Private Pilot Certificate

What Does the Private Pilot Certificate Allow Me to Do?

The Private Pilot Certificate is the first certificate (license) that most pilots obtain. It allows you to fly aircraft as far as you'd like, even internationally, whenever you'd like, day or night.  You can carry as many passengers as the airplane will allow, and can rent or even purchase your own aircraft! It is valid for life; no expiration! 

The Private Pilot's certificate is equivalent to an Associate's degree. It is the first level pilot certificate you are able to obtain, and and is considered an introductory pilot certification that allows you to exercise the freedom and utility of private flight. Because of this recognition, you CANNOT be paid or make money directly as a private pilot. More advanced training is required for a Commercial Pilot certificate and/or an ATP (Airline/Transport Pilot) certificate. Comparatively, an Instrument rating is equivalent to a Bachelor's degree, a Commercial Pilot certificate is equivalent to a Master's degree, an ATP certificate is equivalent to a PhD/Doctorate degree, and a Certified Flight Instructor is equivalent to a Master's/PhD teaching degree.

What Are My Limitations as a Private Pilot?

As a Private Pilot, the major limitation is that under most circumstances, you cannot be paid to fly.  You can, however, split the cost of the flight between yourself and your passengers.  Another limitation is that, unless you have an instrument rating, you are restricted to VFR flying only, meaning only good weather and altitudes below 18,000 feet. 

What Are the Requirements for Getting a Private Pilot Certificate?

-Must be at least 17 years of age (16 to solo)

-Must be able to read, write, speak, and understand the English language

-Must obtain a 3rd Class Airman Medical Certificate (not much different than a basic physical)

-Must complete at least 40 hours of flight training, including 10 hours of solo flying

-Must receive ground instruction as appropriate to pass the knowledge and practical tests

-Must pass a written knowledge test and a practical (flight) test

-Click here to see detailed requirements on earning your Private Certificate and scroll down to "Subpart E- Private Pilots" 

When Can I Start Classes to Earn My Certificate?

Earning your Pilot Certificate is much easier and informal than you may think. Like most flight schools, Clear Air Aviation LLC offers one-on-one classroom and flying time with an expert instructor, and scheduling is based on your needs. You can make your own schedule as far in advance as you'd like, but most student pilots will make a monthly or weekly schedule. One or more lessons per week are recommended to help minimize cost by reducing the amount of review needed from one lesson to the next.

How Much Does it Cost?

The cost of learning to fly has many variables, and is largely based on three factors: Frequency of training, quality of instruction and individual aptitude. To successfully complete your flight training and earn your pilot certificate, training no less than one to two times per week with a quality flight instructor is critical. Clear Air Aviation LLC can provide you with all of the tools necessary to accomplish your aviation dreams.

Please contact Clear Air Aviation LLC for more information.

Financing options are available.