What is a Private Pilot License?

The Private Pilot Certificate, internationally referred to as the Private Pilot License (PPL), allows students to obtain the foundational knowledge and skills for all future aircraft pilot training. As a Private Pilot, you can fly an airplane day and night in visual flight conditions and carry passengers (friends, family, co-workers, etc.). You cannot fly for paid compensation or hire. However, you can share the operating expenses with your passengers. The PPL is your foundation course on a pathway to an airline pilot career.

Private Pilot License Course Requirements

To be eligible to pursue your Private Pilot License, you must:

  • Be at least 16 years old to fly solo.

  • Be at least 17 years old to receive your private pilot certificate.

  • Read, speak, write, and understand English.

  • Obtain at least a third-class medical certificate.

  • Perform basic math: adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing.

  • Be able to complete all required items for your PPL.

Private Pilot License Course Overview

The Private Pilot course is the first course taken by new student pilots. Air Travel Management Flight School values the importance of a strong foundation and provides a blended instructional approach that includes our Ground School, and Aviation Skill Development. You will learn basic aerodynamics, FAA regulations, aircraft weight balance, and aircraft performance. Flight lessons within the course include maneuvers and procedures required for students to solo the aircraft and conduct a daytime cross-country flight. As an FAA-rated flight instructors, our training ensures ACS (Airman Certification Standards) for all students.

Upon the successful completion of the Private Pilot course, students will have gained the aeronautical experience necessary to apply for an FAA Private Pilot Certificate (PPL), the first step to becoming a Professional Pilot.


Private Pilot License Course Duration

Full-time students enrolled in the Professional Pilot program will have 5 lessons per week. Students who truly dedicate themselves to completing their PPL by studying hard and making pilot training their top priority, are able to complete within a 3-month period. Part-time students that are working or enrolled in school may find that their PPL takes 4-6 months to finish based on their available schedules.

Private Pilot License Course Training

The FAA requires students to log a minimum of 40 total flight hours in order to be eligible for the Private Pilot’s License (PPL); however, with today’s technology, fewer than 5% of pilots complete their training within the minimum flight requirements. From our experience, students need a minimum of 50 - 60 airplane flight hours to meet the PPL requirements. Students that progress quickly through the courses are proficient at English, usually fly 5 times per week, work hard in their ground lessons, and study independently.