Private Pilot License

Private Pilot License
  • 17 yrs old to receive license
  • 16 yrs old to solo
  • FAA Medical Exam
  • Speak and understand English
  • Minimum 40 flight hours
  • Complete Cessna Program
  • Pass FAA Written Test
  • Pass Checkride
  • Fly day and night
  • Rent single-engine airplanes
  • Carry passengers
  • Fly in clear weather

Am I too young to start?

There is no minimum age to begin flight training! Some of our students are even nine years old. As our younger students prepare to solo, there are only two requirements. They must be 16 years old to solo and they need to have a medical certificate. All student pilots, no matter their age, must have a medical physical exam by an FAA certified doctor. Once they pass their medical, they are given a medical certificate. The medical certificate is needed before the first solo. Student pilots must also be able to speak, read, write and understand English.

How long does it take?

The length of time it takes to earn your license depends upon how often you fly. You can receive your license in as little as 21 days if you fly everyday. Most students fly on average 2-3 times per week. At this pace you can receive your license in as little as 90 days. Another factor is the Cessna Online Course and maintaining a steady pace with your self-study.

    Flight Hour Minimums

  • 40 flight hours total
  • 20 dual hours
  • 3 hours cross country
  • 3 night hours
  • 10 solo hours
  • 5 hours solo cross country

What can I do with my license?

Once you receive your Private Pilot License, you can rent most any single engine airplane including the plane you learned on! Bring your friends and family along because you will be able to carry passengers along for the ride. Both day and night fly most anywhere you want, even internationally! If the weather is clear with enough visibility, you are able to fly.

Test at Sawyer Aviation!

Written Test & Checkride

The FAA written test and checkride are both done towards the end of your training. The written test is comprised of 60 questions with a passing grade of 70%. Those 60 questions are pulled from a bank of just over 800 questions, which you have access to through the Cessna Online Course. Your checkride will be with a Designated Pilot Examiner (DPE) and will consist of two parts. The first half will be an oral examination, where you will answer questions about flying. The second half is the practical examination, where you will fly maneuvers in the airplane with the DPE. After you pass both parts, you will receive your Private Pilot License!

Cessna Online Private Pilot Course

The Online Cessna Private Pilot Course was created by Cessna and King Schools. Both companies have a long history in the aviation industry, with proven track records. This course, which supplies the foundation and ground knowledge, is done concurrently with the flight training. This method maximizes retention and comprehension. The multi-visual course combines text, diagrams, video, and audio for the text. The 800 question bank for the written test is also in this program, as well as a large library of documents about ratings, weather, Cessna aircraft and much more!

Your Training Will Include

  • Applicable Federal Aviation Regulations of this chapter that relate to private pilot privileges, limitations, and flight operations
  • Use of aeronautical charts for VFR navigation using pilotage, dead reckoning, and navigation systems
  • Safe and efficient operation of aircraft, including collision avoidance, and recognition and avoidance of wake turbulence
  • Principles of aerodynamics, powerplants, and aircraft systems
  • How to obtain information on runway lengths at airports of intended use, data on takeoff and landing distances, weather reports and forecasts, and fuel requirements
  • Preflight procedures
  • Accident reporting requirements of the National Transportation Safety Board
  • Radio communication procedures
  • Effects of density altitude on takeoff and climb performance
  • Stall awareness, spin entry, spins, and spin recovery techniques for the airplane and glider category ratings
  • How to plan for alternatives if the planned flight cannot be completed or delays are encountered
  • Takeoffs, landings, and go-arounds
  • Ground reference maneuvers
  • Basic instrument maneuvers
  • Postflight procedures
  • Slow flight and stalls
  • Use of the applicable portions of the “Aeronautical Information Manual” and FAA advisory circulars
  • Recognition of critical weather situations from the ground and in flight, windshear avoidance, and the procurement and use of aeronautical weather reports and forecasts
  • Weight and balance computations
  • Aeronautical decision making and judgment
  • Preflight preparation
  • Performance maneuvers
  • Navigation
  • Emergency operations
  • Airport and seaplane base operations
  • Night operations