FAA Requirements to obtain a Private Pilot Certificate
1) Be at least 17 years of age.
2) Be able to read, write, and converse fluently in English.
3) Hold a current FAA medical certificate.
4) Receive and log ground training from an authorized instructor or complete a home-study course. Subjects include:
NTSB Part 830
Use of AIM and ACs
Use of VFR charts
Operation of aircraft
Weight and balance
Aerodynamics and systems
Aeronautical decision making (ADM)
Required preflight actions
5) Pass the FAA private pilot knowledge test with a score of 70% or better. Aerowood offers ground school courses to complete this knowledge test with classes at our facilities.
6) Accumulate flight experience (FAR 61.109). Receive a total of 40 hours of flight training and solo flight time, including:
20 hours of flight training from a certified flight instructor (CFI), including at least:
3 hours of cross-country, i.e., to other airports
3 hours at night including one cross-country flight of over 100 NM total distance,
10 takeoffs and landings to a full stop at an airport
3 hours of training to control and maneuver an airplane solely by reference to instruments
3 hours in a single-engine airplane in preparation for the private pilot practical test within 60 days prior to that test
10 hours of solo flight time in an airplane, including at least:
5 hours of cross-country time
One solo cross-country flight of at least 150 NM total distance, with full-stop landings at a minimum of three points and with one segment of the flight consisting of a straight-line distance of at least 50 NM between the takeoff and landing locations.
Three solo takeoffs and landings to a full stop at an airport with an operating control tower.
7) Receive flight instruction and demonstrate skill (FAR 61.107). Obtain a logbook sign-off by your CFI on the following areas of operation:
Takeoffs, landing and go-arounds
Ground reference maneuvers
Slow flight and stalls
Basic instrument maneuvers
8) Successfully complete a practical test.