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 Certificate Requirements

ANY

AGE TO FLY

16

AGE TO SOLO

17

AGE FOR CERTIFICATE

$71.55

CFI HOURLY RATE

$133-199

AIRCRAFT HOURLY RATE

65 HOURS

AIRCRAFT ESTIMATE

$18,000

PROGRAM ESTIMATE

8 MONTHS

TIME FRAME ESTIMATE

Note: Checkride, Testing, and Pilot Equipment costs are not included in this estimate.

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 experience 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.

In addition to your 1 on 1 ground instruction with your instructor we offer an online ground school.

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 required 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. 

Instructor Endorsement

Your instructor will give you multiple endorsements throughout your training, allowing you to take your FAA Knowledge Exam, Solo Flights and Checkride with a Designated Pilot Examiner (DPE).

FAA Knowledge Exam

The FAA Knowledge Exam is a multiple-choice test with 65 questions that covers the fundamental knowledge required to become a Private 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. Applicants must study for and pass the examination.

Oral & Practical Test

After meeting all of the FAA Private Pilot requirements and your instructor has determined you’re ready, you will take the Oral Exam and Practical Test 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. Upon successful completion, you will be issued your Private Pilot Certificate. 

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.

About Us

What made Vermont Flight Academy who we are today? Learn about how we started and why we are proud to still be serving our local community daily

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