Private Pilot


The Private Pilot Certificate is the first step to obtain the Commercial Pilot License. At the end of this step the doors will be open to you to a world of adventures and new knowledge.

The privileges of the Private Pilot Certificate will allow you to make visual flights with family or friends.

This License has restrictions because it is only the beginning of the race. However, it is a great step where you get the basic knowledge and where you live the wonderful experience of flying only for the first time.

ADF will guide you through the extraordinary world of aviation.

Minimum requirements:

  • At least 16 years of age to fly solo
  • Minimum 17 years to obtain a Private Pilot Certificate
  • Have a third class medical certificate.
  • Be able to read, write and speak the English language
  • Pass a written FAA exam
  • Comply with the minimum flight time requirements for the certificate.
  • Pass the practical oral and flight examination.
  • ** International students require an M-1 student visa and TSA.

The Training Program

Our program, based on a structured curriculum, will help you learn quickly and effectively. The ground and flight lessons are supported with simulators, books and multimedia platforms to maximize the learning process.

The teaching methodology is personalized. Our flight instructors will guide you through each stage with patience, charisma and professionalism.

Stages of the Private Pilot License

Stage 1 – Pre-Solo

Fundamental concepts of the flight of an airplane.

Basic communications with the Air Traffic Control (ATC).

Fundamentals of Meteorology.

Preparation of the flight.

Plane systems and how they work together for the correct operation.

After this stage and with the approval of the instructor, the student will be able to make his first flight alone. This is a magical and unforgettable experience for all the pilots.

Stage 2 – Cross Country Flying

In this stage we will deepen more about meteorology, climate and how to interpret the different reports.

You will discover how this knowledge is applied to navigation and flight planning.

The student will fly to distant airports based on mathematical calculations, radio assistance equipment and navigation systems such as VOR and GPS.
At the end of this stage, the student will be able to complete cross-country flights alone, to improve their skills as a pilot. They will be trained in night flight as well.

The written exams will also familiarize you with the regulations and knowledge necessary for a safe and responsible flight.

Stage 3 – Test Preparation

In the final stage of training for the Private Pilot certificate, the student will be prepared to take the practical exam. At the stage 3, the student will review everything they learned in the previous stages, gathering their knowledge and experience to achieve a satisfactory practical examination.

As a result of passing the practical exam, the student will be granted a Private Pilot certificate, from which they can continue with the following stages until they obtain their Commercial Pilot Certificate

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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