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A GOOD PILOT NEVER STOPS LEARNING

Pilots are consistently training, honing their skills, and learning new ones. an Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) certificate is required to fly for an airline (and for most other jobs flying jets). Here are some of the most common courses pilots learn:

Airline Transport Pilot

Primary Training

Private Pilot

Instrument Rating

Commercial Pilot

Instructor Ratings

Additional Programs

Certificated Flight Instructor (CFI)

CFI - Instrument

CFI - Multi Engine

High Performance Endorsement

Complex Endorsement

Hour Building

Multi Engine Add-On

Private Pilot

  • The FAA Requirements:

    • Minimum of 30 Hours of flight training.

    • 10 Hours of Solo flight.

    • English Proficient

    • TSA Authorization

    • Pass a Written Exam.

    • Pass an Oral and Practical Exam.

  • Recommended aircraft:

    • Cessna 152​

    • Piper Archer

Commercial Pilot

  • The FAA Requirements:

    • Minimum of 250 Hours of flight time.

    • 10 Hours of Solo flight.

    • English Proficient

    • Pass a Written Exam.

    • Pass an Oral and Practical Exam.

  • Recommended aircraft:

    • Cessna 152​

    • Piper Archer

    • Piper Twin Comanche (10 Hours Dual Training)

Instrument

  • The FAA Requirements:

    • Minimum of 30 Hours of flight training.

    • 10 Hours of Solo flight.

    • English Proficient

    • TSA Authorization

    • Pass a Written Exam.

    • Pass an Oral and Practical Exam.

  • Recommended aircraft:​

    • Piper Archer

    • Cessna 152

Airline Transport Pilot

  • The FAA Requirements:

    • Minimum of 1,500 Hours of total time.

      • ​500 Hours of Cross Country

      • 250 Hours Pilot In Command

      • 100 Hours at Night

    • English Proficient

    • Of Good Moral Character

    • Pass a Written Exam.

    • Pass an Oral and Practical Exam.

  • Recommended aircraft:

    • Piper Twin Comanche

    • Cessna 152​ (Time Build)

Multi Engine

  • The FAA Requirements:

    • Minimum of 3 Hours of flight training.

    • Teach to Proficiency

    • English Proficient

    • TSA Authorization

    • Pass an Oral and Practical Exam.

  • Recommended aircraft:

    • Piper Twin Comanche

Flight Instructor

  • The FAA Requirements:

    • Hold a Commercial Certificate

    • Pass Multiple Written Exams.

    • Pass Oral and Practical Exams.

  • Recommended aircraft:

    • Cessna 152​

    • Piper Archer

    • Piper Twin Comanche 

Private Pilot

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Come see the world from our point of view! A private pilot certificate teaches you all the basics to safely fly on your own and is the first step for all professional and leisure pilots.

The first step is to try a discovery flight and see how it feels to fly an airplane yourself!

About Me

  • 17 years old

  • English proficient

  • TSA approval

  • Minimum 30 hours flight training

  • Minimum 10 hours solo flight

  • Pass a written test

  • Pass an oral and practical test with a pilot examiner

Requirements

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Aircraft

  • Cessna 152

  • Piper Archer

Study Materials​

  • Online ground school

  • Pilot's Handbook of

       Aeronautical Knowledge

  • Airplane Flying Handbook

  • FAR/AIM

Pilot's Supplies​

  • Headset

  • Kneeboard and Charts (or iPad and ForeFlight)

  • E6B Flight Computer

  • Logbook

Resources

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While the FAA requires a minimum of 40 hours, most students require around 70-80 before they are ready for their checkride.

Total expense depends on hours

required but is typically

$14,000-$21,000.

Time and Cost

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Fly for pleasure or personal

business.

Act as pilot in command while carrying passengers.

Privileges

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Instrument Rating

  • Private pilot

  • TSA approval

  • Minimum 15 hours instrument flight training

  • Minimum 50 hours of cross-country flight as PIC

  • Minimum 40 hours flight in instrument conditions

  • Pass a written test

  • Pass an oral and practical test with a pilot examiner

Requirements

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Aircraft

  • Cessna 152 (hour building)

  • Piper Archer (checkride)

Study Materials​

  • Online ground school

  • Pilot's Handbook of

       Aeronautical Knowledge

  • Instrument Flying Handbook

  • FAR/AIM

Pilot's Supplies​

  • Private pilot  supplies

  • IFR Charts (or ForeFlight)

Resources

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Many students can work together to build experience together, leaving 20-30 hours of preparation with your instructor.

Total expense depends on hours

required but is typically

$5,500-$7,500.

Time and Cost

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Fly through clouds and poor visibility.

File and fly instrument flight plans.

Privileges

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Commercial Pilot

  • Private pilot

  • Minimum 250 hours

  • Minimum 20 hours of flight training

  • Pass a written test

  • Pass an oral and practical test with a pilot examiner

Requirements

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Aircraft

  • Cessna 152 (hour building)

  • Piper Archer (checkride)

Study Materials​

  • Online ground school

  • Pilot's Handbook of

       Aeronautical Knowledge

  • Airplane Flying Handbook

  • FAR/AIM

Pilot's Supplies​

  • Private pilot  supplies

Resources

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Many students can work together to build experience together, leaving 20-30 hours of preparation with your instructor.

Total expense depends on hours

required but is typically

$5,500-$7,500.

Time and Cost

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Accept payments to fly for hire in operations such as tours, private plane owners, charters, or aerial firefighting.

Privileges

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