Private Pilot

Here is an overview of what it takes to become a private pilot.



⬜ Valid student pilot certificate and third-class medical (or greater)


⬜ At least 17 years old


⬜ Read, speak, write, and understand English

⬜ 70% or better score on FAA private pilot knowledge test

Minimum Aeronautical Experience

40 hours of flight time, including at least


   ⬜ 20 hours of training (dual instruction with a CFI) that 

         includes at least –

         ⬜ 3 hours of cross country flight training

         ⬜ 3 hours of night flight training

               ⬜ 1 night XC training flight greater than 100 nm

               ⬜ 10 takeoffs and 10 landings to a full stop at an airport 

         ⬜ 3 hours of simulated instrument time

         ⬜ 3 hours of practical test prep flights within the preceding 2 

            calendar months with a CFI

   ⬜ 10 hours of solo flight time 


         ⬜ 5 hours of solo cross-country time

         ⬜ One solo cross-country flight of 150 nm total distance, with full-stop landings at three points, one segment of the flight with straight-line distance of at least 50 nm between takeoff and landing locations

   ⬜ 3 takeoffs and landings to a full stop (each with a flight in the 

pattern) at an airport with an operating control tower

Taken from 14 CFR 61.109 – Aeronautical Experience

Jack Edwards National Airport (KJKA)

3190 Airport Drive Gulf Shores, AL  36542

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