BECOMING A PRIVATE PILOT

AircrewConnect
10 May, 2022

Overview of the course

Our PPL training assists cadets in obtaining their Private Pilot License (PPL), which allows them to fly an aircraft for private or personal purposes at any time of day or night. Private pilots are taught to fly small planes on their own, as well as in necessary emergency procedures, aircraft maneuvers, cross-country flying, and navigation.

 

PPL cadets will have access to one of the state's largest aircraft fleets, which will include over 60 single and multi-engine aircraft, five different advanced FTDs (Flight Training Devices), and cutting-edge facilities such as high-intensity runway lighting, an AWOS weather reporting system, an FAA control tower, pre and post-flight briefing areas, and a dispatch center.

Step 1: Take a trial flight

Any type of aviation training requires a significant personal and financial effort. If you've never flown an aircraft before, arranging a trial flight is a terrific way to evaluate if getting a Private Pilot License is suitable for you.

A Certified Flight Instructor can explain what it takes to become a private pilot and give you a taste of life in the air on a trial flight.

Step 2. Check your eligibility

To begin your road to becoming a private pilot, you must first complete the qualifying requirements.

The following are the minimum entry criteria; for further information, please contact Admissions.

Age - Applicants must be at least 17 years and 6 months old when the program begins.

Medical - A photocopy of an FAA Medical Certificate is required for all candidates.

Cadets must pass a Wonderlic assessment and achieve or exceed the minimum score of 17.

Step 3: Obtain your medical certificate

To fly in an aircraft unaccompanied, every cadet aspiring to be a private pilot must get a Third-Class FAA-Approved Medical Certificate.

This medical certificate is required to assist assure the safety of all pilots while they are training for their PPL.

Obtaining your medical certificate is comparable to getting a standard physical, with a stronger emphasis on mental and neurological health, as well as eyesight and hearing.

All third-class medical certificates are valid for 5 years for those under the age of 40 and 2 years for those beyond the age of 40.

Step 4: Research PPL flight schools

Finding the correct institution to complete your training is critical.

you make every effort to guarantee that all of our students, regardless of their career path, receive the highest quality training in cutting-edge facilities.

Step 5: Complete ground school training

Every student pursuing a career as a private pilot must first complete ground school.

Ground school is taught in a regular classroom setting and is intended to teach cadets to theoretical ideas of flying and aviation. Ground school covers important aviation principles such as Federal Aviation Regulations, radio communication protocols, aerodynamics, and other issues.

Cadets must pass the FAA Written Pilot Exam after completing ground school in order to continue their studies. After passing this exam, cadets will be prepared to take the FAA Practical Exam for their Private Pilot License.

Step 6: Complete flight school training

The next stage in obtaining your Private Pilot License is to finish flight school training and, more significantly, to learn to fly an aircraft.

Flight school training includes all processes that occur before, during, and after a flight, such as flight preparations, navigation, emergency protocols, and take-off and landing procedures.

PPL students will be taught in one of our five FTDs as well as our fleet of about 90 single and multi-engine aircraft.

Step 7: Complete your FAA practical exam

The practical test, commonly known as a 'Checkride,' is the final step in acquiring your PPL.

Students must also have completed the following tasks in order to accomplish their 'Checkride':

  • 20 hours of instructor-led flying time

  • Solo flight time of 10 hours

  • 5 hours of solo cross-country flying and one cross-country flight of more than 150 nautical miles with three airport landings

  • 3 hours of nighttime flight

  • ten take-offs

  • 3 hours of fundamental instrument instruction

  • Obtain an Instructor recommendation.

What is next when you become a private pilot?

After obtaining your Private Pilot License, you may discover that you have a passion for flying and choose to pursue more training.

Private pilots can enhance their flying credentials by adding ratings to their certification, such as an Instrument Rating for flying at night or in bad weather.

Some private pilots pursue a commercial aviation career and enroll in a commercial pilot training program such as our Commercial Pilot Track (CPT) to gain the credentials and experience required for a commercial vocation.

Whether you chose to continue your education after earning your PPL or simply fly for fun, becoming a private pilot offers up a world of new prospects and experiences.