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Private Pilot Certificate 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.
Cost to get a Private Pilot Certificate
There are many factors that can affect the cost of your flight training such as: frequency of training, prior preparation, and weather. Each person is different with regards to how much time and money it takes to obtain their private pilot certificate.
Below is an estimated cost example.
Private Pilot Estimate in a: Cessna 152
Flight Training (Approx. 40 hours) $2000
Ground Training (Approx. 15 hours) $1470
Aircraft Rental (Approx. 40 hours) $3920
Private Pilot Supplies $250
Ground Instruction $840
Examination Fees $500
Estimated Total $8980
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