Private Pilot Training – A Guide to Earning Your FAA Private Pilot Certificate

Do you have a passion for flying? Are you interested in learning to fly? This article is intended to cover the basics of obtaining a Federal Aviation Administration Private Pilot Certificate with a Single-Engine Land Rating. To earn this certificate, there is a lot of time, dedication, hard work, and passion involved.  fake mc

While there are other certificates available from the FAA, such as the Recreational Pilot Certificate, and the Sport Pilot Certificate, these certificates impose weight, distance, and passenger restrictions. As such, I have decided in this article to focus instead on the Private Pilot Certificate.

A Private Pilot Certificate with a Single-Engine Land Rating, or private pilot license as some refer to it, allows a pilot to fly any single-engine aircraft that will take off from, and land on, the ground. This certificate also grants increased privileges over the lower certifications like the student pilot certificate, recreational pilot certificate or the newer sport pilot certificate.


The basic requirements to obtaining a Private Pilot License with a Single-Engine Land Rating are stated in the Code of Federal Regulations, or CFR, 61.103 and are as follows:


  • Must be at least 17 years of age
  • Read, write, speak and understand English
  • Pass an FAA Medical Exam
  • Pass an FAA Written Knowledge Test with a score of at least 70
  • Obtain at least 40 Hours of logged flight time and aviation training.
  • Pass an FAA Check Ride / Oral Exam


It should also be noted that in order to earn a Private Pilot Certificate, you will need to start with a Student Pilot Certificate. The requirements of which are stated in CFR 61.83 and are as follows:


  • Must be at least 16 years of age
  • Read, write, speak and understand English
  • Pass an FAA Medical Exam
  • Before you can solo you will need to pass a knowledge test.


The Path to Flight

The normal path to becoming a pilot is as follows:

The MOST important first step you can take to becoming a pilot is to simply do it. Start your private pilot training today. Too often people put off their dreams, I strongly encourage anyone with a passion to learn how to fly to get started as soon as you can. Taking the first step towards your dreams is the most effective way to achieve them.

Get an FAA Medical Exam

This is a physical that requires certain health requirements to obtain. It is required to obtain your Student Pilot License during private pilot training, and you will have to maintain a current valid FAA Medical Certification as long as you want to be able to fly.


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