The Private Pilot Certificate, internationally referred to as the Private Pilot License (PPL), allows students to obtain the foundational knowledge and skills for all future aircraft pilot training. As a Private Pilot, you can fly an airplane day and night in visual flight conditions and carry passengers (friends, family, co-workers, etc.). You cannot fly for paid compensation or hire. However, you can share the operating expenses with your passengers.
- Be at least 16 years old to fly solo.
- Be at least 17 years old to receive your private pilot certificate.
- Be able to read, speak, and understand the English language
- Obtain at least a current third-class medical certificate
- Perform basic math: adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing.
- Be able to attend flight school at our state of the art facility in Orlando, Florida.
The Private Pilot course is the first course taken by new student pilots. Prestige values the importance of a strong foundation and provides a blended instructional approach that includes our Ground School, and Aviation Skill Development. You will learn basic aerodynamics, FAA regulations, aircraft weight balance, and aircraft performance in the classroom training. Flight lessons within the course include maneuvers and procedures required for students to solo the aircraft and conduct a daytime cross-country flight. As an FAA-rated flight school, our training ensures ACS (Airman Certification Standards) for all students.
Upon the successful completion of the Private Pilot course, students will have gained the aeronautical experience necessary to apply for an FAA Private Pilot Certificate (PPL), the first step to becoming a Professional Pilot.
All Private Pilot training flights are conducted in new Technological Advanced Aircraft (TAA). Aircraft delivered in 2016 are also equipped with WAAS-capable instrument-certified GPS. We are proud to offer pilot training using Piper PA-28-181, one of the safest aircraft ever built.
Full-time students enrolled in the Professional Pilot program will have 5 lessons per week. Students who truly dedicate themselves to completing their PPL by studying hard and making pilot training their top priority, are able to complete within a 3-month period. Part-time students that are working or enrolled in school may find that their PPL takes 4-6 months to finish based on their available schedules.
The FAA requires students to log a minimum of 35 total flight hours in order to be eligible for the Private Pilot’s License (PPL); however, with today’s technology, fewer than 5% of pilots complete their training within the minimum flight requirements. From our experience, students need a minimum of 50 airplane flight hours to meet the PPL requirements. Students that progress quickly through the courses are proficient at English, usually fly 2-3 times per week, work hard in their ground lessons, and study independently. They have also taken courses through our Prestige Aviation Academy before arriving at flight school.