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Private Pilot Certificate

General Requirements:
1. Be at least 17 years of age. 2. Be able to read, speak and understand the English language. 3. Obtain at least a current third-class FAA medical certificate. 4. Pass the FAA written knowledge test as well as the FAA practical flight test.
Flight Requirements:
Minimum of 40 hours of flight which must include the following:
1. Minimum of 20 hours of flight instruction, which includes:

  • •3 hours of cross country;
  • •3 hours of instrument flight;
  • •3 hours of night flying

2. Minimum of 10 hours solo flight, which includes:
  • •5 hours solo country
  • •Three take-offs and landings at an airport with an operating control tower

3. The balance of 10 hours may be with a flight instructor or solo.

Note: 40 hours in the minimum set by the Federal Aviation Administration.  Most pilots will require more flight time to be prepared for the practical test.  While the normal average is 70 hours,

Estimated Cost Requirements (Note: the actual amount varies with each pilot and the amount of time they spend flying):
Aircraft Rental (Cessna 172) - 40 Hours @ 125.00/hr


Instructor Time (includes flight and ground time) - 50 hours @ 48/hr


Training Materials (tax included)


FAA Third-Class Medical Exam (average)


FAA Written Exam


FAA Flight Test with designated pilot examiner




Approximate Total Cost


*Actual cost may vary. Some pilots spend more time then the minimum amount of time flying. Rates of the Aircraft and rate of the instructor may increase without notice.

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