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Private Pilot Training Requirements

Many people don't quite understand the requirements needed to become a private pilot. There are a lot of subject areas both on the ground and in the airplane you will need to cover to meet the requirements for your private pilot license. Many people don't completely understand the Private Pilot License requirements needed and just look at the Pivate Pilot License general requirements.

There are many requirements needed in order to complete each phase of your Private Pilot Training. Pre Solo, Post Solo and Flight test Preparation are the three phases of your private pilot training.

In most cases you will find something like this outline of the general requirements. Remember this is just the general requirements for you to be eligible to take the private pilot practical test. You will want to also look into all of the student pilot and the aeronautical requirements also.

40 Hours Total

20 Hours Dual Instruction

10 Hours Solo

Now in other places you may see some added information

3 Hours Instrument

3 Hours Night

5 Hours Solo Cross Country

Now you want to remember this is just the general requirement. The ground instruction and student pilot requirments are not included in this requirement. The other requirements needed to complete your Private Pilot License are listed below.

Student Pilot Requirements: When you are ready to solo an aircraft you are know as a student pilot. There are two sections of requirements that will apply to you. The pre solo requirements are the first to look at. As a student pilot, there are pre solo requirements needed before you can go up in the plane by yourself. There is also an aeronautical knowledge requirement for student pilots before they solo.

The next section of requirements that will apply to student pilots are the post solo requirements. Before you can go on a solo cross country, these requirements must be met.

Flight Test requirements: In order to be eligible for the private pilot practical test you must meet the final requirements. At this point in time you will have to meet the general requirements for the private pilot license as well as all the student pilot requirements. There are both aeronautical experience and aeronautical knowledge requirements included within these regulations. That is flight instruction and ground instruction.

Many times the student doesn't realize what is exactly required, this can add up to more flights if something is missed by the flight instructor. The pilot examiner picking up these missed items on the day of your flight test is the worst case scenario. So you want to understand that there are more requirements than just the general aeronautical experience requirements needed for the flight test.

The reason I always explain this is so the student can get an idea of what is required to do at each stage of your training and then what is required for you to take your flight test. There are many subject areas you will need to know so you want to understand the process before you start spending money on yourprivate pilot training.

Hope to See You In The Sky


Frederick Longe has been flying since 1985. He has logged over 9,000 Hours of flight instruction alone. In 1998 Longe was awarded one of the first Master CFI Designations in the country by the National Association Of Flight Instructors. Airfreddy's Private Pilot Handbook

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