Requirements to be a Private Pilot
- Free Time
- Basic Health
Ready to start your dream of flight? You have 40 hours minimum of experience and practice ahead of you.
As discussed in previous posts you need to find a certified flight instructor(CFI) in your area.
You will spend 20 hours minimum of flight training with your CFI. Below is a breakdown of what you will accomplish in that 20 hour spread.
- 3 hours cross country
- 3 hours night flight
- 3 hours instrument flight
- 3 hours flight training 60 days before practical test.
You will also complete 10 hours minimum solo flight. A breakdown is provided below.
- 5 hours cross country
- 1 long cross country
- 150 nautical miles in distance.
- 3 airports in duration
- 3 takeoff’s and landings at a towered airport.
Below is a short video of what you can expect from your first solo flight.
How much flight time?
It really depends on how you are as a student. Age holds some weight in how long it will take you to complete all of the FAA requirements. So the FAA says 40 hours minimum but to truly become a private pilot you are likely to be at 50+ hours before you attempt your check-ride.
It is a labor of love you need to be committed to spending time learning. Not just in-flight but in ground training. You are learning an entirely new skill set. Be patient listen, learn, and practice.