Private Pilot Training

A private pilot certificate is where the majority of pilots begin their training.  Training for the private pilot certificate encompasses both flight and ground training.  The FAA conducts a computerized knowledge exam as well as a flight exam (checkride). At the successful completion of the private pilot checkride, the pilot will have earned a private pilot certificate which allows them to operate an aircraft solo or with passengers in good weather conditions.

Eligibility Requirements: 

  • Provide proof of US citizenship or complete the TSA flight training application
  • Be at least 16 years of age to solo and at least 17 years of age to receive the license
  • Be able to read, write, speak, and understand the English language
  • Obtain at least a 3rd class FAA Medical Certificate
  • Satisfactorily complete an FAA Private Pilot Knowledge Test
  • Complete a minimum of 40 hours of flight time including 10 hours of solo experience
  • Satisfactorily complete a Check Ride

The required times above reflect the minimum requirements for the Private Pilot Certificate. We at Genesis are in the business of making exceptional pilots. To be exceptional takes more that the minimum effort and proficiency is king. Because of our commitment to excellence our course takes closer to the national average of 60 to 75 flight hours to complete.