Summarized version of requirements for Private Pilot Certificate. Full detailed version can be found under §61.109 Aeronautical Experience. Additional to Aeronautical Experience, candidate for Private Pilot Certificate must receive and log ground and flight training on the areas of operations described under §61.105 Aeronautical Knowledge and §61.107 Flight Proficiency.
Minimum Total time – 40 hours
- 20 hours with instructor
- 10 hours of solo flight training
- 10 additional of any of the above solo or with instructor
20 hours with instructor must include:
- 3 hours of cross-country flight training. (cross country in this case means going on trip at least 50 nm away from the departure airport)
- 3 hours of night flight training which must include:
- One cross-country flight of over 100 nautical miles total distance; and
- 10 takeoffs and 10 landings to a full stop (with each landing involving a flight in the traffic pattern) at an airport.
- 3 hours of flight training solely by reference to instruments
- 3 hours of flight training in preparation for the practical test (within 2 months before the checkride)
10 hours of solo flight time must include:
- One solo cross country flight of 150 nautical miles total distance, with at least one leg being 50nm
- Three takeoffs and three landings to a full stop at an airport with an operating control tower.
Before 1st Solo Flight, candidate for Private Pilot Certificate must meet requirements of §61.87 Solo Requirements for student pilots. See summarized version of 1st solo flight requirements on my website here.