What is 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 also the first major milestone on the road to becoming an airline pilot. A private pilot can take friends and family for rides, practice maneuvers but not for profit.

Eligibility for obtaining a PPL:

  • At least 17 years of age
  • Hold a Student Pilot License (SPL)
  • Obtain a Medical Certificate enabling you fit to fly
  • Receive flight training and a logbook endorsement from an authorized instructor
  • Meet the aeronautical experience requirements for the aircraft rating sought
  • Pass a practical test for the aircraft rating sought
  • Be able to read, speak, write, and understand the English language

Total flying hours experience required to get a private pilot license ranges around 40 flight hours, but it may vary from country to country.

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