Private Pilot License

A private pilot license grants you access to fly most single engine planes day or night, pending fair weather conditions.

  • Learn Basic Flight Maneuvers
  • Take Offs and Landings
  • Cross Country Flying
  • Pilotage
  • Dead Reckoning
  • VOR and GPS Navigation
  • Basic Instrument Flying

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Under the FAA Part 61, the total time for a Private Pilot license is 40 hours which consists of at least:

  • Dual: 20 hours of flight training with an instructor on the Private Pilot areas of operation that includes:
    • 3 hours of cross-country flight training in a single engine airplane;
    • 3 hours of night flight training in a single engine airplane, that includes at least-
    • 1 cross-country flight of over 100 nm. total distance; and
    • 10 takeoffs and 10 landings with each involving a flight in the traffic pattern.
    • 3 hours of flight training by reference to instruments in a single engine airplane; and
    • 3 hours of flight training in a single engine airplane within the preceding 60 days prior to the practical test.
  • Solo: 10 hours of solo flying in a single engine airplane on the Private Pilot areas of operation, that includes:
    • 5 hours of solo cross-country flying;
    • 1 solo cross-country flight of at least 150 nm. total distance with 3 points and one segment of at least 50 nm. between takeoff and landings; and
    • 3 takeoffs and landings at a controlled airport.

NOTE: Where 61.109(a), For an airplane single-engine rating Read more

A Part 141 School, like McAir Aviation, has been granted an Air Agency Certificate by the FAA.

One of the many advantages to flying at McAir Aviation (a certificated Part 141 School), over a Part 61 school or individual instructor, is that fewer flight hours are required to qualify for a pilot certificate. The requirement for a private pilot certificate is 40 hours in a part 61 school and 35 hours in a part 141 certificated school.

This is also true for your additional ratings and certificates. For instance, if you are training at McAir, you do not need to log the additional 50 hours of cross-country time needed for the Instrument Rating under part 61. This can save you over $5,000 in training costs!
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As an McAir graduate you have more options and access to every major airline. Choose your own aviation career path, with our accelerated training courses you will realize your goals faster, this is proven by more graduates flying for airlines than any other academy.

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