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FAA PPL(A) - Private Pilot License Airplane

 

Private Pilot License is a qualification that permits to act without remuneration as PIC or co-pilot on airplanes in non-commercial operations. PPL is the most common type of license in General Aviation.

For future professional pilots, the FAA Private Pilot License is also the first step in the aviation career.

Course entry requirements

  • Minimum age of 16 years to apply
  • Be able to read, understand, write, and speak English fluently
  • At least Class 3 Medical Certificate

Subsidized Electronic Flight Bag - iPad mini

Flying Academy is equipping all trainees starting the ab-initio to Commercial professional training programs with a subsidized iPad Mini 4G+WiFi. The iPad will be used primarily for studying as materials are sent wirelessly to the trainee’s iPad for each phase of the training: PPL – Plane operating handbooks, PPL manual, Charts, Planning tools and documents to ATPL – eBooks, but also for all intermediary steps [i.e. IR(A)].

Ground training

Total instruction time given is 35 hours and consists of three stages.

Stage I:

  • Discovery Aviation
  • Airplane Systems
  • Aerodynamic Principles
  • The Flight Environment
  • Communication & Flight Info.
  • Stage I Exam
  • Meteorology for Pilots
  • Federal Aviation Regulations
  • Interpreting Weather Data

Stage II:

  • Stage II Exam
  • Airplane Performance
  • Navigation
  • Human Factor Principles
  • Flying Cross Country

Stage III:

  • Stage III Exam
  • Final Exams A & B

Flight training for FAA Part 141 PPL(A) with Flight Instructor:

Duration

Description

25 hours

Basic maneuvers, emergency procedures, take-offs and landings etc.

5 hours

Navigation cross-country

Total of 30 hours with Flight Instructor

Flight training for FAA Part 141 PPL(A) solo:

Duration

Description

5 hours

Solo flights under ground supervision of the FI; Solo navigation cross-country flights, one of 100 NM with full stops at two different airports other than departure airport

Total of 5 hours solo + extra minimum of 1 hour for final check ride with FAA examiner

Flight training for FAA Part 61 PPL(A) with Flight Instructor:

Duration

Description

25 hours

Basic maneuvers, emergency procedures, take-offs and landings etc.

5 hours

Navigation cross-country

Total of 30 hours with Flight Instructor

Flight training for FAA Part 61 PPL(A) solo:

Duration

Description

10 hours

Solo flights under ground supervision of the FI; Solo navigation cross-country flights, one of 100 NM with full stops at two different airports other than departure airport

Total of 10 hours solo + extra minimum of 1 hour for final check ride with FAA examiner

After completing the flight training the trainee shall have the required flight experience required by the FAA:

FAA Part 141

35 hours total time in airplane (PPL(A)) with:

  1. At least 30 hours of dual instruction [with CFI]
  2. At least 5 hours of supervised solo flight time, including at least 5 hours of solo cross-country flight time with at least one cross-country flight of at least 100 NM with full stop landings at two aerodromes different from the aerodrome of departure.

FAA Part 61

40 hours total time in airplane (PPL(A)) with:

  1. At least 30 hours of dual instruction [with CFI]
  2. At least 10 hours of supervised solo flight time, including at least 5 hours of solo cross-country flight time with at least one cross-country flight of at least 100 NM with full stop landings at two aerodromes different from the aerodrome of departure.

Examination – Written Test

The applicant has to demonstrate the theoretical knowledge at an FAA approved testing center in the form of a written test. The test consists of nine subjects (Basic Aerodynamics, Aircraft Systems, Flight Instruments, Regulations, Procedures and Airport Operations, Weather, Weather Service, Aircraft Performance, Enroute Flight, Navigation, Communication Procedures).

The applicant must pass the written exam with a minimum of 70% which is still a passing score. One must complete and successfully pass the written exam prior to taking the theoretical/practical examination.

Examination – Theoretical/Practical

Theoretical examination for the PPL(A) must be successfully passed to be able to take the Theoretical/Practical exam.

The practical skill exam is performed in flight with the authorized FAA examiner and can be taken after successful completion of the written tests at an FAA approved testing center. The applicant must demonstrate the ability to:

  • operate the airplane within its limitations
  • complete all maneuvers as smooth and as accurate as required
  • exercise good judgment and airmanship
  • apply aeronautical knowledge
  • maintain control of the airplane at all times.

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If you would like to get more details and find a tailor-made solution for your query please fill in the form below or give us a call. Specially allocated Flight Training Consultant will guide you throughout all the process and answer the questions you might have.

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You can also request information regarding your flight training by phone:

Czech Republic: +420 228 882 444
Miami, FL, USA: +1(305)255-8753
Los Angeles, CA, USA: +1(951)272-3942
India: +917 406 589 213

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Fee - PPL(A) Part 141

The fee includes components needed for being able to comply with the FAA PPL(A) issuance requirements

Change currency

DescriptionAmountUnit price USDTotal USD
Aircraft Cessna 152 (VFR - 2 seater)35963 360
Flight Instructor30491 470
Ground training (35 hours)11 7151 715
Total USD6 545

No taxes are applied for pilot training in Florida. 

The FAA PPL(A) program fee covers the following items and services:

  • Flight Instructor time for ground & practical training 
  • Airplane usage, including fuel. 
  • Subsidized iPad mini 4G + WiFi for $179 
  • Bonus - account for Rocket Route flight planning services - valued $300/year

*All training fees are bound to the actual exchange rates of the local currency of the Flying Academy base where the training or a part of the training is provided. 

Upgrades

We offer the opportunity to upgrade for different aircraft during the Private Pilot course. Below you can find training fee difference that will be charged on a top of standard offer.

Change currency

Upgrade from Cessna 152AmountUnit price USDTotal USD
Aircraft Piper Cadet (VFR - 4 seater)354140
Aircraft Piper Warrior (IFR, ADS-B & Garmin G530 - 4 seater)3520700
Aircraft Cessna 172R (IFR, KLN94 - 4 seater)3520700
Aircraft Cessna172SP Garmin 1000 (IFR, Glass cockpit - 4 seater)35541 890

PPL(A) Part 61

The fee includes all components needed for being able to comply with the FAA PPL(A) issuance requirements 

Change currency

DescriptionAmountUnit price USDTotal USD
Aircraft Cessna 152 (VFR - 2 seater)40963 840
Flight Instructor30491 470
Ground training (35 hours)11 7151 715
Total USD7 025

No taxes are applied for pilot training in Florida. 

The FAA PPL(A) program fee covers the following items and services: 

  • Flight Instructor time for ground & practical training 
  • Airplane usage, including fuel. We don't apply any fuel surchage! 
  • Subsidized iPad mini 4G + WiFi for $179 
  • Bonus - account for Rocket Route flight planning services - valued $300/year

*All training fees are bound to the actual exchange rates of the local currency of the Flying Academy base where the training or a part of the training is provided. 

Upgrades

We offer the opportunity to upgrade for different aircraft during the Private Pilot course. Below you can find training fee difference that will be charged on a top of standard offer.

Change currency

Upgrade from Cessna 152AmountUnit price USDTotal USD
Aircraft Piper Cadet (VFR - 4 seater)404160
Aircraft Piper Warrior (IFR, ADS-B & Garmin G530 - 4 seater)4020800
Aircraft Cessna 172R (IFR, KLN94 - 4 seater)4020800
Aircraft Cessna172SP Garmin 1000 (IFR, Glass cockpit - 4 seater)40542 160

Duration

The PPL(A) can be obtained in a range period starting from one month depending on the trainees time availability for both theoretical and practical training.

International students

Flying Academy is able to provide all required documentation for non US citizens to be able to enrol in flight training courses in USA.

For complete information about the US Visa process, please visit the International Students and US student visas pages.

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