The time duration of obtaining a sport or private pilot license depends on student schedule and proficiency. Flying often, studying frequently and efficiently and being prepared for each flight lesson will ensure that the goal is achieved at a lower cost and within the minimal timeframe. The average amount of time to obtain an initial pilot license ranges from 6 to 18 months.
(Faster programs are available: Sport – 45 days, Private in 120)
Sport Pilot License Requirements:
- Be at least 17 years old (or 16 years old if you are applying to operate a glider or balloon).
- Be able to read, speak, write, and understand English.
- Hold at least a third class medical, or hold a current and valid U.S. driver’s license for operations in light-sport aircraft other than a glider or balloon.
What are the training requirements for becoming a sport pilot?
- Training requirements for a sport pilot certificate with airplane category —
- A minimum of 20 hours flight time including:
- 15 hours of flight training from an authorized instructor.
- 5 hours solo flight.
- Flight training must include at least:
- 2 hours cross-country flight training.
- 10 takeoffs and landings to a full stop.
- One solo cross-country flight of at least 75 nautical miles total distance with a full-stop landing at a minimum of two points and one segment of the flight consisting of a straight-line distance of at least 25 nautical miles between takeoff and landing locations.
- 3 hours flight training in preparation for the practical test.
- Ground training from an instructor or home-study course.
- FAA knowledge test on applicable aeronautical knowledge areas.
- FAA practical test for the applicable light-sport aircraft privilege.
- Sport pilot certificates will be issued without category/class designation — logbook endorsement will be provided for category and class per FAR 61.317.
- A minimum of 20 hours flight time including:
Private Pilot License
FAA Requirements to Obtain a Private Pilot Certificate (Detailed Version)
The Federal Aviation Regulations (FARs) identify the following requirements to obtain a Private Pilot
1. Be at least 17 years of age
2. Be able to read, write, and converse fluently in English
3. Obtain at least a third-class FAA medical certificate
a. You must undergo a routine medical examination which may be administered only by an
FAA-designated doctor called an Aviation Medical Examiner (AME)
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b. Even if you have a physical handicap, medical certificates can be issued in many cases.
Operating limitation may be imposed depending on the nature of the disability.
c. Your FAA-Certificated Flight Instructor (CFI) or Fixed-Base Operator (FBO) will be able to
recommend an AME. [NOTE: An FBO is an airport business that gives flight lessons, sells
aviation fuel, repairs airplanes, etc.]
d. As a student pilot, your medical certificate also functions as your student pilot certificate
once it is signed by you and your AME.
4. Receive and log ground training from an authorized instructor or complete either an online
study course or home-study course to learn the following:
a. Applicable Federal Aviation Regulations that relate to private pilot privileges, limitations,
and flight operations
b. Accident reporting requirement of the National Transportation Safety Board
c. Use of applicable portions of the Aeronautical Information Manual (AIM) and FAA
Advisory Circulars (ACs)
d. Use of aeronautical charts for navigation under Visual Flight Rules (VFR) using pilotage,
dead reckoning, and navigation systems
e. Radio communication procedures
f. Recognition of critical weather situations from the ground and in flight and the
procurement and use of aeronautical weather reports and forecasts
g. Safe and efficient operation of the aircraft
h. Effects of density altitude on aircraft takeoff and climb performance
i. Weight and balance computations
j. Principles of aerodynamics, aircraft engines and systems
k. Stall awareness and recovery techniques
l. Aeronautical decision making and judgment
m. Preflight actions including:
i. How to obtain information on runway lengths at airports of intended use, data
on takeoff and landing distances, weather reports and forecasts, and fuel
ii. How to plan for alternatives if the flight cannot be completed or delays are
5. Pass a 60 multiple-choice question knowledge test, at an FAA-designated computer testing
center, with a score of 70% or higher
6. Accumulate flight experience (FAR 61.109). Receive a minimum of 40 hours of flight instruction
and solo flight time including:
a. 20 hours of flight training from an authorized flight instructor, including at least
i. 3 hours of cross-country (i.e. to other airports)
ii. 3 hours of night, including
1. One cross-country flight of over 100nm total distance
2. 10 takeoffs and 10 landings to a full stop at an airport
iii. 3 hours of instrument flight training in an airplane
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iv. 3 hours in airplanes in preparation for the private pilot practical test within 60
days prior to that test
b. 10 hours of solo time in an airplane, including:
i. 5 hours of cross-country flights
ii. One solo cross-country flight of at least 150nm 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 50nm between takeoff and
iii. Three solo takeoffs and landings to a full stop at an airport with an operating
7. Receive flight instruction and demonstrate skill (FAR 61.107)
a. Obtain a logbook sign-off by your CFI on the following areas of operation:
i. Preflight preparation
ii. Preflight procedures
iii. Airport operations
iv. Takeoffs, landings, and go-arounds
v. Performance maneuvers
vi. Ground reference maneuvers
viii. Slow flight and (aerodynamic) stalls
ix. Basic instrument maneuvers
x. Emergency operations
xi. Night operations
xii. Post-flight procedures
8. Successful complete a practical (flight) test given as a final exam by an FAA inspector or
Designated Pilot Examiner (DPE); conducted as specified in the most current version of the FAA’s
Private Pilot Practical Test Standards (PTS).
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