The US Private Pilot’s License
A private pilot certificate is like a driver’s license. It allows you to fly anywhere in the United States and even outside the United States when you comply with regulations of the foreign country where the aircraft is operated. You can carry any number of passengers and you can share certain operating expenses with your passengers. Although there are currency and medical requirements to make sure you stay proficient and healthy, only a few other factors affect when and where you can fly. Once you earn your license, you are free to wander around in the skies below 18,000 feet above sea level to your heart’s content. You might take the family on a trip to see relatives in a distant state or use an airplane to shorten the time it takes to make business trips to another city. (source AOPA)
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There are some basic requirement that must be met in order to get your Private Pilot’s License:
- Be 16 years old to solo. (you can start earlier, just need to be 16 to solo)
- Be 17 years old to receive your pilot certificate.
- Read, speak, and understand English.
- Hold at least a third-class medical certificate.
- Pass a written exam
- Complete 40 hours of flight time, of which at least 20 hours are with an instructor and at least 10 of which are solo.
Everybody learns at a different pace; while some pilots are ready to solo at 10 hours and take their check ride right at 40 hours, we find that individual comfort levels vary and so does the amount of time it takes to complete training.
Students pay per hour for the time on the airplane (which includes fuel) and the instructor’s time.
Assuming 50 hours of total flight time in the Cessna 172.
Dual Instruction (25hrs) $1250.00
Airplane Rental (50hrs) $5500.00
Book & Materials $250
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