PRIVATE PILOT PREREQUISITES
- 16 Years of Age to Solo
- 17 Years of Age for License
- Pass the FAA 3rd Class Medical
- Understand & Speak English
PRIVATE PILOT STEPS
- Attend a Ground School or Self Study
- Minimum of 40 Flight Hours
- Pass FAA Private Pilot Written exam
- Pass the Check-ride
PRIVATE PILOT PRIVILEGES
- Fly Single Engine Airplanes
- Fly Day or night
- Carry Passengers
- Fly in Visual Flight Rules (VFR) Conditions
PRIVATE PILOT CONTENT
These are typically 1-2 hours. We ask you to arrive 10-15 minutes early. You will spend approximately that amount of time on the pre-flight and then brief with your instructor before you take to the sky.
Your training will include:
- Preflighting the Aircraft. How to inspect the airplane prior to each flight.
- Introduction to the Aircraft. Taxi, takeoff, straight and level flight, turns, climbs, descent, landing and post-flight procedures.
- Flight Communications. Communications and an introduction to flight by instrument reference.
- Slow Flight, Stalls and Steep Turns. Slow flight, stall recognition and recovery, spin awareness, and steep turns.
- Ground Reference Maneuvers. Ground reference maneuvers and emergency procedures.
- Preparation for the Traffic Pattern. Preparation for practicing takeoffs and landings.
- Takeoffs and Landings. Touch and Go landings.
- Advanced Takeoff and Landing Techniques. Soft field takeoffs and landings, short field takeoffs and landings, no-flap takeoffs and landings, forward slips to landings and crosswind landings.
- Flight Planning. Flight planning techniques used for cross-country flight and how to obtain weather information.
- Cross Country Flight. Make a cross country flight using dead reckoning and pilotage, open and close flight plans, request flight following and communications.
- Cross Country with Radio Navigation. Fly cross-country using radio navigation techniques. Homing and tracking using a VOR.
- Night Flight. Night flying techniques.
- Diversions and Lost Procedures. How to initiate a diversion and what to do if you are lost.
- Test Preparation. Preparation for your practical test and an introduction to the skills needed to recover from unusual flight attitudes.