Private Pilot certification

Step Two:  The Private Rotorcraft Pilot Program: Course Part 61 Available

For people who may be learning to fly as a hobby, for personal business or planning to purchase their own aircraft.


The privilege of a Private Pilot


  • With your Private Pilot license, you are allowed to take family, friends and co-workers onboard your aircraft or a rented aircraft, while acting as Pilot in Command
  • You can also fly with family, friends and accountancy and share at pro-rata the operational expense of the aircraft.
  • Fly and generate revenue for charitable organization. (See restriction S-FAR 61.113)
  • The limitation of a Private Rotorcraft Pilot


The limitation of a  Private Pilot

The only restriction to acting as a Private Pilot is that the FAA does not allow you to be compensated for your skills.

How do you get a Private Rotorcraft Pilot?

  • Must be at least 17 years of age.
  • Must be able to read, speak, write and understand the English language.
  • Receive logbook endorsement from an authorized instructor to take the tests.
  • Meet the aeronautical experience requirements of this section that apply to the aircraft – category and class rating sought.
  • Pass the written test.
  • Pass the practical test.

The Minimum requirements to obtain a Private Pilot’s License


  • 35 hours minimum of flight time, which must include 20 hours of flight instruction.
  • 3 hours of Cross Country training
  • Night training includes one cross country flight over 50 nautical miles and 10 takeoffs and landings at night.
  • 5* hours of solo flight time *(Part 141 Only)
  • 3 hours training in preparation for the flight test with a qualified instructor within 60 days prior.
  • Take a physical from a FAA-certified examiner receiving a 1st Class, 2nd Class or 3rd Class Medical certificate. To receive your Private Pilot License, you are required to have at least a 3rd Class Medical.
  • Pass an oral and flight test given by the FAA or an approved designated pilot examiner
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