Academic Catalog

Private Pilot Certificate

certificate Info at a Glance
Type
Certificate
Estimated # of Quarters
This certificate is approximately 2 quarters long, depending on the time students need to satisfactorily complete all graduation requirements.
Admission Dates
Summer, fall, winter and spring quarters.

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.

Certificate Requirements

Course NumberClass TitleCredits
AVP 105Private Pilot I4
AVP 110Private Pilot II4
AVP 115Private Pilot III4
AVP 125Private Pilot IV4
AVP 130Private Pilot V4
AVP 135CAPPrivate Pilot VI4
 Technical Credits24

Private Pilot I

Item #
AVP 105
Total Credits
4

Training in basic aircraft control, aircraft systems, airport procedures, and traffic pattern operations. 

Prerequisites
FAA Class II Medical with Student Pilot Certificate prior to the first day of class. Instructor permission only.
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Private Pilot II

Item #
AVP 110
Total Credits
4

Covers aircraft control, establishing and maintaining specific flight attitudes, and ground reference maneuvers. 

Prerequisites
AVP 105 or equivalent. Instructor permission only.
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Private Pilot III

Item #
AVP 115
Total Credits
4

Basic performance maneuvers, traffic pattern procedures, and takeoffs and landings. Upon successful completion, students will solo the aircraft. 

Prerequisites
AVP 110 or equivalent. Instructor permission only.
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Private Pilot IV

Item #
AVP 125
Total Credits
4

Introduces knowledge, skills and aeronautical experience necessary to successfully complete the navigation and cross-country flight portion of flight training. 

Prerequisites
Grade of C or better in AVP 115 or equivalent. Pre-solo written exam must be completed with a passing grade. Instructor permission only.
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Private Pilot V

Item #
AVP 130
Total Credits
4

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. 

Prerequisites
AVP 125 or equivalent. Pre-solo written exam must be completed with a passing grade. Instructor permission only.
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Private Pilot VI

Item #
AVP 135CAP
Total Credits
4

Gain the proficiency to meet the requirements necessary for FAA Private Pilot Certification with an Airplane Category and Single-Engine Class Rating. 

Prerequisites
AVP 130 or equivalent. Pre-solo written exam must be completed with a passing grade. Instructor permission only.
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This page was last updated on August 06, 2015.