made a variety of requirements that pilots must meet in order to be licensed (certified). Below is an outline of those requirements, as published by the FAA.

FAA Requirements to Become a Private Pilot:

  • Be at least 17 years old
  • Pass the FAA written examination
  • Receive Instructor's endorsement
  • Pass the FAA practical test
  • Be able to read, speak and understand the English language

40 Hours Total Flight/Training Time which includes:

  • 20 Hours of Dual Flight Instruction
    • 3 Hours of Dual Night Flight
    • 3 Hours of Instrument Training
  • 10 Hours of Solo Flight
    • 5 Hours of Cross Country Flight
  • 10 Hours of Ground Instruction

It is important to note that these are the minimum training requirements to apply for the Private Pilot certificate. More time may be required to attain the necessary proficiency prior to your FAA Private Pilot practical examination. Currently, the national average is 70 to 80 hours.

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