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
AGE TO FLY
AGE TO SOLO
AGE FOR CERTIFICATE
CFI HOURLY RATE
AIRCRAFT HOURLY RATE
TIME FRAME ESTIMATE
Note: Checkride, Testing, and Pilot Equipment costs are not included in this estimate.
What Will I Learn?
Principles of Flight
Federal Aviation Regulations
Aeronautical Decision Making
Basic Aircraft Handling
Stall Prevention and Recovery
Air Traffic Control Communication
Basic Instrument Flying
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 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.
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
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.
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.
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