BECOME A PILOT

Flight training will enrich your life in countless ways. You’ll learn to balance technical training with the freedom of flying toward an endless horizon. You’ll adopt new ways of speaking, navigating, and calculating your position. What initially feels like a complex process will slowly become second nature, and you will always have a great story to tell.

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Requirements

  • Be at least 17 years of age

  • Be able to read, speak, and understand the English language

  • Obtain at least a current third-class medical certificate

  • Receive a minimum of 40 hours of flight time including training and solo flight

  • Pass a knowledge test as well as the practical test

PRIVATE PILOT

8

Aircraft

On Fleet

Flight

10

Instructors

1

Flight

Simulator

6

Experienced

Administrators

INSTRUMENT PILOT

Requirements

  • Hold at least a current private pilot certificate or be concurrently applying for a private pilot certificate with an airplane, helicopter, or powered-lift rating appropriate to the instrument rating sought. 

  • Be able to read, speak, write, and understand the English language.

You must have logged the following:

  • At least 50 hours of cross-country flight time as pilot in command. At least 10 of these hours must be in airplanes for an instrument-airplane rating. 

  • A total of 40 hours of actual or simulated instrument time on the areas of operation listed in 61.65(c)

  • At least 15 hours of instrument flight training from an authorized instructor in the aircraft category for the instrument rating sought.

 

For instrument-airplane rating, instrument training on cross-country flight procedures that includes at least one cross-country flight in an airplane that is performed under instrument flight rules. This flight must consist of:

  • A distance of at least 250 nm along airways or ATC-directed routing.

  • A distance of at least 250 nm along airways or ATC-directed routing. 

  • An instrument approach at each airport. 

  • Three different kinds of approaches with the use of navigation systems (Example: ILS, VOR, GPS, etc). 

  • At least 3 hours of instrument training that is appropriate to the instrument rating sought from an authorized instructor in preparation for the checkride within two calendar months before the examination date.

Commercial Pilot

  • Be at least 18 years of age

  • Hold a private pilot certificate

  • Be able to read, speak, write, and understand the English language

  • Hold at least a current 3rd class medical certificate.

  • Pass an FAA Commercial Pilot knowledge test with at least a 70% or better score.

  • Accumulate the appropriate flight experience as required by FAR 61.129

    • 100 hours in a powered aircraft, 50 of which must be in airplanes.​

    • 100 hours of Pilot in Command time which includes:

      • 50 hours in airplanes​

      • 50 hours of cross country flight, 10 of which is in airplanes

    • 20 hours of training in the areas of operation required for single engine rating that includes:​

      • 10 hours instrument training​

      • One cross country flight of at least 2 hours in a single engine airplane in day VFR conditions, including a total straight line distance of more than 100nm from the point of departure. 

      • One cross country flight of at least 100nm in a single engine airplane in night VFR conditions, including a total straight line distance of more than 100nm from the point of departure. 

    • 10 hours of flight time performing the duties of PIC in a single engine airplane training in the areas required for the Commercial rating, including at least:

      • One cross country flight of not less than 300nm total distance, with landings at a minimum of three pints, one of which has a straight line distance of at least 250nm from departure point. ​

      • 5 hours in night VFR conditions with 10 takeoffs and landings at an airport with an operating control tower. 

    • Hold an instrument rating. ​

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