Private pilot license and approximate costs
is the first step in your aviation training. Lets go over
the requirements and the approximate costs.
- 17+ years old
Education requirements - Able to read,
write, and speak English fluently.
Flying time requirement - Minimum of 40
hours of flight training. This must include: Conversely,
if you fly twice a week, it will probably take fewer total
hours to get your license. This training must include a
hours of dual instruction including:
3 hours of cross-country to airports more than 50 miles
3 hours of instruments
3 hours of night including a 100 nautical mile round trip
and 10 night takeoffs and landings
3 hours of instruction within 60 days prior to your practical
hours of solo flight including:
5 hours of cross-country including a 150 nautical mile round
3 takeoffs and landing at an airfield with a control tower
Private pilot knowledge test with a score of 70% or better.
There are 60 multiple choice questions.
Practical flight test with an FAA-designated examiner. Nationwide,
the pass rate is about 90% for students on their first try!
The exam contents is defined by the FAA's Practical Test
Standard (PTS), and it includes both an oral exam and a
Average time to get private pilot license in US: 55
Approximate Costs - $6000 - $10000
Recommended way to train: Fly 2 hrs / week in the start.
This is the optimal way of training to get your license
in a cost and time effective way.
1. Look at FAA's
databank of about 700 questions for examination questions.
2. Check out Private Pilot License related books