Getting Your Wings
The Private Pilot License

Why Get This License?

With a private pilot license, you’re ready to lift off into a whole new world. The possibilities are only limited by your imagination. With private pilot license training, you can fly around the globe, gaining valuable experience and meeting new people along the way. Private Pilot Certification is the first step all professional aviators take before moving onto bigger, faster aircrafts. Let ADF Airways guide you toward a future at new heights.

To Obtain Your Private Pilot license, You Must:

  • Be at least 16 years of age to fly solo
  • Be at least 17 years of age when taking your practical flight test (check ride)
  • Pass a medical examination
  • Pass an FAA written examination
  • Meet the minimum flight time requirements for the license
  • Pass oral and flight test practical examinations.

The Training Program

Our time-tested, curriculum-based program will help you learn quickly and effectively. Ground and flight school are interwoven with simulators, books, and videos to maximize learning into our seamless flight training programs. All training is delivered in a one-on-one basis. Your experienced ADF Flight Instructor will guide you through each stage with patience and a smile. You can also arrange classes to fit your busy schedule. We’re available for training 7 days a week, 363 days a year (closed Christmas and New Year’s Day).

Stage 1 – Pre-Solo

First of all, you’ll learn the basics of airplane flying. In addition to communicating with Air Traffic Control (ATC), you’ll also learn basic weather, flight preparation, the parts of an airplane and how they work together for take off. After this stage, you’re ready to go out and fly by yourself! Every pilot can recall their first solo flight as a magical experience; it’s one of the first true rewards on your path toward a private pilot license.

Stage 2 – Cross Country Flying

In addition to learning about weather systems and meteorology, you’ll also discover how it applies to navigation and flight planning. Fly cross-country to distant airports using mathematical calculations or radio navigational aids such as VORs, NDBs, and GPS. Upon completion, you’ll complete solo cross-country flights to enhance your abilities as a pilot. You will also be trained in night flying. Written exams will also familiarize you with the numerous regulations for safe, responsible flight.

Stage 3 – Test Preparation

The final stage in your private pilot license training will prepare you to take the practical exam. You’ll review everything you learned in the previous stages, bringing your knowledge and experience together to ace a practical examination. As a result of passing your practice exam, you’ll be issued a private pilot license. Your private pilot certification is the beginning of a journey. From there, you can continue with aviation courses or just fly for fun.

All training is geared towards meeting or exceeding the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Practical Test Standard (PTS). To learn more about the PTS, click here.

Where Do I Go From Here?

A Private Pilot License is perfect for those who want to fly under visual flight rules (VFR) for pleasure. After receiving your private pilot certification, you may desire flying safely under instrument weather conditions (IFR), or consider commercial pilot flight training and an airline career. If so, the next logical step is the Instrument rating.

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