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Private Pilot Student

Private Pilot

The Private Pilot Certificate (PPL) is the first stop into the world of aviation.  It is similar to earning  your Driver’s license. As a private pilot you can fly an airplane and carry passengers (friends, family, co-workers, etc) but not for compensation or hire. However, you can share the operating expenses with your passengers. The private pilot certificate is the first step for those interested in a career in aviation. Our extensive training program will give students a solid foundation in aerodynamics, meteorology, and hands-on flight experience.

Learning to fly is a combination of acquiring aeronautical knowledge, flight proficiency, and experience.  Of the more than 600,000 pilots in the United States today, almost half hold private pilot certificates. The process to obtaining your private pilot certificate includes:

Pre-solo training
Solo flight time
Cross-country training
Solo cross-country  flights
FAA aeronautical knowledge test*
Practical Test preparation
Practical Test


*Aeronautical knowledge encompasses various subjects like aerodynamics, how the systems of the airplane that you are flying work, weather, FAA regulations, principles of navigation, aeronautical factors, aeronautical decision making, stall/spin awareness, and National Transportation and Safety Board incident/accident reporting requirements.  We offer an online based training course that includes all of the necessary information needed to pass the FAA aeronautical knowledge test.