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How to get a Private Pilot License New York?

The steps you take to earn your private pilot’s license

First Step: Locate a FAA Medical Examiner (AME) Find an Aviation Medical Examiner (AME)

Second Step: Select a ground school and study for the FAA Private Pilot written exam: 
We recommend getting the Sporty's Learn To Fly Course.

Third Step: Get in a Plane and Start Flying (Or practice what you learned first on our simulator to get ready)

Private Pilot License overview

Stage 1: Pre-Solo - Expect to spend about 18 hrs flight training and 13 hrs ground time with instructor.*

Phase 1: Learning Your Airplane- In this phase you learn what makes your airplane fly, how to control your airplane in flight, and how to know if your airplane is airworthy.

Phase 2: Improving Control- Here you add to your skill set the maneuvers that allow you to fly more precisely. You hone the basic skills you have already learned, and develop safety habits that will serve you well throughout your piloting career.

Phase 3: Takeoffs and Landings- This is where you put into practice all of your skills, so you can make satisfying takeoffs and landings on your own.

Phase 4: Preparing for Solo Flight- Here you rehearse airport operations, takeoffs and landings, emergency procedures, and ground reference maneuvers in order to ensure you are ready for solo flight. You will also receive a pre-solo briefing as well as take a pre-solo knowledge test.

Phase 5: Solo Flight- After your instructor and you have the skills to ensure you are safe and ready to fly on your own, you will take your exciting first solo flight that you will remember for a lifetime.

Stage 2: Solo Flights and Cross-Country - Expect to spend about 20 hrs of flight training and 10 hrs of ground time with the instructor.*

Phase 6: Getting Ready for Cross-Country Flying- In this phase, you learn short- and soft-field takeoff and landing techniques, navigation, and control of the airplane by reference to the flight display.

Phase 7: Flying Cross-Country- Here you learn the steps involved in planning and flying a safe and successful trip cross-country. You will receive a solo cross-country briefing. After building your skills and knowledge with your instructor, you will complete your first solo cross-country flight.

Phase 8: Flying at Night- In this phase you discover what night flying is all about by taking both a local and a cross-country flight at night.

Phase 9: Advancing Your Skills- Here you go on your longest solo cross-country flight and wrap up any loose ends with your training.

State 3: Preparing for your Practical Test - Expect to spend about 3 hrs of flight training and 26 hrs of ground time with the instructor.*

Phase 10: Final Preparation for Your Practical Test- In the final phase, you review everything you have learned. After passing the final progress check, you have completed the private piloting course and are ready for the FAA practical test.

Fourth Step: Celebrate earning your Private Pilot License. You deserve it!

* Does not include the time you have to spend studying and preparing for your lesson. On average plan to spend a minimum of 2 hours of study time at home.

FIND A FLIGHT SCHOOL (sorry, we only work with simulators) AOPA has a flight school Finder

Tips to earn your Private Pilot

Fly 2-3 per week.

Find an instructor you enjoy working with

Get the FAA Written ahead of time

Aeronautical Experience Required by the FAA

Simtech Aviation Aircraft Simulator Training

As per AOPA Field Guide To Flight Training:

"The minimum flight time requirement to be eligible for a private pilot certificate is 40 flight hours. Most students fly 60-75 hours before testing."

Student pilots who can fly on average two to three times per week are the pilots who can finish close to minimum  Aeronautical Experience set by the FAA.

Practice Flying Using an Aviation Training Device (ATD) aka: Flight Simulator

If you cannot fly 2-3 times per week, incorporating the use of an ATD into your flight training will help a great deal in obtaining the experience needed for a Private Pilot License. Visit an ATD facility (like ours in midtown Manhattan) once a week and fly at a flight school of your choice the other 1-2 training days.

Ways to train with an ATD for successful flight training supplementation:

Stage 1: Pre-Solo

Phase 1: Learning Your Airplane (Simulator)- Learn to use an airplane checklist, preform airplane system test, how the flight controls work, setting flight attitudes (Climb, Level, or Descent), how to use Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) aka an iPad, and introduction to talking with ATC.

Phase 2: Improving Control- Improve your ATC communication, aircraft control, and creating situation to challenge your skills you can develop safety habits that might not be to comfortable at this stage in the real airplane.

Phase 3/4: Takeoffs and Landings- Practice airport operations with or without ATC, and abnormal/emergency procedures.

Stage 2: Solo Flights and Cross-Country

Getting Ready for Cross-Country Flying- Introduction to navigation following landmarks and navigation aids, how to use sectional, incorporating how to use your EFB to your trips and control of the airplane by reference to the flight display.

Stage 3: Preparing for your Practical Test

Final Preparation for Your Practical Piloting Test- While you will mainly be getting ready for your Practical Test in the airplane, you can practice in the simulator with or without an instructor the areas where you need improvement.

Each of our FAA certified instructors and airline pilots started off right where you are now – as a private pilot. While many of our instructors now fly for the regional and major US airlines, they are here to share their passion of flying and mentor you to achieve your aviation goals.