Private pilot LICENSE

The Private Pilot License (PPL) is the most popular certificate held and a great place to start for those who are serious about learning how to fly. As a private pilot, you are required to obtain a third-class FAA medical certificate (or BasicMed) and pass a private pilot airplane knowledge and practical exam. Once this license is achieved, you will be able to act as pilot-in-command in a single-engine aircraft under Visual Flight Rules (VFR).

How much time will it take?

The FAA requires a minimum of 40 hours of flight time to gain a Private Pilot certificate. We have found that most students will require slightly more training than the minimum requirements. Immerse yourself in flight instruction several times a week or spread it out over several months, the choice is yours.

how much will it cost?

Listed below are the approximate costs of a Private Pilot certificate at the FAA minimums, and at an average that we at EFI Flight School have found to be accurate. These estimates are based on our current aircraft and instructor rates. Actual time and cost may vary depending on pilot proficiency, type of aircraft, frequency and consistency of flight lessons. .

Estimates based on FAA Part 61 minimums. Only 35 hours of flight time is required if training under Part 141. For more information on the differences between Part 61 and Part 141 flight training, click HERE.

what are the steps to earning my certificate?

  1. Prepare for the written test. From the first flight with your instructor you’ll need to study along the way in preparation for your written exam which is usually taken towards the end of your flight training.

  2. Dual Instruction. The majority of the hours flown in the beginning will be with a certified FAA flight instructor. During this time you will be introduced to maneuvers and skills required to develop into a proficient pilot.

  3. Acquire a FAA medical certificate. Before you may engage in solo flight training you must obtain at least a Third Class Medical Certificate issued by an FAA designated medical examiner.

  4. Solo Flight Training. When you are ready, your instructor will set you free to make your first solo flight. During this phase of flight training you will go out on your own and fine tune your skills. During this period you will build the confidence necessary to become a proficient pilot. You will remember that first solo for the rest of your life!

  5. Cross Country Flight. Not as daunting as it sounds, but you will, with the supervision of your instructor, travel solo from your home airport to one or more airports and back home. These exercises will ensure your ability to fly and navigate safely.

  6. Oral and Practical Test. Once you meet all the flight training requirements and your instructor believes you are proficient, you are then ready for your “check-ride”. This check ride is composed of an oral examination and a hands-on flight in the aircraft with an FAA designated examiner. The check ride examines your knowledge, practices, and proficiency at the controls of the aircraft.