Many people don’t quite understand the requirements needed to become a private pilot. There are a lot of subject areas both on the ground and in the airplane you will need to cover to meet the requirements for your pilot training. Many people don’t completely understand the private Pilot Training requirements needed and just look at the Private Pilot Training general requirements.
There are many requirements needed in order to complete each phase of your Private Pilot Training. Pre Solo, Post Solo and Flight test Preparation are the three phases of your private pilot license training.
In most cases you will find something like this outline of the general requirements. Remember this is just the general requirements for you to be eligible to take the private pilot practical test.
40 Hours Total
20 Hours Dual Instruction
10 Hours Solo
Now in other places you may see some added information
3 Hours Instrument
3 Hours Night
5 Hours Solo Cross Country
Now you want to remember this is just the general requirement. This does not include all of the student pilot requirements and the ground instruction requirements. I have listed below the other requirements needed to complete your Private Pilot Training.
Student Pilot Requirements: When you are ready to solo an aircraft you are know as a student pilot. There are two sections of requirements that will apply to you. The first area are the pre solo requirements. These are the requirements needed before you can go up and fly the plane by yourself. Before Solo, student pilots must meet the aeronautical requirements for solo flight.
The next section of requirements that will apply to student pilots are the post solo requirements. These are the requirements that have to be met before you can go on your solo cross countries.
Flight Test requirements: In order to be eligible for the private pilot practical test you must meet the final requirements. At this point in time you will have to meet the general requirements for the private pilot license as well as all the student pilot requirements. There are both aeronautical experience and aeronautical knowledge requirements included within these regulations. That is ground instruction and flight instruction.
Many times the student doesn’t realize what is exactly required, this can add up to more flights if something is missed by the flight instructor. The pilot examiner picking up these missed items on the day of your flight test is the worst case scenario. So you want to understand that there are more requirements than just the general aeronautical experience requirements needed for the flight test.
The reason I always explain this is so the student can get an idea of what is required to do at each stage of your training and then what is required for you to take your flight test. Before you start spending any money, you will want to plan the pilot training process out.
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