What are the requirements to get a Private Pilot License?

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Student pilots will learn to fly with an instructor in the airplane. The FAA requires that student pilots:

  1. Complete at least 40 hours of flight time
  2. Pass an FAA written exam.  The exams covers basic knowledge of aviation, e.g. aerodynamics, weather, navigating, and other important topics.
  3. 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.