Private pilots are able to fly with passengers aboard an aircraft and have no limitations on where they can fly.
This is the first FAA certificate students obtain if they eventually want to upgrade to higher certificates and ratings. Content includes basic maneuvering flight, takeoffs, landings and cross-country flying. Ground training includes in-depth training on meteorology, aerodynamics, national airspace structure and navigation, and aircraft systems.
Employability Requirements: To be employed as a professional pilot, at the minimum, one must possess a commercial pilot certificate. This certificate is obtained by passing a Federal Aviation Administration written test and a flight test, and obtaining a Federal Aviation Administration medical certificate.
Prerequisites: Must be at least 16 1/2 years of age. Must comply with FAA licensing standards and obtain a second-class FAA medical certificate with student pilot certificate prior to the first day of class.
Please contact instructor for details. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) requires that U.S. citizens prove citizenship status before beginning flight training by providing a current passport or birth certificate and driver’s license. Non-U.S. students must submit to a background and fingerprint check from the TSA prior to beginning training. Contact instructor for details.
FAA minimum flight and ground hours required for certification.
Please note that many students need additional training hours to master the required competencies.
35 hours total flight time. 24 hours dual and 11 hours solo. Ground instruction-- 49 hours. Pre and post flight briefings-- 4.8 hours.
Industry average flight time for Private Pilot certification is 60-75 hours.
Optional Elective Courses
AVP 118, Private Pilot Practical Test Standards I
AVP 138, Private Pilot Practical Test Standards II
Note: Students often complete their Program Requirements at different rates due to their own skills and abilities and the availability of aircraft and suitable weather. Thus, the number of quarters needed to satisfactorily complete all of the requirements may exceed those listed above in some cases.
|Course Number||Class Title||Credits|
|AVP 105||Private Pilot I||4|
|AVP 110||Private Pilot II||4|
|AVP 115||Private Pilot III||4|
|AVP 125||Private Pilot IV||4|
|AVP 130||Private Pilot V||4|
|AVP 135CAP||Private Pilot VI||4|
Training in basic aircraft control, aircraft systems, airport procedures, and traffic pattern operations.
Covers aircraft control, establishing and maintaining specific flight attitudes, and ground reference maneuvers.
Basic performance maneuvers, traffic pattern procedures, and takeoffs and landings. Upon successful completion, students will solo the aircraft.
Introduces knowledge, skills and aeronautical experience necessary to successfully complete the navigation and cross-country flight portion of flight training.
Provides the knowledge, skill and aeronautical experience necessary to read and understand disseminated weather reports and forecasts. Meets the requirements for cross-country navigation and basic instrument flight.
Gain the proficiency to meet the requirements necessary for FAA Private Pilot Certification with an Airplane Category and Single-Engine Class Rating.