Private Pilot

Become a pilot!

Piper Aztec

Most people begin flight training in order to earn a private pilot license. The private pilot may fly family and friends, or may utilize an aircraft for travel in pursuit of their work or business. Once you are licensed as an airplane private pilot, you also may rent airplanes from numerous businesses, or join the ranks of the many pilots who choose to purchase and fly their own airplane!

Students may choose from any of Premier Flight Center's airplanes when taking flying lessons in pursuit of your private pilot certificate. We have high-wing Cessnas and low wing Pipers, and even a Light Sport, CTLS.

*The following list of requirements represents the minimum and is not meant to be all inclusive. Please refer to the Federal Aviation Regulations (14 CFR) for a comprehensive list.
**While 40 hours is the minimum amount of hours required to earn a Private Pilot License the national average is between 60 to 70 hours. Premier Flight Center makes no guarantee as to the amount of time it will take you to earn your license.

Piper Aztec

Part 61 (14 CFR 61.109)

  • Be at least 17 years old
  • Be able to read, speak, write and understand the English language.
  • Obtain at least a 3rd Class Medical Certificate
  • Receive and log ground training
  • Receive and log a minimum of 40 hours of flight time that include:
  • 20 hours of flight training from an authorized instructor (CFI)
    • 3 hours of cross-country flight training
    • 3 hours of instrument training
    • 3 hours of Practical Test preparation
    • 3 hours of night flight training
      • 10 takeoffs and landings to a full stop
      • 1 cross-country flight of over 100 NM total distance
  • 10 hours of solo flight training
    • 5 hours of solo cross-country time
    • 1 solo cross country of at least 150 NM with full stop landings at a minimum of 3 points
    • 3 takeoffs and landings to a full stop at an airport with an operating control tower (Brainard Airport meets this requirement!)
  • Pass a Knowledge (written) Test
  • Pass a Practical (flight) Test

 

Part 141 (14 CFR 141 Appendix B)

  • Uses an FAA approved training syllabus
  • Complete an approved Private Pilot ground school
  • Receive and log a minimum of 35 hours of flight time
  • Satisfactorily accomplish stage checks and an end-of-course test
  • All other requirements are the same as Part 61