Simtech Aviation

Private Pilot License Training

The Steps to get your private pilots license

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

Second Step: Select a ground school and study for the FAA Private Pilot Written:
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)

Stage 1: Pre-Solo - Expect to spend about 18hrs flight training and 13hrs 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 flying 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 practice 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 20hrs of flight training and 10hrs of ground time with 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 cross-country. You will receive a solo crosscountry briefing. After working 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  3hrs of flight training and 26hrs of ground time with 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 course and are ready for the FAA practical test.


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

Aeronautical Experience Required by the FAA


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.

While the FAA only allows 2.5 hours to be used for the minimum aeronautical experience needed to obtain a Private Pilot Certificate. Incorporating the use of ATD to your flight training will help you supplement your flight training if you cannot fly 2-3 times per week. You could incorporate the use of ATD once a week in our central location in midtown Manhattan, and fly once or twice per week at a flight school of your choice.

You can start using a Simulator before you get in the real airplane. Here is how an ATD could be incorporated to your flight training.

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.

State 3: Preparing for your Practical Test

Final Preparation for Your Practical 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 instructor now flies for the regional and major US airlines, they are here to share their passion of flying and mentor you to achieve your aviation goals.

When it comes to flying, you can't afford to compromise on your training.

When it comes to flying, you can't afford to compromise on your training.

Julian was My flight instructor. I can not emphasize enough his level of expertise, professionalism and class. If anyone is lucky enough to do business with Julian you’ll find it a pleasure. I trust Julian with my life. Come to think of it I have. Many times. Easily 5 Stars plus

George M.

Julian is the ACE flight instructor. He is patient, passionate, and professional. The three most important things everyone need to master in flight and in life. Personally, Julian has been my flight instructor for almost 5 years. In between I have had some instruction from others, (simply because of scheduling issues) I must say the difference is night and day. If you don't believe me, give me a try, and you'll know I'm right.

David J.

Julian is compassionate and patient, and also very knowledgeable in aviation. It has been great to get to know him and learn from him.

Peter E.

Simtech Aviation is great to work with and very knowledgeable in this field. They are continually working on making the process of scheduling your simulator and instructor time as seamless as possible would definitely suggest you try them out.

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