Requirements for a Private Pilot License


Become a Private Pilot Today…


Experience flight and lift-off into a whole new world.

One where the possibilities are endless and limited only by your imagination.

Travel the world in 80 days, cross the Pacific Ocean or just fly to the mountains for the weekend.

Take your family, your friends, or just yourself.

Meet all the friendly people that make up the flying community while gathering the experience you will need to work as a Professional Pilot.

Take that first step and let TAA Flight Training be your doorway to your future!



Requirements for a Private Pilot License…

This FAA license empowers you to fly any aircraft, anytime, and to anywhere.

The requirements are:

  • While flight training can start at any age, you must be 16 years old to solo.
  • You must be 17 years old at the time of the FAA check ride.
  • Pass a medical exam.
  • Meet flight experience requirements.
  • Pass a knowledge exam.
  • Pass a Practical (flight and oral) exam.


The Training Program…

A time-tested Curriculum-based program will allow you to learn quickly and effectively.

Ground school and flight school are interwoven with computerized testing, books, and videos into a seamless training program the maximizes understanding.

All training is provided on a one-on-one basis and your TAA Flight Instructor will guide you through your training with experience, patience, and a smile.

Classes can be arranged to fit your busy schedule including evenings and weekends.


The Private Pilot License program is composed of 3 stages:


Stage 1- Pre-Solo
Your first solo flight will be one you will never forget.

In this stage, you will learn the required flight maneuvers that will ensure your ability to fly the airplane safely on your own.

Upon completion, you will make several solo flights that will give you the confidence new pilots need.


Stage 2- Cross-Countries
Learn about weather and meteorology and how it applies to navigation and flight planning.

Fly cross country-flights to distant airports using mathematical calculations or radio navigational aids such as VORs, NDBs, and GPS.

Upon completion, you will fly solo cross-country flights – “your first voyage”!

During this stage, you will also be trained in night flying and take written exams to familiarize yourself with the numerous regulations for safe, responsible flight.


Stage 3- Test Preparation
The final stage in your training will prepare you to take the practical exam.

You will study the procedures set by the FAA and ready yourself both in ground and flight.

Upon completion, you will receive your FAA Private Pilot License.

Private Pilot FAA Practical Test Standards:  Download Here (PDF)

Private Pilot: Checklists, guides, and more test info


Note: For those who are only interested in flight in Visual Meteorological Conditions (VMC) for pleasure, a private pilot license will do just fine.

However, if you want to challenge yourself and become an instrument-rated pilot, a new world of flying under Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) will open up to you.

You will be a safer pilot in all conditions of flight, and adverse weather conditions will not keep you grounded.