Age Requirements

Do I need special documentation to begin flight training if I am not an American citizen?

Yes. The Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) requires an application and fingerprints to get authorization to begin flight training. You can begin ground school while waiting for TSA clearance. TSA clearance is usually granted within two weeks of submitting the final application.
We will assist you with the process.

A full explanation of the process can be found at this link: www.flightschoolcandidates.gov

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Medical Requirements

Do I need a special license to start pilot training?
You do not need a student pilot certificate to start flight training. When you have reached the point in your training when you will solo (fly the airplane by yourself without your instructor), you will need a student pilot license/third-class medical certificate

Student Pilot Licenses are issues by an Aviation Medical Examiner (AME) and require a visit to the AME for a physical. This is a non-intrusive examination and can be completed relatively quickly. We will refer you to an AME and assist you in obtaining the medical certificate/student pilot license.

How long is my medical certificate valid?

  • if you are under the age of 40 on the date of your medical examination, your medical certificate will expire at the end of the last day of the month 5 years after the date of your physical examination.
  • if you are over the age of 40 on the date of your medical examination, your medical certificate will expire at the end of the last day of the month 2 years after the date of your physical examination.

Read more about the Medical Certification on the FAA website

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Time Requirements

How many hours do I need before I can get my private pilots license?

The FAA’s minimum time requirements for a private pilots license are 40 hours which is broken down as follow:

  • 40 hours total
  • 20 hours flight training with instructor
  • 10 hours solo flying
  • 3 hours cross-country flight training with instructor
  • 5 hours cross-country solo flying
  • 3 hours of in airplane in preparation for practical test
  • 3 hours of night flight
  • 3 hours of instrument training

The duration of flight training hours differs greatly from individual to individual. Some Private Pilot Students have passed their check-ride after as little as 40 hours whereas others have taken as many as 90 hours. Experience has shown that the average student at our school gets his/her license in about 6 months and between 50 – 60 hours of flight time.

The national average is 71 hours.

Click here to view the complete requirements on the FAA website.

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