Private Pilot – Airplane
The minimum required flight time is 40 hours and you must:
- Be at least 17 years old.
- Be able to speak, read, write, and understand English.
- Hold a current third class airman’s medical.
- Minimum of 20 hours of dual flight time with instructor.
- Minimum of 10 hours of solo flight time.
- Pass an FAA private pilot knowledge test and practical (flight) test.
- No limit to number of passengers and can share expenses (fuel, oil, airport expenses, and aircraft rental).
- Fly anytime during the day or night using visual flight rules (VFR).
- No limits on where can fly except normal airspace restrictions.
- Fly in Class B, C, E and G airspace (Class A airspace only with instrument rating).
- Can fly aircraft less than 12,500lbs (over with a specific type rating).
- Can fly single-engine aircraft (more engines require multi-engine rating).
- Engine up to 200hp (greater with a hi-performance endorsement).
- No max number of seats.
- Fixed landing gear (other requires specialized training and logbook endorsement).
- Fixed pitch or ground adjustable propeller (variable pitch requires a complex logbook endorsement).
- Can tow gliders with proper training and flight time.
- May demonstrate an aircraft in flight to a prospective buyer if has at least 200 hours of logged flight time.
- Cannot be pilot-in-command or second in command on a flight that is carrying passengers for compensation or hire.
- You can fly in connection with a business if flying is only incidental to that business.
Note* These descriptions are changed for quick reference only and not intended to replace the complete FARs available at: FARs Pilot Certificates