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How to Become a Private Pilot

Be a Pilot

Sick of all the go-arounds? No pun intended..

Becoming a private pilot is actually a lot easier than one might think. Let me just go ahead and say that a lot of the so called requirements that you may have heard are false.

“You need a college degree!”

That is false. We are talking about a private pilot not a commercially rated pilot. Even a commercially rated pilot does not require a college degree.

So this brings us to the first topic of discussion.

Where Do I Start?

Find a certified flight instructor in your area. Make sure you are comfortable with him/her by doing an introductory flight. You will spend 25-40 hours with them minimum. Even though this is a minimum it is highly unlikely that you will achieve your private pilots license under 50 hours.

Age has a large affect on how long it will take you to complete your training time.

There are many different forms of media out there to become a private pilot. However I would say the best would be the complete pilot package.

What Type of Rating Do I need?

Well this can only be answered by you. Let me just ask, what do you want to do as a pilot?

Are you looking to go out on the weekends and practice aerobatics? If that’s the case you can get by with a sports pilot license.

Do you want to be like me and fly your buddies to exotic locations for vacation? Answer: Private Pilot.

If you want to be a pilot for money a commercial license is required. We will discuss this in detail later.

What Will It Cost?

This is where it gets tricky. I can rent a plane for $80/hour and use my certified flight instructor for $40/hour.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requires a minimum of 40 hours for a private pilots license.

So by that logic without any ground training and being a perfect student it would cost me $4800 to get my private pilots license.

My actual cost for a private pilots license was $10,000.


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