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.
Private Pilot License Course
Earning a PPL requires a time commitment of approximately 2-3 months.
Flight – Piper Archer w/ Instructor – 35-45 Hours - $6100-7800
Solo Flight – Piper Archer – 10-15 Hours - $1250-1875
One-on-One Ground Instruction – 20 Hours - $1000
Total Course Time: 2-3 months
Total Course Tuition: $8350-10675