Private Pilot – Learn to Fly
If you have always wanted to learn to fly you have come to the right place!
In addition to providing you the highest level of professional instruction, Chris offers the most economical option for private pilot training anywhere in the Raleigh-Durham area. Learn to fly at the Person County Airport for a very reasonable rate of $120/hr for a Cessna C172 plus $50/hr for instruction. You will learn to fly from a highly experienced and motivated instructor that will put you at ease at the controls and create the learning environment necessary to become a confident and accomplished private pilot.
From your first pre-flight inspection to your practical flight test, Chris will guide you through the private pilot curriculum step-by-step with efficiency on a schedule you select so you get the most of your flying dollars and your valuable time.
Your journey into the sky begins when you contact Chris to schedule your first flight lesson!
Private Pilot Certificate
The private pilot certificate is the certificate held by the majority of active pilots. It allows command of any aircraft (subject to appropriate ratings) for any non-commercial purpose, and gives almost unlimited authority to fly under visual flight rules (VFR). Passengers may be carried and flight in furtherance of a business is permitted; however, a private pilot may not be compensated in any way for services as a pilot, although passengers can pay a pro rata share of flight expenses, such as fuel or rental costs. Private pilots may also operate charity flights, subject to certain restrictions, and may participate in similar activities, such as Angel Flight, Civil Air Patrol and many others.
The requirements to obtain a private pilot certificate for “airplane, single-engine, land”, or ASEL, (which is the most common certificate) are:
- Be at least 17 years old.
- Be able to read, speak, write and understand the English language
- Obtain at least a third class medical certificate from an Aviation Medical Examiner (except for glider or balloon)
- Pass a computerized aeronautical knowledge test
- Accumulate and log a specified amount of training and experience, including the following:
When training under Part 61, Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) section 61.109, requires at least 40 hours of flight time, including 20 hours of flight with an instructor and 10 hours of solo flight (i.e., by yourself), and other requirements including cross-country flight, which include:
- 3 hours of flight training on the control and maneuvering solely by reference to instruments
- 3 hours of flight training for cross country flights
- 3 hours of flight training with an authorized instructor in preparation for the practical test, which must have been performed within the preceding 2 calendar months from the month of the practical test.
- 5 hours of solo cross-country time
- One solo cross-country flight of at least 150 nmi total distance, with full-stop landings at a minimum of three points and with one segment of the flight consisting of a straight-line distance of at least 50 nmi between the takeoff and landing locations
- Three solo takeoffs and landings to a full stop at an airport with an operating control tower.
- 3 hours of night flight training
- One (2-hour minimum) cross-country flight of over 100 nautical miles (190 km) total distance
- 10 takeoffs and 10 landings to a full stop (with each landing involving a flight in the traffic pattern) at an airport.