Private Pilot’s License

Private Pilot’s License Overview

Private Pilot certification redefines traveling. But for most the thrill of traveling by air is simply dreamy. Flying has always been viewed as one amazing super power. And yes, you can posses this super power yourself with a few months of training and passing two tests.

Private Pilot training is the first step into the aviation world. Like getting a driver’s license there are many steps involved in the process. To become a pilot you must complete the following:

  • Apply for and receive a Student Pilot Certificate from an Aviation Medical Examiner.
  • Study and learn enough knowledge to complete a Pre-Solo Written test.
  • Earn enough skills to fly SOLO. The FIRST SOLO flight is a big deal and is well celebrated.
  • Pass a FAA 60 question multiple choice test from an authorized test center.
  • Complete the required aeronautical experience to apply for the certificate.
  • Pass a oral and flight test with a Designated Pilot Examiner (DPE).

AMFC is proud to offer tailored training that follows a training map. Nothing about the training map is rigid, but it does create a building block style of training that allows there to be great anticipation of what is next in training.

Private Pilot Training Map

Private Pilot Training Cost

Please refer to the costs page for additional information regarding the cost of your Private Pilot Training.

Flight School Enrollment

Anytime of the year is a great time to start (or continue) your Private Pilot training at AMFC! The first lesson that you will be taking with AMFC will be an exciting one. In order to proceed with your first lesson, you will need to bring a proof of citizenship (for the aircraft rental) and a willingness to learn! We have rental headsets available for, your first lesson should be exciting and memorable at AMFC.

Aircraft Availability

You do not need to own an airplane to learn to fly. We have a fleet of Cessna 150s and 175s available. Not sure what aircraft to choose? Cessna airplanes are safe, proven, and very forgiving to train on. We offer two types of Cessna aircraft:

The Cessna 150 is a very common training airplane that seats two and it is one of the most economical ways of getting your Private Pilot’s license. For maximum aircraft performance and student comfort, we recommend that students are around or less than 180 lbs and under 5′ 10″. The Cessna 150’s cabin is smaller, so this will be a great bird for smaller individuals. The Cessna 172 is one of the most popular planes in aviation. It can seat 4, has a larger cabin than the Cessna 150, and has modern navigation instruments. For taller individuals or individuals that weigh more than 180 lbs, we would recommend that you fly the Cessna 172.

Feel free to try both the Cessna 150 and the Cessna 172. They both have their advantages and we encourage you try both airplanes and see which one you’re the most comfortable in.

Private Pilot Ground School

Monday and Wednesday evening classes are a great gateway into aviation.  During this eight week course you will learn so much about how airplanes work and how the airspace above us is segmented to ensure safe operations for all sizes and speeds of aircraft.  Navigation via the air does not involve road signs, so training is necessary to learn how to use charts and locate positions.  At the conclusion of this class you will have been exposed to every topic that the FAA will ask of you on the FAA written test.  Its is a 60 question multiple choice test with a large test bank of questions.  With a little studying you should feel prepared to take and ace the test. Click here for detailed information regarding our Private Pilot Ground School.

Can you study this information on your own?  Yes, of course you can.  But it is challenging material and the class is really fun, interactive, and hands on.  We have a medical examiner speak to us and we visit an ATC tower and visit an aircraft maintenance shop.  If your schedule does not allow for evening classes, then you may ask your flight instructor to walk you through the material or use an online course.