Private Pilot Certificate

A private pilot certificate allows you to:

  • Fly day or night, in VFR (Visual Flight Rules – flight by outside visual references).
  • Carry passengers with a limitless range of where you want to go.

To hold a private pilot certificate you must meet the following requirements:

  • Pass a basic medical exam.
  • Be at least 17 years old to obtain your license – but you may begin training at any age!
  • Must be a citizen of the U.S. (or obtain TSA approval before training – PSA will assist in qualifying)

Training Requirements:

While the FAA prescribes a minimum flight time requirement of 40 hours, the national average time for a Private Pilot is between 65 to 75 hours. Below we have laid out costing for the minimum (40 hours) and the average time (70 hours) to give you a realistic look at what it costs to train.

  • 30 Hours of Dual Training to include:
    • 3 hours of Cross Country
    • 3 hours of Night Training
    • 3 hours of Instrument Training
    • 3 hours in preparation of flight test
  • 10 hours of solo flight to include:
    • 5 hours of cross-country (airport over 50 miles from departure point)
    • 3 takeoff and landings at an airport with an operating control tower

What can I do after I have my Private Pilot Certificate?

Instrument Rating

Complex and High Performance Endorsement

Commercial Certificate