Private Pilot Certificate

Whether you want to become an airline pilot, fly for fun, or anything in between, it all starts with a Private Pilot Certificate.

Private Pilot Requirements

ANY

AGE TO FLY

16

AGE TO SOLO

17

AGE FOR LICENSE

40

MINIMUM FLIGHT HOURS 

MEDICAL

CERTIFICATE 

ENGLISH

READ, SPEAK, WRITE, & UNDERSTAND

What Will I Learn?

Ground Knowledge:

Aircraft Aerodynamics

Principles of Flight

Federal Aviation Regulations

Aircraft Preflight

Risk Management

Aeronautical Decision Making

Aircraft Systems

Flight Experience:

Basic Aircraft Handling

Stall Prevention and Recovery

Aerial Navigation

Air Traffic Control Communication

Performance Maneuvers

Emergency Procedures

Basic Instrument Flying

TRAINING BREAKDOWN

Discovery Flight

Begin your adventure in aviation with a Discovery Flight, an introductory lesson where you will get your first hands on flight time in an airplane.

Ground Training

Ground training covers the information required to safely act as the pilot in command of an aircraft. The training will be completed through a combination of one-on-one sessions with your instructor and through a home study course.

Pre-Solo Flight Training

Training begins with learning the fundamentals of flight through ground briefings and flight lessons. Your instructor will introduce the maneuvers and procedures required to safely operate an aircraft, while helping you build good aeronautical decision making skills. Before moving onto the next stage of training, your instructor will assist you in obtaining an FAA Medical Certificate and Student Pilot Certificate.

Solo Flight Training

With approval from your instructor, you’ll complete the require 10 hours of solo flight time. Solo training will include both local flights, and cross country flights to other airports.

Cross Country Training

The next phase of training involves cross country flight, or flying to another airport at least 50 nautical miles away from KBTV. Cross country training teaches the skills of detailed planning, and accurate navigation skills. After completing cross country training with an instructor, you will embark on a solo cross country flight. 

FAA Knowledge Exam

This 60 question multiple choice test covers the fundamental knowledge required to become a pilot. Once you and your instructor have determined you’re ready for the test, it can be completed at VFA’s onsite FAA certified testing center.

Oral & Practical Test

After meeting all of the FAA Private Pilot requirements and your instructor has determined you’re ready, you will complete the oral and practical exam with an FAA Designated Pilot Examiner. The oral exam focuses on aeronautical decision making, scenario based training, and general knowledge. The practical test will evaluate your ability to safely operate the aircraft, and complete several maneuvers and simulated emergency procedures.

THE VFA DIFFERENCE

ADVANCED FLEET

With the largest and most advanced rental fleet in the state, VFA has the right aircraft for you. All of our aircraft are maintained to the highest standards by our in-house maintenance department.

PASSIONATE STAFF

VFA has a diverse group of passionate and knowledgeable instructors here to help you achieve your goals. No matter your learning style, we have the right instructor for you.

AVIATION COMMUNITY

When you join us at VFA, you join a passionate community dedicated to furthering aviation education in Vermont. Every lesson you take at VFA helps to contribute to providing flights to underprivileged children in Vermont.

FAQ

How old do I have to be to get my Private Pilot Certificate?

You need to be at least 17 years old in order to take the Private Pilot practical exam. You must be at least 16 years old to solo in an airplane.

What are the limitations of flying with a Private Pilot license?

As a private pilot, you may not receive any form of compensation for flying. You can, however, fly with friends and share the expenses of the flight. You must fly within the legal weather limitations as prescribed by the FAA. You may require specific training and special endorsements to fly into Class B airports, which typically are high traffic volume international airports.

How long will it take to earn my Private Pilot license?

There are many variables that affect how quickly one earns their Private Pilot certificate. For example, bad weather on a day you are scheduled to fly. Generally, if a student studies the material and flies frequently, he or she will complete training in the shortest amount of time. If you fly multiple times a week it can be done in as little as three months. Some people fly less frequently and take upwards of a year to complete training.

What can I do once I have my license?

With a private pilot’s license, you can fly alone or with friends and family and share in the aircraft rental expense. Certain weather minimums must be met if you do not have an instrument rating.

What will my training involve?

Your training will involve a certain amount of dual instruction (with an instructor) and solo flight time. You will also need ground instruction. You can lessen the hours spent doing ground training with your instructor by studying the material at home. Remember, ground training is not required, but you will need it to pass your written and oral exams.

Once I get my license, what do I have to do to keep it current?

You can keep your license current in one of two ways. You can add another certificate or rating, or alternatively, you can complete a flight review (required every 24 calendar months) with an authorized flight instructor.

Do I have to fly with the same instructor who did my Discovery Flight?

Not necessarily. We try to keep you with the same instructor throughout your training for your own benefit, since it allows the instructor to better gauge your progress, and it will prevent you from becoming confused by the slightly different techniques of different instructors. However, choosing the instructor that is right for you is a very important decision, and there is nothing wrong with trying a flight with each of our instructors in the beginning. This way you may choose the one you are most comfortable with.

General Information

HOURS:

Monday - Friday | 8AM - 5PM

Saturday | 9AM - 4PM

Sunday | 9AM - 3PM

* Hours are subject change.

PHONE:

802.863.5988

EMAIL :

office@flyvfa.org

LOCATION:

355 Valley Road
South Burlington, VT 05403

Vermont Flight Academy