Owning a private pilot license is like owning a driving license for the fastest car, except a hundred times better. You can have lunch at the opposite end of the state across many nautical miles and still be home for dinner. The biggest challenge with a private pilot’s license is flying safely. Despite extreme caution and training, there are unwanted challenges that could inevitably spoil an otherwise good trip.
There are more than 163,000 private pilot license (PPL) owners in the US and a lot more in Europe. Flying private affords one middle ground to pursue both a personalized passion and commercial career through FlyBy. We have a training program that specifically targets students with a PPL. The hours of flight time required to join the program at our training center range from 45 to 80 flight hour time. The total number of training hours for all PPL students is 11 months.
Types of Pilot Licenses : The Private pilot Licence
There are many different types of pilot certifications to meet different needs: solo flights, remote pilots, drone pilots, recreational pilots, sport pilot certificates, flight instructor certification, instrument ratings, multiengine ratings, and a student pilot certificate to fly at night. Of all these types of pilot licenses the most common is the private pilot license (PPL). A PPL allows you to fly any aircraft under the VFR conditions virtually. It is an exciting pursuit for most candidates because you only need a few weeks to complete the required length of hours of flight training. Does this mean anyone can become a private pilot?
Medical Prerequisites to Begining Your Training And Flight Travel Experience
You are going to need a minimum medical class three certificate in order to begin your training. This is a standard to make sure those who are piloting an aircraft are unlikely to have serious health problems while in the air. A flight school or training center can help you to get this medical certification as they commonly handle this requirement for their students.
Just because you have some sort of handicap does not mean you cannot necessarily quality fly pilot licensing. While ther are certain disqualifications, you would be surprised at the obstacles some people overcome to receive their class 3 medical and begin a fun and lucrative flight career. Once you have your medical exam and FAA medical certification (EASA in Europe) completed and have met the other training requirements or received your student pilot certificate, you are ready for your first discovery flight.
Other Training Requirements to get a PPL
The private pilot license requires:
• Filling out the eligibility requirements to the satisfaction of the chosen aviation academy
• Successful completion of the training program by certified flight instructors
• A passage of the written knowledge tests
• Earning the necessary endorsement requirements
• Passing the private pilot check ride
• A student, recreational or sports pilot license is an added advantage to make the training and qualification faster
Most PPL owners will clock 60 to 75 hours of flight time before qualifying. Factors that will potentially influence the number of hours include:
• Flight frequency
• Pilot school
• Flight instructors
The typical duration for completing the PPL course is three months including the discovery flight, written knowledge exams, showing you can handle takeoffs and landings, and all other components needed to mee federal avaiation regulations in a country. The instructor will deem you prepped after you pass their assessment before proceeding to take the pilot program test. Then you will be ready for solo flights and to consider upgrading your airman certifications to become a career pilot.
Commercial Pilot Opportunities – Upgrading Your Licences
For those that have a private pilots certificate and a sports pilot license, you might want to consider taking your training to the next level, pursuing a career in aviation through a commercial pilots license. To fly for compensation or hire you will need a commercial pilot certificate at the minimum with different category and class license requirements depending on what you want to fly as an airline career pilot.
If you are serious about earning a full time living as a pilot we suggest that you get an Airline Transport Pilot License – which includes many license types: a commercial pilot’s license and the other certification necessary to put you on a professional flight path to becoming a first officer and eventually a captain at a large commercial carrier. Even if you do not yet have a pilot's license, but know you want to pursue a career in the sky, FlyBy’s airline transport pilot (ATP) certification program can take you from zero flight experience to ATPL certified in as little as 14 months. PPL holders can shave a few months of this off the timeline by crediting them for aircraft hours in their logbook endorsements.
Information on requirements to achieve the EASA ATPL certification
Spain’s aviation authority requires that candidates be successful students for spoken, written, or reading English. Our pilot school is a qualified host for testing English, in partnership with the English center in Mallorca. We use the EASA regulation by the Hungarian Civil Authority and avail a professional team to ensure you meet the following requirement for the ELP6.
You will also have to pass a personality test to see if you are a good fit for aircraft training. Anyone who fails this practical test cannot be admitted to flight school and cannot re-take the test. Applicants will also have to test for physics and math aptitude prior to entering our flight school. Those that do not pass the test will have to brush up on their skillsets prior to enrolling in our ATPL integrated program.
What does ATPL flight training entail?
The the integrated ATPL training program has ground and flight school training. You you start with ground school training and rapidly move into doing both ground school and pilot training simultaneously through the first phase of the ATPL course. The final phase of the course is mostly related to flight and simulator training once you have passed all your theoretical exams.
The ATPL ground training introduces you to vital aviation details to build your aeronautical skills. It is best to study with an instructor who will ease your learning for the course's fast completion. At FlyBy we offer 750 hours of ground training which should cover all the subjects necessary to cover your EASA theoretical requirements. This should help you to pass the knowledge tests required to become an airline pilot.
Flight school – Get Experience Flying an Aircraft
ATPL flight training involves more than handling the control wheel. You will need a grasp of at least the following additional areas:
• Preflight preparation
• Emergency responses
• Night flight
The number of hours required for the pilots certificate differs depending on the jurisdiction. The FAA in the United States requires one to build flight hours totaling 1,500 to qualify for an ATPL license. The hours of flight time required in Europe is substantially less, giving an incentive for international students to study in Europe and later return to the US after building flight hours necessary to qualify for a certification and rating by the Federal Aviation Administration. At FlyBy you will receive 238 hours of flight training which will qualify you for an EASA ATP certification.
The pilot’s career is lengthy and competitive around the world. There are endless stories of student pilots who wanted to join the field for as long as they can remember. Some went as far as saving up to pay for the private pilots certificate instead of buying a car or house. The most passionate student pilots do not stop at the PPL but will grow to become a commercial airline pilot.
Once you have all the certificates required as part of an airline transport pilot certification program, you can be hired as a career pilot at commercial airlines. At that point you will also have to receive type ratings for the powered aircraft you will be flying for the commercial airlines. These are simply ratings and endorsements the allows you to fly certain powered aircraft. The type of type ratings required depends on the federal aviation regulations in your country, but these are usually sponsored by our employer.
Join our commercial pilot school to advance your PPL or start from scratch to achieve the ATPL rating quickly so you can fly a commercial aircraft. International students are welcome at our professional flight school, with over 55 nationalities represented by our student body and our certified flight instructors.
We also have a flight instructor certification program that you can receive through our Cadet program. The flight instructor CFI is received after completing the standard airline transport pilot certification and receiving additional instruction.