The Private Pilot Certificate is the foundation to all of your future flying. This certificate will allow you to fly anywhere in the United States in a single engine airplane under visual flight conditions (VMC) with your friends and family as passengers.
This stage will introduce you to basic flight maneuvers, radio communications, and airport operations. On the ground during this stage, you will learn how to conduct a pre-flight inspection, the aerodynamics of flight, aircraft systems and how the Federal Aviation regulations apply to you. In the airplane you will learn the four fundamentals of flight: slow flight, steep bank turns, emergency procedures, and normal take-offs and landings. This stage will prepare you for your solo flight time.
During this phase you will learn how to read and interpret weather data, how to determine aircraft performance, and how to plan a cross country flight (over 50 nautical miles). In the air you will learn how to navigate using pilotage and dead reckoning in order to arrive at your destination airport.
Stage III - Test Preparation
This stage will be preparing you to complete your practical test. The practical test, otherwise known as a checkride, is an oral exam, followed by a flight test. In order to prepare for this, you and your instructor will review all of your ground lesson material as well as refine the flight maneuvers you have previously learned in order to ensure you meet the standards set forth by the FAA. It is Great River Aviation’s goal that we ensure you not only have the skill set required to successfully pass your exam; but upon completion of your checkride, you will be a safe and proficient Private Pilot.
In terms of flight hours, the FAA requires the student to log a minimum of 40 hours (Part 61) or 35 hours (Part 141). However, most students require approximately 55 hours achieving the necessary proficiency. Keep these hour requirements in mind when selecting a training facility. Some school base their course prices on FAA minimums, while others base the price on actual hours needed to complete the certificate.
Completion time of the private pilot certificate depends on the frequency of training. Students training 2-3 times per week can expect to spend up to four months in training. Students training 5-6 days per week can complete it in 4-6 weeks.
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