Private Pilot Certificate

Airplane Private Pilot Certificate Part 61 & 141

Basic but critical skills

The basic knowledge you acquire in our private pilot course is essential for flight safety throughout your future in aviation. Whether you plan to fly for fun, give rides to your family and friends, or become a professional pilot, it all begins with the private pilot certificate.

Our FAA-approved private pilot course provides rigorous training through simultaneous online learning, face-to-face ground school training, and in-flight instruction. Ground school and in-flight training curricula are each divided into three stages. At the end of each stage and at the end of the course, we check to make sure your progress toward the FAA practical test known as the “checkride.”

FAA Minimum Requirements


Part 61.109 Aeronautical Experience

  • Must have at least 40 hours of flight time,
  • Must receive at least 20 hours of flight training from an authorized instructor, and
  • Must have at least 10 hours of solo flight experience.
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Part 141 Appendix B

  • Must have at least 35 hours of flight time,
  • Must receive at least 20 hours of flight training from an authorized instructor, and
  • Must have at least 5 hours of solo flight training experience.
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Most students complete the training within 60 hours of instruction. However, every student learns at his or her own pace, so we cannot guarantee a specific timeframe for completion. We will not compromise your safety by meeting just the minimum number of training hours required by the FAA.

Step-by-Step Guide to Becoming Certified

Duration:Remarks:
Before training 2 weeksTSA finger-print screening (International Students ONLY)
Obtain medical certificate
Flight training with instructor4 weeksTakeoffs, maneuvers, landings
FAA written exam Minimum passing score is 70%.
Solo flights 1 weekAt least 10 hours
Cross-country flights 2 weekNavigation practices
Checkride preparation 1 weekOverall review of knowledge and skills
Practical test (checkride) Oral and flight examsand skills
Total: 2 to 3 months

Aircraft Fleets

Cessna C152

Cessna C172