Earning Your Private Pilot License in New York: What You Need to Know!

Looking to become a private pilot in New York? Our comprehensive guide, written by airline pilots, provides the answers to 85% of the most commonly asked questions.

We cover everything from finding an instructor to studying for the FAA written exam, and we'll show you how to save time and money during your training. With our guide, you'll have all the information you need to take the first step towards becoming a private pilot in New York.

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If you're interested in getting a Private Pilot License, here are some tips to get started:

Tips to earn your Private Pilot

• Fly 2-3 times per week

• Find an instructor you
enjoy working with

• Get the FAA written exam ASAP

Not sure where to start for your Private Pilot License?

1st Book a Flight Simulator Lesson
2nd Book a Discovery Flight with a local flight school
3rd Let our mentors guide you to the rest of the process

First Step: Get Cleared by an FAA Medical Examiner

FAA Medical AME Private Pilot

Find an Aviation Medical Examiner (AME)

The first step is to get cleared by an FAA Medical Examiner. While not required before you start training, it's a good idea to get one, as it will hold you over for a few years (depending on your age).


In Manhattan, we recommend Glenn Dangelman MD in Wall Street, who can be contacted at 212-233-3040. The cost is $250 for 3rd and 2nd class, $300 for 1st class, and an additional $25 for EKG. Please note that credit card fees may apply, and prices are subject to change.

For those located in NJ, Raymond Basri MD is also recommended, with locations in Morristown, NJ, and Middletown, NY. Scheduling can be done online at https://www.myflightmd.com/hours-online-scheduling/.

Seccond Test: Study for the Private Pilot Knowledge Test


What is the FAA Written Exam and how do I study for it?

The FAA Written Exam is a 60-question test that you need to pass to obtain your Private Pilot License. You can prepare for the exam before starting your flying lessons. Study with the FAA handbooks and the Sporty's Learn To Fly Course, which we recommend as useful resources for the exam. You can also find a location near you that administers the exam by clicking on this link.

When you complete the necessary training and meet the requirements to become a private pilot, you will receive a Private Pilot Certificate. It is important to remember that you will be receiving a certificate, not a license.

What can you expect during your Flight Simulator lessons with us!

Choosing the Perfect Flight Instructor?

Discover the essential considerations and expert insights that will help you find the perfect instructor who aligns with your learning style, goals, and timeline. Don't miss out on this valuable resource that will empower you to make the best choice for your aviation aspirations.

Want to Breakdown of Cost of Private Pilot?

$12,175 to $32,250. Why the big difference in the cost to earn a Private Pilot License?

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Find a Flight School

We created a map with many of the Flight Schools in NY and NJ (sorry, we only work with a Certified Flight Simulator (AATD).

We encourage you to interview different flight schools.

There may be multiple flight schools in your local area but, do you know what questions to ask? We created a Flight School Interview Checklist!

Customer Stories

I was a student pilot and had 50 hours of instructional experience. A friend suggested it as a good way to resume my flight instruction after a 6 year lapse.
The equipment is state of the art and realistically simulates actual flight. He was very helpful in reacquainting me with the principles of flight, instruments, etc.
I probably would not have resumed my flight lessons since it was not convenient to go to an airport at that point for lessons.
Within a year after I took my first lesson, I passed my written exam, soloed and earned my private pilot certificate.
Gary H.


What flight training airport should you pick?

Long Island, North Jersey, and White Plains are the closest airport to New York City

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Do you have a Flight Simulator at home?

Your home fight simulators are a great training tool! The more you practice on your own time, the more time and money you will save in your flight training. The question is, what should you do when using your home simulator?

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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 license 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.

As someone who is interested in obtaining a private pilot certificate, you may have a lot of questions about what to expect

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

If you cannot fly 2-3 times per week, incorporating the use of an Advanced Aviation Training Device (AATD) into your flight training will help a great deal in obtaining the experience needed for a Private Pilot Certificate. 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.