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Here’s What It Takes

Be at least 17 years old
Be able to read, speak and write English
Have a 3rd Class Medical Certificate
      Learn more about medical certificates
      Find an FAA Aviation Medical Examiner
      Fill out the required form online*
Complete 40 hours of airplane time including:
     • 15 hours of flight instruction with a CFI
     • 3 hours of solo flight time
Pass two tests:
     • Private Pilot FAA Written Test
     • Private Pilot FAA Checkride

*Some AME’s still prefer paper forms
 
 
 

 

Recreational Pilot’s License

The Recreational Pilot’s License allows you to fly during the day within 50 nautical miles of your airport. It also allows you to carry one passenger and go further from home with certain restrictions. Although less training is required and you can get up to the sky faster, many pilots choose to skip this certification and work directly toward their Private Pilot’s License. But, for enjoying the freedom of flight in your local area, this is a very cost effective option.

 
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