Professional Pilot: Private Pilot Certificate

Private pilots are able to fly with passengers aboard an aircraft and have no limitations on where they can fly.

Certificate Info at a Glance

Type: Certificate

Estimated Cost: $2,537.56

Approx. # of Quarters: 2

Admission Dates: Fall, winter, spring and summer quarters

Prerequisites: Must be at least 16 1/2 years of age. Must comply with FAA licensing standards and obtain a second-class FAA medical certificate with student pilot certificate prior to the first day of class. Please contact Instructor for details.

This is the first FAA certificate a student obtains if (s)he eventually wants to upgrade to higher certificates and ratings. Content includes basic maneuvering flight, takeoffs, landings and cross-country flying. Ground training includes in-depth training on meteorology, aerodynamics, national airspace structure and navigation, and aircraft systems.

Employability Requirement: To be employed as a professional pilot, at the minimum, one must possess a commercial pilot certificate. This certificate is obtained by passing a Federal Aviation Administration written test and a flight test, and obtaining a Federal Aviation Administration medical certificate.

Program Length: This certificate program is approximately two quarters long, depending on the time students need to satisfactorily complete all graduation requirements.

Admission Dates: Summer, fall, winter and spring quarters.

Prerequisites: Must be at least 16 1/2 years of age. Must comply with FAA licensing standards and obtain a second-class FAA medical certificate with student pilot certificate prior to the first day of class.

Please contact instructor for details. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) requires that U.S. citizens prove citizenship status before beginning flight training by providing a current passport or birth certificate and driver’s license. Non-U.S. students must submit to a background and fingerprint check from the TSA prior to beginning training. Contact instructor for details.

Program Requirements

Course # Course Name Credits
AVP 105* Private Pilot I 4
AVP 110* Private Pilot II 4
AVP 115 Private Pilot III 4
AVP 125 Private Pilot IV 4
AVP 130 Private Pilot V 4
AVP 135CAP Private Pilot VI 4
  Total Credits for Completion 24

Optional Elective Courses

Course # Course Name Credits
AVP 118 Private Pilot Practical Test Standards I 4
AVP 138 Private Pilot Practical Test Standards II 4

Note: Students often complete their Program Requirements at different rates due to their own skills and abilities and the availability of aircraft and suitable weather. Thus, the number of quarters needed to satisfactorily complete all of the requirements may exceed those listed above in some cases.