Private Pilots



You can become a private pilot for airplanes if you're 17 and know English. In addition, for airplane single engine you have to:

  • Have at least 40 hours of total flight time
  • Receive and log the required ground and flght training including:
    • minimum 20 hours of flight instruction (DUAL)
    • 3 hours of DUAL in the last 60 days on exam maneuvers
    • 3 hours of DUAL instrument training
    • 3 hours of DUAL at night with 10 takeoffs and landings
  • Have 10 hours of SOLO experience including:
    • 3 takeoffs and full-stop landings at a towered airport
    • 5 hours of SOLO CROSS-COUNTRY
    • over 150NM cross-country with a leg over 50NM
  • Hold at least a 3rd Class Medical Certificate
  • Pass the FAA knowledge test with a minimum score of 70
  • Receive endorsements from a CFI for both the knowledge and practical tests


As a private pilot you may:

  • Act as the Pilot-In-Command of flights with passengers worldwide
  • Demonstrate airplanes in flight if you have more than 200 hours PIC
  • Tow gliders if you meet the respective PIC and training requirements


You cannot be the Pilot-In-Command or second in command on a flight that is carrying passengers for compensation or hire. You can fly in connection with a business if flying is only incidental to that business. If your passengers contribute to the flying expenses you should be paying no less than your pro rata share of expenses. (eg you and 3 passengers - you pay one quarter)