Student pilots will learn to fly with an instructor in the airplane. The FAA requires that student pilots:
- Complete at least 40 hours of flight time
- Pass an FAA written exam. The exams covers basic knowledge of aviation, e.g. aerodynamics, weather, navigating, and other important topics.
- Pass a flight exam, called a “checkride,” with an FAA examiner to earn a private pilot’s license. The checkride consists of an oral portion and a practical portion where you will show the FAA examiner that you are a safe, skilled pilot. The checkride will be scheduled when you’ve met all the previous requirements and your instructor feels you are ready.