The main advantage to Part 61 training is the flexibility. While the FAA publishes a list of Federal Aviation Regulations (FAR) that dictates the topics to be covered, and also regulates the minimum amount of flight hours required, Part 61 is structured to allow our flight instructors to adapt the sequence of lesson content, pace and learning style to meet individual student’s needs.
An applicant for a private pilot certificate with an airplane rating must have had at least a total of 40 hours of flight instruction and solo time which must include the following:
(a) Twenty hours of flight instruction from an authorized flight instructor, including at least:
To be eligible for a private pilot certificate, a person must:
An applicant for a private pilot certificate must have logged ground instruction from an authorized instructor, or must present evidence showing that he has satisfactorily completed a course of instruction or home study in at least the following areas of aeronautical knowledge appropriate to the category of aircraft for which a rating is sought.
Airplanes and rotorcraft:
The applicant for a private pilot certificate must have logged instruction from an authorized flight instructor in at least the following pilot operations. In addition, his logbook must contain an endorsement by an authorized flight instructor who has found him competent to perform each of those operations safely as a private pilot.