The private pilot certificate is typically the first pilot’s license an aspiring pilot will obtain.
As a Private Pilot, you can fly an airplane day and night in visual flight conditions and carry passengers (friends, family, co-workers, etc.). You cannot fly for paid compensation or hire. However, you can share the operating expenses with your passengers.
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The Private Pilot Certificate, also called Private Pilot License (PPL), allows students to obtain a strong foundational knowledge and skills for all future aircraft pilot training.
Read, speak, write and understand English.
Able to obtain an FAA 3rd Class Medical.
Pass a written test on the subject areas on which instruction or home study is required by Sec. 61.105;
Pass an oral and flight test on procedures and maneuvers selected by an FAA inspector or examiner to determine competency.
Comply with the regulations that apply to the rating seeked.