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Training Programs

General Pilot Training Requirements

Regardless of what level of pilot certificate you desire, there are minimum eligibility requirements that must be met. To begin training with FlyTech you must:

  • be at least 16 years of age (The FAA required minimum age to fly an airplane solo)
  • read, speak, write, and understand the English language

In addition, to complete the desired practical exams and earn your certificate you must:

  • be at least 17 years of age
  • have a valid driver’s license or obtain the minimum medical certificate required for your certification

The following sections outline the specific requirements for each of the different certificates available through FlyTech Pilot Academy.

Private Pilot Certificate

The most popular certificate is the traditional Private Pilot Certificate. The Private Pilot is the pathway most student pilots take as they invest time, energy, and money into the process of learning to fly. This license requires a minimum of 40 hours of flight training.

The Private Pilot is the least restrictive of the three certificates.

The Private Pilot certificate is the pathway to advanced pilot certificates. Pilots with a Private Pilot certificate and who are career-minded, can pursue the advanced certificates (Instrument, Commercial, and Certified Flight Instructor Certificates) and get paid to fly.


  • Must log at least 40 hours of flight time, including at least 20 hours of flight training from a flight instructor and 10 hours of solo time, 5 of which need to be cross-country to include one solo cross- country of at least 150 nautical miles.
  • Is required to complete 3 hours of cross-country flying as well as 3 hours of night flying, with 1 cross- country flight of over 100 nautical miles (NM) and 10 takeoffs and 10 landings to a full stop at an airport.
  • Must complete 3 hours of flight utilizing their instruments, completing straight and level flight, airspeed climbs and descents, heading turns, attitude recovery, radio contact and the use of navigation and radar services as necessary.
  • Must perform 3 hours of flight training with their instructor to ready themselves for their practical exam test within 60 days of the exam’s date.
  • Is required to complete 10 hours of solo flight time, including 5 hours of solo cross-country time, one cross-country flight of 150 NM with a full stop landing at three different points. The flight must involve a straight-line distance of more than 50 NM between the takeoff and landing locations and three takeoffs and landings to a full stop at a tower-controlled airport.

Sport Pilot Certificate

This version of a pilot’s license is relatively new (2004). It was created for people who desire to fly one or two seat aircraft that are smaller, lighter, and easier to fly. The Sport Pilot is limited to planes with lower take off weight (smaller, lighter aircraft) with no more than two seats. Sport pilots require a minimum of 20 hours of flight training.


  • Log a minimum 20 hours of total flight time.
  • Complete 15 hours of dual instruction flight time with a flight instructor.
  • Complete 2 hours of dual cross-country time with a flight instructor.
  • Complete 5 hours of solo flight time.
  • Complete at least one solo cross-country with a total distance of over 75 nm to two different destinations to a full-stop landing. At least one leg of this cross-country must be over 25 nm.
  • Have received 3 hours of dual instruction in the preceding 60 days before the practical test.
  • Pass an oral and practical flight test, which will be conducted by and FAA designated examiner in accordance with the FAA Sport Pilot Practical Test Standards.

IFR and Commercial training information coming soon.

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