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Private Pilot Certificate Requirements

Minimum Requirements:
 
  • Be at least 17 years of age
  • Read, speak, write, and understand English
  • Pass the required knowledge test
  • 40 hours of total flight time
            Min. 20 hours flight training
            Min. 10 hours solo flying
  • Pass the practical test with an FAA examiner
* While the minimum number of hours required by the FAA is 40, aspiring pilots should keep in mind that the average number of hours to complete a private pilot certificate is about 60. Flying more often and more regularly can speed up flight training, as can diligent home study habits and using training aids like flight simulator software.
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