How to get private pilot license (PPL)?

A Private Pilot License (PPL) is a type of license wherein you can legally fly an aircraft solo or with other people. Private pilots are trained to navigate small aircraft by themselves. While people may seek the license for hobby or sports reasons, a PPL is the first major milestone on the road to becoming an airline pilot

The following are the minimum requirements to get a PPL:

  • At least 17 years of age;
  • Holds a Student Pilot License (SPL);
  • Holds third-class medical certificate through an aeromedical examiner (AME);
  • Receiving flight training and a logbook endorsement from an authorized instructor;
  • Meeting the aeronautical experience requirements for the aircraft rating sought. At a minimum, private pilot candidates qualified for the practical test will have logged 40 hours of flight time that includes 20 hours of flight training from an authorized instructor as well as 10 hours of solo flight. The training must include 3 hours of Cross-Country flight time, 3 hours Night flight time, 3 hours Instrument Training, and 3 hours of training with an authorized instructor in preparation for the practical test;
  • Passed the practical test for the aircraft rating sought; and
  • Able to read, speak, write, and understand the English language.

Take note that these are the general requirements and may differ from country to country.

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