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Pilot License

What is a Private Pilot License?

The Private Pilot Certificate, internationally referred to as the Private Pilot License (PPL), is your first goal as a pilot. The PPL provides foundational knowledge and skills for all future aircraft pilot training. As a Private Pilot, you can fly an airplane day and night in visual flight conditions. In fact, you can even carry passengers, such as friends, family, and co-workers. You cannot fly for paid compensation or hire. However, you can share the operating expenses with your passengers. The PPL is your foundation course on a pathway to an airline pilot career.

Private Pilot License Course Requirements

  • Be at least 16 years old to fly solo.

  • Be at least 17 years old to receive your private pilot certificate.

  • Read, speak, write, and understand English.

  • Obtain at least a third-class medical certificate.

  • Perform basic math: adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing.

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