Requirements

 
 
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Private Pilot Certificate Requirements:

  • Be at least 17 years of age on the date of Practical Testing.

  • Hold a valid Third Class FAA Medical Certificate

  • Pass a Private Pilot Written Exam

  • Endorsement by a Certified Flight Instructor

  • 40 Hours Minimum Flight Time, to Include:
    20 Hours Dual Flight Instruction
    3 Hours Cross Country
    3 Hours Night Flying
    10 Night Take-Offs and Landings
    Night Cross Country Flight Covering 100 nautical miles
    3 Hours Instrument Flight Training
    3 Hours Private Pilot Test Preparation
    (Must be within 60 days prior to Practical Test)
    10 Hours of Solo Flight
    5 Hours of Solo Cross Country
    3 Solo Full Stop Landings at a Controlled Field

  • Pass the practical Test including Oral Exam and Flight Test



Instrument Rating Requirements:


Hold at least a current private pilot certificate or be concurrently applying for a private pilot certificate with an airplane, helicopter, or powered-lift rating appropriate to the instrument rating sought.

  • Be able to read, speak, write, and understand the English language.

You must have logged the following:

  • At least 50 hours of cross-country flight time as pilot in command. At least 10 of these hours must be in airplanes for an instrument-airplane rating.

  • A total of 40 hours of actual or simulated instrument time on the areas of operation listed in 61.65(c).

  • At least 15 hours of instrument flight training from an authorized instructor in the aircraft category for the instrument rating sought.

For instrument-airplane rating, instrument training on cross-country flight procedures that includes at least one cross-country flight in an airplane that is performed under instrument flight rules. This flight must consist of:

  • A distance of at least 250 nm along airways or ATC-directed routing.

  • An instrument approach at each airport.

  • Three different kinds of approaches with the use of navigation systems (Example: ILS, VOR, GPS, etc).

  • At least 3 hours of instrument training that is appropriate to the instrument rating sought from an authorized instructor in preparation for the checkride within two calendar months before the examination date.

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Commercial Pilot RequirementS:

  • Be able to read, write, and converse fluently in English 

  • Be at least 18 years of age 

  • Hold at least a current third-class FAA medical certificate.  Later, if your flying requires a commercial pilot certificate, you must hold a second-class medical certificate. 

  • Hold an instrument rating.  A commercial pilot is presumed to have an instrument rating. If not, his/her commercial pilot certificate will be endorsed with a prohibition against carrying passengers for hire on day VFR flights beyond 50 NM or at night. 

  • Receive and log ground training from an authorized instructor or complete a home-study course 

  • Pass a knowledge test with a score of 70% or better.  The instrument rating knowledge test consists of 100 multiple-choice questions selected from the airplane-related questions in the FAA's commercial pilot test bank. 

  • Accumulate appropriate flight experience and instruction (see FAR 61.129). A total of 250 hours of flight time is required.  

  • Successfully complete a practical (flight) test given as a final exam by an FAA inspector or designated pilot examiner and conducted as specified in the FAA's Commercial Pilot Practical Test Standards