Private Pilot Certification Overview

Upon completion of this rewarding program, you will have the privilege of flying airplanes and carrying passengers to many destinations on complimentary flights. This Orange County-based program allows students to experience the freedom and views of the California coastline while studying with an experienced pilot.

Course Details

Your personal flight instructor will guide you carefully through the stages of flight and ground training to ensure your success in obtaining your private pilot certificate. This course combines hands-on training with traditional lessons, up to par with Federal Aviation Administration requirements out of John Wayne Airport, Santa Ana, California.


Private Pilot Flight Training 

The flight training portion of the private pilot certification course is divided into three stages. The course follows a structured syllabus which ensures organization, consistency and safety.

stage 1

  • Communications and flight information

  • Ground operations

  • Basic maneuvers

  • Airport operations

  • Ground reference maneuvers

  • Slow flight and stalls

  • Takeoffs and landings

  • Emergency procedures

  • Pre-solo written exam

  • Supervised solo flight

Stage 2

  • Advanced maneuvers

  • Advanced stalls and spin awareness

  • Advanced takeoffs and landings

  • Cross-country flight planning

  • Dead-reckoning, pilotage and landfall navigation

  • Dual cross-country flying

  • Flying in and around Class B and Class C airspace

  • Aircraft performance, weight, balance and airworthiness

  • Basic instrument flying

  • GPS and radio navigation

  • Solo cross-country flying

stage 3

  • Night flying

  • Advanced cross-country flying

  • Preparation for practical test with the FAA

  • Private pilot certification

Private Pilot Ground Training

Each pilot has the option of using an approved home study course, an approved ground school at a local college or private ground school lessons provided by one of our authorized instructors. Your flight instructor will spend a considerable amount of time with you on the ground to ensure your knowledge of all areas pertaining to your private pilot certificate.

Private Pilot Certificate

includes aircraft, ground and flight instruction, and materials as specified in the training syllabus
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The published cost of training is based on the hours required by the training syllabus. This actual cost of training varies based on the student’s learning abilities. Examiners fees are not included.

Pricing is subject to change at any time.


FAA Requirements

The following requirements are required to obtain a Private Pilot Certificate:

  • Be at least 17 years of age

  • Be able to read, speak, write and understand the English language

  • Pass a medical examination

  • Receive the appropriate ground and flight training by an authorized flight instructor which includes the following minimum times:

    • 40 hours of total flight time

    • 20 hours of flight time with an authorized instructor

      • 3 hours of cross-country flight training

      • 3 hours of night flying with at least 10 takeoffs and landings

      • 100 nautical mile cross-country flight

      • 3 hours of instrument training

    • 10 hours of solo flight time

      • 5 hours cross-country flight time

      • 150 nautical mile cross-country flight

    • Pass the required knowledge test

    • Pass the required practical test

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has set the above minimum requirements to obtain a private pilot certificate. Although the national average to complete a private pilot certificate is approximately 65 –  70 hours of flight time, it varies for everyone. All pilot applicants are trained to proficiency as required by the FAA to pass the practical test according to Airmen Certification Standards (ACS). Your training could be more or less than the national average depending on your proficiency.

Training Materials

The following is a list of publications, manuals and supplies that will be provided to you for your flight training:

  • Pacific Flight Aviation embossed flight bag

  • SkyRoamers, Private Pilot: Training Manual, 2nd Edition

  • SkyRoamers, Private Pilot: Training Syllabus

  • Rod Machado’s Private Pilot Handbook

  • Pilot’s operating handbook for the airplane being flown

  • ASA, FAR/AIM (FAA Regulations 14 CFR parts, 1, 61, 91, and NTSB 830/Airmen Information Manual)

  • FAA Chart Supplement Southwest U.S.

  • Aeronautical Chart User’s Guide

  • Aviation Weather

  • Aviation Weather Services

  • Airplane Flying Handbook

  • Pilot’s Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge

  • Risk Management Handbook

  • Airmen Certification Standards – Private Pilot Airplane

  • Part 91 and 135 Single-Pilot Procedures During Taxi Operations

  • Role of Preflight Preparation

  • Pilots’ Role in Collision Avoidance

  • General Aviation Controlled Flight into Terrain Awareness

  • Aviation Safety Reporting System

  • Stick and Rudder: An Explanation of the Art of Flying, Wolfgang Langewiesche

  • 6-month free subscription to the AOPA Pilot magazine

  • Pilot logbook

  • Kneeboard

  • Plotter

  • E6B Computer