Private Pilot

Getting your Private Pilot’s license in a Cirrus opens up a new world of adventure, enjoyment, and expanded capability. A priority at Clear Star Aviation is for a pilot to develop proper aeronautical decision making skills (ADM) and to use sound judgment. In order to accomplish this, we incorporate scenario based training. You will fly to distant airports through a variety of airspace and experience simulated emergency situations geared to make you competent and comfortable as a pilot. For your training, you will utilize the Part 61 Sporty’s ground school video and flight training course outline. With over 15 hours of video training, you should be prepared to take the written knowledge test and know what to expect on the check ride.

A private pilot license (PPL) or, in the United States, a private pilot certificate, is a license that permits the holder to act as the pilot-in-command of a private aircraft (not for pay). Most pilots require 60–70 hours of flight time to complete training. The minimum age for a private pilot certificate is 17 but pilots can begin training at any age.

Private Pilot Requirements

  • Minimum required time: 40 hours (average training time is 70 hours).
  • 20 hours Dual Training with an instructor (minimum)
  • 3 hours Cross Country.
  • 3 hours Night Flight Training.
  • 1 Cross Country Flight over 100 NM (nautical miles).
  • 10 Takeoffs and 10 Landings to a full stop with each involving a flight in the traffic pattern.
  • 3 hours Flight Training referencing the instruments.
  • 3 hours in a single engine airplane within 60 days prior to the practical test.
  • 10 hours Solo Flying including 5 hours of solo cross country
  • 1 solo Cross Country Flight of at least 150 NM with full stop landings at 3 points and one segment of at least 50 NM between Takeoffs and Landings.
  • 3 Takeoffs and Landings to a full stop at an airport with an operating control tower.
  • Eligibility requirements: General.
  • To be eligible for a private pilot certificate, a person must: Be at least 17 years of age for a rating
  • Be able to read, speak, write, and understand the English language.

Flight Proficiency

A person who applies for a private pilot certificate must receive and log ground and flight training from an authorized instructor on the areas of operation of this section that apply to the aircraft category and class rating sought.

  • For an airplane category rating with a single-engine class rating: Preflight preparation;
  • Preflight procedures;
  • Airport and seaplane base operations;
  • Takeoffs, landings, and go-arounds;
  • Performance maneuvers;
  • Ground reference maneuvers;
  • Navigation;
  • Slow flight and stalls;
  • Basic instrument maneuvers;
  • Emergency operations;
  • Night operations
  • Post flight procedures.