Becoming a Private Pilot
Private Pilot Training
The Private Pilot Course is for our new students who may or may not have received previous training but do not yet possess their private pilot certificate. Springs Aviation offers a full structured training course for Private Pilot.
As an FAA Licensed Private Pilot, you will truly have the freedom to fly as you like. Unlike a sport pilot, you have the privilege to fly anywhere you want and are not restricted to flying with a 10,000 foot ceiling. You will also have the freedom to fly at night and are not restricted to one passenger. Earning your private pilot license will give you the freedom to fly when and where you choose and you can bring along friends and family!
As a private pilot your rating will allow you to fly under visual flight rules (VFR). Under VFR, the pilot may fly in fair weather conditions allowing the pilot to visually navigate the aircraft and to visually maintain safe distance from ground obstacles and other aircraft.
Training is conducted both in the air and on the ground. Students may receive full ground training on a one-on-one basis with their instructor, but are encouraged to enroll in Springs Aviation’s formal Private Pilot Ground School (for cost advantage).
Passing both a written knowledge exam (70%) and practical test (a test of your ability to fly the aircraft to FAA standards) is required.
The requirement for a Private Pilot license is a minimum of 40 hours of flight time, but the national average is currently around 60 hours. So it would be wise to count on it taking between 50 and 60 hours to complete the training for your license.
The full requirements for becoming a student pilot in the Private Pilot Course are listed below. Also listed are the requirements to be met within the Private Pilot Course in preparation for your practical test (flight test).
Student Pilot Requirements
Be 16 Years old (for powered airplanes) or becoming 16 yrs old by scheduled completion time of training for solo flight.
Read, Speak, Write, Understand English
Third Class or higher medical certificate (this is issued by an FAA authorized doctor, a Medical Examiner, requirements are minimal)
If you’re a US Citizen, that's all it takes to be a Student Pilot
If you are Non-US citizen, you will be additionally required to complete a background check through the Transportation Security Administration.
Requirements for Private Pilot Practical Exam
Be 17 Years old (other than glider or balloon)
Read, Speak, Write, Understand English (unless restricted (61.103.c))
Have Knowledge test endorsement per 61.103.d
Pass knowledge test
Have logbook endorsements for practical test
Have aeronautical experience per 61.109 including:
40 Hours minimum total time which include the following:
20 hours flight training which includes:
3 hours night including a cross country flight of 100+ NM total and 10 takeoff's and Landings to full stop
3 hours Instrument
3 hours of cross country flight training
3 hours preparation for practical test within 60 days prior to it
10 hours of solo flight time, which include:
5 hours of cross country flight time including:
one cross country flight of 150+ miles with one leg that is equal to or greater than 50 miles,
with full stop landings at 3 different airports
3 full stop landings at airport w/ operating control tower
Pass practical test (aka flight test or check ride )
Here is a good estimate of what the costs will be to get your private certificate based on 50 hours and 60 hours (the national average is currently just over 60):
Hours Per Hour Total
Aircraft (N99243) 50 $120 $6,000
Flight Instruction 20 $45 $900
Ground Instruction 15 $45 $675
Ground School $400
G/S Kit - (optional) $235
Written Exam $165
Flight Exam $400
Estimate @ 60 hrs plane rental
and 30 hrs flight instruction $10,525